Airth Castle (6)
SIB ~ DMR ~ THE LORD IS MY TRUST
The initials here above the church door, are those of Sir James Bruce of Powfoulis and Dame Margaret Rollox, sister of Sir Andrew Rollox or Rollo of Duncrub, afterwards first Lord Rollo. She married secondly, Colonel Robert Bruce, who would have inherited Airth had he not died before his father. He took part in the English Civil War, on the Royalist side, as a captain in the Earl of Mar's regiment of horse. He afterwards, 1650, became one of the captains of the Life Guards, in which he continued till the battle of Worcester, where, "doing all that became a gentleman and a good soldier, he received those wounds which soon after caused his death," 1 December 1638.
It is claimed that the first Bruce of Airth was Edward Bruce, second son of Sir Robert Bruce of Clackmannan, and that he acquired the property by marriage to Agnes de Erth, heiress or the Erths of that Ilk. Although often quoted, no historical evidence has ever been found to support this.
The Bruce's were buried in this church, in a crypt below the nave.