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Holy Rude Church - an historic building in stirling

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The first church on this site was built in the 12th Century. The oldest part standing today is the section adjoining the tower which dates from the 15th Century. Inside the church each local craft guild maintained an altar to its Patron Saint. Some wealthy burgesses built their own private chapels but only the chapel built for St. Andrew remains.
Mary, Queen of Scots, worshipped in the Holy Rude and John Knox preached there, and James VI was crowned there. There are many interesting features to discover in the building and indicating its checkered history. In 1656, following a dispute, the congregation divided the church into two, each with its own minister. The dividing wall was only removed in 1936.
In the graveyard, the graves of merchants and traders are carved with signs and symbols of their craft or trade.