Gargunnock Village History  .....and other things

Welcome to my web site, first created in 2002 and last upgraded in February 2014.  It has generated a lot of contacts over the years, especially from those tracing their genealogy and also Gargunnock expatriates.


I’m a native of Gargunnock, my ancestors, on the male side, having reached here from Balquhidder (McLaren Clan country) via Blairdrummond (just across the Forth valley) in the early 1800s and on the female side from Dundee via service in Meiklewood House in the late 1800s.  I have a large collection of pictures, documents, stories etc, some of which I display here.  


Please contact me especially if you are a Gargunnock expatriate or descendant.  I’m always glad to hear from you.  Come back from time to time to view any developments.  Now click on the tabs above and explore.


The heading photo is a composite of significant buildings and  landmarks within the Parish Boundaries.  Each has its own story to tell and all are interesting.  The tartan is modern McLaren.

John McLaren



So where is Gargunnock?….

Village street map Map of Scotland

Gargunnock sits on rising ground on the south side of the Forth valley (the Carse of Stirling) in Central Scotland, about six miles west of the City of Stirling and half a mile south of the A811 Stirling to Dumbarton Road.  


56º 7' 20" North  4º 4' 40" West.  Altitude - from 16m to 32m above sea level


Click on the adjacent map then zoom in for detail of streets and house names.






….. And what’s it like to live here?

Pretty good really.  It is set back from the main A811 Stirling to Dumbarton road so hasn’t any great traffic problems. The City of Stirling and the Motorway network are only 15 minutes away so less than  an hour takes you to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth, Dundee, the Clyde coast or more than half way to Fort William.


It’s an area of high scenic value with plenty of local walks through Gargunnock & Leckie estates or beyond, through Boquhan estate, to the neighbouring village of Kippen.  The hills behind the village afford splendid views of the carse and beyond.


There is as good a community spirit about the place, as in most villages, with a dedicated hardworking core of volunteers keeping the important institutions going.  An Annual Gala, Flower Show and a Christmas Concert help to bring everyone together and there are organisations to suit most tastes in the newly refurbished and extended Community Centre




            The Other Village Web Site

There are 2 websites covering Gargunnock village matters.  This one devoted primarily to history and genealogy and a Gargunnock Village one at www.gargunnock.com run by Jane Bain and covering all current matters.


Jane is currently doing a bit of local history too in the form of an exercise on a Roll of Honour covering all who took part in the first World War (not just those who died).  Very appropriate in this centenary year. She has also added lots of history snippets gathered from the pages of local newspapers by local residents John Craigen and Catherine Richardson.  Click on the screen shot to go to her site.


Set your Sat Nav to postcode FK8 3BH to reach the centre of the village, known as The Square.