The Kingdom of Kippen is a book based on the previous First and Second Statistical Accounts of the Parish of Kippen. These two accounts catalogue the activities of the parish and it's inhabitants, the next building on the previous and carrying forward a degree of consistency in the data. The book follows the same general formula, but introduces additional areas, highlighting local individuals, social activities and a wealth of other items that attempt to make the book more enjoyable to read. Indeed, this book was a commercial venture by the author and as such, moved away from the rather dull, dry Statistical Accounts. To be fair to the accounts, they were essentially a census and were never meant to be regarded as a work that would be popular with the casual reader.
The 1903 book is now "out of print". Few examples remain, but of those that do, many are still owned (and passed down) by families who still live in the Kippen area today. A copy exists in the Public Library in Stirling and the source text for the following pages was obtained from digital scans of every page of the book - courtesy of the University of Toronto.
The latest version of "The Kingdom of Kippen" was authored by Kippen resident Tom Begg, son of the Reverend Begg, former Church of Scotland Minister to the Kippen Parish. The book was published in 2001 and updates much of the information contained in the 1903 version. It also concentrates on statistical data derived from the extensive church records.
The Kingdom of Kippen 1903
The following pages are a direct transcription of the 1903 book "The Kingdom of Kippen: It's History and Traditions." by William Chrystal, a well known local to the village of Kippen.
The book offers a comprehensive snapshot of life at the start of the 20th century and also provides a historical account of the area and its inhabitants that stretch back hundreds of years. The layout of the book is similar to the format of the First and Second Statistical Accounts of Scotland, and this makes comparisons with previous periods relatively easy.
The book is now out of print, but it is presented here in its entirety with no alterations to the original text.
In the near future, a special "Page Flipping" facility will be added to this section. This application will allow the viewer to turn scanned pages, (using their mouse), of the original book and read the text as it originally appeared in print. The program that creates this interactive book requires a graphic image of each page. These images undergo considerable processing and retouching to obtain a final image that can be read with the minimum of difficulty. The size of each graphic image is also important. Too small and the text becomes blurred and difficult to read, too big and the page fills the screen so that scrolling is required to see the whole text. It is hoped a "happy medium" will be reached, regarding size and clarity of each page. Once this happens, we will set to work converting all the scanned pages and ultimately, produce the virtual book.
The following text has been optically read from these scanned originals. Minor layout changes, and slight re-arrangements to the order of the topics are the only changes to the original book. All the text has been left unchanged.
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