A Stirling Bike for Christmas

At this time of year, many children are hoping for a bicycle from Santa. The Stirling Smith is no different, and a long – promised bicycle, made by George Elrick of Stirling for 16 year old Dick Clark in 1954 is on its way, with all the accessories. George Elrick

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Beautiful Stirling, Alexander Kellock Brown RSA RSW RI (1849 – 1922)

Featured today is a watercolour by the eminent Glasgow artist, Alexander Kellock Brown RSA RSW RI  (1849 – 1922), purchased recently for the Stirling Smith collections. The artist’s viewpoint is from the Cornton area, looking across the Forth to what was Winshel Place at Laurencecroft (now Drip Road) in the

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Wallace and St Andrew   

Andrew Hay is a well-known Scottish artist with paintings in several museum collections. This work of his is in the Smith collections and depicts the brutal murder of Wallace at Smithfield on St. Bartholomew’s Day 1305. Bartholomew was the Patron Saint of the Butchers, and Wallace was butchered as part

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Veere by John Munnoch   

‘The Great Church at Veere, 1914’ by John Munnoch (1879 – 1915) is a recent purchase for the Stirling Smith collections, made possible by grants from the National Fund for Acquisitions and the Common Good Fund of Stirling. Scottish artists were well acquainted with Veere, as from 1541 it was

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Gartincaber Tower -The Heart of Scotland

‘Stirling, Scotland’s Heart’ was an advertising campaign of 2012, but the idea has been current for much longer.  In 1799, Gartincaber Tower was built by William Murdoch of Gartincaber House on a hill to the east of Doune to mark the centre of Scotland. There are different ways of calculating

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Coal Mining Heritage              

 Last week, Stirling Council launched a mining heritage website , which features information held in Stirling Libraries and Archives, and the information boards from the Stirling Smith’s Polmaise exhibition of last year. The collection is always growing. A recent gift to the Smith is a rope-suspended wooden swing of the

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King Robert the Bruce    

The story of King Robert the Bruce has been told and re-told ever since he captured England’s best poet, Robert Baston, at the battle of Bannockburn and made him write a poem on the great Scottish victory. Baston took 20 years to do it, and there have been many versions

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A Stirling Cup of Tea  

This delightful cup, saucer and plate set is a recent gift to the Stirling Smith collections by Mr William Fraser. The cup features the Old Bridge of Stirling, the saucer has a print of Stirling Castle and the plate has a composite view of Cambuskenneth. The views on these English

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Sir Henry George "Harry" Rushbury (1889 –1968)

Stirling Castle from Raploch by Rushbury, 1946

This fine Stirling view is a recent addition to the Stirling Smith collections, secured thanks to funding from Stirling Common Good Fund and through the voluntary services of friend of the Smith Dr Robin Campbell.  Sir Henry George “Harry” Rushbury (1889 –1968) was an eminent and accomplished painter and etcher

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Thomson’s Carriage Works 

Today’s object from the Stirling Smith collections is an advertising card for the firm of George Thomson, Carriage Builder, issued at the Edinburgh International Industrial Exhibition of 1886 and showing two of his carriages. It is a recent gift to the collections from Mrs Jane Millar. The firm of George

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