Auld Biggins of Stirling By William Drysdale (1904)
MANY of the streets and buildings in
Stirling, more particularly in the older parts, having within recent
years undergone considerable change—so much so that only native
inhabitants have concept ion of where some were situated, or how they
looked, or can fully understand or appreciate the stories connected with
them and their occupants—I have endeavoured in the following pages to
present, in as succinct a manner as possible, some of the leading items
of information bearing upon such, and these brief notes will, I trust,
be found not only useful in themselves, but serve to preserve, in some
degree at least, interest in our good old town.
In addition to the notes on the Auld Biggins of
Stirling: its Streets, Wynds, and Closes, it has been deemed advisable
to include illustrations of the more prominent and typical of these,
from which still better understanding and appreciation of their
appearance may be had, and this will doubtless be considered a by no
means unimportant part of the book. The pictures of Neebour Villages
will also, it is hoped, prove of interest, and the insertion of the
portraits of Burgh and County Officials gives additional local bearing
to the volume.
compilation I have been greatly aided by several friends affording
information on points of moment, and I am also indebted to the results
of investigation made by ex-Bailie Ronald, Mr W. B. Cook, and Mr J. S.
Fleming, F.S.A.; and, as in my former works of this nature, Mr Archd.
Duncan has been especially helpful. In preparing the photographs,
Messrs. Crowe & Rodgers, and also Mr Joseph Kenny, entered heartily into
the work, and while to all I desire to express my thanks, I earnestly
trust that the united efforts will meet with appreciation at the hands
of Sons of the Rock, and others, both at home and abroad.
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