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Sauchie Tower
Grid reference: NS896944
Location: 56°7’47"N, 3°46’36"W
Post town: Alloa
Postcode: FK10
Dialling code: 01259
Local Government
Council: Clackmannanshire
Ochil and South Perthshire

Sauchie is a village in Clackmannanshire. It is to be found south of the Ochil Hills, a mile northeast of Alloa and 2 miles east of Tullibody.


The name 'Sauchie' means the place or field of the willows. The land originally belonged to Clan Campbell, being mentioned in connection with Cailean Mór and Gilleasbaig of Menstrie. In 1321 Robert the Bruce granted the lands of Sauchie to Henry de Annand, former Sheriff of Clackmannan. A tower was built in 1335, and the present Sauchie Tower is on the same site. The extant tower was built before 1431 when Mary de Annand, the co-heiress to the estate, married Sir James Schaw of Greenock.

The tower is all that remains of the village which developed within its protective radius. In the early 18th century the Schaw family moved from the tower to the more comfortable Newtonschaw. The village developed a brick works by the River Devon which fell into disuse following the collapse of the local mining industry.

Sauchie FC v Glenrothes FC in 2004


The village has a strong footballing tradition and is home to junior club Sauchie FC. The club was founded in 1960 and play their home games at Beechwood Park in Sauchie. The village is also home to several youth teams including Claremont FC.

New Sauchie

New Sauchie is a relatively modern settlement developed around the Holton Village area to house miners working in the Earl of Mar's colliery at the Holton mine, and Newtonschaw, a village housing servants of the Schaw family. It lies about a mile south of the original village. Schawpark Golf Course lies on the site of the Schaw family which is no longer extant.

Outside links

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about Sauchie)


  • Sauchie and Alloa - A People's History, John Adamson, 1988