From the Old Statistical Account for Scotland 1793
p 285 Stirling - Hospitals
There 3 hospitals. The first is that endowed by Robert Spittal,
taylor to King James V. The date of mortification is not on
record but is supposedto be about 1530.
The funds were laid out on lands in the neighbourhood of
Stirling. The present yearly rent of the lands is £221.
At present there are 44 pensioners in Spittal's Hospital,
16 of whom were deacons of trade, and receive 1s-4d the
rest receive 1s-2d.
Cowan's Hospital comes next in order. It was founded and
endowed by John Cowan, a merchant in Stirling, anno 1639,
for the support of 12 decayed guild brethren. The original
mortification was £2,222. There are now above 100 pensioners
on this charity, they receive weekly from 1s-6d to 2s-6d
John Allan, writer in Stirling, in emulation would also engagein the establishment of an hospital. About the year 1725 he
mortified a sum of money for the maintenance and education of
the children of decayed tradesmen. The sum mortified was 30,000
marks. There are now 14 boys maintained...
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