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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.

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.

Alexander, James Edward, 1803 - 1885, soldier, author

  • P0322
  • Person
  • 1803 - 1885

General Sir James Edward Alexander KStJ CB FRSE FRGS (16 October 1803 – 2 April 1885) was a Scottish traveller, author and soldier in the British Army. Alexander was the driving force behind the placement of Cleopatra's Needle on the Thames Embankment.

Born in Stirling, he was the eldest son of Edward Alexander of Powis, Clackmannanshire, and his second wife Catherine Glas, daughter of John Glas, Provost of Stirling. The family purchased Powis House near Stirling in 1808 from James Mayne (his uncle by marriage) for £26,500. His father, a banker, had to sell Powis House in 1827 on collapse of the Stirling Banking Company. He received his training in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.

In 1837 he married Eveline Marie Mitchell, daughter of Col C. C. Mitchell of the Royal Artillery.

In 1853 he obtained Westerton House in Bridge of Allan, built in 1803 by Dr John Henderson of the East India Company (a cousin and friend). Here he became an elder of Logie Kirk, walking there each Sunday.

He died in Ryde on the Isle of Wight but is buried in Old Logie Churchyard just east of his home town of Stirling. The graveyard lies several hundred metres north of Logie Cemetery and the 19th century Logie Kirk.

After his death his trustees sold Westerton House to Edmund Pullar.

Allan, John, c. 1847 - 1922, architect

  • P0299
  • Person
  • c. 1847 - 1922

John Allan was born at Gowkhill, Carnock, Fife, the son of William Allan and Margaret Chrisite. His date of birth is not precisely known but he was christened on 2 May 1847.

Allan's training is not yet known, but he had settled in Stirling some time before 1877 when William Hunter McNab was articled to him. He worked in an idiosynchratic idiom with a fondness for incised inscriptions. He was descrobed as a surveyor in 1911.

Allan died at Stirling on 20 February 1922 and was buried in the old kirkyard at Carnock.

Allan, Michael, fl. 1950 - 1990, employee of Cape Insulation Limited

  • P0236
  • Person
  • fl. 1950 - 1990

Michael Allan, or Michael Zurowski-Allan, was an employee of Cape Insulation Limited, Stirling. He celebrated his 25th year in their employment in 1979. He donated several of his collections and some of his writings to various libraries including material on Cape Insulation to Stirling Council Archives.

Archibald, Stirling, 1710 - 1783, merchant and Laird of Keir and Cawder

  • P0273
  • Person
  • 1710 - 1783

Archibald Stirling of Keir and Cawder was born at Keir, 04 Sep 1710 to James Stirling (b. 1679) and Marione Stirling, née Stuart (b. 1680). He had 20 siblings including William, Alexander, Robert, and John Stirling. Archibald is an ancestor of the current Laird of Keir, Archibald Hugh Stirling (b. 1941).

Archibald was a merchant in Jamaica, where he acquired a moderate fortune before he returned to Scotland in 1748. He succeeded his brother, John, in Keir ten years afterwards, and by Deed of Entail, dated 05 November, 1771, he entailed the estates of Keir and Cawder. In 1751, Archibald married Margaret Stirling, née Erskine (b. 1732), of Torrie, Fife, who was daughter of Colonel William Erskine of Torrie. He later married Dame Ann Stirling, née Hay (1727 - 1807), of Drumelzier, Peebleshire, in 1762, who was the daughter of Alexander Hay of Drummelzier, and relict of Sir Patrick Hepburn Murray ofBlackcastle and Balmanno, Baronet.

In 1762 - 1763, Archibald was involved in a court case against John Christie regarding Nethertown of Inverallan.

Archibald died at Keir on 03 November 1783, aged 73, without issue. He was succeeded by his brother William (b. 1725), who was concerned in the Rebellion of 1745, along with his father and brother, Hugh.

Baden-Powell, Robert Stephenson Smyth, 1857 - 1941, 1st Baron Baden Powell, General and Chief Scout

  • P0235
  • Person
  • 1857 - 1943

Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, now often referred to as Lord Baden-Powell, was born in Paddington on 22nd February 1857 to parents The Reverend Professor Baden Powell (d. 1860) and Henrietta Grace Smyth (1824 – 1914) and was one of ten children. He attended Rose Hill School, Tunbridge Wells and was later given a scholarship to Charterhouse, a prestigious public school in the City of London.

In 1876, Baden-Powell joined the 13th Hussars in India with the rank of lieutenant, he specialised in scouting, map-making and reconnaissance, and soon began to train the other soldiers in what were essential skills for any soldier of the time. After his time in India, Baden-Powell fought in the Balkans, South Africa and Malta before returning to Africa at the start of the Second Boer War. Baden-Powell returned home from Africa in 1903 and found himself to be a national hero as his military training manual, 'Aids to Scouting', had become a best-seller, and was being used by teachers and youth organisations around the country. This led him to release Scouting for Boys, which was published in six installments in 1908. Following the release, boys and girls began to form scout troops and the scouting movement quickly began. The girl guides were subsequently formed in 1910 under Baden-Powell's sister, Agnes Baden-Powell (1858 - 1945). In 1910, at the age of 53, Baden-Powell retired from the army and devoted his life to the scout movement, travelling the world to inspire more young people to join scouting and, by 1920, the movement was large enough to hold its first jamboree.

Outside of his military and scouting career, Baden-Powell married Olave Soames in 1912 (1889 - 1977) with whom he had three children, Peter, Heather and Betty. The couple also raised their three nieces after the death of Olave Soames' sister, Auriol Davidson (d. 1919). Baden-Powell died on 8 January 1941, at the age of 83, and was buried in Nyeri in Kenya. His wife survived him by 35 years.

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