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UK Place
Local nameStirlin
Population33710 ((2008)|os_grid_reference=NS795935)
Council areaStirling
Lieutenancy areaStirling and Falkirk
Other Information
Postcode districtFK7-FK9 FK
Dialling code01786
UK ParliamentStirling
Scottish ParliamentStirling
Mid Scotland and Fife

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Stirling (Gaelic: Sruighlea -gdˈs̪t̪ruʝləpron , Scots: Stirlin) is a city and former ancient burgh in Scotland, and is at the heart of the wider Stirling council area. The city is clustered around a large fortress and medieval old-town beside the River Forth. Historically it was strategically important as the "Gateway to the Highlands", with its position near the boundary between the Scottish Lowlands and Highlands, and its crossing of the Forth, the nearest to the river mouth.

Once the Capital of Scotland, Stirling boosts a Great Hall (restored 1999) and Renaissance palace (under restoration) within the Castle that rivalled any building in Europe at the time. Stirling also has its medieval parish church, The Church of the Holy Rude, where King James VI was crowned King of Scots on 29 July 1567. The Holy Rude still functions as living church with a service every Sunday.

Stirling is a centre for local government, higher education, retail, and light industry. Its population in 2008 was 33,710, for Stirling itself, the wider urban area including Bridge of Allan and Bannockburn has a population of 45,750. This makes it the smallest city in Scotland: indeed it is smaller than many of Scotland's larger towns.

One of the principal royal strongholds of the Kingdom of Scotland, Stirling was created a Royal burgh by King David I in 1130, which it remained until 1975, when the county of Stirlingshire was absorbed into Central Region. In 2002, as part of Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee, Stirling was granted city status.

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Booze ban may put champagne on ice for Royal Wedding - Stirling Observer Tweet this news
Stirling Observer--Although no official street party applications were submitted to -Stirling- Council, plans are in place for a string of informal events across the district as locals look to take advantage of the impending national holiday. Everywhere f - Date : Fri, 22 Apr 2011 16:15:12 GMT+00:00
Elderly targeted in daylight robberies - Stirling Observer Tweet this news
Stirling Observer--The alarm was initially sounded when an 88-year-old man was found lying injured in the underpass that leads to Lovers' Walk in -Stirling's- Riverside area at 2.50pm on Tuesday. Police believe the victim had been pushed to the - Date : Fri, 22 Apr 2011 16:15:01 GMT+00:00
Stirling golfers tee-up a string of trophies - Stirling Observer Tweet this news
Stirling Observer---STIRLING- student Kelsey MacDonald was untouchable at the British Universities Strokeplay Championship, taking the title by 17 shots at West Lancashire Golf Club. The Scottish ladies' amateur champion will tee off at the Helen Hol - Date : Fri, 22 Apr 2011 16:14:45 GMT+00:00
Binos hope to end six-months barren run - Stirling Observer Tweet this news
Stirling Observer--FALKIRK come to -Stirling- tomorrow (Saturday) - exactly six months on from Albion's last victory in Division One. Last weekend's 2-1 home defeat to Raith means -Stirling's- barren run stands at 23 games and they have alr - Date : Fri, 22 Apr 2011 08:52:25 GMT+00:00
Stirling Uni staff set for strike - BBC News Tweet this news
BBC News--Staff belonging to the University and College Union (UCU) at -Stirling- University have said they will go on strike next week in a row over cuts. The union said the action would be staged on Tuesday 26 April in protest at job losses at the unive - Date : Wed, 20 Apr 2011 17:13:29 GMT+00:00
Students ease to semi-final win - Stirling Observer Tweet this news
Stirling Observer---STIRLING'S- demolition of their King Cup semi-final opponents set up a repeat of last year's final. The students will again face East of Scotland champions Spartans. Spartans ran out 2-0 winners then but, now a year wiser and - Date : Fri, 22 Apr 2011 16:15:39 GMT+00:00
Under starter's orders for Dumyat challenge - Stirling Observer Tweet this news
Stirling Observer--The 38th incarnation of the event will take place from the University of -Stirling- campus on Wednesday, May 4. The event was created when a -Stirling- University psychologist laid a £1 bet that the return trip from the Gannochy Pavili - Date : Fri, 22 Apr 2011 16:15:26 GMT+00:00
Teenage sex offender gets 10 months detention - Stirling Observer Tweet this news
Stirling Observer---Stirling- Sheriff Court heard on Wednesday that the boy - who cannot be named for legal reasons - was just 14 when he carried out the vile act at an address in Stirlingshire on April 5 last year. He denied the charge against him but wa - Date : Fri, 22 Apr 2011 16:15:53 GMT+00:00
Group seeks to ease voter registration rules - Tweet this news when she went to her polling station at Lord -Stirling- School, poll workers turned her away. Her name did not appear on the registration polls, they said. Now 20, the Rutgers junior from Sayreville said the experience left her fe - Date : Thu, 21 Apr 2011 01:41:22 GMT+00:00
Six-lane highway 'will not happen' - The West Australian Tweet this news
The West Australian--The WA Planning Commission spent $4.2 million to buy a property on -Stirling- Highway as part of a road-widening proposal that Premier Colin Barnett says will never happen. The property, Richard's Electrical, on the corner of -St - Date : Thu, 14 Apr 2011 01:13:54 GMT+00:00

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ScotlandAberdeen * Dundee * Edinburgh * Glasgow * Inverness * Stirling
WalesBangor * Cardiff * Newport * St David's * Swansea
Northern IrelandArmagh * Belfast * Derry * Lisburn * Newry

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