on her return home^ finding that her family had fallen into pecuniary difficulties, she determined, al- though then but sixteen years of age, to try her fortune upon the stage. Adopting the name of Miss Fanny Clifton, she obtained an engagement at the East London Theatre, at which her reception was encouraging, attributable in no small degree to her handsome per- son and musical voice. This was followed by a better engagement at the Pavilion, where she met Mr. Edward Stirling, the stage manager, to whom she was soon afterwards married. Mrs. Stirling's next pro- fessional engagement was with Mr. Davidge, of the Liverpool Theatre, where she remained one season, went to Birmingham, and soon after returned to London, and played at the Adelphi in " Victo- rine," "The Dream at Sea," and other new pieces. About this time she accepted an engagement for three years under Mr. Macready, at Drury Lane, where she obt^ed important parts, and won her way to popularity. Her next engage- ment was at the Princess's, where she took leading Shaksperian cha- racters, both tragic and comic ; and amongst these her Cordelia was regarded as the most successful, though in Bosalind, Desdemona, and Portia her talents were dis- played to great advantage. Mrs. Stirling's engagements at the Olympic and at the Strand Theatres, under Mr. Farren, are still fresh in public recoUection, and her more recent performances at the Hay- market, Adelphi, and St. Jameses Theatres, have been attended with gp:eat success, especially in the pro- minent parts of Lady Teazle, in Sheridan's comedy of " The School for Scandal," Lady G^ay Spanker, Mantana, the Widow Green, Mrs. Bracegirdle, in the "Tragic Queen," and Peg Woffington.
STIRLING, The Eight B«v. Waitb Hockin, D.D., Bishop of the Falkland I^nds, son of Capt.
Thomas Stirling, E.N., by Maria, daughter of the late Mr. William Hockin, solicitor, of Dartmouth, was born at Dartmouth, and edu- cated at Exeter College, Oxford (B.A. 1851). Having held the curacy of St. Mary's, Nottingham, he was appointed Secretary of the South American Missionary Society in London, and afterwards Super- intendent Missionary at Terra del Fuego, of the same society. In 1869 he was made Bishop of the Falkland Islands, being consecrated in Westminster Abbey on Dec. 21. He is joint author of "The Story of Commander Allen Gardiner, E.N., with Sketches of Missionary Work in South America," 1867.
STOCKS, LuMB, E.A., born Nov. 30, 1812, at Lightcliffe, in the parish of Halifax, Yorkshire, was educated at Horton, near Bradford, and elected Associated Engraver of the Eoyal Academy in 1863, and Eoyal Academician in 1872. Mr. Stocks commenced his profession as line engraver in 1883, engraving sub- jects after Stothard, Ac, tor the Annuals of that period, then plates for Finden's Galleiy of British Art, after Maclise — " Fitting out Moses for the Fair," and others; "Eaf- faelle and the Fomarina," after Sir A. W. CaUcott, engraved for the Art Union of London in 1843 ; "The Dame School," 1849, and "The Eubber," after Webster, 1851, followed; and for the Asso- ciation for the Promotion of the Fine Arts in Scotland he engp:aved " The Glen Maiden," after Lauder ; "The Gentle Shepherd," after Wilkie, and others. He also en- graved, after Frith—" Bed-Time," " The Birth-Day," and " Claude Du- val ;" after Maclise, "The Meeting of Wellington and Blucher," from the painting in the Eoyal Gallery at Westminster; after Mulready, "The Fight Intermpted," 1874; after Sir F. Leighton, " The Oda- lisque," 1875 ; after T. Faed, " The Silken Gown," 1876 ; and after Sir NoelPaton,"01ifia and Viola," 1876.