Document of the Month – August 2020

Flooding  in the Central Scotland Area, 18th January 1909

August’s Document of the Month features more records held at the Archives relating to our relationship with local waterways. In this case, we look at the threat our rivers can cause to property and livelihoods when various weather factors occur together. A combination of high winds, high tides and heavy rain resulted in extensive flooding in the Riverside area of Stirling in January 1909. High water levels of the Allan Water and River Teith also led to in flooding in Bridge of Allan, Dunblane, Doune and Callander. There were reports and photographs in all of the local papers and the Council Archives holds several photographs taken by the Burgh Council as part of the assessment of the damage.

The Stirling Burgh Council minutes report the record water levels in various areas of the Town and compensation was paid by the Council to several local businesses for the damage caused by the ingress of water.