Football match programme with a picture of Billy Bremner on cover and signed by Billy Bremner. The Cover is mostly red and white.

Billy Bremner

Shown here is Bremner’s Testimonial Programme for the match played in Stirling at Annfield on 30 October 1973. The programme was gifted to the Smith by Albion fan Jim Thomson, and before now, there has been nothing in the Smith collection to represent this great footballing hero.  It is part

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The Windsor of the North

‘The Windsor of the North’ provides a reminder of how much the promotional and destination marketing Stirling has moved on since the 1930s. This is from the cover of a brochure discovered in the Oxfam Bookshop by Friend of the Smith Frances Chatfield last week.  The booklet was produced by

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Stirling Photographers

Stirling Photographers Today’s story centres on a photograph of the road which is now Ochil View in Menstrie. It is one of about 450 plate glass negatives, which came without any information from the estate of the late Henry Robb (1933 – 2016). Fortunately, the donation coincided with the internship

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Stirling Bowling Club

Established in 1858, Stirling Bowling Club is one of Stirling’s oldest sporting organisations. The Green was the first site to be developed on the north side of Dumbarton Road.  Stirling architect William Simpson (1809 – 1890) designed the Club House, which was built in attractive coloured brick and opened in

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The Links of Forth

With the tourist season here, it’s worth taking a look at what attracted visitors to Stirling in the past. This postcard dates to 1910, features tartan and Scottish harebells and celebrates the Links of Forth. The view of the winding river from the Castle craig or the Abbey craig is

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Mr and Mrs Jaffray

Agnes Wilson and her husband John Jaffray (died 1836) were well–known Stirling people. John was a weaver and spirit dealer who married Agnes in 1808. He was the son of the famous William “Citizen” Jaffray (1749 – 1828), supporter of the French Revolution who made it his mission to vaccinate

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Wallace Monument

This is the Year of Architecture, when the National Wallace Monument will be celebrating the 155th anniversary of the laying foundation stone, 24 June 1861.  It was one of the biggest public events in 19th century Scotland, and was followed by one of the longest building programmes.  The Monument was

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Flockhart Legacy

The exhibition of twentieth century art from the Stirling Smith’s collection continues. Featured prominently is this work by Helen Flockhart, who graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1985. Since then she has built a formidable reputation through numerous exhibitions in Britain, Europe and America. Her rich, meticulously crafted paintings

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Stirling History & Archaeology - The Stirling Jug

The Stirling Jug

The Stirling Jug or Scots Pint is one of the oldest artefacts of the Royal Burgh of Stirling. Investigation by specialist staff at the National Museum of Scotland has dated the Stirling Jug to 1511, when it was manufactured at Edinburgh Castle by Robert Borthwick who was “maister meltare of

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‘Nightmare’ by James Hume Nisbet

One of the tasks of the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum is to collect and show the works of important Stirling artists. ‘The Nightmare’ is a recently purchased gouache by Stirling born artist and writer James Hume Nisbet (1849 – 1923) who is largely unknown in Scotland today, but

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