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

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Pumpkins and Orange Peel

So half-term is over, the clocks have gone back an hour and Hallowe’en is upon us!   During October the final warm days of Autumn vanish, leaves carpet the garden and the wind grows colder but, surprisingly, the soil still...
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Pumpkins galore

At the start of September our own swallows upped and left for their long journey south. But as compensation, for at least the next ten days or so, we had mixed groups of swallows passing through the gardens and feeding around ‘The Broccoli Tree’. ‘The Broccoli Tree’...

Autumn Gleanings

Twice this week we have had geese flying low across the orchard, so close that we can almost feel the ‘whoosh’ of air through their feathers as they pass by and even though it has been several months since we last heard them, their approaching sound is unmistakable....

And then the Rains Came

  How lovely it was to finally have some rain last weekend. Because we have been creating the new growing beds in the Enclosed Garden it has been a very difficult time for the new planting trying to get established . The soil is very dry and with the strong...

The Midsummer Garden

As it is midsummer we have been hosting our annual archaeology dig at Bannockburn House. The dig began last Saturday with a group of local children excavating a mysterious hollow in the front lawn. We thought that there might have been a well there in days gone by but...

It’s All About The Queen

It’s been a month of Queen cells at the apiary.  There are three types: swarm cells, supersedure cells and emergency queen cells.  Swarm cells occur when the colony becomes congested – the old queen and about 60% of the colony form a swarm and relocate in a...
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Ne’er cast a cloot ’til May is oot!

As a young girl growing up in Bannockburn my grandparents often used this phrase and I wondered if it referred to the month of May or the flowering of the May-blossom or Hawthorn. Either way, what it really means is  ‘beware as the weather is often fickle at this...

Bloomin’ Marvellous!

Spring Blossom never ceases to amaze me. The fact that huge, sturdy, solid trees can create something so delicate, fragile and perfect as their blossom is one of the wonders of the natural world. Cherry Blossom or ‘Sakura’ is the national flower of Japan. There,...

The Apiary In Spring

The unseasonably warm weather this weekend meant we were able to do an early spring check on the colonies at the apiary.  In three of the four hives the queens are laying well with an excellent early spring build up. Hopefully this will translate into a large...

Spring is here

March is proving to be a sunny month this year and what a difference some sunshine can make. We are getting stuck into the lengthy job of preparing the soil beds in the newly laid out ‘Enclosed Garden’. The winter mud is gradually drying out and, thankfully, the soil...

History Blog

Battle of Sheriffmuir

Battle of Sheriffmuir  Written by Liam McDermott - History Group The 13th November is an important date within the Jacobite Calendar as this year it commemorates the 307th anniversary of the Battle of Sheriffmuir. Pictured above: Depiction of the Battle of...

Every Picture Tells A Story

Throughout the country our museums and galleries are full of paintings showing different aspects of life through the centuries. But how often do we look really closely at these paintings and wonder about the lives of those captured by the artist.   A volunteer at...
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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...

Events Blog

Battle of Sheriffmuir

Battle of Sheriffmuir  Written by Liam McDermott - History Group The 13th November is an important date within the Jacobite Calendar as this year it commemorates the 307th anniversary of the Battle of Sheriffmuir. Pictured above: Depiction of the Battle of...

Invitation to Tender- City Deal Green Book Business Case

Bannockburn House Trust Invitation to Tender City Deal Green Book Business Case   Bannockburn House Trust (BHT) is a Scottish Charity which owns an historic 30-acre estate to the south of Stirling. It is preparing a bid for City Deal finance and requires a...
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BANNOCKBURN HOUSE RETURNS TO ITS TARTAN ROOTS

  A month-long celebration of all things tartan will take place in Stirling this August, marking 200 years since a ‘ban’ on traditional Highland dress was lifted by King George IV.   Tartan Fest celebrations will kick off on Saturday 6 August with a two-day...

Work Experience at Bannockburn House

An exclusive look at the breath-taking Bannockburn House. Nestled outside Stirling in beautiful woodland and exquisite gardens stands a magnificent 17th Century mansion with a rich, colourful history. Now owned by the local community this enchanting building holds...

Visit from MP and MSP to Bannockburn House

On Friday 4th March Bannockburn House had the pleasure of hosting MP Alyn Smith, MSP Evelyn Tweed and Cllr Alasdair MacPherson to discuss our plans.   We briefly discussed our recent achievements from our huge volunteer led gardening, construction and wall work...

Wedding Awards Recognition

Bannockburn House was recently named as a finalist for Most Romantic Wedding Venue at this year’s Scottish Wedding Awards. Three members of the team attended The Marriot Hotel in Glasgow to represent the Trust on the 23 February in their finery for the prestigious...

Looking Sharp

Our three young men Martin, Matt and Matthew have had the opportunity of a lifetime after being photographed in a high society styled photoshoot by top photographers David Ho and Sandie Knudsen of Headshots Scotland at our historic house.   Developing New Skills...
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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...

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...
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