Killearn

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Killearn
Killearn.jpg
Main street in Killearn
Killearn is located in Stirling
Killearn
Killearn
Killearn shown within the Stirling council area
Population 1,701  (2011 Census)
OS grid reference NS522860
• Edinburgh 50 miles (80 km)
• London 400 miles (650 km)
Civil parish
  • Killearn
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Glasgow
Postcode district G63
Dialling code 01360
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
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UK
Scotland
56°02′31″N 4°22′05″W / 56.042°N 4.368°W / 56.042; -4.368Coordinates: 56°02′31″N 4°22′05″W / 56.042°N 4.368°W / 56.042; -4.368

Killearn (Scottish Gaelic: Cill Fhearann, from orig. Ceann Fhearann, "Head/End of (the) Land/Territory" – until the 15th century when Ceann was replaced by Cill; denoting the presence of a house of worship)[1] – is a small village of approximately 1700 people in the Stirling council area of Scotland.

The village is located approximately 15 miles (24 km) north of Glasgow, 7 miles (11 km) east of Loch Lomond, and sits on the northwest flank of the Campsie Fells, most predominantly in the shadow of the volcanic plug of Dumgoyne, overlooking the confluence of the Endrick Water and Blane Water.

The Glengoyne whisky distillery, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and West Highland Way long-distance walking route are situated close to the village.

The residential special school of Ballikinrain is also located in Killearn Parish, and caters for boys with special needs from throughout Scotland. (The school has been earmarked for closure in July 2015).

The Church of Scotland congregation at Killearn Kirk falls under the Presbytery of Stirling, within the Synod of Forth. Within the Roman Catholic Church, Killearn falls under the Parish of Saint Anthony within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh; although the Catholic community in Killearn is served by St. Anthony's Church in the neighbouring town of Balfron.

George Buchanan[edit]

The 31 metres (101.7 ft) high Buchanan Monument near the centre of Killearn commemorates the nearby 1506 birthplace of George Buchanan.

Killearn was the birthplace of the historian and humanist scholar George Buchanan, (February 1506 – 28 September 1582). Buchanan belonged to the Monarchomach movement, which advocated of a form of popular sovereignty. Born at The Moss, Killearn, a monument, (Obelisk), at the centre of the village is dedicated to Buchanan.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Knight R."What's in a Name" (August 2014) (pdf) Killearn Courier, (Issue 29, Page 21). Retrieved 24 November 2014.

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