Dollar, Clackmannanshire

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Dollar is located in Clackmannanshire
Location within Clackmannanshire
Population2,877 [1] (2001 census)
est. 2,860[2] (2006)
OS grid referenceNS964978
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townDollar
Postcode districtFK14
Dialling code01259
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
56°09′43″N 3°40′26″W / 56.162°N 3.674°W / 56.162; -3.674Coordinates: 56°09′43″N 3°40′26″W / 56.162°N 3.674°W / 56.162; -3.674

Dollar (Scottish Gaelic: Dolair) is a small town with a population of 2,800 people in Clackmannanshire, Scotland. It is 12 miles East of Stirling. Dollar was once a place of residence of Mary, Queen of Scots.


Possible interpretations are that Dollar is derived from Doilleir, an Irish and Scots Gaelic word meaning dark and gloomy, or from various words in Pictish: 'Dol' (field) + 'Ar' (arable) or Dol (valley) + Ar (high).[3] Another derivation is from Dolar, ‘haugh place’[4] (cf Welsh dôl ‘meadow’. This word was borrowed from British or Pictish into Scottish Gaelic as dail ‘water-meadow, haugh’). John Everett-Heath, in [5] derives it as 'Place of the Water Meadow' from the Celtic dôl 'water meadow' and ar 'place'.

A further theory, linked to Castle Campbell's alternative name of Castle Gloom, is that it stems from Scots-French "Doleur", meaning sadness.


"Castle Campbell, Dollar, Scotland", ca. 1890 - 1900.

500-year-old Castle Campbell is the lowland seat of the Duke of Argyll, where Mary, Queen of Scots once lived in the 16th century. The residence was chosen for its proximity to the court in Edinburgh and to Clackmannan Tower, Alloa, Stirling Castle and Linlithgow Palace.

A map of Dollar from 1945

The town has two war memorials, one for each world war. In the grounds of the Academy a bronze figure with outstretched hands by George Henry Paulin faces westwards and commemorates the fallen of the First World War. This also has names added for Northern Ireland.[6] The dead were largely from the Academy; two non-Academy deaths (the Archibald brothers) are indicated by the word "parish" against their names. The Second World War has a far more modest memorial, in the small public garden on the main road, where the road suddenly twists. Both memorials are by local sculptor George Henry Paulin.

A small museum run by volunteers contains a collection of local items, and much information about the former Devon Valley Railway, which closed to passengers in 1964. The town is now largely a dormitory community for people who work in Stirling and further afield — e.g. Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Location and transport[edit]

It is one of the Hillfoots Villages, situated between the Ochil Hills range to the north and the River Devon to the south. Dollar is 12 miles East of Stirling on the A91 road to St Andrews. The Devon Valley Railway linking Alloa and Kinross closed to passengers in 1964 and to freight in 1973.


Attempts were made to mine lead and copper in Dollar Glen from the 18th century and possibly earlier, but these were of no economic significance. Coal mining in the area began around the same time and, until 1973, supplied the Kincardine Power Station, and later, the Longannet Power Station with coal from the Upper Hirst seam. A tiny private non-NCB coal mine operated from the Harviestoun estate from the mid-1970s, partly filling the gap that the closed NCB left, whilst there was still local demand for coal.

In common with the other Hillfoots Villages, the textiles industry played an important part in the town's development. The Harviestoun Brewery was established west of Dollar in 1985, before its move to Alva.


From 1891 to 1975 the town had its own council.[7] It is now within Clackmannanshire council area. It forms part of the Clackmannanshire East ward which includes Clackmannan, Comely Bank, Dollar & Muckhart. In the 2017 local elections, residents of the ward elected three councillors - one each from the Scottish National Party, the Labour Party and the Conservative Party.[8]

Provosts of Dollar[edit]

Dollar had a provost from 1891 to 1975. The provosts were:[9]

  • James Beveridge Henderson (1891-1893)
  • David Westwood (1893-1896)
  • Richard Malcolm (1896-1899)
  • John Drysdale (1899-1902)
  • M Fisher (1902-1908)
  • James Benson Green (1908-1913) and (1919-1925)
  • Lavinia Malcolm (1913-1919) the first and only female Provost
  • Cpt Stewart Fairweather Butchart MC (1925-1931)
  • C Allsopp (1931-1937)
  • R Waddell (1937-1939)
  • J Scott (1939-1943)
  • P Walton (1943-1946)
  • Alexander McLean Cowan (1946-1950)
  • J Crawford Shaw (1950-1953)
  • J Hewitt (1953-1956)
  • J Muckersie (1956-1962)
  • J M Miller (1962-1965)
  • H Moss (1965-1968)
  • Dr William Young Galloway (1968-1971)
  • E M M Breingan (1971-1975)

Notable people[edit]

A sketch of the town of Dollar in the 19th century by Wang Tao
A sketch of the Mill Green in the 19th century by Wang Tao


Dollar Academy (Playfair building)

Dollar Academy is a fee paying school.


Dollar is home of the Dollar Glen Football Club, an 18-hole golf course (notable for its steep inclines and lack of bunkers), a tennis club, a squash club, a bowling club, and a cricket club. The Ochil Hills that overlook Dollar provide opportunities for mountain biking.


The ruins of Old Dollar Parish Church

There are three churches, one Church of Scotland, one Scottish Episcopal Church and Ochil Hills Community Church which meets in the Civic Centre.

Twin towns[edit]

Dollar is twinned with the French town of La Ville-aux-Dames, which lies just outside Tours in the Loire Valley.


  1. ^ "Comparative Population Profile: Dollar Locality". Scotland's Census Results Online. 29 April 2001. Archived from the original on 23 February 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2008.
  2. ^ "Publications and Data". Archived from the original on 16 September 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Bruce Baillie, Dollar Museum website, 2002".
  4. ^ "Iain Mac an Tàilleir: Scottish placenames, 2003" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 March 2007.
  5. ^ The Concise Dictionary of World Place-Names (2 ed.). Oxford University Press. 2012. ISBN 9780199580897.
  6. ^ Inscription on Dollar War Memorial
  7. ^ "Dollar Town Council". Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Clackmananshire Council Elections 2017". Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Dollar Community".
  10. ^ "Robert Burns Country: The Burns Encyclopedia: Devon, River".
  11. ^ Wong, Y T (1974). "Reviewed Work: Between Tradition and Modernity: Wang T'ao and Reform in Late-Ch'ing China. Harvard East Asian Series, No. 77 by Paul A. Cohen". Monumenta Serica. 31: 619–620. JSTOR (subscription reqd.) 40726188 (subscription reqd.).

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