John Ferguson (1882 -1928), Poet

Not much is known about John Ferguson. The photograph is from the Christmas Observer of 1928. He was born and raised in Stirling, and attended the High School, where the commemorative plaque, a recent gift to the Stirling Smith collections by Archie MacCallum, was put up after his death. Such

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Mauchline Ware

At the height of the summer, it’s worth taking a look at how Stirling provided souvenirs for tourists in generations past. It is often said that modern tourism in the Stirling area began with the publication of Walter Scott’s Lady of the Lake in 1810. By 1814, when his novel

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A London view of the Battle of Bannockburn, Liz Knutt

The Bannockburn exhibition at the Smith has some interesting new works of art. This painting, oil on panel, of Bruce slaying de Bohun is by the highly acclaimed London artist, Liz Knutt, who belongs to the Teddington Group. Liz Knutt trained at Edinburgh College of Art and spent many years

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Dunedin, Stirling’s Sister City

It is 50 years since a partnership agreement was signed between Stirling and Dunedin, Florida. Twin towns or sister cities are a form of legal agreement made between towns and cities, to foster friendship and commercial links. The movement was started after the Second World War in 1947 to promote

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Bannockburn, Andrew Hillhouse

During the summer, this very detailed painting of the Battle of Bannockburn by Andrew Hillhouse is on display in the Stirling Smith Art Gallery’s Bannockburn exhibition. In it, the artist has attempted to include all of the action of the second day of the battle, 24 June 1314. The information

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Bannockburn 700 – Stirling Story no 25 for 18 June

There will be many commemorations for Bannockburn 700 throughout the world, wherever Scots meet. Bannockburn near Geelong in Victoria, Australia also has its own battle re-enactment scheduled for 22 June. Here in Stirling the Masonic societies in the Provincial Grand Lodge of Stirlingshire have had a commemorative dinner for over

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Norman McLaren & Grierson: Tales from the Archive

The Norman McLaren Archive The photograph, from the University of Stirling Archives, shows a sunny day in the back garden of 21 Albert Place, Stirling.  Left to right are William McLaren, his sister Jessie, his son film maker Norman McLaren, and Norman’s friends Helen Biggar and Biddy Russell. This is

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Stirling Annual Charities Week, 1938

The invasion of 11 May 1938 had nothing to do with Europe. Apparently the invaders, who arrived in a canoe at Stirling Harbour, came from Montreal. They were Native American Braves, led by Chief Pokobawbees, who arrived to relieve the Stirling people of their spare cash – all in aid

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The Bruce by John Barbour

The Declaration of Arbroath, sent by the barons and nobles of Scotland to the Pope on 6 April 1320, was a document which underlined the freedom won at Bannockburn and shaped political thought in Scotland and elsewhere thereafter. This version was stitched as part of the Smith’s 2014 banner by

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Robert the Bruce

The Bannockburn 700 exhibition at the Stirling Smith looks at how Bannockburn has been remembered and memorialised over the past 700 years. The royal victor, King Robert the Bruce, has also been portrayed by artists and sculptors in so many different ways. Shown here is a figurine in porcelain by

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