1226 Stirling was granted the right to have a Merchant Guild
and hold a weekly market. An annual trade fair was held in
September with people gathering from far and wide to do business,
exchange news, and enjoy themselves.
street was cobbled with open gutters down each side carrying
the refuse and sewage down towards the river. In dry weather
rubbish built up, encouraging pests and spreading disease.
If rain had not cleansed the streets, rubbish had to be removed
by horse cart. Despite these unsanitary conditions, Broad
Street bustled with activity.
Proclamations were read from the Mercat Cross in Broad Street.
Here too criminals were put in the stocks or pillory and
executions took place. The last public execution was in 1843.