Sir Gilbert Stirling

Like his brother-in-law Sir Thomas Livingstone and his fellow Charlotte Chapel trustee Sir William Forbes, Sir Gilbert was a baronet made wealthy by war overseas and industrial and financial development at home. Sir Gilbert's will suggests he was as concerned for the future of his estate as that other barren baronet, Sir Thomas; so it is intriguing that he never married.

Lived
c.1779 - 13 February 1843
Origin
Mansfield, Ayrshire
Father
The Right Honourable James Stirling, c.1740-1805. Lord Provost of Edinburgh 1790-1791, 1794-5 and 1798--1799, and partner in the banking house Mansfield, Ramsay and Co. Created baronet in July 1792.
Mother
Alison Mansfield, c.1750-1823, whose father was James Stirling's business partner James Mansfield.
Address
In 1811 he was 'an inmate' in Lady Stirling's house in Charlotte Square.
Estate
His chief seat was Larbert, where he built a mansion (picture below) completed 1825, and where he died.
Profession
He served in the Coldstream Foot Guards at the Helder and in Egypt under Abercrombie, and in the Peninsula under Wellington. He retired in 1812 as a Lieutenant-Colonel, having succeeded to the baronetcy in 1805.
Wealth at death
He died with £61,222, the second largest moveable estate in the group after Robert Wardlaw Ramsay. He invested in the Forth-Clyde canal and Glasgow Railway, and had £31,700 in bank shares (6).
Assessed taxes 1811
As an inmate he was not liable for tax on his house but paid for two male servants, one two-wheeled carriage, 4 horses 'for own use', armorial bearings, and hair powder. In 1812 he only had one male servant, one horse, and didn't pay for hair powder. (3)
Story
As he never married, the Stirling Baronets of Mansfield died out at his death. He bequeathed his extensive estate first to the descendents of his sister, who had married another Baronet, Thomas Livingstone, who unlike the Stirlings was the senior branch of his family; but they too died childless. The estate was inherited by Sarah Mary Emily Robertson, his nephew's daughter, who married Francis Day Chalmers (5). Their son, Gilbert Stirling Chalmer Stirling, born a month before Gilbert's death, inherited Larbert, and sold it in 1876. (7)
Chapel connection
Trustee of Charlotte Chapel
Spouse
Unmarried
Related to
Janet Stirling, sister. Mary Mansfield, first cousin.

Larbert House (7)

Sources

  1. Registers of Charlotte Chapel (NAS CH12/3)
  2. Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1818
  3. Assessed taxes for the Burgh of Edinburgh year ending at Whitsunday 1811, National Archives of Scotland E327/51; and for 1812, E327/54
  4. Complete Baronetage, ed G.E.C (William Pollard, Exeter, 1904)
  5. Will, National Archives of Scotland SC67/36/22/529
  6. Inventory, National Archives of Scotland SC67/36/22/521
  7. John C. Gibson, Lands and Lairds of Larbert and Dunipace parishes (Glasgow: Hugh Hopkins, 1908)

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