Report by Secretary on Research undertaken into the origin of the Portraits.
The portraits which are at present in the Heritage Room were discussed at recent Committee Meetings when questions were raised about their authenticity and where they had come from.
On looking through the old School Magazines on another topic, the following article was discovered in the Magazine for 1962.
“Four years ago the governing body of the Smith Art Institute, Stirling, were confronted with the problem of the disposal of two portraits, those of CHARLES RANDOLPH and his wife.
It was this gentleman who, as a former pupil of the Burgh Schools of Stirling, bequeathed, in1879, 250 to the Town Council of Stirling to be used to purchase annually a gold medal to be presented to the best scholar in Stirling.
Born in Stirling in 1809, Charles Randolph became a great engineer, and founded the firm which became the famous Fairfield Shipbuilding Company. As well as remembering the pupils of his old school, he endowed a Chair of Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Glasgow, where his memory is perpetuated by the wellknown Randolph Hall.
Thus, in view of the intimate nature of the association of Charles Randolph with the High School of Stirling, it was decided to offer the two portraits to the Rector, who accepted. They were stored in the old school against the time when they could be cleaned, reframed, and hung in the new building.
So the portraits now adorn the School, that we may remember our benefactor whenever the RANDOLPH GOLD MEDAL is presented to the Dux of the School.”
This information indicates that these portraits are genuine. The Committee, in February 1995, agreed to contribute 100 to their cleaning and restoration. The Rector indicated that the project to clean and restore the portraits would go ahead once more information was available.
This confirmation may now justify the restoration and enable the RANDOLPH PORTRAITS to be re-hung in a place of honour in the School.