Torwood

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Torwood
Cottages south of Torwood (geograph 3706047).jpg
Cottages at the south of Torwood
Torwood is located in Falkirk
Torwood
Torwood
Torwood shown within the Falkirk council area
Population245 (2011)
OS grid referenceNS 840849
• Edinburgh26.8 mi (43.1 km) ESE
• London349 mi (562 km) SSE
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CountryScotland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLARBERT
Postcode districtFK5
Dialling code01324
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56°02′31″N 3°51′43″W / 56.042°N 3.862°W / 56.042; -3.862Coordinates: 56°02′31″N 3°51′43″W / 56.042°N 3.862°W / 56.042; -3.862

Torwood (Scottish Gaelic: Coille Tor) is a small village located 2 miles (3.2 km) north-northwest of Larbert, 4 miles (6.4 km) north-west of Falkirk and 6 miles (9.7 km) south-southeast of Stirling. Torwood lies within the Falkirk Council area of Scotland. The population recorded in the 2011 UK Census was 245.[1]

The A9 road between Bannockburn and Camelon runs through the village. Torwood Has 3 streets: Castle Crescent, Forester Gait & Glen Road. Glen Road leads on to Torwood Castle, Quarry and Broch.

History[edit]

Torwood Castle

The Forresters used to own the lands of Torwood and the castle[2] but now a private trust owns the castle. Forrester Gait was named after the family.

The Torwood was a large forested area in the 12th century stretching from the River Carron west and north towards Stirling, and inland towards the Campsie Hills. It was traversed by an old Roman Road at this time. In preparation for the battle of Bannockburn it was used as the encampment for the men of James Douglas, one of the leaders of the army of King Robert the Bruce.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Settlement Population and Household Estimates" (PDF). Falkirk Council. November 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Torwood Castle (Torwoodhead Castle)". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2009-01-03.