On This Day 11th September 1869
Wallace Monument Inauguration
The inauguration ceremony, when the building was formally handed over to the Patrons of Cowane’s Hospital and other custodiers was covered in great detail by both the Stirling Observer and Stirling Journal & Advertiser newspapers. There was a formal ceremony in the Armoury Hall of the Monument with ‘almost 100 gentlemen present’ (Stirling Observer 16 Sep 1869, p4). Later in evening at 8 o’clock the monument was illuminated, followed by 30 minutes of fireworks (a full list of the 29 different types of fireworks is recorded in the Stirling Journal, 17 Sep 1869 p2). There was even a 'new national song' titled 'Yon tower on the Abbey Craig High' composed to be sung on the occasion by William Sinclair!
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This Season's meetings.
October 30: Dr Alasdair Ross, “ This belongs to us ! :
A medieval fight over control of the Salmo Salar resources of the River Forth”
November 27: Scott McMaster,“The Weapons and Clothing of Bannockburn Some of the Interesting Participants ”
December: no meeting
January 29: Stuart Campbell, “Walking the Stirling Marches ”
February 26: Eleanor Muir, Visitor Experience Manager, Stirling Castle,
“ Renaissance Rags and Riches at the Royal Court in Stirling – A presentation by the costumed Interpreters at Stirling Castle ”
March 26: Bill Inglis, “The Battle of Sherrifmuir”
April 30 : AGM. followed by Dr David Caldwell, “Doune Pistols”
All meetings held at Smith Museum, 7:30pm start, details here on About Us page.
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