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Grahamston, Stirlingshire

Historical Description

GRAHAMSTON, a village, in the parish of Falkirk, county of Stirling, 1 mile (N.) from Falkirk. This village derives its name from Sir John the Graham, who was killed here in the battle which Wallace fought with Edward I. in 1298. It forms part of the suburbs of Falkirk, and is included within the burgh, and situated on the south bank of the Forth and Clyde canal, over which is a drawbridge connecting it with Bainsford. The houses are handsomely built, chiefly of stone, and of modern appearance. There are numerous shops, stored with various kinds of merchandise; and the labouring portion of the inhabitants are chiefly employed in the Falkirk iron-works, and in those of the Carron Company. From its situation on the canal, the place carries on a considerable trade in timber and in grain; and numerous vessels arrive here with dried fish for the market of Falkirk, where it finds a ready sale. A post-office, subordinate to that of Falkirk, has been established; and there are several schools in the village.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland, 1851 by Samuel Lewis