Ballencrieff, West Lothian

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Ballencrieff
Park, Ballencreiff Toll. - geograph.org.uk - 112719.jpg
Park, Ballencreiff Toll, created from a former colliery, looking south
Ballencrieff is located in West Lothian
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Ballencrieff shown within West Lothian
OS grid reference NS974702
Civil parish
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BATHGATE
Postcode district EH48
Dialling code 01506
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Ambulance Scottish
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55°54′50″N 3°38′28″W / 55.914°N 3.641°W / 55.914; -3.641Coordinates: 55°54′50″N 3°38′28″W / 55.914°N 3.641°W / 55.914; -3.641

Ballencrieff is a settlement in West Lothian, Scotland, situated equidistant between the towns of Bathgate and Torphichen and seven miles south of Linlithgow. Neighbouring towns are Armadale, Blackburn, Livingston, Stoneyburn and Whitburn. Edinburgh Airport is 16 miles (25 km) away, to the East. Ballencrieff is very close to the Neolithic burial site at Cairnpapple Hill, and the surrounding area shows signs of habitation since about 3500 BC. The name Ballencrieff comes from the Scottish Gaelic Baile na Craoibhe meaning "Farm by the tree".

History[edit]

Medieval Ballencrieff (1300–1600)[edit]

In 1599, on the 25th of January, Alexander Hamilton became the first Baron of Ballencrieff (and his wife Christine the Baroness), by Crown Charter from King James VI.

Modern Ballencrieff (21st century)[edit]

The area is dominated by agriculture and is home to farms and fisheries, such as Ballencrieff Farm. The Ballencrieff Fishery is well known for its trout, and welcomes fly anglers in their hundreds every year. In addition, tourists are also attracted by West Lothian's famous Standing Stones monuments, which surround Ballencrieff. The quarterly magazine Lothian Life - formerly known as 'West Lothian Life' - is produced at Ballencrieff Toll.

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