Our Latest News

Thanks for checking out the latest news from the Bannockburn House Trust. Here you will find the latest blogs from the gardening, history and operations teams and any news updates for the project.  We encourage our volunteers to write blogs for the website and would be delighted to hear from you if you volunteer and would like to write a blog for us. Email [email protected].

Garden Blog

A WALK ON THE WILDSIDE

June's in full bloom, so here's our gardener Margaret to tell you a little bit about wildflowers:                                           What a beautiful...
Bannocks

GET BANNOCK MAKING TO MARK BATTLE’S ANNIVERSARY

Bannockburn House will host the last in a series of three cook-along sessions on Wednesday 23 June, when the team will be whipping up some Bannocks to mark the anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn. Head Gardener Kate White and Project Support Manager Sheila Taylor...
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RHUBARB RUMINATIONS

Well if there is one thing that has been loving all this wet weather, it's the Bannockburn House garden as Margaret Pollock explains: May is named after the Roman goddess of Springtime, Maia. To be outdoors in May is to witness a transformation. Each day is full of...

GREEN FINGERED PLAN FOR CHILDREN’S GARDENING WEEK

To celebrate Children’s Gardening Week (29 May - 6 June) Bannockburn House is giving away over 75 mini growing kits to local childminders and nurseries. Local nurseries will be given fruit and veg packs, including strawberry, blackcurrant,  gooseberry, parsley,...
Beekeeping volunteers with bees

Bannockburn House begins beekeeping journey

Bannockburn House volunteers were buzzing with anticipation last weekend, eagerly awaiting the arrival of their first honey-bees. Head Gardener Kate White said: “The two bee colonies will help pollinate our newly planted orchard and hopefully they’ll produce some...

Sad passing of Susie, the Bannockburn House Cat

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:  A time to be born, and a time to die……….a time to mourn, and a time to dance."   Regular readers of this blog and volunteers at the House will know Susie, our cat. Susie was...
Daffodil

Spring: a time of hope and renewal

Here's Margaret Pollock with the latest update from our gardens: So the clocks have sprung forward, the equinox is behind us and summer lies ahead. The bees are beginning to fly out and about and spring is definitely on its way. This is such an invigorating time of...
Tunnel of trees

“If February give much snow, a fine summer it doth foreshow”

It's almost the end of February and time to join Margaret Pollock to find out what's been going on in the garden this month:   The weather has changed dramatically and suddenly all the snow has gone but whilst it lay, it was pretty up at the House. I couldn’t...
Frozen scene

THE WINTER GARDEN

Margaret Pollock shares her observations from the winter garden: Well this has certainly been a chilly start to 2021 with a hard frost, snow and ice.   WINTRY SCENE   The ‘Doocot Loch’ has been frozen solid and without the geese, it is unusually quiet. All...

IT MAY FEEL LIKE WINTER, BUT IT’S TIME TO PLAN FOR SPRING

As Christmas fast approaches, we caught up with Margaret Pollock in the garden:                          "December is passing rapidly with ever shortening days while, weather permitting, we try to get...

History Blog

MAKING BOREDOM HISTORY

It's been a year like no other, but Bannockburn House History group have busted boredom in lockdown with their regular Monday online meets.  History volunteer Helen Rudland said: "When lockdown happened in March 2020 we switched to Zoom meetings.  This...
Mary Winter

CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

To mark Women's History month, history volunteer Anne Monaghan shares the stories of three women who worked at Bannockburn House in the first part of the 20th century:   MARY WINTER   Mary was a table maid at Bannockburn House in 1911 and 'lived in'. Born in...
Diorama

JACOBITE JANUARY

Nearly 2,000 people tuned into our Big Jacobite Afternoon Lecture on Facebook on Sunday. The free virtual event, held on the 17th of January to coincide with the 275th anniversary of the Battle of Falkirk Muir, featured six local experts including Stirling Council...

HOGMANAY TRADITIONS

History group volunteer Anne Monaghan discusses Hogmanay traditions as we wave goodbye to 2020 and look forward to 2021:   Who remembers when Hogmanay involved “First Footing” and all the preparations done before that First Foot could be welcomed in? Nowadays...
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MARKING 60 YEARS SINCE THE MITCHELL AUCTION

Volunteer Hugh McCusker reflects on 60 years since a major three day auction at Bannockburn House: This month saw the 60th anniversary of a major three day sale at Bannockburn House. The accumulated contents left in trust to Miss Annie Mitchell by her father, and...
Stan and Ollie Movie

Bannockburn House & its links with Stan Laurel . . .

Stan & Ollie Movie Cold, dark months  Now that the glitz and overindulgence of the festive period is well behind us, we turn our attention to the cold, dark months that are always present during the first part of the new year.  Movie Awards Season ...
gardeners

Voices from the Past

What an exciting time we have been having recently In the last three weeks we have been visited by two former gardeners who were employed (not simultaneously) by Miss Mitchell in the 1950’s. It is so important for us when we make contact with people who have been...
Descendants

The Auld Alliance still lives!

Descendants of Sir Hugh Paterson visit Bannockburn House after 350 years Isabelle Chardon and her husband Guy from France visited on a glorious sunny day in June (2018). Isabelle is a descendent of Sir Hugh Paterson (find out more about the house history here) who...
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Bannockburn House and the 45’

The word Jacobite derives from the Latin Jacobus (follower of James). The Jacobites were supporters of the Stuarts who had been overthrown during the Glorious Revolution of 1688/89. The Catholic King James VII had been deposed by William of Orange & his wife...
stirling racecourse

William Ramsay of Barnton & Stirling Racecourse

Bannnockburn House Links Between 1787 and 1883, Bannockburn House was owned and occupied by various members of the Ramsay family of Barnton in Edinburgh. In 1787, William Ramsay, an Edinburgh merchant banker who also owned Barnton House in Edinburgh, Sauchie House and...

Events Blog

Bannocks

GET BANNOCK MAKING TO MARK BATTLE’S ANNIVERSARY

Bannockburn House will host the last in a series of three cook-along sessions on Wednesday 23 June, when the team will be whipping up some Bannocks to mark the anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn. Head Gardener Kate White and Project Support Manager Sheila Taylor...
Kate and Sara ready for the cookalong

WE’RE DISHING UP MORE COOK-ALONG FUN

Our popular cook-along sessions are back for 2021! After a successful pilot during Forth Valley Food Festival last October, we have secured funding from Scotland Loves Local to run three more online sessions this year; with free ingredient packs for locals joining in...

PUTTING BANNOCKBURN AND THE EASTERN VILLAGES ON THE MAP

Bannockburn House has teamed up with national wildlife charity Froglife to create a tapestry map depicting local heritage: from landscapes and habitats, to wildlife and buildings.   Ross Caldwell, Events Manager for Bannockburn House said: “We’ll be delivering...

HOUSE HOSTS FIRST MAJOR ART EXHIBITION

To mark Bannockburn House’s first major art installation, TRANSPARENCy, we caught up with the ten local artists involved to find out more about their artwork: Organised by Gossip Collective, the contemporary art exhibition was the brainchild of visual artist Lesley...

Historic House to Host Scotland’s Frontline Festival

St Andrew’s Day preparations are well under way at Bannockburn House. The community owned historic 17th century mansion is preparing to host a virtual fundraising gig on Monday 30 November featuring some of Scotland’s best-known bands, including Wet, Wet, Wet, Bay...
Artwork by Audrey McMenemy

ARTISTS TAKE OVER HISTORIC MANSION

Ten local artists will take over Bannockburn House to stage the historic mansion’s first ever major art installation since being bought by the community back in 2016. Originally planned for Easter, the event by the Gossip Collective will now take place this weekend...

DRIVE THRU CHRISTMAS MARKET AT HISTORIC HOUSE

Bannockburn House is set to host a drive thru Christmas market this year to help raise much needed funds for its community projects and restoration work. The no-contact event will run on Saturday 12 December with locals given a morning or afternoon time slot to pick...
Cook along - cutting veg

FORTH VALLEY FOOD FESTIVAL COOK-ALONGS

As part of Forth Valley Food Festival, we're teaming up with local chef Sara MacMillan from The Kitchen at 44 King Street to deliver two family friendly cook-alongs. These will take place live on our Facebook page on Monday 12 and Monday 19 October at 4pm. Kate White,...
Entrance Hall

WELCOME TO THE HOUSE OF FUN: OUR BUSY EVENTS LINE-UP

Bannockburn House Trust is set to host a series of virtual events this month, starting with Doors Open Day this weekend (19-20 September).   Volunteers will deliver digital tours to give visitors a glimpse behind the scenes.   Events Manager for the Trust,...
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Bannockburn House Summer Fayre 19 a Brilliant Success

What an amazing event, thank you to all our amazing volunteers who put in so much hard work to make sure this event could happen. Both Saturday and Sunday were very well attended, and we had such a positive response from everyone which made the hard work worthwhile....
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