History

A short history of Balfron~

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The village name “bail’-a-bhroin”, Balfron, means the town of mourning. The legend has it that the children of the village had been taken by wolves, as so the villages went into mourning.

The first documentary reference to Balfron – one of the charters of the Abbey of Inchaffray – in 1303 alludes to the village as Buthbren and only later as Balfron.

John Napier, the inventor of logarithms, was born here in Balfron in 1550. Over the years, several people of note have resided in the village. Read more…

In the year 1750 Rob Roy‘s son carried off Jean Kay, then a widow and heiress of Edinbellie, and Rob Oig, the youngest, who had married her, was hanged in Edinburgh three years afterwards on account of her abduction.

There was a time when Balfron issued its own currency.  Click here for the story.

The village claims to be Scotland’s first gaslit town. The remains of only one lamp post survive.

The village was once a popular tourist resort where people came to spend their ‘fresh-air fortnight’.

The residents of Balfron, share their village name with a well-known Star Wars planet. The fictional Balfron is an unwelcoming place inhabited by cave-dwelling folk and is also where Lando Calrissian met up with twin con artists, the Tonnika sisters after he met them at the High Stakes Casino.

For a more detailed look at the history of our village, please visit the Balfron Heritage Group’s website.

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