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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]cot.

Garden Blog

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WINTER WONDERLAND

A rest for the gardener Now, at last, the gardener can rest a while in the dark days of winter as the year’s end approaches and the New Year lies on the horizon. Gardens that months ago were brimming with a heavy crop of fruit and vegetables long since harvested, now...
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Christmas is Coming

  Path progress At last we have begun the arduous task of installing the permanent paths into our ‘Enclosed Garden’. The blousy, overgrown holly hedges have been ‘pollarded’. To do this, we have cut them down to approximately one metre in height and hope that in...
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Spring Forward, Fall Back

October will soon be over and the leaves on our deciduous trees are changing colour. This is such a brief but special time. As the days shorten the trees don’t have enough sunlight to make food so they begin to shut down for the Winter. They break down the green...
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THE BRUTALITY AND RUTHLESSNESS OF NATURE

Here's the latest apiary blog from our head beekeeper Ilona Shilliday:   It’s now October and preparations for winter have been underway both inside and outside the hives.  Unfortunately one of our smaller colonies died of starvation. Despite reducing the...
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PAINTED LADIES SUNBATHING

With the wetter and colder months approaching, we caught up with Margaret Pollock to find out what's happening in the Bannockburn House garden:    We have been lucky with our butterfly population this summer. The hot and relatively dry months have produced a...

OUR FIRST BATCH OF BANNOCKBURN HOUSE HONEY

It has been six months since we started beekeeping at Bannockburn House and here's Ilona Shilliday to report on our progress: The end of the beekeeping year approaches and with it our first 6 months of beekeeping at Bannockburn House.  The honey crop has been...

SEEING THINGS FROM A DIFFERENT VANTAGE POINT

The grounds of Bannockburn House were transformed into an open-air art gallery and studio recently, with hands-on creative fun for families. The free event, organised by Vantage Points (Bannockburn and the Eastern Stirling Creative network) and Scene Stirling, gave...

SEASON OF MISTS AND MELLOW FRUITFULNESS

Gardener Margaret Pollock reflects on the changing seasons:   The recent morning mists and heavy overnight dewfall are a sure sign that we are in early autumn. Farmers are bringing in their crops and as I was leaving Bannockburn House the other day, I noticed a...

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER

Wetter weather is on its way and it's welcome news for the Bannockburn House gardening team, as Margaret Pollock explains:   At last the rain has come and the long, hot days of high Summer have gone - for the time being, hopefully! This warmest period of the year...

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...

History Blog

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A dram fit for a Prince

HRH Charles Edward Stuart arrived at Bannockburn House on the 6th January 1746. He remained at Bannockburn House for the rest of the month, chosen for its strategic location for the Siege of Stirling Castle and considered a place of safety as the Prince had a natural...
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The Ancient Port Key of Stirling Returns to Bannockburn House

On Friday the 7th of January Bannockburn House will see a brief return of the Ancient Key of Stirling which had lain hidden within the House for many a year.    The Jacobite army approached Stirling on Friday the 3rd January 1746 surrounding the town the...

SNIPPETS FROM HISTORY

Our History Tours are back up and running and our volunteers' research into the rich history of Bannockburn House continues apace, as volunteer Helen explains: History volunteer Hugh McCusker discovered that Bannockburn House's first resident, Sir Hugh Paterson I, had...

YOUNGSTERS DIG DEEP INTO HOUSE’S HISTORY

​A team of budding young archaeologists set about cleaning their latest finds at Bannockburn House on Saturday (14 August), under the watchful eye of local expert Colin Davenport. The hoard, discovered in a Victorian midden (or dump) in the grounds of the seventeenth...

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...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...

Events Blog

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The Ancient Port Key of Stirling Returns to Bannockburn House

On Friday the 7th of January Bannockburn House will see a brief return of the Ancient Key of Stirling which had lain hidden within the House for many a year.    The Jacobite army approached Stirling on Friday the 3rd January 1746 surrounding the town the...

SEEING THINGS FROM A DIFFERENT VANTAGE POINT

The grounds of Bannockburn House were transformed into an open-air art gallery and studio recently, with hands-on creative fun for families. The free event, organised by Vantage Points (Bannockburn and the Eastern Stirling Creative network) and Scene Stirling, gave...

ARMY OF VOLUNTEERS TO HAVE PORTRAITS UNVEILED AT BATTLE HQ

An army of dedicated volunteers, who’ve helped breathe life back into Bonnie Prince Charlie’s former battle HQ, are set to be immortalised in a series of fine art photographs. The photography exhibition, which opens at Bannockburn House on 4 September, is the...

YOUNGSTERS DIG DEEP INTO HOUSE’S HISTORY

​A team of budding young archaeologists set about cleaning their latest finds at Bannockburn House on Saturday (14 August), under the watchful eye of local expert Colin Davenport. The hoard, discovered in a Victorian midden (or dump) in the grounds of the seventeenth...

FIRST WEDDING AT BANNOCKBURN HOUSE IN NEARLY 80 YEARS

Community owned Bannockburn House hosted its first wedding in nearly 80 years on Friday (13 August).   Cumbernauld couple Robert Vance and Erin Conner tied the knot in the mansion’s grand Laigh Hall, which boasts a stunning ornate ceiling rose by the same...

CREATIVE FUN FOR FAMILIES AT BANNOCKBURN HOUSE

Join Vantage Points for some family friendly fun at Bannockburn House on Sunday 22 August, 12-5pm. The event will offer an opportunity to view the first public exhibition of artwork by Bannockburn and Eastern Stirling’s creative network. The showcase will include...
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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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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...
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