Mar Lodge sits right beside Stirling Castle and shares its majestic view. It was built in 1817 and has a simple, yet pleasing geometry about it. As a house it is not too big: it is of family size.
In 1906, Mar Lodge became a home for retired soldiers.
In 1946, Mar Lodge became a home for ‘Destitute children’. Billy was one of those children.
Music credit: ‘Start it all over again’ – by Heidi Talbot
Film credit: Moving Image Library (I do not have copyright)
Some of the archive material came from the Stirling Council Archives. Thank you.
Dedication: This film is for my old English teacher, Mrs Beaton, Firrhill High Comprehensive School, Edinburgh. As a ‘backward child’ she never gave up on me.