Why did your Ancestors settle in Carronshore

Old Carronshore

Old Parish Records

OPR's began in Carronshore in 1723. Carronshore is in Bothkennar Parish and is no 473 in the County of Stirling.

The Name

Carronshore is located at a bend in the Carron river known as the shore or harbour.

The 1700 and 1800s

Grew initially for the fishing in the Forth in 1700s. Coal exporting to Holland in the middle 1700s. The population increased due to the coal and a boatyard was established to help exports. To cope with the increased level of activity the Carron Company brought in more workers and built new houses at the north end of the village. In 1783 the population was 730.

To further trade at the port the Carron Company promoted a canal across the centre of Scotland from Glasgow to Carronshore. It succeeded in getting the Forth & Clyde Canal built in the 1770s.

The Carron Company employed shipbuilders at Carronshore to build its own fleet of schooners that served them well. However, the Forth & Clyde Canal now meant that the Glasgow trade bypassed the port and as vessels grew in size Carronshore was unable to compete. In 1850 Carron Company officially transferred the bulk of its shipping business to Grangemouth and the village went into decline.

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