Meet Your Ancestors in Clackmannanshire Homecoming Scotland 2009 2 Meet Your Ancestors in Clackmannanshire Gartmorn Dam, the earliest Clackmannanshire is celebrating the Year of reservoir in Scotland; John Homecoming and the 250th anniversary of the McNab (1732-1802) was a poor herdboy whose fortune, birth of Robert Burns with a programme of made at sea, founded Dollar events to help everyone discover what makes Academy; David Allan of Alloa the county so special and to celebrate its heritage (1744 -1796) was a significant through historic kirkyards and ancestral tourism Scottish artist; Sir Ralph trails, an 'art in the kirkyard' project and theatre Abercromby of Tullibody (1734-1801), was a distinguished military commander; performances in the kirkyards. We want people John Paton (1768-1848), founded in 1814 what became the to visit Clackmannanshire to trace their ancestors world-famous wool-spinning empire of Patons & Baldwins and see relatives and friends. We want those of Alloa; while the Jamieson family helped to make the who live here already to find out more about county an important whisky distilling centre. their county. Robert Burns himself visited the county on several occasions, including in 1787, when he stayed at Harviestoun Clackmannanshire-born people have been players on the Castle and was 'knighted' by Lady Catherine Bruce of world stage – to name but a few, Sir William Alexander Clackmannan Tower with the sword of King Robert Bruce. of Menstrie Castle (c.1577-1640), poet, statesman and Burns was inspired by these visits to write two poems about scholar, founded the former colony of Nova Scotia; the the county, 'The Banks of the Devon' and 'Fairest Maid on enlightened and innovative John Erskine, 6th Earl of Mar Devon Banks'. (1675-1732), was Secretary of State for Scotland and among his many achievements was the construction in 1713 of Whether this is your first visit or one of many, or you live here already, join in our celebrations and make this Homecoming Year one to remember in Clackmannanshire! Top: Dollar Academy Far Left: 6th Earl of Mar Left: John Paton Below: View of Clackmannanshire 4 Alloa Old Kirkyard Hanging Together for Homecoming Art Installation Alloa Old Kirkyard and Greenside Cemetery, Kirkgate 8th June - 5th July This special installation will celebrate the importance of family and ancestry. It will be developed on site, based in the Mar & Kellie Mausoleum, for the first two weeks and on display in the kirkyard afterwards. Hanging Together was formed in 1993 as a group initiative by professional artists in the Stirling area interested in raising the profile of creative activity, through engaging with both social and historical contexts outside the gallery norm. They have placed individual and collective works of art in a variety of situations. Their first project, which gave the group its name, was at Stirling's Tolbooth, a site of both prison and summary justice. Further projects included 'Show on Ice' an event staged outside The Albert Halls in Stirling involving the layered melting of a block of ice; 'X_SITE', a virtual internet exhibition, 'Memento Mori' in Greenside Cemetery, Alloa; 8th - 21st June 'Solar' in Alloa Tower; 'needwantmusthave' at the Thistle Visitors can meet the artists who will be Marches; 'Car Booty' at Kildean Market; 'Commoun Kist' in working on their installations. Karen Strang Stirling Libraries and 'Salt' at Culross Palace. will be in Alloa Library, where she will be creating small, hand-made books. They have also worked on a number of Polish-Scottish exchange projects involving working residencies and 21st June - 5th July exhibitions in both countries and the setting up of a Polish The completed works will be launched on cafe in Alloa town centre. Sunday 21st June and will be displayed in the kirkyard until 5th July. Hanging Together are Nicola Carberry, Paul Eames, Carolyn Mason, Peter Russell, Karen Strang and Val Opening times Shatwell. They are delighted to be returning to the Old 10.00am - 12 noon & 2.00pm - 4.00pm Kirkyard in Alloa and look forward to engaging with visitors in the working phase of the project and once the works Admission free have been completed. 6 Old Kirkyard, Historic Kirkyard Trails Tullibody West Tour Guided tours of the historic kirkyards will take place from Wed 1st Jul July until late September. The tours will include all the Sun 19th Jul older kirkyards, which contain fascinating buildings and Wed 22nd Jul intriguing gravestones, and will also give people lots of Sun 2nd Aug other interesting details about the heritage of the county. Wed 5th Aug Full and half-day tours are available. Sun 16th Aug Wed 19th Aug West Tour Sun 6th Sep Alloa Old Kirkyard and Greenside Cemetery, Tullibody Wed 9th Sep Heritage Centre and Tullibody Old Kirkyard, the old Sun 13th Sep graveyard at Logie and Alva Old Kirkyard. Full-day tour: 10.30am - 4.20pm (in time to catch 4.35pm train) Start and end points: Alloa Railway Station Half-day tour: 1.00pm - 4.35pm Old Kirkyard, Start and end points: Tullibody Heritage Centre Alva Sandwiches and refreshments will be available at Tullibody Heritage Centre or bring a packed lunch. Old Kirkyard, East Tour Dollar Tillicoultry Old Kirkyards, Dollar Kirkyard and Dollar Museum, Muckhart Cemetery, Clackmannan Old Kirkyard East Tour and Clackmannan Tower. Sun 12th Jul Full-day tour: 10.30am - 4.20pm (in time to catch 4.35pm train) Wed 15th Jul Start and end points: Alloa Railway Station Sun 26th Jul Half-day tour: 12.00 - 4.45pm Wed 29th Jul Start and end points: Bridge Street, Dollar (opposite Castle Sun 9th Aug Campbell Hotel) Wed 12th Aug There are several cafés in Dollar or bring a packed lunch. Sun 16th Aug Wed 26th Aug Tickets: Sun 6th Sep Full day Adult £8.00 Concession £6.00 Wed 16th Sep Half day Adult £5.00 Concession £4.00 Sun 20th Sep To book tickets please call the Contact Centre on 01259 213131. A little light walking will be involved, but please bring wet weather clothing and footwear with you. An Historic Kirkyards Trail leaflet will also be available to enable people to go on self-guided tours. For further details please contact Old Kirkyard, the Museum and Heritage Service on 01259 216913. Muckhart 9 Theatre in the Historic Kirkyards The historic kirkyards of Clackmannanshire are the last resting places of many people who helped to shape the history of the county. From the famous to the unknown, they all made a contribution to the life of the county and deserve How to research to be remembered. your ancestors Theatre performances will take place in the atmospheric surroundings of the old kirkyards of Alloa, Alva and Tullibody. The events will be staged by award-winning Finding out about your own ancestors can be fascinating, The Walking Theatre Company, which is based in Argyll as well as sometimes moving, surprising or even shocking! and committed to creating theatre work that gives access Family history research is extremely popular now, but for to Scotland's dramatic landscapes and amazing history for those of you who have never tried it before, we have all people in all locations. They encourage their audience developed a research resource to help you do just that. to get involved in the performances. The performances This resource, called 'Tracing your Ancestors in in our kirkyards will focus on some of the people who are Clackmannanshire', will give you some basic information buried there and who are 'brought back to life' to tell their on how to get started as well as details of the information stories (see overleaf). and facilities available. It is available as a downloadable pdf on www.Clacksweb.org.uk. To help you make a start, there Tickets: Adult £7.00 Concession £5.00 will also be a training session in Alloa Library. To book tickets please call the Contact Centre on 01259 213131 How to Research your Ancestors Tickets are limited to 50 for each performance, so please book early 7.30pm - 8.45pm on 18th June to avoid disappointment. You will be moving about, but please bring Alloa Library, Drysdale Street, Alloa a folding seat if you need to sit down and a torch for the evening performance in November. Tickets: £3.00 To book tickets please call the Contact Centre on 01259 213131 10 Meet Your Ancestors in Clackmannanshire Maids, Merchants Silver, Soldier and Spice and Magnificent Men A Few Tales of Tullibody Stirring Stories of Alva Tullibody Old Kirkyard Alva Old Kirkyard Friday 4th September 3.00pm and 7.00pm Saturday 19th September 3.00pm and 7.00pm Tullibody is an ancient parish with a St Serf's Church once stood in the old kirkyard of Alva. fascinating history. Parts of the Old Kirk The burial vault of the Erskine family, once the lairds, is still may date back to 1149 and it was there. The stories of three brothers – Sir John Erskine, who restored in 1539. The early village made and lost a fortune in silver; Dr Robert Erskine who grew around the medieval church, was physician to Tsar Peter the Great; Charles Erskine, Lord but around 1800 the Abercromby Tinwald, who became Lord Justice Clerk - are remarkable. family of Tullibody House moved it In 1775 John Johnstone, who had made his fortune in further south. A tannery was built the East India Company, bought the estate. He built a in the 19th century and the village new mausoleum in the kirkyard and his grandson James grew bigger. Johnstone gave the Johnstone Park to the people of Alva for their health, recreation and enjoyment. This performance will focus on the tragic tale of forbidden love between a 15th century priest and the 'Myretoun Meanwhile, Andrew Orem, from Methven, settled in Alva, Maid'; the influential Abercromby family and Sir Ralph, worked as a butcher, joined the army and eventually fought its most famous son; the Knox family, who established a at Culloden. His somewhat scandalous family included a son, brewery in nearby Cambus, and Robert Dick, the self- James, who once walked naked into Alva for 'a trifle of money'! taught botanist and naturalist. The narrator will be his mentor, the baker William Aikman. Top: Robert Knox III Middle: Robert Dick Clockwise from left: Sir Ralph Abercromby Sir John Erskine James Johnstone John Johnstone Meet Your Ancestors in Clackmannanshire 13 Earls, Engineers Partnership events and Entrepreneurs in Clackmannanshire Exciting Events in Alloa Alloa Old Kirkyard Ramblers Walk Homecoming Scotland 2009 Thursday 5th November 3.00pm and 7.00pm The aim of Walk Homecoming Scotland 2009 is to encourage all who live in Scotland, as well as those The Earls of Mar and many returning from far away, to walk about and enjoy its other people were buried in wonderful cultural and historical heritage. It is the first and around the old medieval step in a programme which culminates in the Glasgow church of St Mungo. The Commonwealth Games and aims to create medal (gold, church was enlarged and silver and bronze) walking routes which will start and the tower built in c.1682 by finish from 'walking hubs'. Clackmannanshire Council has the mason Tobias Bauchop, identified Gartmorn Dam Country Park Visitor Centre as a whose house still stands in 'walking hub' from which the walks will radiate. Details of Kirkgate. The Old Kirk was the walks are available on www.Clacksweb.org.uk and on condemned in 1816 and maps which will be available from the Visitor Centre. mostly demolished. The Mar & Kellie Mausoleum was built 25th Summer Season of Scottish Country Dance on the site of the Mar Aisle of Cochrane Hall, Cochrane Park, Alva the Old Kirk and the Erskine 7.30pm on Thursdays from 11th June - 20th August family are still interred there. This programme of dance has been arranged in association Of the many people who with RSCDS Clackmannanshire branch. There will be a full helped Alloa to become one dance programme with live music in the splendid setting of the first industrial towns in of the Cochrane Hall at the foot of the Ochils. Britain, this performance will 'bring to life' the visionary Tickets: £5.50 payable at the door 6th Earl of Mar; Robert Bald, the enlightened mining The 153rd Famous Alva Games engineer and some of his Johnstone Park, Alva Top: 6th Earl of Mar contemporaries; the Paton From 12.30pm on Saturday 11th July Middle: John Paton family of Kilncraigs Mill and Bottom: Robert Bald one or two others who also Alva Games provides the perfect family day out with a range have their stories to tell! of traditional events including athletics, cycling, Highland dancing, heavyweight events and tug-o'-war. The crowning Tickets: Adult £7.00 Concession £5.00 glory of the day is the British Championship Hill Race which is one of four hill races run over Torry. The traditional fair To book tickets please call the Contact Centre on 01259 213131 will operate every evening from 8th July. This year there Tickets are limited to 50 for each performance, so please book early will be a special Homecoming tent at the Games. to avoid disappointment. You will be moving about, but please bring a folding seat if you need to sit down and a torch for the evening Tickets: Adult £5.00 Concession £2.00 performance in November. 14 Meet Your Ancestors in Clackmannanshire Meet Your Ancestors in Clackmannanshire Homecoming Scotland 2009 Clackmannanshire Council would like to thank the We have produced two sets of commemorative postcards many people and organisations who have assisted our which celebrate the county and to encourage people to Homecoming programme financially and given their visit. These are available in libraries and council buildings time and expertise to help make it possible. We would throughout the county and from the Museum and Heritage like to thank, in particular, Homecoming Scotland for a Service on 01259 216913. substantial award and Clackmannanshire Heritage Trust for a generous grant towards the programme. We are very grateful for their enthusiasm and support. Friends of Clackmannanshire Museum & Heritage Service Homecoming Scotland is a Scottish Government Initiative managed by EventScotland in partnership with VisitScotland.
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