As I begin my travels around the Forth, what better place to start than Stirling?Or at least the outskirts of it, so here I am at Craigmill, and yes, the weather was that bad.
Craigmill has a famous neighbour. None other than the National Wallace Monument which is built on the top of the very hill which rises up behind these trees. In fact that very hill is the one where William Wallace is said to have gathered his army the night before the Battle of Stirling Bridge, and on a day like the one shown, it’s easy to imagine the storm clouds of battle gathering.
It’s perhaps hard to imagine that this tiny hamlet once housed an art school which taught members of the world famous movement The Glasgow Boys. The proprietor of the school was Joseph Denovan Adam (1842 to 1896) a Glasgow born artist who had studied in London, but returned to Scotland, to make a modest name for himself painting highland cattle. He settled at Craigmill House, the building in the photograph, but it was the field on the other side of the road, with its tiny studio made of glass and wood, that would be the hub of his School of Animal Painting. I can remember a wee shed standing in that field, right up until the 1990s. I would love to know if it was Adam’s original art school. Adam’s is not a name that has been passed down through history, but isn’t it wonderful to think that even the smallest hamlet, with its rain soaked field, has a talel to tell.
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