This information was once available on Charles Stirling’s website. That website has been missing for several years now so I have posted here the information from that website that was saved to the Internet Archive.

Rick Sterling – CSO Web Master

Dr. William Archibald Stirling, was a surgeon in the Royal Navy who settled at Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, in the early 1800s.  He was possibly the first Stirling to reside permanently in Newfoundland, although Dr. John Stirling, who is believed to be his brother, also resided in Harbour Grace, at approximately the same time.  Very little is known about Dr. William Archibald Stirling’s origins.  He was born in 1786, and because he was a founding member of the Conception Bay Benevolent Irish Society, it is believed that he was of Irish blood lines.  On August 17, 1812, he married Emma Mayne, the daughter of Dr. John Mayne, and they raised a large family of ten (10) sons and one (1) daughter.

In addition to conducting a successful medical practice, Dr. Stirling was a prominent member of Harbour Grace society and played an active role in many community endeavors.  He served as a Magistrate for the Northern District, medical attendant at the Goal, on the Board of Road Commissioners of Harbour Grace, as Chairman for the Board of Commissioners for the Harbour Grace Grammar School, as Chairman for the Committee to rebuild the Anglican Church at Harbour Grace after fire of 1816, on the Protestant Board of Education Harbour Grace,  as Commissioner of Grammar School Harbour Grace, and in many other capacities.  He was a very colourful figure and there are many documented court cases involving him, for recovery of medical bills and other matters.

Due to failing eyesight, Dr. Stirling was forced to end his medical practice at Harbour Grace and move to Twillingate, where he and Emma lived with their son, Dr. William McCleery Carrington Stirling.  As a result, in 1853, his properties at Harbour Grace were offered for sale.

On August 12, 1858, Dr. William Archibald Stirling died at his son’s residence in Twillingate, and was buried in the St. Peter’s Churchyard Cemetery, where his headstone is still visible today.  His wife Emma died July 19, 1863, also at her son’s residence in Twillingate.



Dr. William Archibald Stirling b.1786 d.1858
m. Emma (Mayne) b.1797 d.1863

   Rev. John Mayne Stirling b.1813 d.1850
   m. Rosetta Louise (Cheyne)

      Rosetta Ferra Stirling b.? d.1850

      Unknown child Stirling

      Unknown child Stirling

      Emma Stirling

      Mary Stirling b.? d.1929
      m. Baron Leonard Lyell

   Dr. William McCleery Carrington Stirling b. 1816 d. 1890
   m. Anne S. (Peyton) b. 1823 d. 1882

      Lucinda Stirling b. 1847 – d. 1912

      David Orestes Stirling b. 1849 d.1849

      Eleanor Emma Stirling b. 1850 d. ?
      m. Rev. A. S. Hill Winsor

      Rosetta Elizabeth Cross Stirling b. 1852 d. 1937

      John Mayne Stirling b. 1854 d. 1855

      Susan Peyton Stirling b. 1856 d. 1924
      m. Rev. Thomas William Temple

      Kate Steuart Stirling b. 1859 d. 1941
      m. Paul Adolphe Putzki b. 1858 d. ?

      Janet Mary Stirling b. 1860 d. 1928

      William Archibald Stirling b. 1864 b. 1874

      Georgina Anne Stirling b. 1867 d. 1935

   James Buchan Stirling b. 1820 d. ?
   m. Unknown

      Adopted Son James Martin

      James George Stirling b. 1851 d. ~1907
      m. Eliza Ash b. 1849 d. 1879

Leonard Lilly Stirling b. 1874 d. 1916
         m. Beatrice Alice (Marks) b. 1883 d. 1966

        Harriet Susannah Stirlingb. 1876
         m Unknown

         Elizabeth Stirling b. 1878 d. 1879

         Catherine Stirling b. 1878 d. 1878

      James George Stirling b. 1851 d. ~1907
      m. Annie Paris b. 1847 d. 1905

         James Stirling b. 1881
         m. Mary Catherine (Ash) b. ~1883 d. 1905

         James Stirling b. 1881
         m. Annie Elizabeth (Spurrell)  b. 1881

      Laura Amelia Stirling b. 1883 d. 1891

   Edgar Charles Thomas Ridley Stirling b. 1822 d. 1887
   m.Elizabeth (Rabbitts) b. 1823 d. 1890

      William Rabbitts Stirling b. 1847 d. 1925
      m. Mary Jane (Gaden) b. 1845 d. 1936

         Herbert William Stirling b. 1875 d. 1956
         m. Mina Louise Simms b. 1875 d. 1960

         Arthur Botwood Sutherland Stirling b. 1876 d. 1963
         m. Delphine Jardine b. 1885 d. 1932
         m. Elsa May (Carson) d. 1973

         Frederick Murray Stirling b. 1878 d. 1933
         m. Mary Gertrude (Hunt) b. 1884 d. 1969

         Mabel McKenzie Stirling b. 1880 d. 1882

         Daisy Robinson Stirling b. 1883 d. 1936

         Lily McKenzie Stirling b. 1885 d. 1962

         Weston Edgar Stirling b. 1887 d. 1951

         Elsie Wylde Stirling b. 1890 d. 1973

      Edgar S. Stirling b. ? d. 1889
      m. Lydia Augusta Wylde

         Arthur Edgar Stirling b. 1874 d. 1875

         Emma Stirling b. 1876

         Mabel Stirling b. ~1875 d. 1886

        Edgar Wylde Stirling b. ~1884

      Elizabeth R. Stirling b. 1852 d. ?
      m. Hector G. Brown

      Emma Stirling b. 1854 d. ?

      John M. Stirling b. 1854 d. ?

      Charles Stirling

      Ronald Stirling

      Eliza Mary Stirling

      Rose Stirling

   David Orestes Stirling b. 1826 d. 1848

   Lucinda Eliza Stirling b. 1829 d. 1829

   George Stirling b. 1830 d. ?

   Charles Shreve Stirling b. 1832 d. 1852

   Archibald Forward Stirling b. 1832 d. ?

   Reginald Borough Stirling b. 1834 d. 1860

   Albert Burt Stirling b. 1870 d. ?
   m. Susan Peyton b. 1832 d. 1866

      James Stirling b. 1866 d. 1866

   Albert Burt Stirling b. 1870 d. ?
   m.Selina (Ellis) b. 1838 d. 1927

      Emily Gallop Stirling b. 1868 d. 1958
      m. Malcolm Allan Fraser b. 1879 d. 1947

      William Bennett Stirling b. 1879 d. ?

      Charles Reginald Stirling b. 1872 d. 1940

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