Keir House

The ancestral seat of the Stirling's of Keir since the 15th century, Keir House stands on high ground looking out over the Carse of Lecropt, 3 miles (5 km) northwest of Bridge of Allan. In its policies stand the ruins of Arnhall Castle, a former seat of the Dow family.

The composer Chopin stayed here in the autumn of 1848 and Lt-Col Sir David Stirling (1915-90), who founded the Special Air Service, was a son of the family. In 1975, it was Sir David's brother, William, who sold the house and 6072 ha (15000 acres) for £2 million to a syndicate of Arab businessmen headed by Mohammed Mahdi Al-Tajir, an oil magnate who later became Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Britain. The sale was precipitated by Stirling's gambling losses. The remainder of the estate continues in the hands of the Stirling family.

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