In 2002, as part of Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee, Stirling was granted city status.
The castle rock has been strategically significant since at least the Roman occupation of Britain, due to its naturally defensible crag and tail hill: the bedrock on which Stirling Castle was built.
The fortifications continued to play a strategic military role during the 18th century Jacobite Risings.
Located on the River Forth, Stirling is the administrative centre for the Stirling council area, and is traditionally the county town of Stirlingshire.
Similarly "he who holds Stirling, holds Scotland" is often quoted.
Stirling's key position as the lowest bridging point of the River Forth before it broadens towards the Firth of Forth, made it a focal point Once the capital of Scotland, Stirling is visually dominated by Stirling Castle.
Brits and Scots armed stand near, By this cross stand safe here.” This would make the cross on the centre of the first stone bridge the Heart of Scotland.
The Stirling seal only has the second part and it's slightly different.