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The Plean Tavern, Stirlingshire - - 160338.jpg
The Plean Tavern on the Main Street
Grid reference: NS835869
Location: 56°3’40"N, 3°52’16"W
Post town: Stirling
Postcode: FK7
Dialling code: 01786
Local Government
Council: Stirling

Plean is a village in the parish of St Ninians in Stirlingshire, located on the main A9 road from Falkirk. At the 2001 census, Plean had a population of 1,740. Plean has some historic buildings, some council houses and an estate.[1]


Plean has a Church of Scotland Church with an attached graveyard, a petrol station, a chip shop, a small clinic and a small library. East Plean Primary School was formerly housed in a traditional building dating from 1874. Many of the original features of the building were retained in the refurbishment of the school, which was completed in summer 2000, including the addition of a purpose-built nursery. The school building was damaged beyond repair in November 2010 when a fire was deliberately started in a hut to the rear. The building was subsequently demolished and a new modern school is being built on the site.[2]

William Simpson's Home is a local charity based in Plean, providing residential social care for men with alcohol-related brain damage, and with underlying mental health illness.

Ruins of Plean House in Plean Country Park

Plean Country Park is located in Plean, in the grounds of the now-ruined Plean House. Entry is free. Nearby Plean Castle, or Plane Tower, was once a home of the Somerville family. It was restored from ruin twice in the twentieth century and is now a private house.[3]

Famous people

Campbell Forsyth, the Kilmarnock and Scotland international goalkeeper was born in Plean in 1939.[4] Frankie Jones, the fly/bantamweight champion boxer of the 1950s and '60s was born in Plean in 1933.[5]


  1. "Comparative Population Profile for the Plean locality". Scotland's Census Results Online (SCROL). Retrieved 2008-01-01. 
  3. Salter, Mike, Castles of the Heartland of Scotland, Folly (1994), 131.
  4. Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (2003). In That Number – A post-war chronicle of Southampton FC. Hagiology Publishing. p. 512. ISBN 0-9534474-3-X. 
  5. "Statistics at". 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 

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