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Royal Stirling (clip 3)

The town of Stirling and the surrounding area

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This final section of the film focuses on the University of Stirling, which we see from an aerial shot and in slow panning shots of its buildings. We watch scenes from the first graduations from the University. Two paintings by J. D. Fergusson, due to have been shown at the University are then displayed. The film next discusses Stirling Castle in its role as home to The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. A soldier blows a bugle before we see items from within the regimental museum. A group of soldiers march to the sound of bagpipes and drums. The film draws to a close with footage of young children playing within the King's Knot, before a rising aerial shot gives us excellent views of the castle and town.

Questions & Activities


  • Stirling University was Scotland's first purpose built university. Which was Scotland's first university and how many are there today?
  • Would you make a film like this now about your town. If not why not?
  • What elements would exclude?
  • Do you think this film gives you a good impression of Stirling? Explain your answer.


History: Research the decline of the Scottish regiments - why has this happened?

History / Geography: Find our where Balaclava is. What was the battle of Balaclava and who were the protagonists?

History / Media Studies: Explore the way in which war is reported from the Crimean War (arguably the first modern war) to the present day?

Art and Design: Research the artist J D Ferguson. What was the artistic movement that he was part of?

Media Studies / English: Write your own tongue-in cheek voiceover for this film or from the perspective of a town counciller explaining why you have chosen to showcase the particular elements in the film?

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-325-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 2379
Date 1972
Genre Documentary, Sponsored, Promotional
School Subject History, Media Studies, Art and Design, English
Who Campbell Harper Films (production company), Films of Scotland (sponsor`), Mark Littlewood (director), National Trust for Scotland (sponsor), Stirling Town Council (sponsor), Stirling University
Where Stirling, Stirling University
Attributes Colour, Sound
Clip Length 5:05
Film Length 23:00