Extracts were published in the Stirling Antiquary a little over a century ago. But there was a lot unpublished and it was not always easy to find what you wanted in the published version - even if you had a copy to hand!
Now Stirling Council Archives have started to publish the diary for 1813 online as a blog. They intend, eventually, to put the whole thing online so it will be searchable and freely available.
Lucas notes all sorts of things, from the weather to food prices, from international affairs to local 'news' items [we recently used his entry about the first steam ships in Stirling on our own blog!].
The story of this exciting new publication has also made the BBC local news website. And from time to time we will post links to the diary on this website, too.
There is lots of scope for further research on Lucas, his diary and the stories me mentions. He wrote before there was a local press so his diary is particularly important. You can comment on the blog and the Archives will welcome further background information.
So, if you are interested in the history of early nineteenth century Stirlling take a look!