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Scottish Renaissance

The specifically Scottish manifestation of developments that transformed architecture across Europe in the 16th century, shaped by the revival of interest in ancient Roman architecture. The Scottish Renaissance began in the 1530s, with royal building projects at Falkland Palace and Stirling Castle that were influenced by direct contact with the latest developments in France. They include classical columns and ornamental carving. By the early 17th century, in buildings such as George Heriot's Hospital in Edinburgh, Scottish architects were using decorative details derived from European pattern books.