Bannockburn

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Bannockburn
Stirlingshire
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The centre of Bannockburn
Location
Grid reference: NS811902
Location: 56°5’24"N, 3°54’36"W
Data
Population: 7,352  (2001)
Post town: Stirling
Postcode: FK7
Dialling code: 01786
Local Government
Council: Stirling
Parliamentary
constituency:
Stirling
Website: bannockburn.co.uk

Bannockburn is a village in Stirlingshire, standing immediately south of the City of Stirling. It is named after the Bannock Burn, which flows through the village before entering the River Forth.

Growth of both Stirling and Bannockburn during the 19th and 20th centuries means that the two now form a contiguous conurbation, and Bannockburn was latterly incorporated into the royal burgh of Stirling and now the City of Stirling. Bannockburn had a population of 7352 at the time of the 2001 census.

History

Land in the vicinity of Bannockburn village, probably between the Pelstream and Bannock burns, was the site of the Battle of Bannockburn fought in 1314 — one of the pivotal battles of the 13th/14th century wars between the kingdoms of Scotland and England. A large monument and visitor centre is located near the site of the battle.

Telford's circular-arch bridge over the Burn

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries the Wilson family, of Bannockburn, designed and wove tartans for the army. Many of the so-called Clan tartans were created by the Wilsons in response to the needs of the Clan chiefs who, without their own "authentic" tartans, approached the Wilsons for suitable patterns. The visit of King George IV to Edinburgh in 1822, and his insistence that the Clan chiefs attend his banquets and levees in their proper clan tartans, prompted this reaction. The Wilson family ceased business in 1924.

A circular-arch stone bridge, built by engineer Thomas Telford, spans the burn downstream of the battle site.

Bannockburn used to have a railway station located next to the site of the bus depot.

Sport

Battlefield

Bannockburn

Bannockburn
Stirlingshire

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National Trust for Scotland
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Bruce's statue
Grid reference: NS792906
Information
Website: Bannockburn

Bannockburn is a place in Stirlingshire where was fought a bloody and decisive battle in the long, fratricidal wars of the Middle Ages. At Bannockburn Robert Bruce defeated the armies of King Edward II, and thereafter established Scotland as a separate kingdom. The battlefield today is owned by the National Trust for Scotland.

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