Amberley Publishing, £14.99
Review Amy Brunskill
In this volume, his second on the military heritage of Scotland’s cities, Gregor Stewart presents the history of Stirling, from Roman invasion in the 1st century AD through to the present day. The city’s location, at the lowest crossing point of the River Forth, has positioned it at the centre of many important military events in Scotland’s history, and evidence of this can be found throughout Stirling, even today.
A short volume, generously illustrated with colour photographs of the town and surrounding landscape, it offers an engaging introduction to many of the key events and places in Stirling’s military past. The book presents an overview of Stirling’s military story and the key battles associated with the city, namely the Battle of Stirling Bridge and the Battle of Bannockburn, before leading readers through significant conflicts from the Reformation up to the Second World War. The events chosen highlight the significance of Stirling’s rich military history, still visible in many surviving buildings and monuments, and its important role in the story of the nation as a whole.