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Location of Stirlingshire in Scotland

Stirlingshire ( Scottish Gaelic Siorrachd Sruighlea ) is a traditional county in Scotland . The historic capital and eponymous place is the city of Stirling , other important places are Falkirk , Kilsyth and Grangemouth .

Most of Stirlingshire is in the Central Lowlands , except for the northwestern part, which borders on the east side of Loch Lomond .


Three major battles took place in the region in the Middle Ages : the Battle of Stirling Bridge took place in the Scottish War of Independence in 1297 , in which the Scottish troops under Andrew de Moray and his subordinate William Wallace were victorious at the bridge over the Forth near Stirling, a year later at Falkirk and 1314 at Bannockburn .

Stirlingshire had a flourishing economic history and benefited from several favorable conditions: On the one hand, the simultaneous occurrence of iron and coal, in the vicinity of limestone and canisters, which are needed for the smelting process. And secondly, the proximity to the sea, in two directions. All of this favored the settlement of the iron and steel industry at the time of industrialization . Around 1800 the Carron Iron Works near Falkirk were one of the largest smelters in Europe. After a long success story, the company went bankrupt in 1982 as part of the steel crisis and has since been part of Franke Holding as Carron Phoenix , with only parts of the production taking place in Stirlingshire.

Administrative history

As an administrative county, Stirlingshire existed between 1890 and 1975 and was then essentially part of the Districts and eventual Council Areas Stirling and Falkirk of the Central region . Kilsyth and its environs came to Strathclyde in 1975 .

The Scottish Regions and Districts were dissolved in 1996. Since then, the area of ​​the traditional county of Stirlingshire has been part of the Council Areas of Stirling , Falkirk , North Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire . Stirlingshire is still one of the Lieutenancy Areas of Scotland today .

Individual evidence

  1. a b Stirlingshire - Article of the britannica
  2. ^ William Douglas Simpson (1896-1968): Stirlingshire . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2012, ISBN 978-1-107-67162-1 , pp. 5 .


  • Nimmo, W. (1817). History of Stirlingshire (Vol. 1). A. Bean. Online at electricscotland
  • Simpson, WD (2012). Stirlingshire. Cambridge University Press.

Web links

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