Tributes paid to ‘tireless campaigner for Loch Lomond’ Hannah Stirling

Hannah Stirling, who for several decades was synonymous with the fight to protect the landscape of Loch Lomond, has died  at the age of 100.

Pictured with Hannah (centre seated) at a civic reception in her honour in 2012 are Friends of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs chairman James Fraser, honorary vice-presidents Gavin Arneil, Billy Petrie and Lord John McFall of Arcluith and vice-president George Boyd

Tributes to the ‘tireless campaigner’ who helped form the Friends of Loch Lomond, were led this week by the area’s MSP Jackie Baillie.

Dr Stirling, who died at her home in Tarbet on Sunday November 9, was inspired to take action in 1978  because of plans to build the Craigroyston hydro-electric scheme on the eastern shores of Loch Lomond.

With her friend Josephine Colquhoun, the then Mrs Stirling decided to ‘do something about it’. – the idea of the Friends was born, and an amazing total of 200,000 people supported a petition which saw the hydro scheme abandoned.

Ms Baillie lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament yesterday which stressed Dr Stirling’s role in ensuring that Loch Lomond and the Trossachs became the first national park in Scotland.

“I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Hannah Stirling,” Jackie said.

“She will be remembered fondly as a tireless campaigner who devoted decades of her life to promoting Loch Lomond.

“Future generations will continue to enjoy Scotland’s most beautiful scenery thanks to her efforts to protect Loch Lomond. My condolences go to her family and friends.”

Last month Cruise Loch Lomond honoured Dr Stirling by naming its latest boat, MV Lomond Hannah, after her, she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Strathclyde in 2003 and in 1996 when she became one of only three people in the UK at the time to have ever received a Europa Nostra award.

The funeral will be held at 11.15am next Tuesday, November 18, at Cardross Crematorium.