Cowane’s Hospital Trust was established in 1637 and is Scotland’s second oldest surviving charitable trust. The Category A Listed Building Cowane’s Hospital, set within stunning gardens at the Top of the Town, was founded by John Cowane for poor members of the local Merchant Guild. Originally two storeys inside it was altered in 1852 to form a Guild Hall with a viewing gallery, minstrel’s gallery and elongated windows throughout. The building has recently undergone extensive restoration throughout.
Visit the Free Exhibition in the Guild Hall, pick up a complimentary guide to the ‘Secrets in the Stone’, follow the ‘John Cowane’s Trail’ or play free ‘Croquet on the Lawn’. Refreshments will be available for take-away (weather permitting tables and chairs will be set up outside). The nearby & ruinous John Cowane’s House, in St Mary’s Wynd is one of the priority buildings in the local Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) and forms part of the ‘John Cowane’s Trail’.
© CMP Colin McLean Photography, with thanks.
Booking not required.
Where to find us
- 49 St John Street
- FK8 1ED
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