Welcome to the website of Falkirk Local History Society. The Society was formed in 1981 to provide a forum for people with an interest in the history of the Falkirk area, that is what used to be called East Stirlingshire. These days we are fortunate enough to also cover the historic town of Bo’ness and surrounding villages formerly in West Lothian but since 1975 part of Falkirk District. The Society now has over 200 members and is involved in many activities including research and publication.
On this page, (and on all the pages listed on the blue menu bar above) there is a Search box which you can use to discover any articles within this site which apply specifically to your area of interest. Just click on the box, type your subject and and press Enter. At the bottom of the “Frequently Asked Questions” page, there is a facility for you to add your question about the history of Falkirk.
On this site you will find an “Around and About the Area” section with an index to dozens of articles on: Buildings; Churches; Events; Industry; People; Places; Recreation and Themes from our past illustrated by photographs and drawings. There is also a Photo Album which we will extend in the future and some suggestions for Historical Walks in the Falkirk area. Some Frequently Asked Questions are answered and there is also Information on the Society and its activities, including Publications. The Wars section leads to an index of local war memorials and a bit about what life was like in Falkirk during wartime.
The Society’s main intention in creating this site was to provide the general public at home and overseas with well researched and dependable information and you are very welcome to use any of this as part of your own research. All we ask is that if the material is used in print or on another website the source is acknowledged. This is mainly to ensure that other readers will be able to contact the writer to follow up on any point or seek further information which we will be delighted to provide.
The Society is involved in a wide range of activities including regular meetings, guided walks in the Falkirk area, field trips, research and publication, talks to interested groups and heritage related campaigns.
The meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month from September to May in Falkirk Trinity Church in the town centre. Visitors are very welcome. There is no charge. The meetings usually involve an illustrated talk using slides on a historical topic, local or national, by speakers from within the Society or outside specialists. They start at 7.30pm and finish at around 9.00 to 9.30pm. These meetings are very well attended, attracting an average of 80 each evening.
During the Summer there are a series of guided historical walks within the Falkirk area and each Spring we have a weekend trip to some historical corner of Scotland or the North of England.
The Society publishes a Journal called “Calatria” and has acted as partner to commercial book publishers on three occasions when local history topics were involved. More recently we have published full length works on our own behalf and details of these can be found in our Publications section.