January 1820

1 The new year was observed as usuall by feasting among the better sort and with rioting drunkiness and Fighting among the lower sort of the community as usuall.

2 The storm continues the Thermometer at 16.

14 Thieves have been apprehended, they are part or nearly the whole gang that has infested the Town and country for this year past.

3 The Thermometer at sunrise was at 180.
Spittal Street is overrun with Ice, the Bakers Wynd is nearly in the same condition.

4 The Thermometer was at 20, the cold intense with much hoar frost.

6 A partial cold thaw took place which melted the Snow but on the 6th the frost returned with severity.

8 The disturbances in the Country appear to be at an end by the Vigorous Measures that were adopted to suppress illegal meetings of the people who were deluded by designing villains who made it their business to mislead the unwary.

10 Died John McGibbon Town Clerk and Sherrif Substitute. He was esteemed by all an Upright judge and an honest man. Severall other deaths have lately taken place that were not looked for.

13 The Storm continues, frost having again sett in. There being Skating and Curling on the Forth.
Of late Churchyards have often been robbed of the dead, for Anatomical purposes by the Proffessors of Anatomy in the Universities, occasioned a Cast Iron Machine to be put round the Grave with a very heavy Cast Iron Cover which is strongly bolted to other parts of the Machine which reaches to the bottom of the Grave. This machine is suffered to remain for six weeks and is then removed as, by that time, the fear of Stealing the Corpse as at an and, the body being them in such a putrid state as not to be fit for Dissection.

17 Handsell Monday was Keept as usuall with Cock fighting, Shooting and Throwing sticks at that noble bird at twopence a Throw, and Shooting at a mark for various articles and with feasting drun.kness fighting and rioting during the Evening.
The Thermometer at 10 above Zero – a fall of Snow.

18 The Thermometer was at 2 above zero, the weather Calm and excessively cold.

20 Storm continues, many Mills stopt for want of water and the Wheels frozen by the severity of the cold.

25 A Thaw took place with much rain.

24 The Thaw continues, the Snow is nearly gone in the plains but much yet remains on the surrounding hills.
William Galbreath and Alex Littlejohn were chosen Town Clerks.

26 The Thaw continues with much rain.
A Keen contest for Guildry Clerk in the room of Alex Littlejohn resigned, when Peter Wright son of Provost Wright was elected.
27 The Duke of Kent died, he was the King’s third son and left one daughter an infant.

30 The Thaw still continues but the storm is not quite eradicated, much snow is still on the Hills and the frost is still in the ground.

31 Old people still dropping off, and severall considerable failures in trade.
Thaw to the end of the month, the Markets are still high.

February 1820

2 The news reached Stirling of the death of King George 3rd. He died at Windsor on the evening of the 29th of Jany last, and on the 31 the Prince regent was proclaimed in London as George the fourth.

3 Cold foggy Frosty weather, the Mist was very close.
The Church bells tolled all the afternoon being the day of the Duke of Kent’s burial.

4 The New King was proclaimed here by the title of George the 4th by the Sheriff and some of the Magistrates together with Graham the Leiutenant Governor of the Castle, at the Cross but altho the Multitude was great (it being a fair day) yet the Acclamations were very faint and not loud.
None of the Inhabitants were desired to be present.

5 Transplanted some gooseberry bushes and got some horse dung driven into the Garden.

7 The weather wet with high wind?.
Wrote Mr McNaughton at London requesting to enquire about my old Uncle Walter.
William returned from Edinbr and next night he staid out all night.

12 Fine cold weather with little frost. The Ploughs are going where the ground is not very wett.

16 Fine mild weather but rather cold, work is beginning to be done in the Gardens.
The New road to the Bridge goes on with alacrity.
Sixty Minute Guns were fired from the Castle which began at a quarter past four o’ clock and continued untill a quarter past five.
All the Shops were shut throughout the town at Noon this day being the funerall of George the third. The Bells began to toll at 7 o’clock and continued untill near nine at night, but excepting the closing of the shops, there were no signs of sadness visible in the countenances of the inhabitants, the King’s reign and his insanity being of such a long continuance people seemed as if tired of him. His character appears in two words to be a person who had little good or evil about him.

20 The Weather Mild.

25 The weather became exceedingly cold with the wind at NE.

27 In expectation of a dissolution of Parliament the country began to be agitated with intended Candidates for seats in parliament.

28 25 Delegates of Radical reformers being convened in a house in the Gallowgute Glasgow were all seized and sent under an escort to Edinburgh Castle.

29 The Stirlingshire Yeomanry Cavalry were convened and ordered to hold themselves in readiness to March to Kilsyth or Glasgow.

March 1920

1 Robert Downie of Appin started as a candidate for our town and gave his first dinner in Gibb’s Inn.
The Yeomanry Cavalry marched to Kilsyth and the Strathendrick Troop of cavalry came into town and replaced them. The Public is ignorant of the cause of these movements.
A Fall of Snow with hard frost, the weather is very cold and disagreeable.

2 Tis reported that there is a danger of an insurrection breaking out in Glasgow.

3 The Stirling Cavalry returned from Kilsyth and the Strathendrick Troop returned home.

4 Mr Primrose our member of Parliament arrived in order to canvass to be re-elected.
Another fall of Snow and the Cold very severe.

10 There has not been the half of the feasting and rioting at this time as there was formerly at the two last Elections.
Planted Pease, the weather Fine but rather cold.

12 Sowed Onions, Carrots, leeks and Lettuces.
Tis currently reported and believed that Downie has succeeded in securing a Majority of our town council by very large bribes. The Deacon of the fleshers and his brother has ‘tis believed got bribes to the amount of two thousand pounds each, some others also have received large sums. Brown and Buchan, both half-pay officers are active against Mr Primrose.
Planted late and Early Cabbages and German Greens. Plants are Scarce and dear this Spring.

15 Downie has got our town by a majority of four out of 21 but no rejoicings in comparaison of what was exhibited at Mr Primrose’s Election – very extensive corruption and high bribes have been given by Downie or his agents to some of the deacons and others.

20 Sir Charles Edmonston of Duntreath was elected Member of parliament for our County without opposition, he is an old superannuated man and cannot speak and is right or wrong on the side of the ministers.

23 Fine cold weather – the farmers in generall have sowen their oats.

24 A. revolution in favor of Liberty has taken place in Spain – The Army revolted from the Tyrant Ferdinand the King and joined the patriots. The State prisoners to the amount of 4000 have been liberated and the Nation declared free, and the Cortes, or states of the Kingdom, are to be assembled.

26 A heavy fall of snow which soon dispppeared, a thaw immediately taking place.

28 Variable weather with wind and rain.
Two Steam boats continue to run betwixt Stirling and Leith viz the Lady of tbe Lake of Stirling and the Morning Star of Alloa.
Mrs Whitehead was struck with a palsy of the left side at Mrs Campbell’s at St Ninians.

29 Mrs Whitehead is supposed to be in a dangerous condition.
Paid Peter McEwan £1;12;6 sterling for working in the Garden.
Got all my potatoes planted.
Wrote Messrs Smith and Leckie, Glasgow concerning Mrs Whitehead.’s condition.

31 Mrs Whitehead died at ten minutes past 10 o’clock pm at Mrs Campbell’s St Ninians.
About a Score of Downie’s friends have gone to Dunfermline to Witness his Election for Member of Parliament, if possible at his expence, and to get drunk

April 1820

2 Fine mild fresh weather with frequent showers, vegetation is fast advancing.
The 13th Regiment whose headquarters were in our Castle have been ordered off to Glasgow. It appears that political disturbances in that quarter are still dreaded.

3 Riots dreaded in severall parts particularly in Glasgow and Paisley.

4 Walter and Robert Leckie arrived from Glasgow to attend Mrs Whitehead’s funeral.

5. A skirmish happened at Bonny muir on the Canal between a party of Radicals amounting to upwards of thirty and a party of Husars and Yeoman Cavalry consisting of about 18 men. The Radicals were the assailants and fought stoutly with Musquets and Pikes but were routed, four were Killed and 18 were taken prisoners and brought to Stirling Castle.
Mrs Whitehead was buried in an honorable manner in St Ninians Church yard in the same grave with her husband. She was an obstinate foolish woman and never Knew her real friends. She died at the age of 72.

7 Cold hail Blasts going round the Country with frost during the night.
The Clackmananshire Cavalry and the Stirlingshire Yeomanry are in town.

8 Four smiths were brought into Stirling and committed to Jail for forging pikes about Camelon.
Fifteen of the Radicals taken at Bonnymuir were sent of under an escort of Veterans in the Lady of the Lake steam boat to Edinburgh. They after landing were escorted to Edinburgh Castle Three of them being Wounded were left behind in Stirling Castle.

12 The Country once more is becoming quiet and a sort of tranquility seems to be at present restored.
Looked over Mrs Whitehead’s papers , they consisted of Letters mostly and retired Bills accounts etc of which it appears that she paid bills and accounts for James Campbell to upwards of £5000 sterling besides paying his rent annualy for Foot a Green amounting to £180 for 21 years, amounting altogether to a sum of upwards of £8500. It also appears that she has paid and given to James Melles in bills, Accounts, Cash Accounts to banks, presents etc upwards of £5000 sterling.

17 Fine clear fresh weather.

21 The Justiciary Judge came into town. The Bells were rung as usuall. There are 5 Indictments to be tried.

22 Fine mild warm weather.
The Persons Tried were either acquitted or Banished, one for life another for 7 years.

23 The Judge went to Church in great State, to the East Church on the forenoon and to the West Church during the afternoon. He had a Guard of Honor of the Veterans.

24 The Birthday of George the 4th was Keept this day altho he was not born untill the 12 of August. There was no illumination. The Castle fired 28 Guns, the Veterans fired severall Vollies of small arms. The Magistrates and all the half-pay officers, and Old deacons with a few of the principal people of the town had a drinking match in the Council room untill a late hour. Many got drunk, but the demonstrations of Joy on this occasion was very slender, there were no bonfires nor no public Symptoms of satisfaction among the populace. Many were dissatisfied with the very partial invitations and the expence being taken off the funds of the hospitals.

27 The Greater part of the 33 Regiment came into town from Edinr.
A cold frosty high wind from the NW. Vegetation and the Fruit Trees in the Gardens have suffered much. The Drought is very great but the labour of the field is nearly over.
The three wounded Radicals were sent off to Edinr in the Lady of the Lake Steamboat.

May 1820

1 The weather cold and vegetation Backward.

3 Swallows were seen for the first time.

4 The Cuckoo was heard in the wood near the Shore.

5 The weather still cold.

6 A very seasonable rain from the East and the weather still cold.
Five Wretches were executed at London and 7 more were pardoned on condition of Transportation for Life. They were found Guilty of a Conspiracy to Overturn the Government by Murdering the King’s Ministers such as Sidmouth, Castlereagh, Canning, Bathurst, Vansittart etc etc. They died glorying in their cause. They were hanged and afterwards were decapitated (a government Spy of the name of Edwards stirred them up and was only Guilty).

7 The Rain continues.

10 An Irish Veteran Regiment have passed through this town to the North. The Regiment was 1000 strong but including Women and Children they exceeded upwards of 5000 in number.
Some very heavy plumps of Rain and the weather still cold.

15 Two companies of the 33 Regiment marched into town from the Eastward.
The Stirling and Alloa steamboats are in full employ, they run between Stirling and Newhaven and go and come in one day.

20 The weather is become mild and the vegetation is much advanced.

23 The Rains have much abated and the weather is become warm and pleasant.
The Town is pretty much thronged with Strangers.
Sowed the last peas for the Season.

23 Persons accused of Radicalism, or revolutionists, or people who have been plotting to overturn the Government are frequently sent into town and are lodged in the Castle.

26 The May fair was held, it was not well frequented nor was any busines worth mentioning done.
For three days past the rains have been very great and almost incessant.
The Coronation of George the IV is fixed for the first of August.
Edwards the Government Spy altho protected by Ministers was found Guilty of Treason and a reward of £100 offered for his apprehension, but Sidmouth had privately sent him away or caused him to retire on a pension.

31 This Month was cold and rainy, however vegetation advanced rapidly but the fine appearance of fruit especially of pears is much blasted and the blossoms have nearly all fallen from the Trees nor do the pot herbs in the Garden look well.
The Magistrates and newly entered freemen walked the Marches.
The Guildry and Magistrates dined afterwards in Gibb’s Inn, the Trades dined in Weirs School and the Maltmen and Mechanicks dined in the Trades hall.

June 1820

1. People accused of Radicalism continue to be brought into Town and lodged in the Castle. The Number at present here amounts to 28. They are confined separately in small Cells in the vaults under the palace and are allowed only sixpence per diem. Their friends are denied access to them.

4 The Old King’s birthday, but entirely forgot already.
William went to Edinr and is to go from thence to Glasgow.

5 The Weather still continues to be wet.
The Queen arrived in England. She landed at Dover from St Omers in France. The people everywhere received her with the greatest demonstrations of Joy. She came over in a packet boat. It appears that the Ministers of Government are resolved to ruin her if possible. No house nor any thing becoming her exalted Station was provided for her altho repeated messages were sent to them, she lodged at the house of Alderman Wood one of the Members of Parliament for London.

8 A message from the King with papers have been sent to both houses of Parliament to enquire into the Queen’s conduct abroad since she left England, which are referred to Secret Committees.

11 Very rainy weather.

14 The Rain continues.

17 The Markets are still high. Beef is at 7d per lib, Eggs at 3d, Butter at 14d, Meal 21 Shillings per boll and other articles in proportion.
Numbers of people are leaving the Town for Sea bathing and the Dunblane Minerall Waters. The Blair is also well frequented for Goat Whey, and Strangers begin to throng the town, passing and repassing to these places likewise on pleasure tours to the Highlands.

21 My Wife and Mary went in the Lady of the Lake Steamboat to Limekilns with the view of staying a few days for the benefit of the Sea Air. Mrs Capt Sutherland and family went at the same time.
A Troop of Yeoman Cavalry came to town for to stay some days and to Exercise themselves. They were for the most part a sett of Dandies, and had in generall fine horses. They were commanded by Charles Stirling, the Laird of Keir’s brother, the Uniform was blue and something of the Hussar fashion.
The People who were taken in the Skirmish at Bonny Muir on the 5th of April and had been sent subsequently to Edinburgh Castle, to the Number of 18, came back again to Stirling Castle in the Lady of the Lake Steamboat. They were received from the boat by a Company of the 33rd Regiment and marched up to the Castle amidst a great Multitude of people who were anxious to get a sight of them. It was past 11 o’clock pm before they came up to the Town.
Another party of Soldiers escorted some prisoners into town from Falkirk, said to be Witnesses who are to be produced on the trials of the Bonnymuir prisoners.

22 Paid £22 sterling for Nancy and Mary’s being taught to play on the Pianoforte..
The Judges named in the Commission of Oyer and Terminer came into town. They consisted of the President of the Court of Session, the Chief Commissioner of the Jury Court, the Depute Advocate, some English and Scottish lawyers etc etc.

23 The Judges and Grand Jury sat in Court, and true bills of Indictment were found against the 18 Radicals who were Captured at the Skirmish at Bonny Muir.

24 The Court met again when severall bills were found against others from Camelon, Falkirk, Kilsyth and Balfron. The Prisoners indicted are to be Arraigned next month and tried 11 days afterwards for their lives.
Fine warm weather for two days past. The Thermometer in the Shade stood at 82.

26 The weather continues very hot. The Thermometer in the shade is commonly at 80.

28 The Squabbles about the Queen continues with little prospect of accommodation.

29 My wife and Mary returned from Limekills.

July 1820

1 The weather pleaser and warm.
An investigation into the Queen’s conduct by a Secret Committee of the house of Lords is going foreward against which the Queen has protested. She insists on a public investigation which has been denied her.

4 Fine dry weather, the Hay harvest is well advanced. Potatoes of the new Crop and Garden vegetables are Selling in the Streets, there are also numbers of Strangers in town, going and returning by the Steamboats.

6/7 The Judges for trying the Radicals met and the whole of the Prisoners accused of treason were Arraigned on the 6th and 7th. They all pleaded not Guilty, their ultimate trials then were appointed to be held on the 13th of this month.
The Stirlingshire Militia were embodied for 28 days exercising. They looked very poorly and seemed to be a sort of half Starved sett of men.
The Militia Muster about 300 men but they have not yet got their Arms, their Cloaths are old and not of the present fashion.

11 The Weather hot and sultry, the Thermometer is at times as high as 76 and even 80 in the Shade.
Plenty of Garden vegetables exposed in the Shops of the Hucksters and on the Streets but they are still high priced.

13 The Judges again Met for trying the Radicals. Hardy was tried first, his trial lasted 20 hours, he was found Guilty. Baird’s trial lasted the Whole of the 14, he was found Guilty. All the others pleaded guilty. Sentence is to be pronounced on the 31.
The first number of the Stirling Journal was published.

15 The Court during their trials was crowded to excess. A soldier of the 13 was drowned in the Fforth above the Shore whilst bathing.

17 Fine rain in abundance.

19 Fine warm showers.

24 Remarkable Fine weather with light Showers.

29 Some few of the Radicals were again Arraigned on a Charge of High Treason. Their Trials come on the fourth of next month.

31 Fine weather to the end of this month but the Markets are still high.
There being five troops of Yeoman Cavalry, the Stirlingshire Militia, the 13th Regiment, besides the Veterans to the Amount of four Companies in the Town and Castle, which might amount to upwards of 1500 men.

August 1820

2 The Yeoman Cavalry having completed the 8 days of Training were Reviewed in the King’s park by Major General Reynolds. The 13th Regiment were inspected at the same time. The Yeomanry and the Militia having performed the requisite exercises and the time for which they had been embodied, they went each to their respective homes quietly and without the least disturbance of rioting.

4 The Court of Oyer and Terminer for trying persons accused of Treason, when Sentence of Death was passed on Twenty two persons, 18 of whome were taken at Bonny Muir, the others were from Balfron St Ninians and Campsie. ‘Tis thought that the greater part will be pardoned, five were found not Guilty and dismissed with an Admonition to behave better in future.
A party of the Royal Company of Archers of Edinr Shooted for a Silver Arrow in the King’s park.
The Lammas Fair was held, it was poorly attended, little business was done, perhaps partly owing to the Reviews of’ Militia, Cavalry etc and the dull depressed state of trade throughout the nation.
This is the Fair that is called THE GROZET FAIR.
Two companies of the 13th Regiment marched into town, they came from Greenock where some of them had murdered some of the Townsmen in a Drunken fray on Sunday morning last. The Murderers were immediately given up to the Civil Magistrate to be tried for the same and are seven in number.

5 Mrs Smith with her infant daughter Isabella Whitehead Smith arrived from Glasgow.

8 The first Cattle Tryst at Stenhouse Moor was held. There was a tolerable Shew of Cattle, they did not sell well, fat cattle however fetched good prices.

12 The Weather fine and some little is already done in reaping the Crop.
News arrived of the Death of the Dutchess of York. She was the sister of the present King of Prussia, and was a good decent woman but was not beloved by the Duke.

20 The crop of wheat is good and part of it cut down.
The Trial of the Queen on a charge of Adultery while abroad at Milan comes on the 17 of this month. The Voice of the public is strong in her favor, many are of Opinion that she has not got justice done to her by being denied a list of the Witnesses which are to be produced against her.

25 A long list of Crimes has been given in against the Queen consisting chiefly of numerous acts of Levity Adultery and familiarity with a low fellow called Bergaini, an Italian, who was her menial servant.
The Weather wet and foggy.
The New road from the Bridge to the middle of Bridge Street is still going forward.
My Son James took a Journey round Fife on horseback.
Mr Malcolm Burden Rector of the Grammar School resigned the Rectorship of the School, the Salary is Fifty pounds per annum, a large house and a Garden besides the Half of the School fees and the Candlemas presents from the Scholars. It has not been worth above £120 sterling per annm, the Quarter payments being Five shillings which is equally divided between the Rector and his assistant.

27 A reprieve arrived for 19 of the Radicals under Sentence of Death in the Castle for High treason and three, Viz Baird, Hardy and Clelland are ordered for execution on the 8th of September next.

30 My daughter Jane, with her infant daughter Isabella, and servant maid, returned to Glasgow by the Canal Coach, and from thence by the Canal passageboat.

31 The Harvest well advanced, the Markets are still high.

September 1820

2 The Town very much crowded with Company who arrive in the Steamboats, or are on parties of Pleasure.
A respite for one month arrived for Clelland who was condemned to suffer on the 8th. It is for one month.

3 The Axe which decapitated Wilson at Glasgow after he was hanged arrived in a box from Glasgow.

5 The Glasgow Executioner and the fellow who decapitated Wilson arrived.
The Hangman was lodged in the Jail, the Headcutter went to the Castle to lodge.
The Queen’s trial is still going forward. 13 of the King’s Witnesses have been examined, nothing excepting levity of conduct has been proved against her.

7 A Solar Eclipse took place. It began at 9 minutes past midday and lasted untill three Minutes past time pm. The Obscuration of the Sun was 10½ digits or 7/8ths of the diameter of that Planet. The day was cloudy, of course the Eclipse was not visible.

8 The Executions of Baird and Hardy took place before the Broad Stair of the Town House between the hours of Two and three pm. They were drawn on a Hurdle from the Castle to the place of Execution guarded by a strong Guard of horse and foot and attended by the three established Clergy. They both addressed the Spectators and declared that they were Murdered for the cause of Justice truth and Liberty. The Crowd shouted out Murder. After hanging 35 minutes a fellow in disguise severed their heads from their bodies in a very bungling and awkward manner by severall strokes with an axe to each of them. The Hangman, headsman, Hurdleman, Hurdle and the horse were all from Glasgow. Their Corpses were put into Coffins and carried into the Prison and about 9 o’clock the same evening they were interred in the Churchyard, and a Military guard placed over their graves, to prevent their relations from lifting their bodies, in order to bury them in their own parishes.
Three Companies of the 13 marched for Edinburgh.
Baillie Ebenezer Brown, ordered the Lamp in front of my house to be taken away, which was done Accordingly.

10 News arrived that the King’s proof of the Italian Vagabonds etc against the Queen was closed. Nothing except levity of Beheaviour has been proved, even if the evidence be thought credible.

11 Another lamp has been erected in front of my house but at a greater distance it being placed on the east side of the street.
The New Street towards the bridge advances very slowly.
Fine weather, the farmers busy in stacking the Crop.

12 The 2 Tryst of Stenhouse Moor. Sheep and black cattle sold very slowly and at reduced prices, numbers of black cattle from Ireland were in the Market.

14 A heavy fall of rain.
The last division of the 13th Regiment marched for Edinr and two companies of Veterans have arrived.
The Queen’s trial is postponed to the 3rd of October at which time her Exculpatory evidence is to be brought forward.

17 Much rain is fallen out, which has retarded the harvest very much.
The two companies of Veterans Marched into the Castle.
Cleland one of the Radicals condemned here has obtained a reprieved on condition of being transported for life to New South Wales. He is a Blacksmith to trade.

19 17 of the Convicts for Treason were taken to Edinburgh under a Guard of Veterans, they went away in great Glee and did not seem to think they had been guilty of any crime. They went to Leith in the Steamboat.

21 The fields are nearly cleared of the crop in the neighbourhood of Stirling.

23 George Munro LLD or Doctor of Laws was Elected rector of our Grammar School. He was the Master or rector of the Grammar School of Dumfries. He has two brothers here who are printers and who publish and print the Stirling Weekly Journal.

25 Snow first for this Season appeared on the highland hills.

26 The Annual Election of Magistrates and Town Council comes on, The Deacons were Cut, or such of them as are not to remain as Deacons were turned out, which is termed Cutting them.

27 The Dean of Gild, the 3 Gild Counsillors and the Deacons of the Seven Trades were Elected.

28 The Provost Magistrates and Town Council were elected and a more mean dirty low sett of men never ruled in a burgh, excepting the Dean of Gild and the three Gild Counsillors who were men of some respectability.

30 The Harvest has been favorable and the Crop abundant, but the Markets are still high. The Quartern loaf is 1 shilling Butter fourteen pence eggs ninepence Meal 1 shilling and fivepence per peck, Beef and Mutton at 6½ per pound. Trade seems to revive in some measure but Tradesmen are still much distressed.

October 1820

1 The farmers are lifting the Potatoes and sowing the Wheat.

4 The Weather is Fine.
The Queen’s trial is again Commenced. Numbers of Exculpatory witnesses are arrived some of whom are people of Rank. The King has been taking an Aquatic excursion and has visited the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth instead of attending to the national affairs.

6 Began to lift Potatoes. They are good in quality and large but not very abundant.. The fruit trees begin to be hurtfull by depriving them of Air in some measure.

7 Sheep and black cattle are driven through the town in great numbers to the Cattle Market at Stenhouse Muir which will be held in two days.

10 The Cattle and Sheep Markets went off at reduced prices especially Cattle for Wintering, there was about five shillings a head off the price of Sheep. Horses also sold very cheap.

15 The Market is plentifully supplied with all sorts of provisions.
John Stewart, son of John Stewart Brewer and Maltman Port Street entered to me as an apprentice.

19 The Weather very wet and stormy.

22 The tops of the Ochil hills covered with snow and the weather very wet and Stormy.
The Queen’s trial is still going on. Addresses to her are very frequent from all parts of Britain. The King is wandering from one place to another but chiefly about Windsor and Brighton as if he had nothing to do or care for, and appears to be very little respected.

24 Severall witnesses whose evidence would have proved bribery and Perjury on the part of the proof against the Queen were not allowed to be produced nor their evidence taken by the house of Peers.

27 The Queen’s Counsil concluded their defence of the Queen’s conduct whilst she was abroad.

28 The Weather has cleared up a little and the Mercury in the Barometer has risen a little.

31 The Steamboats on the Forth still going up and down to Newbaven and to Stirling and other ports on the Fforth.

November 1820

1 The fair of Down was held. It was rather brisker than the last tryst at Stenhousemoor. Sheep and black Cattle were sold for rather higher prices.

2 Depredations such as stealing cloths from washing Greens have begun.

3 Walter came from Glasgow on a visit.

6 A Mr Strang an acquaintance of Walters came also from Glasgow to stay with us for a few days.
He has travelled and has a great taste for drawing ruins Landscapes etc.

7 The weather wet and Gloomy.

10 Mr Strang returned to Glasgow. He sketched views of the Castle, Abbey tower and some other places.
The first reading of the Bill against the Queen passed in the house of peers by a majority of 28 only.

14 Paid my two servants their wages of £3 sterling each for the half year ending this day.

15 Planted some apple Trees, the Apple trees are very apt to Canker in my garden.

16 The Thermometer at sunrise was at 29 and the Barometer was at 29.7.
The weather pleasant and clear.
The Steam boats are still plying between Stirling and Leith. The Bill against the Queen was unanimously rejected in the House of Lords, altho the third reading passed against her by a Majority of 9. The rejection has given universal satisfaction everywhere throughout great Britain.

17 An Illumination in honor of the Queen’s acquittal took place, it was generall over the whole town. Bonefires were lighted up, Tar barrels were carried in procession in flames through the Streets. About 30 persons did not illuminate, they were place men, half pay officers, and some old maids, and one or two evil speaking widows whose conduct in life had not been very correct.

20 The Illuminations have been generall over great Britain. London was illuminated for three nights successively, Glasgow was illuminated likewise for three nights, Edinburgh once owing to the Magistrates and some placemen. Riots took place both in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Our Magistrates allowed people to light up their windows or not at their pleasure.

23 The news of the rejoicings on account of the acquittal of the Queen still arrive.
Both houses of parlement meet this day. ‘Tis expected they will be prorogued for two months.
The weather very wet and uncomfortable, the roads are also in a most dismal condition.

25 Munro the publisher of the Stirling Journal gave a very partial and unjust account of the Illumination which took place on the 17 at Stirling, he also published a long infamous paragraph in his journal respecting the Queen, full of lies and misrepresentations, he has shown himself to be a mean tory rascall and a Ministerial Sycophant and has given offence to many.

28 Cold foggy weather.
The Cattle at the fair of Down went off at better prices than the drovers got at last Market.

30 Mr McNaughton arrived here from London but last from Glasgow.

December 1820

1 Very cold foggy uncomfortable cold weather.

2 A fall of Snow for the first time this Season, it was succeded by wind and rain and was quickly disolved.

4 Much rain and the roads entirley cut up.

6 Rumours of a change of the King’s Ministers.
The Emperors of Austria, Russia and the King of Prussia have for some time past been at Troppau, a town in the Austrian dominions, supposed to be plotting against the Liberties of the Kingdom of Naples, Spain and Portugal. Large armies of Austrians have marched into Italy and are threatning to subdue Naples, because the Neapolitans have thrown off the Yoke of Slavery and have declared for a free constitution in imitation of Spain and Portugal.

8 Mrs Lucas went to Glasgow to Visit her sister Mrs Leckie who is reported to be dying of a quick consumption. She has four young children.

9 The Gildry voted an address to the Queen on her late acquittal from the foul conspiracy against her by the Conspirators at Milan and the King’s Ministers at London, and congratulating her on her arrival in Britain. It was sent off to London to be presented to her by Lord Archibald Hamilton.

10 The Weather wet and mild with much wind at SW at times.
Paid the Apothecaries Hall at Glasgow £16.19.6 for Medcines and ordered a few more articles.

12 Smart dry frost with Clear weather.

15 Mrs Lucas returned from Glasgow. She left Mr Smith and his family in health.

17 An address to the King falsely purporting to be from the Gildry and handed about for Signature by a Town officer, was attempted to be imposed on the public. Upon which a Meeting of the Gildry was convened and a real address was voted to the King expressing the sentiments of freemen, and telling him the Truth.
The Magistrates also Voted a mean Sycophant address to the King at the same time.

19 Addresses to the King from all parts of Scotland are pouring into London to the King some of which tell him the truth, Others are completely stuffed with flattery, Lies and falsehoods for the purpose of Deceiving him.

20 The weather calm and Mild, the frost has disappeared.

24 The weather very cold.

25 Being Christmas, it was observed as usual by the Episcopalians with Preaching and Feasting.
The old Veterans in the Castle were very riotous and drunk on the Streets of the town.

28 Cold frosty weather. The two Steam boats are still sailing between Stirling and Newhaven.

31 Discontent prevails over the Nation. The Tories are sending fulsome Lying addresses to the King to deceive him.


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