Sir Lawrence Dundas

Lawrence Dundas was born in 1712, the second son of Thomas Dundas of Letham and Fingask.  His elder brother inherited the estate and title and Lawrence became a man of business dealing in stocks and shares and the wine trade.  During the Jacobite Rising in 1745-46 and later the Seven Years War (1756-63) he acted […]

A History of Camelon

The Village of Camelon – Origins The village of Camelon, like its contemporary at Laurieston, was a child of the agricultural revolution that swept through central Scotland in the mid-eighteenth century, and was made possible by the opportunistic decline of the old feudal lairds.  In the case of Camelon that feudal superior had been the […]

The Carron Cuts at Dalderse and Abbotshaugh

From its foundation in 1759 the Carron Company had aspirations of being one of the largest industrial complexes in Europe with a massive iron foundry at the centre of a communications network bringing raw materials in and sending pig iron and finished cast iron products out.  Using English sites as the model they set about […]

Castlecary Castle

Castlecary Castle stands on the brink of an escarpment dominating the valley of the Red Burn which forms the boundary between Stirlingshire and Dunbartonshire.  It is 3 miles west-south-west of Bonnybridge.  The 15th century tower house at Castlecary is but the latest of a series of fortifications in the immediate area which emphasise the strategic […]

Laurieston

1750-1850 At the beginning of the 18th century there were just a few scattered farmhouses and cottages in the area known today as Laurieston.  One of these stood in what later became James Street, for in 1745 the familial home of the Gibbs was raided by the Jacobite army.  Then, in 1756, Francis Lord Napier […]