Gaelic: Cill Fhearann, orig. Ceann Fhearann
Scots: Killern, orig. Kynhern
Main street in Killearn
Killearn is a small village and parish in Stirlingshire. The parish extends south of the village to the border with Dunbartonshire. Its name is from the Gaelic Cill Fhearann, from orig. Ceann Fhearann, "Head/End of (the) Land/Territory" – until the 15th century when Ceann was replaced by Cill; denoting the presence of a house of worship.
The village is located approximately 15 miles north of Glasgow, seven east of Loch Lomond, and sits on the northwest flank of the Campsie Fells, most predominantly in the shadow of the volcanic plug of Dumgoyne, overlooking the confluence of the Endrick Water and Blane Water.
The Church of Scotland congregation at Killearn Kirk falls under the Presbytery of Stirling, within the Synod of Forth. Within the Roman Catholic Church, Killearn falls under the Parish of Saint Anthony within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh; although the Catholic community in Killearn is served by St Anthony's Church in the neighbouring town of Balfron.
Killearn was the birthplace of the historian and humanist scholar George Buchanan, (February 1506 – 28 September 1582). Buchanan belonged to the Monarchomach movement, which advocated of a form of popular sovereignty. Born at The Moss, Killearn, a monument, (Obelisk), at the centre of the village is dedicated to Buchanan.
- Knight R."What's in a Name" (August 2014) (pdf) Killearn Courier, (Issue 29, Page 21). Retrieved 24 November 2014.
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