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Famous People Connected to Clackmannanshire

Historic County of Scotland

Image right - Sir Ralph Abercrombie

People of note with connections to the county are listed below. Some of these connections are a little tenuous - counties like to lay claim to people of renown!

Clackmannan was a royal residence for three centuries. Malcolm IV, who reigned from 1141 to 1165, is the earliest Scottish king to have been in residence, and hunting seems to have been the primary attraction. The most famous royal resident was Robert the Bruce who reigned from 1306 to 1329. Bruce was of Norman descent, and most of Bruce's adult life was spent at war. Bruce's son David II (his tumultuous reign lasted from 1329-1371) was the last royal resident of Clackmannan. After languishing in an English prison for eleven years following the battle of Neville's Cross in 1346, David raised part of the money for his ransom from the English by selling the castle in Clackmannan to a cousin.

Part of Clackmannan's folklore is a story about Robert the Bruce. He lost a glove there while hunting. Ever the thrifty Scot, he sent his lieutenant back to find it. "Go to a path near Clackmannan village," he instructed him, "and look aboot ye." The road is called Lookabootye Brae to this day, and tourism has adopted the slogan, "Look aboot ye," for visitors.

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  • Sir Ralph Abercromby KB (sometimes spelt Abercrombie) (7 October 1734 – 28 March 1801) was a Scottish soldier and politician. He rose to the rank of lieutenant-general in the British Army, was noted for his services during the Napoleonic Wars, and served as Commander-in-Chief, Ireland.
  • William Alexander c.1567-1640. William Alexander was born at Menstrie Castle, Clackmannanshire.








  • Christopher George Henderson (19 August 1857 – 21 January 1933) was a Scottish-born Australian politician. Born in Clackmannanshire, he received a primary education before migrating to Australia in 1885.






  • Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Mitchell, TD, JP (20 August 1871 – 4 December 1934) was a British entrepreneur. He was born at River Devon, Clackmannanshire, the second son of Alexander Mitchell and Emma Pearce. He was a grandson of William Mitchell.











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