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.
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
Alloa Old Kirkyard
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.
Historic Kirkyard Trails
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.
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
Theatre in the
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.
To book tickets please call the Contact Centre on 01259 213131
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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
Top: Robert Knox III
Middle: Robert Dick
Clockwise from left:
Sir Ralph Abercromby
Sir John Erskine
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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.
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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.
Museum & Heritage Service
Homecoming Scotland is a Scottish
Government Initiative managed by
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