William Stirling

1772 - 1838

Architect and builder. Born in Dunblane into a family of merchants who may have had landed connections, Stirling began his career working with his father but married well and gained work through his wife's relatives. He built several country houses and extended others including Strowan House (1804), Moncreiffe House (1821) and Garden House (1824). Stirling also built a remarkable number of churches namely Logie Parish Church (1805), Airth Parish Church (1818), Kippen Parish Church (1823), Dron Parish Church (1825), Crieff Old Parish Church (1826), Tillicoultry Parish Church (1827), Monzie Church (1829), Creich Parish Church (1830), Forteviot Parish Church (1830), Port of Menteith Parish Church (1831) and Dunipace Old Parish Church (1832). He was responsible the Athenaeum in Stirling (1814), and for repairs on Dunblane Cathedral and the Leighton Library in Dunblane. He built Holmehill House in that town as his own home, now demolished. He died there and is buried in the churchyard His son, also William, took over his architectural practice.

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