Alexa Stirling - Dixie Kid - Friend of Bobby Jones
Alexa Stirling Fraser Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Stirling was the daughter of Dr. Alexander W. Stirling and Nora Bromley Stirling. (of Peebleshire) (September 5, 1897 – April 15, 1977) was an American-Canadian amateur golfer. She won the U.S. Women’s Amateur golf championship in 1916, 1919, and 1920. She also won the Canadian Women’s Amateur title in 1920 and 1934.
Stirling became one of the famous “Dixie Kids”, a group of young Southern golfers which included her long-time friend Bobby Jones, Elaine Rosenthal, and Perry Adair, who toured around the United States, giving golf exhibitions to raise money for the Red Cross. Stirling was a friend of James Douglas Edgar and took golf lessons from him when he was the professional at Druid Hills Golf Club. Stirling was also a skilled and enthusiastic violinist. She performed a public violin solo at age seven,
Stirling died on April 15, 1977, at home in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She was posthumously inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1978, the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 1986, and the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame in 1989. She was portrayed by Stephanie Sparks in the 2004 film, Bobby Jones: A Stroke of Genius.
Michael Lynn Jex Founder and Editor-in-chief of Clan Stiriing Online Passes
The Jane Stirling Festival - 2018 - Update
I thought you might want to know that we our opening our photographic exhibition “Frederic Chopin and Jane Stirling: Scotland 1848” today, ie. on 6 February in the Jagiellonian University’s Collegium Maius. The exhibition will be open till the end of March.
IT WAS 159 YEARS AGO THAT JANE STIRLING PASSED AWAY.It was on 6 February 1959 that Jane Stirling -Frédéric Chopin's…
All the best,
Marcin Jaroszek, PhD
The Jagiellonian University of Kraków
Cadder House, Lanark, Scotland
Cadder House, photographed in 1870 by Thomas Annan. The mansion was built in 1654 and greatly improved during the early 19th century. In 2004 it is the Cadder Golf Club’s clubhouse.
The Stirling family acquired the Cadder estate in the 12th century. Charles Stirling (d 1830) of the West Indies merchants Stirling, Gordon & Co built a new wing to the house and laid out ornamental gardens some time after 1816. Sir William Stirling Maxwell held the estate in 1870.
Reference: Sp Coll Dougan Add. 73 Glasgow University Library, Special Collections
The Jane Stirling Festival - 2018
Because I have been quiet lately does not mean I have been inactive in terms of bringing the story of Jane Stirling to light. In fact, since our “Evening with Jane Stirling” held in Poland and Scotland in 2016, we have managed to move our Jane Stirling Project to the next level. This spring we inaugurated the Jane Stirling Festival which consisted of 4 events in Scotland and 4 events in Poland. Next year we are going to organize the next edition of the Festival in October, inter alia, in Gargunnock House. I thought you might want to know this. We will send you more information regarding the program most likely in the spring. Please visit our festival website at: http://www.JaneStirling.com. The website will provide you with more information as to what we did during and after the festival.
Marcin Jaroszek, PhD
The Jagiellonian University of Kraków
3. An Evening with Jane Stirling - Performance by ANNA DĘBOWSKA, PhD
ANNA DĘBOWSKA performing Frédéric CHOPIN’s Nocturne in C-sharp Minor op. posth. Performed on Jane Stirling’s authentic grand piano on which Chopin played in Scotland in the fall of 1848. Now in the Collegium Maius Museum of the Jagiellonian University, Cracow.
Crawfurd-Stirling-Stuart of Castlemilk Presentation
2. An Evening with Jane Stirling - Performance by ANNA DĘBOWSKA, PhD
1. An Evening with Jane Stirling - Performance by ANNA DĘBOWSKA, PhD
An Evening with Jane Stirling - Next Performances
- 15th July at Holy Trinity Scottish Episcopal Church in Stirling
- 16th July at Dunblane Cathedral, Dunblane Perthshire
An Evening with Jane Stirling
Above is the official trailer of “An Evening with Jane Stirling”.
Here is information from the project authors:
“An event entitled “Chopin the Ungrateful” is a tribute to Jane Stirling and includes narration by Marek Kucharski, illustrated with photographic and video material, readings of Chopin’s letters and music of Chopin’s works performed live by Anna Dębowska. It will conclude with a short recital of Anna playing selected pieces that are about to appear on her new album.
To entitle this event “Chopin the Ungrateful” may seem provocative. And so it is. This project is indeed intended to inflame emotions as well as to bring to life those facts related to Chopin’s life that literature appears to have so wrongfully dismissed – the contribution which Jane Stirling made to help Fryderyk Chopin in the ultimate years of his life, as well as after his death, to preserve his legacy, which we have been so lucky to enjoy in the last two hundred years. Alas, Chopinologists may have been too interested in the often romantic relationships this unquestionable musical genius maintained with his female admirers. Consequently, they might have shown too little interest in those who successfully evaded the limelight and truly provided help for Chopin when he really needed it.
It is simply too bad that these facts have undeservedly fallen into oblivion.”
Click here to watch the trailer in Polish.
Click here for further information on the project.
Stirling Castle Palace Project
BEVERLY ANN PAINTER JEX, MOTHER OF CLAN STIRLING ONLINE! EDITOR, PASSES
Beverly Ann Painter Jex, 78 of Lehi, formerly from Woodinville, Washington, died after a long battle after suffering a stroke in 2010. She died early Friday morning October 30, 2015, in Lehi Utah.
The youngest child of William James Painter & Morna Avis Sterling, she was born August 8th, 1937 at Montpelier, Idaho. Beverly grew up in Bloomington, Bear Lake County, Idaho where she attended elementary school with her mother, Avis, who taught school there for many years. Beverly graduated as valedictorian of her high school class at Fielding High School in Paris, Idaho in 1955. She attended BYU where she played in the BYU Marching Band, and worked in the athletic department with BYU Coach Stan Watts. Beverly married Louis Lynn Jex on January 15, 1959 in the Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah. Married to her sweetheart for over 56 years, the family lived in California before moving to the Pacific Northwest and settling in Woodinville Washington. They moved back to Herriman Utah a number of years ago.
Active in the LDS Church her entire life, Beverly served in many church callings over the years, but most enjoyed her service as an ordinance worker in the Seattle and Oquirrh Mountain Temples. She was well known as an excellent seamstress, making many formal and wedding gowns. She put her impressive typing skills to good use typing patriarchal blessings given by her husband Lynn to over a thousand recipients over the years. She enjoyed riding her horse Midnight, listening to the Bar-J Wranglers, and was elected the Bear Lake County Rodeo Queen in 1955. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, half siblings. a son-in-law and grandson. Survivors include her husband, Lynn, and her children: Michael (Cheri) Jex of Georgia; Shelli (Jim) Birrell and Karla Jean Jex (Francis) of Oregon; Lauri (Mike) Clark of Utah and Karen (Kenneth) Roberts of Utah; 22 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.
There will be a viewing on Tuesday November 3rd, from 6-8 PM at the LDS Chapel at 5562 West 13680 South, Riverton, Utah. Services will be held Wednesday November 4th, at the same location beginning with a viewing from 9:30-10:30 AM. Family Prayer will be at 10:30 AM with services to follow from 11 AM to noon. Piper Ian Williams will play the bagpipes at the funeral in celebration of Beverly’s Scottish Heritage, of which she was very proud. Her Scottish family motto is “Gang Forward” and exemplifies her life long strength to forge bravely into the future in all endeavors. Interment will be at Bloomington Cemetery in Bloomington Idaho on Friday November 6th, 2015. The graveside service will begin at 11:30 AM.
Stirling Council Archives
The Declaration of Arbroath
The Declaration of Arbroath was sent to the Pope in 1320, six years after the battle of Bannockburn. King Edward II had refused to make peace with Scotland and the Pope had not recognized Robert the Bruce as King of Scotland.
It is thought eight Scottish earls and 38 barons sealed the Declaration – the sole survivor of three letters written from Scotland to the Pope at the time – urging the Pope to recognize Robert the Bruce as King of Scotland. Due to its fragile state, the Declaration is on display in a purpose-built hermetically sealed display case to protect it for future generations.
The Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton
Edward II had refused to give up his claim to over-lordship of Scotland but he was no longer in control. The English king had been deposed by his wife Isabella of France and her lover, Roger Mortimer.
Bruce saw his chance and sent James Douglas to attack the north of England. The English feared that the Scots would take Northumbria and sought terms.
The terms of the Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton were agreed. The English finally recognized King Robert I as King of Scots and acknowledged the independence of Scotland. Edward II’s daughter Joan of the Tower would marry the Bruce’s son, David.
In July 1328, the six-year-old Joan was married to the four-year-old David II. Less than a year later, Robert the Bruce died. Peace and freedom had been hard fought for – and would be short lived.
The Lubeck Letter - The Wallace Letters
One letter, known as the Safe Conduct or the Wallace Letter, was written on November 7th, 1300 by King Philip IV of France to his representatives in Rome. Wallace had left Scotland for France in the fall of 1298 after his defeat at the Battle of Falkirk and his resignation as Guardian of Scotland in favour of Robert the Bruce. Written in Latin, the letter commands that the King’s ambassadors ask Pope Boniface VIII to agree to Wallace’s requests.
Philip by the grace of God, king of the French, to his beloved and loyal people appointed at the Roman Court, greetings and favour. We command you that you ask the Supreme Pontiff to consider with favour our beloved William le Walois of Scotland, knight, with regard to those things which concern him that he has to expedite. Dated at Pierrefonds on the Monday after the feast of All Saints (7 November 1300). (Endorsed): Fourth letter of the King of France.
The other letter is known as the Lubeck Letter
The only surviving document issued by William Wallace is not in Scotland, but is located in Germany. The letter known as “The Lubeck Letter by William Wallace” was sent by Wallace and Andrew Murray in 1297 to the mayors of Lubeck and Hamburg. After Scottish forces led by William Wallace and his northern ally Andrew de Mornay (aka Andrew Murray) won the Battle of Stirling Bridge on September 11, 1297, Wallace wasted no time trying to get the Scottish economy back on track.
The British had captured Scottish ports the year before and severely curtailed trade. Exactly a month after Stirling Bridge, Wallace felt secure enough to write to the Hanseatic League towns of Hamburg and Lübeck alerting them that Scotland’s ports were open for business again. (Mornay was mortally wounded at Stirling Bridge, although it appears he lived for a short time afterwards and Wallace continued to include his name in correspondence until his death.)
Recently a motion has been made in parliament asking that the letter be released from Lubeck’s National Archives and returned to Scotland. “I would welcome the day when Scots are able to see the Lubeck Letter and the emblem of William Wallace in their country”, said Murdo Fraser, the Mid Scotland and Fife MSP. “The letter is a link to a pivotal point in Scotland’s history and gives an insight into William Wallace as the statesman and politician. William Wallace is rightly remembered as a hero to Scots for his great victories on the battlefield but this letter reveals another side to him which is not always mentioned in the history books.”
Attached to this letter is also the only surviving example of Wallace’s personal seal. It has a Scottish Lion rampant on the front and a strung bow with arrow on the reverse.
- Translation of the Letter
- Andrew Moray and William Wallace, leaders of the army of the Kingdom of Scotland and the Community, to their worthy and beloved friends, the Mayors and citizens of Lübeck and Hamburg, greeting. We have been told by trustworthy merchants of the Kingdom of Scotland that you are giving help and favour in all business concerning us and our merchants for which we thank you. We ask that it be made known among your merchants that they will now have safe access to all ports in the Kingdom of Scotland, since Scotland, blessed be God, has been rescued from the power of the English by force of arms. Given at Haddington in Scotland, on the 11th day of October in the year of grace one thousand two hundred and ninety seven.
Note: 1 © Crown copyright 2011 – Used with permission
Link to Archive Site
Jane Wilhelmina Stirling was born in July 1804 at Kippenross House, near Dunblane in Perthshire, the year before the battle of Trafalgar when Nelson defeated both the French and the Spanish. She was the youngest of thirteen children. Her first sister was married by the time Jane was two years old. Her mother died when she was only twelve and her father when she was sixteen, the year after the final defeat of Napoleon by Wellington.
Sir Walter Stirling of Faskine went to sea at an early age. . . . He entered the Navy, and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in 1745. In 1753-4 he was engaged in commerce, trading to Philadelphia [where, on October 31, 1753, he married Dorothy Willing, born August 3, 1735, daughter of Charles Willing and Anne Shippen.] . . . In 1757 he was appointed to the command of a sloop of war; in 1759 he was promoted to the rank of post captain and given the command of the Lynn, a 40-gun ship; in 1761 he was given command of the Lowestoffe.
Harriet Adelaide Stirling was the eldest daughter of Edward Charles and Jane Stirling (née Gilbert). Harriet’s father was a remarkable scholar who played a successful role in South Australian medicine, science and politics. EC Stirling helped to found the Medical School at the University of Adelaide, founded the Adelaide Museum and participated in many significant 19th century expeditions for the Museum.
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