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a city and former ancient burgh in Scotland, and is at the heart
of the wider Stirling council area.
The city is clustered around a large fortress and mediæval old-town.
It is a centre for local government, higher education, retail,
and light industry. Its population (as of the 2001 census) was
41,243, making it the smallest city in Scotland.
One of the principal royal strongholds of the Kingdom of Scotland,
Stirling was created a Royal burgh by King David I in 1130, which
it remained until 1975, when the county of Stirlingshire was absorbed
into Central Region. In 2002, as part of Queen Elizabeth II's
Golden Jubilee, Stirling was granted city status.
Here are some facts about Stirlingshire:
The small town of Doune in Stirlingshire was once famous
throughout the world for manufacturing pistols. Some even say
that it was a pistol made here in Stirlingshire that fired the
first shot of the American War of Independence.
Stirling carse, the flat farmland stretching west across
Stirlingshire from the castle, is an ancient peat bog. When it
was drained back in the 18th century people were amazed to find
the remains of whales. Nowadays, hay grown on the Stirlingshire
carse is reckoned to be the best-quality hay in the country, apparently
top thoroughbred horses won't eat anything else.
It was in Stirlingshire that Robert the Bruce helped secure
independence for Scotland through his decisive victory at Bannockburn,
just outside Stirling, in 1314. Together the Bannockburn Monument
and nearby statue of Robert the Bruce are one of the most visited
sites in Stirlingshire.
Stirlingshire is home to many of the most famous battles
in Scottish history, and the Wallace Monument commemorates William
Wallace, the 13th Century Scottish hero who fought the Battle
of Stirling Bridge. The monument, which is a sandstone tower built
in 1869 with contributions from, among others, Garibaldi, is one
of Stirlingshire's most well loved attractions.
Granted it's own coat of arms in 1890, Stirlingshire's
banner depicts a St Andrews cross and a red lion. The weapons
placed around the cross represent the weapons used against the
English during the battle of Bannockburn.
Culcreuch castle, in one of Stirlingshire's prettiest villages,
Fintry, is home to the largest colony of bats in the UK.
Here are just
some places to visit in and around Stirlingshire:
Stirling, FK8 2QL
Castle Wynd, Stirling,
Trossachs, FK8 1EJ
Glasgow Road Bannockburn, Stirling,
Stirlingshire, FK7 8LJ
Burgh of Stirling Visitor Centre
Castle Esplanade, Stirling
Drummond Safari Park
Blair Drummond, by Stirling,
Stirling, FK9 4UR
Old Town Jail
ST. John Street
Stirling, FK8 1EA
of the Holy Rude
St John Street,
Stirling Old Town
Stirling, FK8 1EJ
Art Gallery & Museum
40 Albert Place
Stirling, FK8 2RQ