Clackmannanshire

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Abbey District or Cambus Kenneth The National Gazetteer 1868

ABBEY DISTRICT, or CAMBUS KENNETH, a vil. in the par. of Stirling, in the co. of Clackmannan, Scotland. It is situated near the hill now called Abbey Craig, on which William Wallace posted his army of patriots to oppose the passage of the Forth by the English before the battle of Stirling. This was in 1297. The abbey was founded in 1147, by David I., who brought over to it, from Arras, in France, a company of monks, of the order of St. Augustine. Tho popes conferred by bull, from time to time, various, and some curious, privileges on this monastery. In 1559 great part of it was pulled down. It passed after the accession of James I Erskine family. Little is now remaining, except a few walls, a tower, the traces of a garden, and the burial-place of James III. and his Queen Margaret. The pop. of the vil. is small, and their chief employments are weaving and fishing.

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