Family Surname History
The STIRLING and SKIRLING surname, particularly in Angus (formerly Forfarshire)
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The research into SKIRLING and STIRLING and variant and 'connected'
surnames continues and the Webmaster has decided that keeping all the
various STIRLING pages on this site up2date is not really possible.
A NEW WEBPAGE has been created in the form of a newsletter and will be
updated more often than the others. You may still get information from
the various linked STIRLING pages on this site, but the new one should
ALWAYS be read for the latest news. The page will be dated so that
you can check it occasionally.
HERE for the new webpage.
This page, the links and
resources available are changed as new developments take place.
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15,500 name list of SCOTTISH STIRLINGS
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This page was updated - 21 July, 2011
This page lists some resources to be found on this site regarding persons whose
surname is STIRLING, but it includes many of the former spellings of the surname
which have generally become STIRLING or STERLING.
February 2004 - Two articles of interest -
Currently, an important resource available here to researchers is likely to be the
ALLSTIR database of persons whose
surname is STIRLING, etc. - (please note that this is no longer updated as an
improved list is maintained. You may still wish to refer to this list and
contact the webmaster for more detail - see below.
You will also find
some general STIRLING surname information, in
particular, the ANGUS (formerly Forfarshire) SCOTLAND links below, but also
Please note that my ALLSTIR list does NOT have detailed STIRLING information for persons of other
areas in SCOTLAND, unless the individual moved to or from, married, or died in
Angus. (There are clearly at least a few dozen names
who could be in this latter category - send a brief email with details if you would like
me to look at my list.) HOWEVER, I now have a much less
detailed list of over 15,000 records for ALL SCOTLAND - read on.
For persons researching STIRLINGS, etc. in and around
the town of FORFAR, ANGUS, SCOTLAND, the following resources -
(*The above extracts are from books held by the Angus Council Public Library, West High
Street, Forfar, Angus, DD8.---, Scotland. There are several other book extracts on this site, most from the same source)
Read here about the Scottish
'Lowland Clearances' which also appear to have affected the SKIRLING and
many other families of the Strathmore Estate and the Earls of Glamis.
Some Forfar history from
James Stirling, Chief Constable of Police at Forfar,
and his (named) force. Photos circa
1902; premises NOW.
Read some more of Forfar
buildings and the area around,
. . . but most importantly,
learn about the Famous Forfar Bridie!
There is a Stirling Family story that an ancestor (probably with others) carved
the Camel and seated figure which used to be placed above the gateway of
Bowbridge Jute Works, (known better locally pronounced as 'bow brig') off of
Main Street, Dundee, Scotland. Even the stories of what eventually happened to
this work are varied - quite a mystery! Interestingly, the ancestor concerned
lived nearby at "the Tap o' The Hill" in Strathmartine Road.
Here are three file pages of photographs and articles from the local
press and elsewhere.
Page 1, Page 2, Page
This factory was owned by J & D Grimmond, the forebears of the late Jo
Grimmond, former leader of the British Liberal (political) Party. The site is
The Panbride, Barry and Carnoustie
of the Stirlings and Skirlings.
best site by far to check YOUR SCOTTISH origins is www.scotlandspepole.gov.uk
To help you find your way around this area there is a large
map (326k) of Angus and Kincardineshire showing
Parish and some place names.
The main resources . . .
. includes STIRLINGS, etc., mostly for Angus, Scotland (also SKIRLINGS for
SCOTLAND) - now around 2,500 names and continually being
Entries from the 1881, 1891 &
1901 Census of Households for Angus, Scotland, where there is at least one
person present on Census night was surnamed STIRLING.
Quite a number of Enumeration Districts for the 1841
Census of Angus (including some of Dundee) have been prepared as an
Excel spreadsheet -
There are FOUR data lists of
people surnamed STIRLING or similar for the whole of Scotland. The
main purpose of these files is for research and
analysis, from which the results can be further investigated. One list of over 15,500 names and three others of about 5-6,000 The
three smaller files give more detail for many thousands of
Stirlings. You are may wish to use all four files to
further your research.
you are not already a member of the Tay Valley Family History
"roots" in this area of Scotland it would be well worth your while to join
- great value!
(The Webmaster's maternal grandparents in
the early 1900's.)
If your STIRLING interest is in
ANY area you may wish to look at this site which is based in the U.S.A. and run by dedicated historians -
Check out this Stirling
website on Electric Scotland.com
Try entering STIRLING
SKIRLING in this website search engine for lots and lots more STIRLING entries.
You are also invited to visit my CLEVELY Homepage
for some information about my paternal surname.
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This page was updated - 21 July, 2011