Buchlyvie shown within the Stirling council area
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||FK8 3xx|
|Dialling code||01360 850|
Buchlyvie is a village in the Stirling council area of Scotland. It is situated 14 miles west of Stirling and 18 miles north of Glasgow. Lying within the Carse of Forth, to the north is Flanders Moss and to the south are the Campsie Fells. The village lies on the A811, which follows the line of an eighteenth-century military road between Stirling and Balloch. According to the 2001 census the village's population was 479.
Buchlyvie was granted Burgh of Barony status in 1672, and by the eighteenth century was served by two railway lines. Buchlyvie Junction formed the intersection of the Forth and Clyde Junction Railway, which linked Stirling and Balloch, and the Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway which ran north to Aberfoyle. The Forth and Clyde Junction Railway closed to passengers in 1934, with the line closing for good in 1950. Passenger services on the Strathendrick and Aberfoyle line closed in 1951 with the railway itself closing in 1959.
The Baron O' Buchlyvie
The Baron O' Buchlyvie was born in 1900 at Woodend Farm, Buchlyvie. The famous Clydesdale Horse was sold in 1902, but there was some confusion which led to a lawsuit, with the case going to the House of Lords, to determine ownership of the horse. The owners were forced to sell the horse at auction in 1911 for £9,500 – a record for any horse at the time.
The Baron had sired generations of Clydesdale horses, and was highly prized in America. In 1914, the Baron’s leg was broken by a kick from a mare and he had to be put down. He was buried, but his skeleton was later uncovered and prepared for exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in the West End of Glasgow.
Buchlyvie is in the catchment area for Balfron High School - the local high school situated in the nearby village of Balfron. The local primary school is situated on Station Road in Buchlyvie, refurbished in 2006 the building now also houses the Buchlyvie Medical Centre. The village of Buchlyvie had two churches, a United Free Church of Scotland in the north of the village on Station Road and a Church of Scotland in the south east of the village on the Main Street. In 1931 the churches were merged as a parish of the Church of Scotland. Buchlyvie North Church on Station Road has since been disused, but planning permission to develop it into residential property has been granted.
The Village has a local football team, Buchlyvie United who play in the Forth and Endrick Football League, and have done so since the leagues inception in 1910. The local rugby team is Strathendrick RFC who play their home games in the nearby village of Fintry.
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