St Ninians

(St Ringans)

Also known as St. Ringans, the ancient village of St. Ninians lies a mile (1.5 km) south of the centre of Stirling to which it is now adjoined. During the 18th and 19th centuries it was a centre of coal mining and tartan weaving. The prominent tower of the parish church of St. Ninians dates from 1734, this being the only part of the kirk to survive an explosion in 1745 when the building was being used by Jacobites as an arsenal. The church was rebuilt in 1751 on a separate site to the north. Some interesting buildings dating from the 17th-18th centuries survive in Kirk Wynd. St. Modan's High School was located here between 1933 and 2008, when it moved to Springkerse. The site has subsequently been redeveloped for housing.

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