It is the intention of Clackmannan Community Councilwho sponsors this website, to work with the Community, i.e. the people of Clackmannan, Kennet, Forestmill, Kennetpans, Helensfield and Kilbagie as well as the Police, the Fire and Rescue Service, Clackmannanshire Council, NHS Forth Valley,  and other Community Groups and Organisations to create a vision of what can be. We hope that you will embark on this journey with us but first we need to engage with you, the young the elderly, everyone in our Community, in order to find out what your vision of a better Community is and to find out if you are prepared to work with us to help achieve it.

The coat of arms of the old county town of Clackmannan which has now been adopted as the coat of arms of Clackmannanshire carries the motto 'LOOK ABOOT YE', so we invite you to do exactly that then tell us what you see and what your vision is for the future here in your Community.

Try to imagine five years from now and you are sending a letter to friends or relatives who once lived here but now live elsewhere, what would you write? What changes have you been able to bring about to make this a place that people would want to come back to. 

Go on make them jealous! 


    The STONE or 'Clack', originally placed at the foot of LOOKABOOTYE BRAE, was sacred to the pre-christian deity Mannan and is a unique relic of pagan times. It was raised on the large shaft in 1833.

    The shaft of the CROSS, engraved with the Bruce arms, dates from the 17th century when Sir Henry Bruce was Sheriff. The ball finial is not original. The steps were renewed in 1949.  The lower part of the shaft has been worn by prisoners' chains.

    Built in 1592 at a cost of £284 the TOLBOOTH, comprising Court Room, Prison, Jailer's House and instruments of punishment, extended some forty feet east of the surviving Belfry Tower.  Previously the Sheriff Court was held on the steps of the Cross.  Sir Laurence Dundas gave the bell in 1765 and Mr Francis Horne gave the clock in 1865.


    Set squarely on the top of a hill above the ancient town of Clackmannan, and a prominent landmark for miles around amongst the levels of the Forth, stands the tall and impressive tower of the Bruces.  Traditionally said to have been built by King Robert himself, this is probably not so - although the oldest portion does date from the 14th century. This is the lower half of the north tower.  Th castle and barony of Clackmannan were granted to a later Robert Bruce by his cousin, King David, in 1359, and probably it was he who built the oldest work now found here.
    Historic Scotland has responsibility of the tower and more information about the tower can be found on their website.  


    The plaque on the wall at the Lychgate of Clackmannan Church tells us the the Church was founded by St Serf circa 600 A.D. In 1249 A.D. it was dedicated by Bishop David de Bernham and that the present building was erected in 1815 A.D.


    The photograph opposite shows the old distillery building at Kennetpans.
    Whilst below is a photograph of a poster, which can be seen at the site of the old Kennetpans Distillery, and which tells the history of the old distillery which was in existence from around 1720 - 1826. 
    Birthplace of the Scotch Whisky Industry "Where distilling left the farm yard"  


Clackmannan Main Street showing the Mercat Cross, the Old Tolbooth and the Stone of Mannan

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