Whitecross, Stirlingshire

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Gaelic: Fionn-Chrois
Whitecross village (geograph 2560698).jpg
Whitecross village, with Cockleroi beyond
Grid reference: NS968769
Location: 55°58’26"N, 3°39’24"W
Population: 819  (2001 census)
Post town: Linlithgow
Postcode: EH49
Dialling code: 01324
Local Government
Council: Falkirk
Linlithgow and East Falkirk

Whitecross is a small village in the parish of Muiravonside in the very east of Stirlingshire, close to the border with West Lothian. It lies two miles west of Linlithgow and two and a half miles south-east of Polmont on the west bank of the River Avon.

The United Kingdom 2001 census reported the population as 819.[1][2]

Manuel Junction, where the branch line from Bo'ness used by the Scottish Railway Preservation Society meets the Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley main line, lies north-east of Whitecross. The main local industries were a brickworks and coal mining, both now ceased. The Avon Aqueduct carries the Union Canal across the River Avon just south of Whitecross.

The ruins of Manuel Priory are close to Whitecross on the eastern, West Lothian, bank of the Avon. This was a Cistercian convent founded, or perhaps re-founded, in the reign of King Malcolm IV (1153–1165). The remains of the 15th-century Haining Castle lie in the grounds of the former Manuel brickwork north-east of Whitecross.


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