Gaelic: Sliabh Mhanainn
Centre of Slamannan
|Population:||1,398 (2001 census)|
Slamannan is a village and parish in south-east Stirlingshire. The village is five miles south-west of Falkirk, six east of Cumbernauld and seven north-east of Airdrie. The parish extends to Stirlingshire's borders with no less than three other counties: West Lothian to the south-east, Lanarkshire to the south-west and Dunbartonshire to the north-west
The village is located at the cross of the B803 and B8022 roads, near the banks of the River Avon. At the time of the 2001 census, Slamannan had a population of 1,398 residents. The 19th-century parish church can accommodate upwards of 700 people.
Former Cabinet Minister Viscount Horne was born in Slamannan in 1871, the son of the village's Church of Scotland minister. After study at the University of Glasgow, he became a successful QC and was elected to represent Glasgow Hillhead in Parliament, and served as Minister of Labour, President of the Board of Trade and Chancellor of the Exchequer under Lloyd George after the Great War. He was ennobled in 1937 as Viscount Horne of Slammanan.
Other distinguished sons of Slamannan manse include John Cameron and his brothers Hugh, Sandy and Kenneth all of whom won national titles in athletics in the 1960s and 70s (John & Kenneth as runners and Hugh & Sandy in the heavy field events). All of them later went on to become doctors. Their father, Alexander Cameron was an interesting man in his own right having been a miner who went up to Glasgow University from the West Central coalfields in the depths of the Depression to study Divinity. After serving as an army padre throughout the War, he went back to the coalfields in 1946 as a Church of Scotland minister. He was also the village's Labour county councillor and Convener of Stirlingshire Education Committee for twenty years until his death from black lung in 1968.
Early twentieth century Everton footballer, Alex "Sandy" Young was born in Slamannan, and spent his youth years playing for Slamannan Juniors. He remains the all-time fourth-highest scorer for Everton, and scored the only goal at the 1906 FA Cup Final.
Lance Corporal Samuel Frickleton, was born in Slamannan, in 1891, the son of Samuel and Elizabeth Frickleton. The family emigrated to New Zealand to take advantage of the plentiful jobs on offer in the coal mining industry, and the following year saw the outbreak of the First World War. Corporal Frickleton was awarded the military's highest honour for his actions in the Battle of Messines. His bravery was so outstanding that his commanding officer claimed he could have won the Victoria Cross "twice over".
Other notable military men from the village who were highly decorated were Sgt Gavin A McCreary and Sgt Observer James Bryce who were awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal for their exploits in the RAF in WW2.
- No 3 - 2001 Census Population of settlements and wards www.falkirk.gov.uk. Retrieved 2011-05-08
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