farmers, sailors, and miners

farmers

Bothkennar and Carronshore Kirkyard Graveyards of Scotland Nellie Merthe Erkenbach Farmers sailors minersThe graveyard of Bothkennar and Carronshore Parish church (founded as early as 1150) seems very rural.

This land has been farmed since King Robert the Bruce, possibly even earlier.

 

Bothkennar and Carronshore Kirkyard Graveyards of Scotland Nellie Merthe Erkenbach Farmers sailors minersRather remarkable since this was once known as the “Carselands”, an alluvial plain around the River Carron, and therefore expected to be water-logged.

Carse is a name used throughout Scotland to denote a flat, former estuarine surface lying around the head of an estuaryScottish Sea Levels

 

sailors

Nautical symbols throughout the graveyard tell of old and busy times at sea, which is less than two miles away as the crow flies.

So are The Kelpies which makes Bothkennar graveyard an interesting add-on to a trip to the park.

These gravestones belonged to the seamen of the former port of Carronshore.

Bothkennar and Carronshore Kirkyard Graveyards of Scotland Nellie Merthe Erkenbach Farmers sailors miners A harbour existed on the banks of the River Carron known as Quarrel Shore and its main purpose is evident in the alternative name Coal Shore which was often applied to it. Following the Industrial Revolution the port was developed by Carron Company and became known as Carronshore. The River was canalised to allow sea going vessels easier passage. The settlement known as Carronshore also grew around it and part of the village lay within the parish of Bothkennar. A small canal, arguably the first in Scotland, connected the harbour with the ironworks and around it developed a variety of ancillary activities including a rope walk, brewery, graving dock, warehouses and a granary.

Falkirk Local History Society

Bothkennar and Carronshore Kirkyard Graveyards of Scotland Nellie Merthe Erkenbach Farmers sailors miners

miners

The other graves belong mostly to the miners who were settled in the wee neighbouring hamlet of Skinflats and those connected to the pit.

Bothkennar and Carronshore Kirkyard Graveyards of Scotland Nellie Merthe Erkenbach Farmers sailors miners

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