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Black Boy Fountain

A notable cast-iron structure located between Park Terrace and St. Ninian's Road in the Allanpark district of central Stirling, the Black Boy Fountain dates from 1849 and is the last known example of the work of Neilson and Co of Glasgow, the family foundry of James Beaumont Neilson (1792 - 1865) who invented the hot blast furnace in 1828. The fountain comprises a two bowls separated by fluted columns on a low octagonal stone basin, surmounted by the black-painted figure of a young boy holding a floral trumpet. It commemorates the Black Death, which came to Stirling in 1369 and killed a third of the population.

The structure has been B-listed since 1965. It was refurbished in 1997 by Ballantine Ironworks of Bo'ness as part of a regeneration project for Stirling town centre.


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