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Kennet, Clackmannanshire

Historical Description

KENNET, a village, in the parish of Clackmannan and county of Clackmannan, ¾ of a mile (S. E.) from Clackmannan; containing 238 inhabitants. This is a neat village, lying westward of the high road from Clackmannan to Kincardine, and is one of several villages in the parish, the late increase of whose population is ascribable to the extension of mining operations in their respective neighbourhoods, particularly the working of coal. The mansion of Kennet is beautifully situated on ascending ground which overlooks the Forth, and is about a mile distant from the river; it is more remarkable, however, for its internal elegance than its exterior appearance. In the village is a very handsome school-house, with a master's dwelling, and a garden attached: the buildings were erected by the Bruce family, by whom the school is endowed. On the shore of the Forth is the hamlet of Kennet-Pans, where is a distillery, and where formerly were salt-works: its harbour affords facility for the shipping of coal.

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