Anne McGuire MP

When Anne McGuire MP wrote her last column for the Stirling Observer two weeks ago, it was headed ‘Eighteen years have passed in a flash’. Like many other politicians representing Stirling, Anne McGuire held high office in Westminster, starting off as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Scotland

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The Lake of Menteith, George Whitton Johnstone RSA RSW

This is one of two works in the Smith collection by the Scottish artist George Whitton Johnstone RSA RSW (1849-1901) and dates to 1890. Johnstone was born in Glamis and went to Edinburgh as a cabinet maker. He later became a pupil at the Royal Scottish Academy Life School, painting

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Forthside Past and Future

On Monday night, the Friends of the Smith are hosting a talk by Colin Tennant of Historic Scotland on the development of the Engine Shed, Forthside as Scotland’s first National Conservation Centre. This new national facility in Stirling will act as a focal point for those seeking information, advice and

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Cast Iron Fireplace

Even the mantle shelf of this fireplace, made in 1894 – 5 is of cast iron. It has been in the Stirling Smith collections for many decades, but until a few weeks ago it had thick layers of paint, in white pink and gold, obscuring the original design. Thanks to

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Boo Haughton, Mines Rescue Service

Bill “Boo” Haughton of Fallin first qualified as a miner in 1970, and went on to train as a developer and driver, opening up new coal seams, and in the specialist work of the Mines Rescue Service. He was photographed by John McPake at the opening of the Battle for

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Dunglaston by James Paterson RSA PRSW

At their quarterly meeting last week, the Trustees of the Stirling Smith approved the loan of this painting and three others, for a five month period in 2015 -6 to the prestigious Drents Museum, Assen, in the Netherlands. Drents is working with major Scottish galleries to mount an exhibition on

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Cruive Dykes, James Christie Prowett (1865-1946)

Artist James Christie Prowett (1865-1946) was the only son of James Prowett, a watchmaker and jeweller in Bannockburn. He was educated at Wilson’s Academy and Stirling High School, where he was taught art by Edmund Baker. He served as apprentice to the Stirling architect John Allan, but fine art held

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Great War Silks – Valentine’s Day

The departure of a generation of young men to fight in the Great War was felt keenly by families world – wide and poignantly expressed in the form of mass-produced cards known as Great War Silks. These cards were originally hand-embroidered by women in France and Belgium, but as demand

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William Neilson. M.M., a Cambusbarron Great War Hero

The hundred year old Great War page in the Observer is now a regular feature and a gripping read every week, as the events unfold for this generation. Today’s story should have been held until May 2019, but as it involves such a generous gift to the Stirling Smith, we

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Stirling Castle, John O’Connor (1830 – 1889)

This rare print of a work by Irish artist John O’Connor (1830 – 1889) is a recent gift to the Stirling Smith collections. It was donated by Jean Archibald, who when working for the British Library, was able to pick up interesting Scottish views from the print shops in Great

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