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Stirling, Mar Place, Mar's Wark

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Record Detail

  • Organisation
    RCAHMS
  • Alternative name(s)
    MAR'S WORK; MAR'S LODGING; MAR'S LODGE
  • Canmore ID
    46198
  • Site type
    HOUSE (16TH CENTURY)
  • Parish
    STIRLING
  • Council
    STIRLINGSHIRE
  • NGR
    NS 79232 93744
  • Latitude, longitude
    56.12111N, 3.94413W
  • Archeological notes
    NS79SE 22 79232 93744 (NS 7 923 9374) Mar's Work (NR) (Rems of) OS 6"map, (1958). Mar's Work: What remains of this large and important mansion stands as a roofless ruin in Mar Place. Only the facade now survives and this has been strengthened and patched where necessary by the DoE. The house as originally laid out must have covered a larger area than now appears at first sight, as traces of two contemporaray cellars at the S end and tusking at the N end of the existing block imply wings running W, the whole comprising three sides of a quadrangular courtyard. The builder was the Earl of Mar who became Regent of Scotland in 1571, and died in 1572. Two carved stones show that work was in progress during 1570-2. The legend that the building was never completed is probably true, as a town plan of 1725 shows only the main block and S wing. The existing frontage rises two storeys to a denuded wall-head, but the back wall has been trimmed off only a few courses above the level of the first floor and its outer face has been hidden up to this level by soil from the Holy Rude graveyard. RCAHMS 1963, visited 1954. As described. In good condition. Visited by OS (JP) 6 December 1973.
  • Architectural notes
    EXTERNAL REFERENCE: Scottish Record Office: Letter to James Erskine from his brother to the Earl of Mar 'I'm very pleased my Mother is causing to take down the little Tower and Stables. I confess I'm in the wrong in not sending an answer about the windows of the Drawing room in Stirling............there is a draught of it now enclosed. I would love to have made the pillar betwixt the two windows exactly in the middle of the room if I thought the window could be put nearer the dining room.' 1707 GD 124/15/227/1 Estimate of the value of the large stone tenement called 'Mar's Work' lying at the head of the High Street. Valuation 4, 800 (Scots). 1735 GD 124/14/14/1 EXTERNAL REFERENCE: Scottish National Portrait Gallery: Country Life, March 13th 1909

Related material information

PRINT ROOM

  • 46198 ()
    Postcard view.
  • 46198 ()
    Engraving. General view. Insc: 'Stirling Front of Mar's Lodging'
  • 46198 (1870)
    Photograph of engraving showing view of Mar's Wark, Stirling from east
  • 46198 (1870)
    General view of Mar's Wark House, Stirling from east
  • 46198 (9/1905)
    General view from east of Mar's Wark, Stirling. Titled 'Mar's Work, Stirling, Sept.1905.' PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM NO 30: OLD EDINBURGH
  • 46198 (1898)
    Mars Wark - Carved panel above central doorway
  • 46198 (1898)
    Mars Wark - inscription above back entrance & figures in an entrance gateway at Cambusbarron brought from Stirling
  • 46198 (1898)
    Mars Wark - carvings above 1st floor windows S & N towers.
  • 46198 (1898)
    Mars Wark - carved figures & diagram of positions
  • 46198 (1898)
    Mars Wark - carved work
  • 46198 (1898)
    Mars Wark - door & cill moldings, inscriptions
  • 46198 (1898)
    Mars Wark - door& window jambs, cill courses, masons' marks
  • 46198 (1898)
    Mars Wark - scale elevation of wings
  • 46198 (1898)
    Mars Wark - scale drawing of part of front
  • 46198 (1898)
    Mars Wark - elevation, plan, details
  • 46198 (1922)
    Marr's Wark - Heraldic panel
  • 46198 (1901)
    Historic photograph. View from E.
  • 46198 (1900)
    Historic photographic view.
  • 46198 (1836)
    Page 28. Engraved view of church and Mar's work. ALBUM No 111: ENGRAVINGS OF BUILDINGS OF SCOTLAND
  • 46198 ()
    Historic photographic view.
  • 46198 ()
    PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM NO.111 : ENGRAVINGS OF BUILDINGS OF SCOTLAND. Red half leather hard cover with red textured imitation leather, the spine embosed with gold decoration and title: "SCRAP BOOK". 30 card pages with plain end covers. Album of engravings of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, all of buildings in Scotland, the first half exclusively of Edinburgh. Several have been cut down and some large ones removed. Some have pencilled dates and captions.

  • 46198 (1870)
    PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM NO 81: THE PERTH POET'S ALBUM Album of blue leather with gold stamped decoration and gilt edged leaves Album of views of towns including Perth, Linlithgow, Stirling, and St Andrews and also of Cambuskenneth, Dunblane Cathedral, Arbroath Abbey, Auchmithie, Falkland Palace, Auchterarder in the snow, and Arran. Pages are headed with decorative script and bordered in red ink. Notes on relevant history accompany some photographs, some are accompanied by poems. Album is unfinished
  • 46198 (1903)
    PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM NO 30: OLD EDINBURGH Album of 135 professional prints, dark red cloth with tan leather spine and edges embossed with pattern and gilt Insc: (spine) 'Old Edinburgh 1903 - R Dykes', (first page) '136 Photographs. Old Edinburgh A Photographic survey of old buildings in and around Edinburgh carried out during the years 1903, 1904 and 1905. The survey includes places such as Stirling, Dunfermline, Musselburgh etc. intimately associated with the history of Edinburgh. by Robert Dykes Edinburgh' Newspaper clipping (inside front cover) December 1904 about the Photographic Society Exhibition, from the Evening News.
  • 46198 (1870)
    PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM NO.103: THE DOUGLAS ROOM ALBUM Russet cloth covered album, the front embossed in black and gold, titled in blue 'Album', with 26 card pages. Frontispiece inscribed 'Auntie, to her dear nephew Bury - September 24th 1874'. Mostly professional views of old and famous Scottish buildings, also some landscapes. All are named, in two different hands, and historical notes are written beside several. One photograph is missing, one page empty and one page loose.
  • 46198 (1900)
    W FERGUSON SKETCHBOOK: 10 Aberdour Castle: 3 sketches Auchen Castle: 8 sketches Blacklaw Tower: 7 sketches Bunkle Old Church: 2 sketches, photographic copies in NMRS, details Cambuskenneth Abbey: 5 pages sketches Crosshall, Eccles Cross: 4 pages sketches Dunfermline Abbey, New Abbey Parish Kirk: sketches Dunfermline, 21 Maygate, Abbot's House: 2 sketches Dumfries, Devorgilla's Bridge - 1 sketch Dumfries, High Street, Greyfriar's Church: 3 sketches, 2 prints Dumfries, Town Hall - 3 sketches Edinburgh Castle, St Margaret's Chapel: 3 sketches Edinburgh, 2 Castle Wynd North Edinburgh, Castlehill, General Edinburgh, Lawnmarket, Gladstone's Land Edinburgh, Lothian Road, St Cuthbert's Church and Churchyard Forester's House: 8 pages of sketches Frenchland Tower: 9 sketches Hilton church: sketch view Huttin church: sketch view and details Inverkeithing, Church Street, St Peter's Parish Church: 2 sketches Kames Tower: 1 sketch Leitholm Peel: 4 pages Lochhouse Tower: 11 sketches Lochwood: 2 pages sketch and details of sundial Maxwelton: 1 sketch of stone panel Moffat, Well Road, Manse: 2 pages sketch and details of sundial Moffat, St Cuthberts Church: 2 pages details Nisbet Cottages: 1 page Paxton Market Cross: 2 pages of sketches. Preston Market Cross: 1 page Simprin Church: 2 sketches Stirling, Stirling Parish Church: 4 sketches Stirling, Castle: 1 sketch Stirling, Argyll's Lodging: 2 sketches Stirling, Mar's Wark: 1 sketch Swinton, Main Street, Village Hall - 7 pages of sketches

MANUSCRIPTS

  • 46198 (1857)
    A collection of masons' marks from: Anstruther Parish Church, Arbroath Abbey, Arbuthnott Parish Church, Affleck Castle, Cawdor Castle, Crail Parish Church, Culquhonnie Castle, Dryburgh Abbey, Duffus Castle, St Mary's Tower, Dundee, Dunfermline Abbey, Edzell Castle, Elgin Cathedral, Fowlis Easter Parish Church, Huntly Castle, Inverquharity Castle, Inverqueich Castle, Jedburgh Abbey, Kinloss Abbey, Kinnaird Castle, Leuchars Parish Church, Mar's Wark, Stirling, Melrose Abbey, Pluscarden Abbey, Spynie Castle, St Andrews Parish Church, and Vayne Castle. (29 loose sheets).

SCANNED IMAGES

  • 46198 (1850)
    NMRS survey of Private Collections. Stereoscopic view of the entrance to Mar's Wark, Stirling,showing the blocked doorway and inscription. Copied from an original plate by Thomes Begbie taken C1860.
  • 1318072 ()
    Photographic copy of drawing showing view from E.
  • 1240757 (1901)
    Historic photograph of two men in uniform in front of the gate at Mar's Wark in Stirling 1901 View from E.
  • 1226796 (1901)
    Historic photographic view from SE.
  • 497979 (1960)
    View of Mar's Wark from E.

PHOTOGRAPHS

  • 46198 (1850)
    NMRS survey of Private Collections. Stereoscopic view of the entrance to Mar's Wark, Stirling,showing the blocked doorway and inscription. Copied from an original plate by Thomes Begbie taken C1860.
  • 46198 ()
    View of wall with windows.
  • 46198 ()
    View of windows and ornament.
  • 46198 ()
    General view.
  • 46198 ()
    Detail of windows and ornament.
  • 46198 ()
    View from S.
  • 46198 ()
    View from E.
  • 46198 (1901)
    View from SE.
  • 46198 ()
    Photographic copy of drawing showing view from E.
  • 46198 ()
    View of stone figure.
  • 46198 ()
    View of consecration cross.
  • 46198 (1960)
    View of detached statuette.
  • 46198 ()
    View from E.
  • 46198 ()
    View from W.
  • 46198 ()
    View of entrance from E.
  • 46198 ()
    View from E.
  • 46198 ()
    View from SE.
  • 46198 ()
    View from W.
  • 46198 ()
    View of heraldic panel.
  • 46198 ()
    View from E.
  • 46198 ()
    Detail showing inscription above entrance.
  • 46198 ()
    View of entrance from SE.
  • 46198 ()
    View of entrance from E.
  • 46198 ()
    View of heraldic panel.
  • 46198 ()
    View of vaults.
  • 46198 ()
    View of excavation site.
  • 46198 ()
    View of vaults.
  • 46198 ()
    View from SW.
  • 46198 ()
    View of wall.
  • 46198 (11/6/1958)
    View of sculpture.
  • 46198 (11/6/1958)
    View of carved stone.
  • 46198 (11/6/1958)
    View of carved stone.
  • 46198 (11/6/1958)
    View of carved stone.
  • 46198 (11/6/1958)
    View of sculpture on E elevation.
  • 46198 (11/6/1958)
    View of heraldic panel.
  • 46198 (11/6/1958)
    View of sculpture.
  • 46198 (11/6/1958)
    View of sculpture.
  • 46198 (11/6/1958)
    View of sculpture.
  • 46198 (11/6/1958)
    View of sculpture.
  • 46198 (11/6/1958)
    View of carved stone.
  • 46198 (11/6/1958)
    View of heraldic panel on E elevation.
  • 46198 (11/6/1958)
    View of heraldic panel on E elevation.
  • 46198 ()
    General view.
  • 46198 ()
    Detail of stonework on E elevation.
  • 46198 ()
    Detail of inscription on right of entrance.
  • 46198 ()
    Detail of inscription on left of entrance.
  • 46198 ()
    Detail of stonework on E elevation.
  • 46198 ()
    View of stonework on E elevation.
  • 46198 ()
    Detail of stonework on E elevation.
  • 46198 ()
    Detail of stonework on E elevation.
  • 46198 ()
    Detail of stonework on E elevation.
  • 46198 ()
    View of heraldic panel to right of entrance.
  • 46198 ()
    View of heraldic panel to left of entrance.
  • 46198 (1900)
    Copy of historic photograph from N.
  • 46198 (1901)
    Historic photographic view from SE.
  • 46198 ()
    View from SE.
  • 46198 (1960)
    View of base-stop on E elevation.
  • 46198 (1960)
    View of base-stop on E elevation.
  • 46198 ()
    Detail of inscription.
  • 46198 ()
    Stereoscopic view from SE.
  • 46198 (1960)
    View from E.

PRINTS AND DRAWINGS

  • 46198 ()
    Perspective view.
  • 46198 (1954)
    Draft floor plans and details.
  • 46198 (1954)
    Ground and first floor plans.
  • 46198 (1942)
    Details and elevations of panelling and fireplace.
  • 46198 (1942)
    Section and details.
  • 46198 (1942)
    Elevations.
  • 46198 (1942)
    Ground floor plan.
  • 46198 ()
    Survey of carved armorial panels; elevations, sections. Insc: 'St Mary's College, St Andrews.' 'Panel on Street Front' 'Front Elevation' 'Section' 'Mars.Wark.Stirling.' 'Front Elevation' 'Section' 'Hill House, Dunfermline' 'Panel on Tower' 'Front Elevation' 'Pilmuir House, East Lothian' 'Front Elevation' 'Measured & Drawn by R.C. G.D.M. & J.R.A. Redrawn by J.R.Armstrong'

1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Stirlingshire, Sheet XVII1860

1st edition 25-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Stirling, Sheet 017.031860