"DRYMEN, a parish in the county of Stirling, Scotland. It contains a village of its own name, and is bounded on the N. by Perthshire, on the S. by the parish of Killearn and Dumbartonshire, on the W. by the parish of Buchanan and Dumbartonshire, and on the E. by the parishes of Kippen, Balfron, and Killearn. It extends 15 miles from N. to S., with a breadth of 10 miles. The greater part of-.the surface consists of moss, moor, and mountain, and, except a portion of Strathendrick, is not remarkable for fertility. There is abundance of wood, and sheep and black cattle are pastured on the uncultivated grounds. The landowners are numerous; the chief residences are Park, Auchinek, Finnich. The west road from Stirling to Dumbarton traverses the parish, and the Forth and Clyde Junction railway has a station here. The Glasgow water-works traverse the parish for 12 miles. Near the hill of Gartmore, in the N.E. of the parish, is a Roman encampment (a square of 50 paces) in good preservation. The noble family of Drummond derive their name from this parish, and there is a doubtful tradition that John Napier, the inventor of logarithms, was born at the farmhouse of Drumbeg. This parish is in the presbytery of Dumbarton and synod of Glasgow and Ayr, and in the patronage of the crown. The minister has a stipend of £272; but varying from year to year. The parish church stands near the village, where also there is an United Presbyterian church. There are four schools, attended by 200 children. The village of Drymen stands on the W. road from Stirling to Dumbarton, a mile N. of the Endrick, part of the vale of which is here very picturesque. In 1861, the population was 1619."
Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003