"Name, Situation, and Extent - The name of this parish is of Gaelic origin, and signifies Fair Land. Contrasted with the bleak and precipitous rudeness of the adjacent moors and mountians, its grassy hills, its fertile and well watered valleys, entitle it to this appellation. - Fintry is situatted in the midst of that range of hills, which reaches from Stirling to Dumbarton, and behind that particular district of them usually denominated by the Campsie Fells. It lies 17 miles due N. from Glasgow, 12 miles W. b. S. from Stirling, and 21 or 22 miles E. by N. from Dumbarton. It belongs to the commissariot of Glasgow. It extends from E. to W. 5 miles, and from N. to S. more than 4; though the only part of it, which is inhabited, are a small valley on the banks of the Endrick, and another on the banks of the Carron; both of which rivers have their sources in this parish."
Parish of Fintry (County of Stirling - Presbytery of Dumbarton - Synod of Glasgow and Ayr) By the Rev. Mr. Gavin Gibb, Minister of Strathblane. (Statistical Account of Scotland 1791-1799)