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CHAPEL ROYAL OF SCOTLAND
REGISTER OF THE CHAPEL ROYAL OF STIRLING
INCLUDING DETAILS IN RELATION TO THE RISE
AND PROGRESS OF SCOTTISH MUSIC
Observations respecting the Order of the Thistle
REV. CHARLES ROGERS, D.D., LL.D.
Member of the Historical Societies of Pennsylvania and Quebec,
Antiquarian Society of Montreal,
Minnesota, South Carolina, Missouri, Vermont, and New Brunswick,
Of the Numismatic and Antiquarian Society of Philadelphia,
Of the Royal Society of Tasmania,
And of the Natural History Society of Montreal
From the surface of an inland sea, about four miles in breadth, which at a prehistoric period covered the strath resting between the Ochil Hills and the heights of Bannock and the Lennox, jutted three islets, of which the most considerable became, long after the waters had receded, the site of a rude fortalice, latterly of a royal palace. At the dawn of history the place was known as Strivelyn, a compound word signifying a rock surrounded by a marsh. Such was its true description ; but the swamp has ceased, while in the plain, now rich and verdant, meander the rivers Forth, Teith, and Allan, the delight of the angler and the glory of the poet.
Topographically in the centre of Scotland, Stirling became a focus of the national life. In its castle the sovereign held court and council, in its streets were the dwellings of the nobles, and in its environs were practised the sports of chivalry. Within its Chapel Royal did kings delight to worship; it was their place of confession and the sanctuary of their household.
Associated with regal power, Stirling Rock stood