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Scotland - The Clyde Valley
The heritage site about Balfron, Stirlingshire.
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welcomes you to the heart of The Avon Valley, Scotland.
Spectacle E's Falls
is by no means a new settlement - stone cists have been found
indicating that this scenic part of the Avon Valley was inhabited
as long ago as 2000BC. These stone cists were found at St. Ninian's
graveyard in the town and in Patrickholm.
centre of the village is a conservation area, which includes the
weaver's cottages. Weaving was an important industry here for a
time, up until the 1800s. After the demise of weaving, coal later
became the major industry in Stonehouse. This lasted until Canderigg
Colliery closed in 1958.
are a number of historical interest sites in and around Stonehouse.
The records of the town go back to the ninth century!
Hill - the site of a battle in the time of the seventeenth
century Covenanters, and Double Dykes - a fortified
position rumoured to have been around during the Iron Age, are
just two of the town's historic features. Double Dykes can be
found where the Avon River and the Cander River meet. At
Avonholm standing stones can be found.
Saint Ninian's Church and Martyr's Gravestone
ruins of St. Ninian's Church are surrounded by a graveyard. One
of the memorials here is to a martyr of the Battle of Drumclog,
covenanter James Thomson of Tanhill. He was killed by Bloody
Graham of Clavers during the 1679 skirmish. This memorial stone
is known locally as the Bloodstone or Bloodstane. The comes
from the myth that if you insert your finger into the skull's mouth
on the memorial, it would run with blood when you withdraw your
Bloodstone superstition can be explained by the red ochre seam
that runs through the grey sandstone.
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- English and English - Gaelic Dictionary
a fascinating and up-to-date guide to the Celtic language of the Western
Highlands and islands of Scotland. Once the predominant language of
the area, it has survived the vicissitudes of reformers and Anglophones
to become once again an important part of Scotland's culture as we enter
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