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Kinnaird House

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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Kinnaird House, an old-fashioned, three-storied mansion in Larbert parish, Stirlingshire, 4½ miles N of Falkirk. It was enlarged and improved by the great Abyssinian traveller, James Bruce (1730-94), who here was born, here spent his later years, and here died through a fall downstairs. He was sixth in descent from the Rev. Robert Bruce of Kinnaird (1559-1631), the noted Presbyterian divine; and both are buried at Larbert. His great-granddaughter, Lady Elma Bruce, the eighth Earl of Elgin's eldest daughter, in1864 married the present Lord Thurlow, who thus holds 1107 acres in the shire, valued at £1981 per annum. Kinnaird village, 3¾ miles N of Falkirk, is inhabited principally by colliers and operatives connected with the industries of the populous region round Carron Iron-works. Pop. (1861) 437, (1871) 464, (1881) 336, of whom 249 were in Larbert parish and 87 in Bothkennar.—Ord. Sur., sh. 31, 1867. See Duniphail.

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