"Name, Extent, &c. - Balfron is a word of Gaelic derivation, and is said to signify "The Town of Sorrow." On what account the place obtained this name is not certainly known. The form of the parish is nearly an oblong square. Its length from east to west, is somewhat more than 8 miles; and its breadth, from north to south, from 1 to 2 miles. It is bounded by the parishes of Drymen, Killearn, Fintry, Gargunnock, and Kippen. The greater part of the grounds in this parish have the advantage of a fine southern exposure, rising gradually from the water of Endrick."
Parish of Balfrom (County of Stirling - Synod of Glasgow and Ayr, Presbytery of Dumbarton) By Mr James Jeffrey, Minister (Statistical Account of Scotland 1791-1799)
|Balfron Parish Church, Balfron, Church of Scotland|
|Balfron United Presbyterian Church, Balfron, United Presbyterian Church|
|St Antony, Balfron, Roman Catholic|
|Balfron Free Church, Balfron, Free Church of Scotland|
- The transcription of the section for Balfron from the National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868).
- The transcription of the section for Balfron from Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland.
- See also Edinburgh University's "Gazetteer for Scotland"
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Balfron to another place.
You can see the administrative areas in which Balfron has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
The Balfron Heritage group, originally founded in 1989 to mark the 200th. anniversary of the Ballindalloch Cotton Works, maintains a web-site with much local information, including what "Local History Resources" are available at the local library. The history of the Ballindalloch works are also of some interest to numismatists as they issued their own money from about 1811 for a time.
More of the ecclesiastical history can be found at "The Balfron Church" web-site.
Balfron was the birthplace of Alexander 'Greek' Thomson, an architect who designed a number of churches in Glasgow.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NS588897 (Lat/Lon: 56.079542, -4.270708), Balfron which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- OldMaps (Old Ordnance Survey maps.)
- Old Maps Online (Other old maps.)
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)