Counting the Cash – The Stirling Smith Bank Note Collection

  Two of our volunteers, Ben and Rachel have been working on scanning and documenting our bank note collection. Apart for local banks we also have notes from the American Revolutionary war 1771 – 1783 and the American Civil war; 1861-1865. Collecting mementos of war in the form of notes

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Chains and Slavery – Stirling Story no.41 for 9 October 2013

This window in the church of the Holy Rude is dedicated to the memory of Provost John Dick of Craigengelt (died 12 April 1865) and is most unusual in having a black man in chains before Christ.  The subject is ‘Come unto me all ye that labour.’ (Matthew 11, 28)

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Beer Porters by Frank Brangwyn (1867 – 1956) – Stirling Story 35 for 28 August 2013

This scene may be familiar to older readers of the Observer in more ways than one. Stirling was at one time a brewing centre, and workplace scenes such as this must have been common in breweries like St. Ninian’s Well, Burdens and Duncan’s. The image was sketched as part of

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