Thornhill, Stirling

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Lodge Blairhoyle, in Thornhill, is Britain's smallest purpose-built Masonic Lodge
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56°10′23″N4°09′07″W / 56.173°N 4.152°W / 56.173; -4.152 Coordinates: 56°10′23″N4°09′07″W / 56.173°N 4.152°W / 56.173; -4.152

Thornhill (Scottish Gaelic : Cnoc na Driseig) is a village in the Scottish council area of Stirling. It lies 14 miles from Stirling itself, south of Callander, east of Aberfoyle and west of Doune. The village is in the parish of Norrieston, named from the much earlier village of Norrieston which lay a little to the east of Thornhill. It is situated on a slight elevation at the western edge of the Carse of Stirling, an area of flat agricultural land which forms the upper part of the floodplain of the River Forth. Much of the land within the Carse was bogland until the late 18th century when concerted efforts were made to clear away the peat and expose the fertile clay soil below. Flanders Moss, the largest remaining area of lowland bog in Scotland and a site of special scientific interest, lies to the south west.

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Stirling city in Scotland

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The village lies on a traditional east/west route from Dunblane to Aberfoyle [1] which passes the Old Post Cottage and was planned and founded at the end of the seventeenth century. [2]

The 2001 census population for the area covered by the Thornhill and Blairdrummond Community Council is 1,109. [3]

Thornhill has one primary school which in the session 2009-2010 had 62 pupils from the village and surrounding area. [4]

The ruins of a possible Iron Age broch lie at Boquhapple about 1 mile north of Thornhill. A mound of rubble about 30 metres (100 ft) in diameter and the earthworks are all that remain today. [5]

The Iron Age is the final epoch of the three-age division of the prehistory and protohistory of humanity. It was preceded by the Stone Age and the Bronze Age. The concept has been mostly applied to Europe and the Ancient Near East, and, by analogy, also to other parts of the Old World.

Broch type of Iron Age drystone hollow-walled structure

A broch is an Iron Age drystone hollow-walled structure found in Scotland. Brochs belong to the classification "complex atlantic roundhouse" devised by Scottish archaeologists in the 1980s. Their origin is a matter of some controversy.

The name Thornhill is supposedly derived from the thorn covered ridge on which the village is situated. Thornhill was founded as an early planned village in 1696 and most buildings date from the 18th, 19th and 20th century.

It is believed to have the smallest Masonic Lodge in Scotland. [6]

Thornhill has a community hall with a main hall, meeting rooms, kitchen, changing rooms with showers and parking. The hall is available for the use of locals and other groups. [7]

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  1. Thornhill Community Trust - About Thornhill Archived March 24, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  2. "Thornhill". VisitScotland. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  3. "2001 CENSUS RESULTS: THORNHILL & BLAIRDRUMMOND COMMUNITY COUNCIL" (PDF). Stirling Council. January 2004. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  4. Thornhill Primary School
  5. "Boquhapple". CANMORE. Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  6. "Thornhill". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
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