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The History of Stirlingshire


THE HISTORY
OF
STIRLINGSHIRE

BY WILLIAM NIMMO

Third Edition,

Revised, Enlarged, and brought down to
the Present Time.

IN TWO VOLUMES

LONDON: HAMILTON, ADAMS & CO.
GLASGOW: THOMAS D. MORRISON.
1880.

PREFACE TO THE PRESENT EDITION.

The first edition of Nimmo’s History of Stirlingshire was published, in 1777, by Messrs. William Creech, Edinburgh, and Thomas Cadell, London. In 1817, the work was revised and brought down to date, by the Rev. Willaim Macgregor Stirling, minister of Port, and re-issued, in two volumes, at the close of the year.

What Stirling did for Nimmo, I have, as succeeeding editor, striven to do for Nimmo and Stirling; namely, to perform the duty, with which I engaged, conscientiously, and in as complete a manner as circumstances would permit. The Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, addressing a meeting in the City Hall, Glasgow, some years ago, observed, "that the land to which he had come, though small, was as full of memories as the heaven is of stars"; and there are certainly few districts in Scotland to which this remark may be more truthfully applied than to Stirlingshire. The county, indeed, is full of interest both to the archaeologist and the historian, but there is so much room for the application of local knowledge, and so much scope for criticism of authorities on the Roman and other antiquities, that in such an attempt as an exhaustive history of the county one student can hardly be altogether successful.

My aim, throughout, has been to be accurate, rather than elaborate; and intelligible, rather than profound; and, now that the end is reached, I can only hope that the reader may derive some pleasure at least – and pleasure is profit – from my editorial labour.

R. GILLESPIE.
Glasgow, November, 1880.

Volume I
Chapter I. The Forts of Agricola
Chapter II. Roman Military Road
Chapter III. The Wall of Antoninus
Chapter IV. Ancient Monuments
Chapter V. Stirling Castle
Chapter VI. Feudal Castles
Chapter VII. Religious Houses
Chapter VIII. Battle of Stirlingshire (1297)
Chapter IX. First Battle of Falkirk (1298)
Chapter X. Battle of Bannockburn (1314)
Chapter XI. Battle of Sauchieburn (1488)
Chapter XII. Battle of Kilsyth (1645)
Chapter XIII. Second Battle of Falkirk (1746)
Chapter XIV. The Radical Rebellion (1820)
Chapter XV. Falkirk
Chapter XVI. Grangemouth
Chapter XVII. Killearn and Kilsyth
Chapter XVIII. Kinnaird and Dunmore
Chapter XIX. Larbert
Chapter XX. Stirling
Chapter XXI. St. Ninians and Denny
Chapter XXII. Westquarter, Callendar, and Camelon

Old Map of Stirlingshire
Old Map of Stirlingshire (998k)

Volume II
Chapter XXIII. – Parishes
Chapter XXIV. – Miscellaneous
Chapter XXV. – Eminent Men
Chapter XXVI. – Old County Families
Chapter XXVII – Titled and Untitled Aristocracy
Chapter XXVIII – Robert Roy MacGregor
Chapter XXIX – Black Mail
Chapter XXX – Smuggling
Chapter XXXI – Geological Landmarks
Chapter XXXII – Rivers and Lochs
Chapter XXXIII – Hills
Chapter XXXIV – Botany
Chapter XXXV – Zoology
Chapter XXXVI – Agriculture
Chapter XXXVII – Landowners
Chapter XXXVIII – Iron Industries
Chapter XXXIX – Mining
Chapter XL – General Industries
Chapter XLI – Sports and Games
Chapter XLII – Social Features


Other Books

Old Pictures of Stirling from John Henderson

Auld Biggins of Stirling
By William Drysdale (1904)

Gillies Hill
Fight to preserve this historic area.



The Stirling Antiquary: Reprinted from "The Stirling Sentinel," 1888-1893 (pdf)

A collection like this shows what useful work a local newspaper can do. Here we have a most serviceable group of original and transferred articles mostly touching Stirlingshire. Here is the Index...





Another find via ‘Google’ that may be of assistance to history students and genealogists …. An Index of people who appear in words and photos in the Stirling Observer Christmas Annuals from c. 1911 to 1969 …. Over seventeen thousand name references ! It is an ‘Excel File’…. And relevant Annuals sought can be viewed in the Reference Room of the Carnegie Library on the Corn Exchange Road, Stirling.

Aye,

John

PS

My name appears a number of time under HENDERSON, as do those of my parents and other relatives ….. indeed my Grandfather, John Henderson (1885-1944), makes an appearance on his appointment as a Senior Clerk at Stirling Railway Station in 1912. He had been promoted from Dunblane Railway Station, Perthshire to Stirling, and had also then had to remove with his wife Jessie, my father James, aged 4, and my Aunt Neta, aged 2, from their home in Doune Square, Doune, Perthshire to William Place/Colquhoun Street in the Burghmuir, Stirling.

JH

Index of people (pdf)
who appear in words and photos in the Stirling Observer Christmas Annuals from c. 1911 to 1969


The Merchant's Guide to Stirling & District

Here we are providing each chapter as a pdf file

Introduction
Stirling (from Abbey Craig)

Stirling Castle from Back Walk

Stirling Castle (continued)
Entrance Gateway, Stirling Castle
Castle Gateway and Palace

The View from Stirling Castle

The Parish Church
Guild Hall or Cowane's Hospital
Ruins of the Earl of Mar's Lodging

Broad Street
The Wigtown Martyrs
The Beheading Stone

The Bruce Statue
King Street
Murray Place

Murray Place (continued)
The Old Bridge

The River Forth at Stirling
Tower at Cambuskenneth Abbey and Tomb of James III

The Wallace Monument
The Smith Institute
St. Ninians Steeple

The Borestone
Bridge of Allan
Sheriffmuir
Dunblane Catherdral

The Water Supply of Stirling
Doune Castle
The Lake of Menteith

Callander
The Trossachs
Aberfoyle

Loch Ard
Dollar Glen and Castle Campbell
The Clear Winding Devon

The Forth Bridge


Ancient Castles and Mansions of Stirling Nobility
Described and illustrated by J. S. Fleming (1902)

This is an interesting book with some excellent illustrations.

Download it here


A Guide to Stirling in 1911
Most of the material in the book appears to me to have been supplied by Bailie James Ronald before his death c. 1905

Download it here


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