600 years of history

History of the Fortalice, Tower and Manor of the Plaine of Stirling:

1314     Battle of Bannockburn. King Robert the Bruce granted the barony of Plane to John d’Erth

1440’s  Sir William d’Erth left the Baronies of Plane, Airth and Carnock to his 3 daughters

1449    Lady Elizabeth married Thomas Somervell; they built the Tower.

1528    Thomas Somervell, 5th Lord of Plane, built the Manor House

1643    James Somervell, 8th Lord of Plane, fell into debt and sold the Castle and Barony. Plane became a farm and mill, the Tower and Manor ruined.

1746    While Bonnie Prince Charlie lay ill for 3 weeks in Bannockburn House 1.5 miles away, his Royal Guard was billeted at Plane Castle.

1908    Sir David Menzies restored the Tower.

1930’s  Ruined again

1991    The Patrick Wright family started the present restoration.

1997    Restoration complete. Manor House as a family home.


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