Stirling Provost Christine Simpson represented the city as The Merchant Guildry of Stirling marked its 900th anniversary last week (25 Sep) at a special celebration.
The Guildry's 900th anniversary celebrations at Stirling Castle

The ancient organisation held a black tie event in Stirling Castle, with honourary Guildry member, Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, in attendance.

Attendees were welcomed by the Queen Victoria School Pipe Band and enjoyed a performance from former Stirling Maker Clive Wright before sitting down to a three-course meal.

A key part of Stirling’s rich history

The Provost said: “It was a privilege to represent the people of Stirling at the Guildry’s 900th anniversary celebrations.  

“The Guildry is a key part of Stirling’s rich history so this wasn’t just a celebration of this remarkable ancient organisation but of the city itself and its citizens.

“It was a wonderful evening as people from near and far with a connection to the city gathered together for this special occasion, including Her Royal Highness Princess Anne. 

“The Guildry may not perform the same role as it did in past centuries, but it continues to make a crucial contribution to the life of the city, particularly through its charity work and by showcasing the achievements of its residents.

“I would like to congratulate the Guildry on reaching this magnificent milestone and wish them every success in the future.”

For more information on the Guildry of Stirling, head to the Stirling Council website

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Pictured at the 900th anniversary Guildry dinner are the Provost (second from right) and Alasdair Gammack, Dean Of The Guildry of Stirling (third from right) and other members of the ancient organisation.