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The History of Stirlingshire



Third Edition,

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




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.

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.

In and Around Auld Stirling

Stirling Castle: A Glimpse of Magnificence

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.




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.


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

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
Dunblane Catherdral

The Water Supply of Stirling
Doune Castle
The Lake of Menteith

The Trossachs

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

The Old Castle Vennal of Stirling and its Occupants
With the Old Brig of Stirling by J. S. Fleming, FSA Scot (1906) (pdf)

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

History of the Chapel Royal of Scotland
With the Register of the Chapel Royal of Stirling including details in relation to the rise and progress of Scottish Music and Observations respecting the Order of the Thistle by Rev. Charles Rogers DD., LL.D. (1882) (pdf)

Boathouse, Dean Crescent, Stirling, 1906

Logie, A Parish History
By R. Menzies Fergusson (1905)

THE Parish of Logie, lying under the shadow of Stirling Castle, once the royal residence of the Scottish Kings, and containing within its bounds the western spurs of the Ochil range, dominated by the lordly peak of Dunmyat and the well-known Abbey Craig, on whose summit the national monument to Sir William Wallace now stands, is exceedingly rich in historical associations. Upon its southern border the ruined tower of Cambuskenneth Abbey raises its hoary head, and looks like a dreaming sentinel of the plain, through which the winding Forth pursues its devious way. Its history is extremely interesting, and there are many incidents relating to places and persons of more than local importance. The purpose of the present work is to give a full and accurate account of both the Ecclesiastical and Civil History of the Parish, drawn from historical and original documents, many of which have not hitherto been published.

The idea of writing a History of the Parish was taken up many years ago by the late Mr. William Troup, F.S.A. (Scot.), Session Clerk of Logie, and for some years Interim-Clerk to the Presbytery of Dunblane. He made extensive extracts from the Registers of the Presbyteries of Stirling and Dunblane, as well as from the Parish Records themselves. These are very voluminous, and have been of much service, although a great deal of the matter could not be utilised. This work of transcribing these old Registers was both slow and difficult, and only an ardent antiquary could have had the patience to undertake the task. Mr. Troup also proceeded to obtain information regarding the Lands and their Owners, but this part of the work was never completed. The present writer has had to go over the whole field for himself, and to verity, as far as possible, the facts pertaining to the Parish. While utilising the materials already compiled, from which selections only have been taken. He has to acknowledge the kind help given by Proprietors and their Agents, who permitted him to go through their Charters and Writs. He is also indebted to Mr. W. B. Cook, a well-known local antiquary, for many notes on some of the Cornton Portioners, and for his revisal of the MS. dealing with the Lands and their Owners, which forms the second volume. Thanks are due to many friends who furnished photographs for some of the illustrations, especially to Mr. Eneas Mackay, Publisher, Stirling, for the use of several blocks of local scenes; and to all others who have contributed in any way to the production of what may prove a valuable work of reference in regard to central Scotland.

Volume 1  |  Volume 2

Logie o’ Buchan
An Aberdeenshire Pastoral of Last Century by Gavin Greig, M.A. (1899) (pdf)

Buchanan's Popular Illustrated Guide
to Strathendrick, Aberfoyle and District (1902) (pdf)

The Pagent of the Forth
By Stewart Dick with twenty-four illustrations in colour by Scottish Artists (1911) (pdf)

22 Great Things To SEE & DO in Stirling, Scotland

Roman Camps in Scotland
This talk was delivered by Dr Rebecca Jones (Historic Environment Scotland) on 13th January 2020 as part of the Callander's Landscape winter series. It looks at the form and development of Roman camps across Scotland, with some focus on Bochastle near Callander.

The Town That Was Obliterated

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