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Clan Stirling Online Founder's Mother Passes

Beverly Ann Painter Jex, 78 of Lehi, formerly from Woodinville, Washington, died after a long battle after suffering a stroke in 2010. She died early Friday morning October 30, 2015, in Lehi Utah. The youngest child of William James Painter & Morna Avis Sterling, she was born August 8th, 1937 at Montpelier, Idaho.

Beverly grew up in Bloomington, Bear Lake County, Idaho where she attended elementary school with her mother, Avis, who taught school there for many years. Beverly graduated as valedictorian of her high school class at Fielding High School in Paris, Idaho in 1955. She attended BYU where she played in the BYU Marching Band, and worked in the athletic department with BYU Coach Stan Watts.

Beverly married Louis Lynn Jex on January 15, 1959 in the Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah. Married to her sweetheart for over 56 years, the family lived in California before moving to the Pacific Northwest and settling in Woodinville Washington. They moved back to Herriman Utah a number of years ago. Active in the LDS Church her entire life, Beverly served in many church callings over the years, but most enjoyed her service as an ordinance worker in the Seattle and Oquirrh Mountain Temples.

She was well known as an excellent seamstress, making many formal and wedding gowns. She put her impressive typing skills to good use typing patriarchal blessings given by her husband Lynn to over a thousand recipients over the years. She enjoyed riding her horse Midnight, listening to the Bar-J Wranglers, and was elected the Bear Lake County Rodeo Queen in 1955.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, half siblings. a son-in-law and grandson. Survivors include her husband, Lynn, and her children: Michael (Cheri) Jex of Georgia; Shelli (Jim) Birrell and Karla Jean Jex (Francis) of Oregon; Lauri (Mike) Clark of Utah and Karen (Kenneth) Roberts of Utah; 22 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. There will be a viewing on Tuesday November 3rd, from 6-8 PM at the LDS Chapel at 5562 West 13680 South, Riverton, Utah. Services will be held Wednesday November 4th, at the same location beginning with a viewing from 9:30-10:30 AM. Family Prayer will be at 10:30 AM with services to follow from 11 AM to noon. Piper Ian Williams will play the bagpipes at the funeral in celebration of Beverly’s Scottish Heritage, of which she was very proud. Her Scottish family motto is “Gang Forward” and exemplifies her life long strength to forge bravely into the future in all endeavors.

Interment will be at Bloomington Cemetery in Bloomington Idaho on Friday November 6th, 2015. The graveside service will begin at 11:30 AM.

Stirling Council Archives

The Stirling Council Archives holds records dating from the 14th century to the present day. This wonderful collection provides the Council with a corporate memory of its rich past as the central city of Scotland, and the community with an unrivalled resource that allows access to its collective history and heritage. Set up in 1975 as the Central Regional Archives, the facility has been providing access to historical information for both colleagues within the Council and members of the public for nearly 40 years.

Historic Scottish Documents

The Declaration of Arborath

The Declaration of Arbroath was sent to the Pope in 1320, six years after the battle of Bannockburn. King Edward II had refused to make peace with Scotland and the Pope had not recognised Robert the Bruce as King of Scotland.

It is thought eight Scottish earls and 38 barons sealed the Declaration - the sole survivor of three letters written from Scotland to the Pope at the time - urging the Pope to recognise Robert the Bruce as King of Scotland. Due to its fragile state, the Declaration is on display in a purpose-built hermetically sealed display case to protect it for future generations.

The Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton [1]
The Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton

In 1328 the Bruce was an old man and he was slowly dying. He had been at war with England for more than twenty years. The Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton would finally seal the peace.

Edward II had refused to give up his claim to overlordship of Scotland but he was no longer in control. The English king had been deposed by his wife Isabella of France and her lover, Roger Mortimer.

Bruce saw his chance and sent James Douglas to attack the north of England. The English feared that the Scots would take Northumbria and sought terms.

The terms of the Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton were agreed. The English finally recognised King Robert I as King of Scots and acknowledged the independence of Scotland. Edward II’s daughter Joan of the Tower would marry the Bruce’s son, David.

In July 1328, the six-year-old Joan was married to the four-year-old David II. Less than a year later, Robert the Bruce died. Peace and freedom had been hard fought for - and would be short lived.

The Lubeck Letter
The Wallace Letters

Two letters that are thought to have passed through the hands of Scottish national hero William Wallace will go on display this August at the Scottish Parliament as part of its annual Festival of Politics. These are the only two surviving documents that are directly connected to Wallace and neither of them is actually owned by Scotland, so to see them both together in the motherland is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

One letter, known as the Safe Conduct or the Wallace Letter, was written on November 7th, 1300 by King Philip IV of France to his representatives in Rome. Wallace had left Scotland for France in the fall of 1298 after his defeat at the Battle of Falkirk and his resignation as Guardian of Scotland in favour of Robert the Bruce. Written in Latin, the letter commands that the King’s ambassadors ask Pope Boniface VIII to agree to Wallace’s requests.

The Translation
Philip by the grace of God, king of the French, to his beloved and loyal people appointed at the Roman Court, greetings and favour. We command you that you ask the Supreme Pontiff to consider with favour our beloved William le Walois of Scotland, knight, with regard to those things which concern him that he has to expedite. Dated at Pierrefonds on the Monday after the feast of All Saints [7 November 1300]. [Endorsed]: Fourth letter of the King of France.

The other letter is known as the Lubeck Letter

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