St Fillan’s chain, from a healing pool at Killin – Stirling Story 48 for 26 November 2014

The six links of chain of St. Fillan in the Stirling Smith collections are not much to look at, but they can be counted among the treasures of the Smith. They caught the imagination of a group of students at the University of Western Australia who made a greetings card

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The Crawford Collection

The Crawford Collection This collection of 18th and 19th century Prints and Drawings of Stirling Castle and Stirling isn’t currently on display, but that doesn’t stop us sharing this wonderful collection with the world. All images can be seen on our Pinterest Board Conservation was grant aided by Museums Galleries

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William Ramsay of Barnton (1809-1850) – Stirling Story no. 47 for 20 November 2013

This is a print of an engraving made by Thomas Lupton in 1845 showing the dashing figure of William Ramsay of Barnton MP, skilled horseman, land owner and Conservative politician who gave his name to Barnton Street, Stirling. When Ramsay was still an infant, his father died, making him ‘the

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Private William Rourke Stirling Story no.46 for 13 November 2013

Since the peace treaty was signed on Armistice Day, 11 November 1918 we have remembered the dead of the Great War, 1914-1919, every November since. Private William Rourke of Caledonia Terrace, St Ninians was one of thousands of young men in Stirling who answered the call to fight against Germany

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Sailor’s Valentine – Stirling Story no.44 for 30 October 2013

This is a very good example of a sailor’s valentine of the 1850s in the Stirling Smith collections. It is currently one of the objects highlighted for Black History Month. Sailor’s valentines were made from tiny sea shells arranged in interesting patterns and encased in octagonal glazed boxes. Tradition has

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Annie Croall, Stirling Story no.43 for 23 October 2013

  Founder of the Stirling’s Children’s Home, Annie Knight Croall (1854-1927) is one of the unsung heroines of Scottish history.  She was the daughter of the first curator of the Smith Institute, and came from Leeds to Stirling at the age of 19.  A deeply spiritual person, her work for

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Freedom is Best – Stirling Story no.42 for 16 October 2013

This watercolour by Joan Somerville represents the followers of William Wallace awaiting the English army before the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297.  The Latin inscription beneath is the lesson taught to Wallace by his uncle, the Priest of Dunipace: Freedom is best, I tell thee true Of all things

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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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Dunblane Doll’s House, 1940

Shown here is a detail of the Nursery, one of the many rooms in the Dunblane Doll’s House. Each of the pieces is functional, as well as beautifully detailed. The Nursery has its own Doll’s House (on the left), a rocking horse which rocks, a bed, cot, and tea table.

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