Miscellaneous

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer (1868)]

"BALMAHA, a village in the county of Stirling, Scotland, 3 miles to the N.W. of Drymen. It lies near Loch Lomond."

"BEN LOMOND, a mountain in the Highlands of Scotland, situated in the county of Stirling, on the east side of Loch Lomond. It is the principal mountain in the western range of the Grampians, and forms the southern extremity of the Highlands. It is rather an irregular cluster of hills than a single mountain. It consists of granite chiefly, and rises by three successive stages, one above the other, to the height of 3,192 feet above the level of the sea. The surface is clothed with vegetation to the summit. The lower part is wooded, and the higher overgrown with heath and grass. Many Alpine plants flourish on it. On one side it has an almost perpendicular face, forming a precipice of 2,000 feet; on the other side it has a long gradual slope of about 6 miles, and is easily ascended. It considerably overtops all neighbouring hills, and commands a magnificent prospect over the vale of Stirlingshire, and the counties of Lanark, Renfrew, and Ayr; including the river Leven, the castle of Dumbarton; southward the Firth of Clyde with the islands of Bute and Arran, and Ailsa Craig; while eastward, it extends to Stirling and Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth. Grand mountain ranges bound the view to the north. The Isle of Man and the coast of Ireland are sometimes discernible. On Craigrostan, on the west side of the mountain, is the cave in which tradition alleges that Robert Bruce found repose for a night after his contest with Macdougal. Near it is a rock called Rob Roy's prison, and a cave he used to frequent. Ben Lomond was a chief station of the grand trigonometrical survey of Great Britain. The mountain belongs to the Duke of Montrose."

"COULTER, a loch in the county of Stirling, Scotland, about 3 miles S.W. of Bannockburn. It is about a mile in length, and is famed for its perch and peel. During the great earthquake of 1755 the waters of the lake fell nearly 12 feet."

"CRAIGEND, three villages of this name, severally in the counties of Lanark, Perth, and Stirling, Scotland."

"DUNEARN, a lofty basalt hill in the county of Stirling, Scotland, sear Burntisland. On the summit are remains of a Roman station."

"EARL'S HILL, a spur of the Kylsyth hills, and part of the Lennox range, in the W. of the parish of St. Ninians, county Stirling. Its altitude is about 1,000 feet."

"ENDRICK, a river flowing through the counties of Stirling and Dumbarton, Scotland. Its source is among the Gargunnock hills. After receiving the Burnfoot's tributary, it falls over the Loup of Fintry, making a cataract of 90 feet. It then flows westerly, and passing through Killearn, has another beautiful fall called the Pot of Gartness. Near this spot it is joined by the Blane, and ultimately falls into Loch Lomond, after a course of 23 miles. Salmon and trout are in plenty. The valley of the Endrick is at some points very romantic, and is the "Sweet Innerdale" of Scotch poetry."

"ETC INCH, small islands in Loch Lomond, county Stirling, Scotland, near the mouth of the river Endrick:- Inch Clair, Inch Fad, Inch Friechland, Inch Galbraith and Inch Grange."

"GILLIES HILL, in the county Stirling, Scotland, 2 miles S.W. of Stirling. It was here the Scots took up their stand in 1314, before the battle of Bannockburn."

"GLASSERT, a small river rising in Campsie Fells, county Stirling, Scotland. It joins the river Kelvin."

"GRAHAMSTON, a suburb of Falkirk, county Stirling, Scotland. It is situated near the Forth and Clyde canal. It is a station on the Grangemouth branch of the Scottish Central railway, at its junction with the Edinburgh and Glasgow line."

"KELVIN, a feeder of the river Clyde, rises under Kelvin Head, county Stirling, Scotland, and after traversing the borders of Lanark and Dumbarton, joins the Clyde below Glasgow."

"LENNOX, an extensive district adjoining the Leven, including the whole of Dumbartonshire and parts of counties Stirling, Perth, and Renfrew, Scotland. On the Stirlingshire border are the Lennox hills, some of which attain an altitude of 1,400 or 1,500 feet."

"LENNOX CASTLE, two ruins of this name, one in Clarinch, county Stirling, on the banks of Loch Lomond, and the other on LeithWater, near Currie, county Edinburgh, Scotland."

"LOCH LOMOND, a freshwater lake in the counties Dumbarton and Stirling, Scotland. It is 23 miles in length, and from 1 to 5 miles in breadth. It contains 30 islands, of different sizes, the chief of which are Inch-Cailliach, Inch-Cruin, Inch-Conachan, Inch-Murrin, Inch-Moon, &c. It is replenished by the rivulets Finlas, Fruin, Luss, Douglas, Inaid, and Endrick, and its superfluous waters are carried off by the river Leven. The lake is from 20 to 100 fathoms deep, and about 22 feet above the level of the sea."

"LOGAN MOSS, in county Stirling, Scotland, near Kippen. It was crossed by a Roman way made with felled trees."

"MEIKLEBEN, one of the Lennox hills, county Stirling, Scotland. It is situated close to the Campsie and Kilsyth ranges, of which it is a spur. It rises to a height of 1,500 feet above the level of the sea, and serves as a landmark from the Firth of Forth."

"MEIKLEWOOD, a wood in county Stirling, Scotland, at Gargunnock. It forms part of an extensively wooded forest, and has a heronry."

"MUGDOCK CASTLE, an old moated tower in county Stirling, Scotland, near Strathblane. It is famed for a six-syllable echo, which is most distinctly heard about 300 yards from it."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]