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Stirling is one of 32 unitary council regions in Scotland with a population of about 85,000. It borders onto East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, Perth and Kinross and Argyll and Bute.

Stirling is also an ancient Scottish town (population about 40,000) which in 2002 was granted City status as part of Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee. It was the capital of Scotland.

  • The town motto which was adopted in 1296 is:
The Britons stand by force of arms
The Scots are by this cross preserved from harms
The Castle & Bridge of Stirling town
Are in the compass of this seal set down.

Famous residents include Mary, Queen of Scots, King James VI of Scotland, Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman (former British Prime Minister).

See also: Dunblane massacre.

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