9th February 1813

The Weather wet and stormy with high winds.

One Kinros a Joiner died by excessive dram drinking in McNies Public House Marywynd.

Sent two Beef hams to London to Mrs McNaughton in a present.

Planted Red and White Currant bushes in the Garden.

A high wind with a heavy rain which was succeeded afterwards with a fall of snow.  The weather is very Cold.

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4 thoughts on “9th February 1813

    • Hi Athanasia,

      We were thinking just the same thing today. Quite a few things in the diaries are still very relevant today such as the cost of living going up and concerns about things not growing in the garden because it is too cold.

      Glad you are enjoying the diary entries.

      Stirling Council Archives

  1. My Dear Lucas,

    Indeed it must be a trial living in such close proximity to the Mary Wynd. It has long been a notorious place of foul-deeds and heavy drinking for those of both loose moral tone and questionable virtue.

    Tell me, Lucas, was Kinross connected in any way to young Henry Kinross who set up his coach-building concern with William Croall around the year 1802? I seem to recall a workshop down at the Shore Road. The carriageworks did good and rapid business, no doubt due to their startling and innovative introduction of a Steam Engine, the first in the town. How intrigued we were, Lucas, in those days when such things were new!

    I believe they are still doing well. I can only hope the currant bushes fare similarly, as I fear the present weather may yet prove too harsh for your optimism.

    Yours, etc.,
    Nathaniel Blyss.

    • Dear Blyss,

      Good Morrow and thank you for your kind epistle.

      Alas, there is no way to tell which family the late Kinros who died recently came from, however we gather that it would not that been ‘the’ Kinross of Kinross & Croall as that individual, Henry Kinross died in 1845, 13th December, aged three score and eight years and was buried in Stirling’s Holy Rude cemetery. A relative possibly? Perhaps, but alas it would be very difficult to tell, as the Old Parish Records are silent on the matter, and it will be another 7 years until a local newspaper begins in Stirling, and indeed another 42 years until the deaths of all, rich and poor alike start being recorded through civil registration.

      ‘Tis both the delight and the vexation of dealing with such an early diary.

      Fare thee weel, until we correspond again,
      Stirling Archive

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