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Auld Biggins of Stirling
By William Drysdale (1904)


Title PageMANY 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.

In the 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.

Map of Old Stirling 1780


Map of Old Stirling


Ancient Coat of Arms of Stirling


Argyll Ludging, Castle Wynd
Arms of the Burgh of Stirling
Arms of County Council, Stirling
Baker Street
Baker Street
Bees' Bink Inn, Baker 8treet
Bothwell Hall, St. John Street
Bowie's Court, St. Mary's Wynd
Bow Street, and "Belgebrig"
Bridge of Allan
Bridge of Teith
Broad Street
Burgh Gates, The
Cambuskenneth Abbey
Cameronian Kirk, Craigs
Castle Wynd
Chaplain-General Gleig's House, 81 Baker Street
"Coffee House, The," Bow Strut
Commercial Inn, The, Port Street
Corn-Exchange. The
Cowane's Hospital, or Guild Hall
Darnley House, Front and Back
Doune Castle
Dunblane Cathedral
East and West Churches
Episcopal Churches
Erskine Church
Fleshers' Tavern, The
Gartincaber Lime Avenue
Gartincaber Tower
Gibb's Inn, 33 St. Mary's Wynd
Glassingall House, 30 Bow Street
Hangman's Close and House
King Street
Long Close, The
Mar's Work—The Earl of Mars Ludging
Mercate Cross, The
Moir of Leckie's House
Murray Place
Old Grammar School, Esplanade
Old Houses in Spittal Street
Old Mint
Old South United Free Church
Orchard Place
"Penny Millar's Slap"
Port Street Houses
Powder House, Back Walk
Provost Forman and Provost Anderson's Shops, 10 and 18 Broad Street
Provost Weight's ("Tammy A'Thing") Shop
Queen Mary's Palace, St. Mary's Wynd
Raploch, The
River Allan
Robert Spittal's House, 82 Spittal Street
Shore Road Level Crossing
Shore, The
Sir John Dinely's House, 18 Broad Street
Stirling Bank, The
St. John Street
St. Ninians
Tolbooth, Broad Street
Town Clerk Nome's House, 34 Broad Street
Trades' Hall, The—Spittal's (or Nether) Hospital
Tullibody Church and Churchyard
Vennel Close, 73 Baker Street
Wester Livilands House

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