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Margy Stevenson (née Mathieson) and George Stevenson discuss Mathieson’s bakery and confectionery, which was established in 1872 by Margy’s great-grandfather. Mathieson’s, on Falkirk High Street, expanded across multiple premises to include a dance hall, dinners, and weddings. Learn about the history of the family, the characters that worked there, and the development of this much-loved local business where many people got married and which burned down at one point!

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James Bruce esq. of Kinnaird was an author, explorer and academic freemason (Dalivalle). In 1785, he commissioned the Bruce Obelisk, a free standing, cast iron memorial to his loved ones. It currently sits in the grounds of the Larbert Old Kirkyard. Local researchers Geoff Bailey and Duncan Comrie have investigated the obelisk in detail: Comrie in his unpublished article “Discovering James Bruce: A Falkirk Made Friend” (2020) and Bailey in “The Bruce Monument at Larbert” (Calatria Autumn 2013). This is an introduction, drawing on their work, to this ornate monument.

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Our collection of lockdown stories captures Falkirk's heritage in the making by exploring the extraordinary times we live in today. Staff at Easter Carmuirs Primary School left lovely picture messages for their pupils during lockdown. In the first video, you can see the messages, and all the support and rainbows that staff and pupils shared. In the second video, you can see the resonse video from pupils, each with their positive message to help get everyone through lockdown!

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