January 1821

1          Hansel Monday was Keept as usuall. Tradesmen were idle or drunk, Beggars were numerous, all Kinds of riot and noise prevailed as usuall.

The Natural Small pox have broken out in the Town. Severall who have been Vaccinated have been seized with them.

2          A strong frost has sett in.

3          The Thermometer at sunrise stood at 16 above Zero.

5          The Storm continues.

6          A Thaw has taken place but the weather still cold and disagreeable

The Gildry distributed £46 amongst the poor of their incorporation.

8          A little snowfall which did not ly but melted, however the Hills and high Grounds are all covered with it and ‘tis reported that snow lies deep in the Northern and Southern parts of Britain.

11        Lying addresses to the King continue to be sent from many of the Counties and by severall prysbeteries. A few of the Landed intrest of the County of Stirling with the Earl of Dunmore at their head have voted a fulsome lying adress to the King.

14        Fine dry frosty weathet. The Steam boats are still going between Stirling and Newhaven.

20        Mild fresh weather.

Thefts and shop breaking frequent in the town and round the Country.

21        Stormy weather with rain and high winds.

30        The Queen’s name by order of the King being Struck out of the English Liturgy, a motion was made in the house of commons to desire the King to restore it, The Notion was lost by a large majority, the numbers for it being (.. ) and the numbers against it being (..) The majority was (..).

February 1821



1          This month began with very mild weather and much rain.

4          Fine dry weather and vegetation somewhat advanced.

7          The Ministry voted fifty thousand pounds per anum to the Queen, which she refused untill restored to all her other rights, such as restoring her name to the Liturgy of the Church of England etc.

10        The fine weather continues.

Beans are sown in some parts of the Carses.

12        Caused dung to be put on the upper part of my garden as preparing to plant Potatoes.

14        The Magistrates have altered the names of Some of the Streets and roads within the Royalty. The Road from the Bridge is now finished and is named lower Bridge Street, from the Whins to the foot of the Mary Wynd is now Christned Upper Bridge Street, The Baxter Wynd is named Baker Street, below the Mealmarket is called Kings Street, from the turn of it to the Gallows Barn is now called Port Street, The Craigs is called Skinner Street, The St Ninians Road east side is called Pitts Terrace, the west side is called Melville Place, some Lanes etc are not yet christned.

15        Many women have lately died in Childbed.

17        Fine weather with frosty mornings. Many of the farmers have near1y got all their beans and pease sown. The Fruit trees are putting forth buds and the Hedges are beginning to put forth leaves.

22        The north side of Queens Street is feued by Mr Johnston the Mason at 8 pounds per acre of feu duty. He is to begin to build houses, his feu will consist of eight or nine houses with some garden ground to each of them excepting the eastern house of the Street.

The Weather is very fine and dry with frosty mornings.

A man of the name of John Morison a labourer in Spittal Street, owing to the carelessness of his mother, drank some sugar of Lead water instead of Gruell, the Quantity of sugar of Lead was three drains, disolved in a pound of water and notwithstanding medical Aid (he) died in two days afterwards.

24        The Markets are plentifully supplied with all Kinds of Grain and provisions but some articles are still high, the Quartern Loaf being 10½.

27        Mr Malcolm Burden, late Rector of the Grammar School died.  He had been Assistant and Rector for 28 years. He was an honest man, and possessed a very considerable share of Erudition, esp­ecially in the Latin, Greek and french Languages and was a successfull Teacher.

By the end of this Month the Beans were nearly sown, and many people had the work in their Gardens considerably Advanced, the weather being so fine and fit for their purpose.

The Price of property within (the) Burgh has fallen within these five years one third part in value, and Landed property has also underwent a considerable reduction. The farmers’ rents are also lowered.



March 1821

4          This month commenced with very stormy weather with rain and very high winds.

The 8 Veteran Battalion have left the north and are on their Rout to Ireland. Their wives and children are begging their     way home to Ireland as a part of the Regiment marched through this town. The old Veterans in our Garrison are a very        dissipated set of men and are seen often very drunk about the    streets.

8          Trade, especially the Manufacture of Cottons, is beginning torevive and the prices of working to the workmen are also something better than they have been of late.

11        Very wet disagreable rainey weather. The farmers are beginning already to complain that their work in the fields will be thrown far back.

One Plunket an Irish Member of parlement brought in a Bill to take off all restraints under which the Papists, in Britain and Ireland are restrained. This Bill passed the first reading in the house of commons by a Majority of 6. Most of our Scottish members voted in favor of it, at least a majority of them did vote for it.

12        Plunket’s bill is petitioned against by the Magistrates and Council and by a great majority of all ranks in this town. Petitions are sent off against it to both houses of Parliament.

Sowed Onions, Leeks, Carrots. Planted a few Potatoe Onions.

14        Sowed Pease and beans, 3½ lib of Pease and 4 lib of Beans.

15        Fine dry weather with a little frost on the mornings.

The Morning Star and the Lady of the Lake Steamboats have resumed their Stations to Sail between Stirling and Newhaven in Company.

18        The weather stormy and the Hills covered with snow according to annual custom at the fair of Callander which is called Saint Kessock’s fair.

20        The Highland hills are white with Snow.

22        The weather cold with frost and high winds.

Trade is said to be reviving but Tradesmen’s wages are still low.

24        A heavy Rain for 24 hours, with high winds at SW.

The King of Sardinia has abdicated his Crown and is going to retire to the Island of Sardinia, his subjects having declared for a Constitution smiliar to Spain.

The Austrians have entered the Kingdom of Naples, some skirmishes have taken place wherein the Neapolitans have been worsted.

29        The weather still wet and cold.

31        Still wet weather with high Winds and Sleet or Snow at times.

Plunket’s Popish Bill has nearly got through the house of Commons but the Irish clergy are not satisfied with it themselves especially a clause about the Oaths to be taken by them to the Government.

Trade has much revived but the wages are still very low.

The Necessaries of life are abundant and moderate in price, Oatmeal being 16 to 17 shillings per boll, the Quartern Loaf at 10½, Beef 6d per lib., Butter 1/2 per lib, Eggs 7d per dozen. Potatoes at 7 to 8 pence per peck of 28 lib.  Table beer is 1½ per bottle but is not fit for drinking. Potatoes are so plentifull that Thirty five Cartfulls are often brought to the Market at a time.

Honesty and faith in dealings between mankind are now nearly extinct especially among the lower orders of the people, nothing but fraud and cheating prevails.



April 1821

2          The weather still wet cold and uncomfortable. Vegetation is of course Keept back, and the face of the country has a bleak sterile appearance.

3          William went to Edinburgh in the Star Steamboat.

4/5       Stormy blowing weather, with heavy Showers.

Planted red potatoes, 4 pecks, also planted about 8 pecks of White Potatoes, the Weather being rather Stormy.

6          The Justiciary Judges came into town from the westward.

7          Only Lord Meadowbank arrived. Our Magistrates and deacons went in hired Coaches as far as Kippen to meet him. There are five or six trials for various offences that come before the Judge. The Court sits today.

8          The Trial, of one Cuddie from Kilsyth for Murder lasted from ten 9 o’clock forenoon untill half past 11 o’clock pm this day altho he was found guilty of Stabbing two men with a Bayonet one of Whom died instantly and the other was seven weeks in recovering, yet he was only sentenced to four months imprisonment in Stirling Jail.

10        John Ffleeming was sentenced to be hanged on the 11 of May for Vending forged Notes of the Paisley bank. He was a native of Stirlingshire and born near Ffalkirk. John Callander was tried for wounding John McKendzie in the Arm of which wound McLenzie died, who was the Act of Robbing an Orchard at Bothkennar. Callander was acquitted. Gow, Jenkins and McVicars were tried for stealing. Gow and McVicars were sentenced to 12 months imprisonment and Jenkins was acquitted. George Harley was tried for housebreaking in Kinross, was found Guilty and Sentenced to Botany bay for 14 years. These ended the Circuit.

11        Duncan McFarlane was tried :before the Sherif for stealing a Copper Kettle at the new Town of Fintry.

After a long trial he was acquitted.

12         Planted three pounds of Pease and 1½ lib of Turkey beans.

13        My Garden is much pestered with Sparrows. They breed in the Thatched houses belonging to Dr Buchan, Castlehill. I have     destroyed many of them yet their numbers do not seem to be diminished.

Planted the last of my Potatoes. I have this year Planted upwards of 18 pecks.

18        Fair weather one day and Rain with wind the next.

21        The first Minister (Wright) attempted to assess the Holders of property in Stirling parish in the Sum of 1100 Sterling in order to build him a Manse, for which extortion he had a decreet of the Presbytery of Stirling !!!

23        A Meeting of the Heritors, Magistrates and others was held in the Justiciary room to consider what Steps were necessary to be taken relative to Wright’s assessment, when a Committee was appointed to enquire into the affair and also to take the advice of Council about it if necessary.

The Roman Catholic Bill was thrown out in the house of Lords by a Majority of 39.

The King’s birthday was said to be Keept. The Castle Guns were fired, the Twin Bells were rung. His real birthday is the 13 of August.

26        Variable wet weather.

27        William returned from Edinburgh in the Steam boat the Lady of the Lake.

Fine Mild warm weather.

29        The Green before the door was Cut the first time this Season. A very heavy fall of rain which did not continue above one hour. All the Necessaries of Life excepting Butchers meat are tolerably moderate that being at one shilling and one penny per peck, the Quartern Loaf fine 10½d, Household 3d, Eggs 6d, Butter 1/3, Pota­toes 8 for 28 lib, Butchers meat however is sill high being from 6d to 7d per lib of 17½ oz.

Provost Glas’s house, wood yard and Garden Ground sold by public roup for 18 hundred pounds. John Sutherland’s property in Bakers Street sold for 14 hundred pounds nearly one half less than could have been got ten years ago, yet the Rage for building new houses still continues.



May 1821

1          Fine mild warm weather, the farmers are beginning to sow barley and plant Potatoes.

3          Drilled Yellow Turnips in the Garden.

7          Gave £27.14.10½ Sterling for repairs of houses at Rashiehill.

Cold weather with rain and the wind at South.

9          The Weather very unsettled.

11        John Fleeming condemned at last Circuit Court for Uttering forged five pound notes of the Paisley bank was hanged pursuant to his sentence. The Spectators were numerous, the place of Execution was Guarded by a strong party of the 4th Battalion Veterans from the Castle. He did not address the Spectators and. was not above five minutes on the Scaffold before the Drop fell. He was a native of the Parish of Falkirk.

13        My Tenant Thomas Dods went off on Sunday afternoon for America, a Step which surprised many as he was reckoned a decent man in his beheaviour and conduct.

14        William again went away to Edinburgh in the Star Steamboat without acquainting me or any of the family, none of whom had any dispute or quarrell in the least with him. This step of his has affronted me very much and has very much hurt his mother, and the feelings of the whole family.

18        The weather not settled, there is heavy showers at times.

20        Walter came here from Glasgow.

Paid £1.10 Sterling for repairs done in my large Shop and Cellar to Accommodate John Shearer who rents the Shop and Mrs Galloway who rents the first flat of my Bakers Wynd House.

23        Cold Stormy weather with frequent Showers.

24        The Elections for a Member of Parliament for the County of Stirling took place, the Numbers of Freeholders present amounted to 95. Mr Home Drummond of Blairdrummond was chosen by a Majority of five, the other Candidate was Sir Charles Edmonston of Duntreath. They are both Ministerial men, Drummond was backed by the Melvile Intrest, and Ednonston by the Duke of Montrose and his party.

25        The May fair was held, little business was done, Cattle did not sell, Horses were not in much demand, the Concourse of people was not so great as on former occasions.

26        Cold Stormy weather with hail Showers.

28        The Weather still cold with High Winds and hail Showers. During the Election for two days before and after it all the recruiting parties were removed to Falkirk, and the Soldiers in Garrison were Keept shut up in the Castle the Drawbridge being shut.

30        Mr Drummond will take his Seat in Parlement quietly and without opposition.

31        The latter half of this month has been very cold and ungenial with high winds, Vegetation is at a Standstill and the Markets are getting up. The barley seed is not yet finished nor are All the Potatoes as yet planted and unless we have a good season Barley and Potatoes and perhaps the whole crop will be very late before it will be got in.

Final Entry.


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