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Gannel Burn

(Andrew Gannel Burn)

A historical perspective, drawn from the Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885.

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Gloomingside, Cannel's, or Gannel Burn, a stream of Tillicoultry parish, Clackmannanshire, springing from Maddy Moss, on the NW shoulder of King's Seat Hill, and running 1¾ mile south-south-westward, till, after a total descent of 1100 feet, it unites with Daiglen Burn to form the Burn of Tillicoultry, at a point ¾ mile N by W of the town. Its waters were thought to be deadly to trout owing to the presence of some mineral, till in 1833 Mr Archibald of Tillicoultry (then a boy of 14) fished it by accident one misty day, and was rewarded by a fine basketfull. For two or three years he and his brother-in-law, Mr John Ure, preserved the secret, and caught many a trout of from ¼ to ¾ lb.; but now the burn has been nearly fished to death, and is not a whit better than any of its neighbours.—Ord. Sur., sh. 39, 1869.

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