Sauchie Tower given huge restoration grant
SAUCHIE Tower has received more than a quarter of a million pounds from Historic Scotland.
The early 15th century tower house was one of eight sites to be awarded a building repair grant totalling £1,900,970.
The tower, built by Sir James Schaw (c1415 - 20), Governor of Stirling Castle and a member of one of the more influential families in Medieval Scotland, received £278,448.
Alistair Lawson, Chairman of Clackmannanshire Heritage Trust, said, "We are delighted to learn of this generous grant from Historic Scotland. It will make a great contribution towards completing the restoration of Sauchie Tower, so that this little altered and very special tower can be appreciated by many more people."
Other grant recipients include Campbeltown Picture House, believed to be Scotland's earliest continually working cinema, and Cowane's Hospital in Stirling.
Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Minister for Culture and External Affairs said, "Scotland has a wealth of fascinating buildings and architecture and it is vital that we preserve these iconic buildings which help regenerate areas and communities.
"These grants not only help to breathe new fabric into the heart of the community and preserve our sense of history and heritage but also assist in attracting visitors, which in turns boosts Scotland's economy."
This article appeared in Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser 21 Aug 12
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