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This statue of James V is located on the outside of the Royal Palace at Stirling Castle.
The Palace is a quadrangular structure built under the rule of James V in the 16th-Century. The exterior is decorated with full sized statues of classical gods and goddesses alongside this one of James himself.
The king is dressed in fine, regal clothes, but has a flowing beard, not the neatly trimmed beard shown in his portraits. This could be James depicted as an Old Testiment prophet, ushering a in a golden age of peace, justice, and plenty for Scotland - echoed by the classical deities alongside him.
Legend has it that James was nicknamed “King of the Commons” because he would disguise himself as a commoner, describing himself as the “Gudeman of Ballengeich”. This depiction could represent that disguised king looking down upon his subjects.
For information on visiting the castle, go to our website.