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A row of terraced housing behind a green lawn and a row of trees.
Terraced housing in Bonnybridge
Bonnybridge is in the west of the Falkirk council area in the Central Belt of the Scottish mainland.
Bonnybridge is in the west of the Falkirk council area in the Central Belt of the Scottish mainland.
Location within the Falkirk council area
Area1.10 sq mi (2.8 km2)
Population5,210 (mid-2016 est.)[1]
• Density4,736/sq mi (1,829/km2)
OS grid referenceNS825805
• Edinburgh27.2 mi (43.8 km) ESE
• London347 mi (558 km) SSE
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Historic countyStirlingshire
Postcode districtFK4
Dialling code01324
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
55°59′56″N 3°53′13″W / 55.999°N 3.887°W / 55.999; -3.887Coordinates: 55°59′56″N 3°53′13″W / 55.999°N 3.887°W / 55.999; -3.887

Bonnybridge (Scottish Gaelic: Drochaid a'Bhuinne; Scots: Bonniebrig) is a village in the Falkirk council area of Scotland. It is 4.0 miles (6.4 km) west of Falkirk, 5.3 miles (8.5 km) north-east of Cumbernauld and 8.3 miles (13.4 km) south-southwest of Stirling. The village is situated near the Bonny Water which runs through the town and lies north of the Forth and Clyde Canal. To the south-east of Bonnybridge is a well-preserved section of the Antonine Wall, and the remnants of Rough Castle Fort, the most complete of the surviving Roman forts of the wall.

According to the 2001 Census, the population stands at 6,870 residents.[2] However, the Bonnybridge settlement area, which includes Banknock, Denny, Dunipace and Haggs has a total population of around 24,370.


Bonnybridge from the air with the canal and rail lines visible

Bonnybridge developed greatly during the industrial revolution in the nineteenth century. Significant industries that were established include paper milling, sawmilling, chemical manufacturing, refractory brick manufacture and whisky distilling. Particularly important for Bonnybridge was the establishment of several iron foundries including the famous Smith and Wellstood Foundry, which was important in introducing the American metal heating stoves to Europe under the 'Esse stoves' brand.[citation needed] The output from these foundries was transported via the Forth & Clyde Canal to local markets, and also to Glasgow for export. Bonnybridge was also particularly well served by rail, with the Glasgow to Edinburgh, Kilsyth and Bonnybridge and the Carlisle to Perth lines both nearby. With the canal and rail links Bonnybridge became a centre for industrial production.

a black and white image of Bonnybridge town centre
Bonnybridge town centre
An aerial view of Bonnybridge Golf Club


The town has three primary schools: Bonnybridge Primary School, Antonine Primary School and St. Joseph's R.C. Primary School. The former two are catchment primaries for Denny High School and the latter is within the catchment area of St. Mungo's High School.

Notable people[edit]

  • Ruth Connell, theatre, television and film actress and producer

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mid-2016 Population Estimates for Settlements and Localities in Scotland". National Records of Scotland. 12 March 2018. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  2. ^ Comparative Population Profile: Bonnybridge Locality Archived June 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved 2011-05-13

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