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1st Stirlingshire Scout Group

  • C0109
  • Corporate body
  • 1908 -

The Boy Scout movement was founded in Britain in 1908 by Lieutenant-General Robert (later Lord) Baden-Powell (1857 - 1941), famous for his defence of Mafeking (1899-1900) during the Boer War. The organisation was initially for boys aged 11 to 14 or 15, and aimed to develop good citizenship, and skill in various outdoor activities. The Scouts were organised into small groups (patrols) of six or seven under a boy patrol leader. Training included tracking, reconnaissance, mapping, signalling, knotting, first aid, and other skills relevant to camping and outdoor activities. Training was rewarded by the granting of badges, and a daily good deed encouraged. Scouts had to obey the Scout Law, a simple code of chivalrous behaviour. The aims of the Scout movement are to help young people develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable them to be responsible, self-reliant citizens. Membership is now open to boys and girls between the ages of 10 1/2 and 15 1/2.The first recorded meeting of 1st Stirlingshire Scout Group was on 21 December 1908. It was the first scout group in Stirling and, in 1988, was one of only seven troops throughout Scotland with continuous activities.

Abercromby, George, 1770 – 1843, 2nd Baron Abercromby, politician

  • P0043
  • Person
  • 1770 – 1843

George Abercromby, 2nd Baron Abercromby (14 October 1770 – 15 February 1843) was a Scottish lawyer, politician and peer. The eldest son of Lt.-Gen. Sir Ralph Abercromby and Mary Abercromby, 1st Baroness Abercromby, he became, like his grandfather, a lawyer, and was called to the Bar in 1794. On his death in 1843 he was succeeded in the barony by his son.

Aberfoyle Junior Secondary School

  • C0038
  • Corporate body
  • c. 1951 – 1974

Aberfoyle originally had a Public School from the late 19th century. Aberfoyle Junior Secondary School was in operation from c. 1951 and closed in July 1974 with pupils transferred to McLaren High School in Callander. By the 1930s, the main structure of Scottish secondary schooling had settled into a pattern of three-year ‘junior secondary’ and five-year ‘senior secondary’ courses. Junior Secondary’s were intended to prepare people for training and work. Senior Secondary’s were intended to lead to the professions either directly or through university. Allocation of pupils between these courses was mainly on the basis of tests of intelligence and of attainment (in English, arithmetic and mathematics) taken in the final year of primary school.

Aberfoyle Kirk Session

  • C0114
  • Corporate body
  • 1560 -

Historically, Aberfoyle Church belonged to the Abbey of Inchmahome. It was in the Presbytery of Dunblane and later the Presbytery of Stirling (for some time the Presbytery of Stirling and Dunblane). John Honeyman designed the present parish church building in 1869-1870, which replaced the Old Kirk of Aberfoyle which was situated on the south bank of the River Forth. (The old church was rebuilt in 1744 and repaired 1839). The new church was enlarged in 1883-84 to include transepts, and in 1974 a stained glass window by Gordon Webster was added. A bell originally presented to the Old Parish Church by the Duke of Montrose hangs in a small structure near the East gable. There is a two-manual pipe organ (1887) by Bryceson Brothers, London. In 1983 Aberfoyle Parish Church was linked with the Port of Menteith Parish Church.

Aberfoyle Ministers include the Gaelic scholar and author, Rev Robert Kirk (1644-1692) who was minister in the Old Parish Church, Aberfoyle 1685 – 1692. Kirk was the author of various Gaelic and English translations and publications and perhaps best known for his work ‘The Secret Commonwealth’(1691, published 1815) regarding fairies and other supernatural beings. Kirk was found dead on Doon Hill in 1692 which was known locally as a ‘fairy knowe’ – the tradition is that he was walking on the knowe when he sank down and disappeared. Kirk’s remains are buried in Aberfoyle [see Fasti, Vol 4 Presbytery of Dunblane, p334-335].

Aberfoyle Parish

  • C0013
  • Corporate body
  • 1845 - 1975

Prior to 1845, most local administration was provided by the kirk session of the parish. Details of this may be found in the minutes and accounts of the ecclesiastical parish at CH2/704. In 1845 the Poor Law (Scotland) Act set up parochial boards in each ecclesiastical parish in Scotland with a Board of Supervision established in Edinburgh to oversee the administration or relief for the poor. This produced a whole new series of records related to the provision of help for those in need. As well as this function, the parish was also responsible for other aspects of local administration such as recreation grounds, refuse collection and lighting. After 1925, care of local burial grounds was transferred to the parish authorities and at this time, all existing pre-1925 lair and burial records were given over to the care of the parish council. The Local Government (Scotland) Act of 1894 replaced the parochial boards with parish councils although the system of administration remained broadly the same. The 1929 Local Government (Scotland) Act transferred the functions of the parish councils to the district councils of the local county council. Aberfoyle Parish fell under the jurisdiction of Perth Western District Council. In 1948, all provision for the poor became the responsibility of the National Assistance Board with the establishment of the Welfare State in that year.

Aberfoyle Slate Quarries School

  • C0039
  • Corporate body
  • 1921 – 1934

Aberfoyle Slate Quarries School opened on 2nd September 1921 with Miss Morton the Head Teacher. The last entry in the log book was 4th May 1934.

Albert Halls

  • C0187
  • Corporate body
  • 1883 -

The Albert Halls, Stirling, originally called the New Public Halls, were opened in October 1883 with a performance of Handel's 'Messiah'. It had been intended to use the Smith Art Gallery and Museum for concerts and public events but the terms of the Trust deed would not allow this. A campaign organised by Dr Charles Allan, a local musician, was started to erect a new venue. The Stirling Public Hall Co. Ltd. was formed and the campaign successfully concluded with the opening of the Halls. The building on Dumbarton Road, Stirling, contains two main halls. It is a venue for indoor concerts, conferences, opera, fairs, and other events and meetings.

Albert, 1819 – 1861, Prince Consort of Queen Victoria

  • P0113
  • Person
  • 1819 – 1861

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel;[1] 26 August 1819 – 14 December 1861) was the husband of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

Born in the Saxon duchy of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld to a family connected to many of Europe's ruling monarchs, at the age of twenty Albert married his cousin, Victoria; they had nine children. Initially he felt constrained by his role of prince consort, which did not afford him power or responsibilities. He gradually developed a reputation for supporting public causes, such as educational reform and the abolition of slavery worldwide, and was entrusted with running the Queen's household, office and estates. He was heavily involved with the organisation of the Great Exhibition of 1851, which was a resounding success.

Victoria came to depend more and more on Albert's support and guidance. He aided the development of Britain's constitutional monarchy by persuading his wife to be less partisan in her dealings with Parliament—although he actively disagreed with the interventionist foreign policy pursued during Lord Palmerston's tenure as Foreign Secretary.

Albert died at the relatively young age of 42. Victoria was so devastated at the loss of her husband that she entered into a deep state of mourning and wore black for the rest of her life. On her death in 1901, their eldest son succeeded as Edward VII, the first British monarch of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, named after the ducal house to which Albert belonged.

Alexander III, 1241 – 1286, King of Scotland

  • P0133
  • Person
  • 1241 – 1286

Alexander III (Medieval Gaelic: Alaxandair mac Alaxandair; Modern Gaelic: Alasdair mac Alasdair) (4 September 1241 – 19 March 1286) was King of Scots from 1249 until his death. He concluded the Treaty of Perth, by which Scotland acquired sovereignty over the Western Isles and the Isle of Man. His heir, Margaret, Maid of Norway, died before she could be crowned.

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