Old Photograph Parish Church Balfron Scotland


Od photograph of the parish church and cemetery in Balfron village in Stirlingshire located 18 miles West of Stirling, Scotland. Stone built hall church with simple Gothic detailing with pointed openings throughout. Designed by John Herbertson of Glasgow, in 1832; the tower and transepts were added in 1882, designed by Stewart & Wilson. The three stage, square plan tower at the west end has a pyramid roof with weathervane finial.



Tour Scotland video of old photographs of Balfron village in Stirlingshire located 18 miles West of Stirling, Scotland. The village is located It is situated near Endrick Water on the A875 road, 18 miles west of Stirling and 16 miles north of Glasgow. Although a rural settlement, it lies within commuting distance of Glasgow, and serves as a dormitory village. The name means village of mourning in Gaelic. This originates from a legend that the village was attacked by wolves, which stole children out of their homes. In 1789, when Robert Dunmore built Ballindalloch Cotton Works he expanded the settlement from a hamlet of around 50 people to a bustling Industrial Revolution planned village with a population of almost 1,000 within a year. As the cotton boom began to fail, the arrival of the Forth and Clyde Junction Railway transformed Balfron into a popular holiday resort. The station closed in 1951. Of interest to folks with ancestry, genealogy or Scottish Family Roots in Scotland who may wish to visit one day.

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