Historic Scotland

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Daily, 10am to 4pm

1 October to 31 March:
Daily except Thursday and Friday, 10am to 4pm



Admire the mausoleum of the Black Douglases, friends to Robert the Bruce and one of the most powerful noble families in 1300s Scotland.

St Bride’s Church was built as the parish church of the town of Douglas, but it was not to remain a regular church. Archibald ‘the Grim’, 3rd earl of Douglas, modified the church as a resting-place for his father, Sir James of Douglas, who died in 1330.

From then, the church became the mausoleum of the Black Douglas earls. Here you can find monumental effigies of the Douglas earls in three canopied tombs, while on the tower there’s the oldest known working clock in Scotland.

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