• HRH Queen Elizabeth II officially declared Stirling Scotland's newest city on 24th May 2002. Stirling was chosen to mark the Queen's Golden Jubilee.
  • Scotland's first National Park, The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park was opened by HRH Princess Royal on 24th July 2002.
  • Over half of Scotland's population lives within an hour of the city of Stirling and 80% within two hours.
  • Stirling University is ranked 1st in the UK for widening access to Higher Education. 
  • The Old Stirling Bridge was built in the late 15th century, it was the site where previously William Wallace had defeated the English army in 1297. 
  • From 1888 to 1935, Stirling’s Old Town Jail was a military prison, the only one in Scotland.
  • Stirling Moss was named after Stirling, his mother’s home town.
  • Hay grown on the Stirling carse is the best quality hay in the UK and fed to thoroughbred racehorses
  • Robert Burns once visited Stirling and penned the Stirling lines here.
  • Billy Bremner was born here in Stirling.
  • Stirling started Scotland’s first Sustainable Communities Project and the first Food Futures Project.
  • The elite S.A.S. unit was founded by Archibald David Stirling of the famous Stirling family.
  • The Stirling Jug was the liquid measure by which all other Scottish measures were standardised. It was instituted in 1457 and was not superseded until Imperial measures were introduced in 1707.
  • The British currency term ‘sterling’ is derived from the town of Stirling. Originally, a mint in the town produced coins using silver from mines in the Ochils.
  • The Black Boy fountain - 1369: Plague decimates over 30% of Stirling's population Although people did not realize it at the time, ordinary fleas spread the Plague. 

 

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