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John W. Tilford

This week's Take Us Along winner is John W. Tilford of Bloomington, Ind., who is shown at the Clackmannan Tower in Scotland with a copy of Indiana Auto & RV.

The Clackmannan Tower is five stories tall and is located at the summit of King's Seat Hill in Clackmannan, Clackmannanshie, Scotland. It was built in the 14th century by King David II and sold to his cousin, Robert Bruce, in 1359. Another story from the area says that King Robert gave the tower to a nephew. And, yet another story says Clackmannan Tower was built by Sir Robert Bruce shortly after he was granted the barony of Clackmannan in 1359. This grant was made by his kinsman, David II, son of King Robert Bruce. There had evidently been a royal castle on the site previously, and the prominent hill on which the tower stands is known as King's Seat Hill. Subsequent Bruces of Clackmannan altered, and added to, their ancestor's tower. In the 1600s they built a new mansion to its east, where the family resided until the death in 1791 of Lady Catherine Bruce, widow of Henry Bruce, last of the male line. The mansion was subsequently demolished but the Bruces' ancient seat remains. † Clackmannan Tower is a prominent landmark, visible for miles around. It seems always to have been a showy building. Sir Robert Bruce's original three-story tower was built of good-quality ashlar (squared) stonework. During the 15th century it was heightened to four stories and an attic, again using fine ashlar work. An extension was also added to its SE side, which, rather strangely, rose a story higher than the tower itself. Around 1600, further alterations were made, largely for show. They included a fine new entrance doorway, framed by fluted Doric pilasters (rectangular columns) and topped by a semicircular arch surmounted by a pediment carved with a tree. Thanks for taking us along!