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Alva United Presbyterian Kirk Session

  • C0282
  • Corporate body
  • 1847 - 1900

A congregation of members of the United Secession was formed in Alva in 1838 and a church built by 1842. It was part of the Presbytery of Stirling (for a time Stirling and Dunblane). The Church became part of the United Presbyterian Church in 1847 on the union of the United Secession and Relief Churches. In 1900 with the union of the UP Church with the Free Church, Alva United Presbyterian Church became Eadie United Free Church

Alva United Secession Kirk Session

  • C0281
  • Corporate body
  • 1838 - 1847

A congregation of members of the United Secession was formed in Alva in 1838 and a church built by 1842. It was part of the Presbytery of Stirling (for a time Stirling and Dunblane). The Church became part of the United Presbyterian Church in 1847 on the union of the United Secession and Relief Churches.

Alva West Kirk Session

  • C0460
  • Corporate body
  • 1929 - 1931

Alva West Free Church was part of the Free Church of Scotland formed after the Disruption of 1843. Initially only a few had decided for the Free Church and attempts were made to combine with Tillicoultry but in 1846 the charge was sanctioned and a church opened in 1848. After the union of the Free Church with the United Presbyterians in 1900 it became Alva West United Free Church. Alva West was dissolved in 1931 following the union of the Church of Scotland with the United Free Church. It was part of the Presbytery of Stirling (sometime Stirling and Dunblane)

Alva West United Free Kirk Session

  • C0459
  • Corporate body
  • 1900 - 1929

Alva West Free Church was part of the Free Church of Scotland formed after the Disruption of 1843. Initially only a few had decided for the Free Church and attempts were made to combine with Tillicoultry but in 1846 the charge was sanctioned and a church opened in 1848. After the union of the Free Church with the United Presbyterians in 1900 it became Alva West United Free Church. Alva West was dissolved in 1931 following the union of the Church of Scotland with the United Free Church. It was part of the Presbytery of Stirling (sometime Stirling and Dunblane).

Ancient Order of Free Gardeners Flower of Cowie Lodge

  • C0319
  • Corporate body
  • 1904 -

The British Order of Ancient Free Gardeners are recorded as early as 1676 in East Lothian. Although many of the Free Gardeners' emblems were similar to those used in Freemasonry, and local branches were known as lodges, the Order did not have Masonic connections. In Scotland in 1849 several lodges met together to form a Grand Lodge and the following years saw an rapid increase in the number of lodges. The Order issued regulations, offered practical advice and assistance to gardeners and landowners. It admitted non gardeners from an early stage and gradually developed into the role of a friendly society and was governed by Friendly Society acts.The Flower of Cowie Lodge in Cowie, Stirling, was Lodge no. 440 in the Scottish Central District. It was founded in 1904.

Ancient Order of Hibernians Falkirk and Stirling Divisions

  • C0151
  • Corporate body
  • 1641 -

The ancient order of Hibernians was the successor to the secret societies that formed in Ireland in the 16th century to defend the Catholic faith and society from Protestantism, in particular English Protestantism. It is an Irish Catholic fraternal organization and members must be male, Catholic, and either born in Ireland or of Irish descent. The first use of the name can be traced to 1641. An American branch of the order was formed in New York in 1836 and has developed into an organisation supporting those of Irish backgrounds in America and promoting Irish culture, the order's largest membership is now in America. In Ireland, at the start of the 20th century, the increase in support for nationalist policies saw an expansion of membership of the AOH.

Today, the AOH remains a visible but somewhat marginal part of the Catholic community in Northern Ireland. It holds parades at Easter, Lady Day and a few other times a year. However, the order placed a voluntary ban on its members parading until 1975 due to the troubles in the country. The Stirling and Falkirk divisions of the order are numbers 563 and 229, respectively.

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.

Ardeonaig Free Kirk Session

  • C0463
  • Corporate body
  • 1843 - 1900

At the Disruption of 1843 the missionary and most of the congregation joined the Free Church and were able to use the church as a place of worship. After the union of the Free Church with the United Presbyterians in 1900 the church became Ardeonaig United Free Church. In 1929, with most other United Free Churches, it rejoined the Church of Scotland.

Ardeonaig Kirk Session

  • C0194
  • Corporate body
  • 1617 - 1967

The original church at Ardeonaig was dedicated to St Adamnan. The parish was joined with Killin in 1617 and a missionary appointed to preach there. At the Disruption of 1843 the missionary and most of the congregation joined the Free Church and were able to use the church as a place of worship. After the union of the Free Church with the United Presbyterians in 1900 the church became Ardeonaig United Free Church. In 1929, with most other United Free Churches, it rejoined the Church of Scotland. Ardeonaig was, as part of the parish of Killin, in the Presbytery of Weem, as a member of the Free Church it was in the Presbytery of Breadalbane, after 1929 it was, for a while, in the Presbytery of Dunkeld. In 1957 it was linked again with Killin and in 1967 joined with Killin under the name of Killin and Ardeonaig, which became part of the Presbytery of Stirling

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