§ SIR H. MAXWELL (Wigton)
I beg to ask the Secretary for Scotland whether an Order has been prepared or issued annexing the village, church, manse, and glebe of St. Ninians to the parish of Stirling; whether he is aware that a petition has been numerously signed by 562 the inhabitants of St. Ninians protesting against the said Order as injurious to their interests and those of the poor; and, what grounds exist for interfering with the traditional and historical independence of this parish?
§ SIR G. O. TREVELYAN
The proposed Order was gazetted on the 25th January. I have received the petition from the inhabitants of St. Ninians protesting against the Order. This will be duly considered before the Order is confirmed. A similar course to that adopted with regard to Stirling burgh has been taken in other cities regarding which I have received applications to place the whole municipal area within a single parish.