Bannockburns, Robert Crawford

There are many interpretations of Bannockburn. Sir Walter Scott’s epic poem, The Lord of the Isles, published in 1815, is one of many literary works on the subject, and its hero, King Robert the Bruce. An episode is illustrated here in a window by Glasgow stained glass artist John Cairney

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Stirlingshire Draughts Association Trophy

The Stirling Smith is well known as the home of the world’s oldest curling stone (1511), football (1540), early golf clubs and balls, and specialist early fishing equipment. The latest addition to the collection of sporting memorabilia is this magnificent draughts trophy in the form of a draughts board. It

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Norman McLaren - Film maker

Norman McLaren – A Dream of Stirling

Norman McLaren, the award-winning animated filmmaker, was born at 21 Albert Place, Stirling, opposite the Stirling Smith on 11 April 1914. Using material from the University of Stirling’s extensive Norman McLaren Archive along with items loaned from the McLaren family ‘A Dream of Stirling’ is the exhibition which looks at

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Mary Saunders, The Woman who saved the Stirling Smith

This charming family portrait is one of seven works bequeathed to the Stirling Smith by Mrs Mary Saunders (1924-2012). It is by the eminent Glasgow artist, Hugh Adam Crawford (1892-1982) and was painted in 1934 in the family house in Kingsborough Gardens, in Glasgow’s west end. The family is that

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Walking the Marches

From the beginning of recorded time, the Provost and officials of Scottish burghs have walked the burgh boundary once a year, checking that the march stones are in place and that, there are no illegal encroachments on burgh land. In the border towns, and Linlithgow and Edinburgh, the marches are

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The Young Artists – James Robert Wallace Orr (1907-1992)

James Robert Wallace Orr (1907-1992) was a well-known Scottish artist who trained at the Glasgow School of Art, 1929-33. Apart from war service with the RAF, he earned his living as an artist, working in Glasgow, Kirkcudbright, Helensburgh and Prestwick. He spent the last ten years of his life at

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Bannockburn 700 lecture

At 12 noon on Thursday 1 May, poet Robert Crawford will speak in the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum on Bannockburns: Scottish Independence and Literary Imagination, 1314 – 2014, which is the subject of his latest book. This is a rare opportunity to meet one of Scotland’s leading poets

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Bridge of Allan Golf Course

Bridge of Allan Golf Course

With the Ryder Cup exhibition in the Stirling Smith, we continue to explore the local story of golf.  The Bridge of Allan Golf Course was laid out by the famous Old Tom Morris in 1895, on ground selected by him.  Shown here is Edmund Pullar declaring the extended course open

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400-600AD Early Christian Grave Marker, Port of Menteith

Early Christian Grave Marker

This important early Christian grave marker, discovered by farmer Mr A.M. Paterson on his land at Ballangrew Farm, Port of Menteith in 1975, is evidence of early Christian belief in the Stirling area.  It dates from 400-600AD and is one of the earliest surviving Christian stones.  It was acquired for

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A Heavenly Gift, June Carey RSW

A Heavenly Gift, June Carey RSW

An important new work of art is installed in the Stirling Smith later this week.  ‘A Heavenly Gift’ has been made by artist June Carey, who lives and works in Stirling, to celebrate the 140th birthday of the Smith in 2014.  Thomas Stuart Smith, also an artist with Stirling connections,

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