History

History

History

It is thought that St. Serf first set up a church on the site of its present Auld Kirk in the 5th century when Christianity was brought over from Ireland. Folklore states that Kenneth MacAlpin, King of Scots, amassed his army on Baingle Brae before he fought and subdued the Picts. Certainly there was a standing stone on the main road to Stirling (near the Catholic Church) until the early 1900s when it is then reported to have been demolished to make ready for the road upgrading.

David I of Scotland was responsible for Tullibody’s claim to fame when in 1149 he granted the lands and fishing rights to Cambuskenneth Abbey and it was then that the Auld Kirk was erected, where it still stands today. In January 1560, William Kirkcaldy of Grange demolished part of Tullibody bridge to delay French troops returning to Stirling Castle. The French commander Henri Cleutin took down the roof of the Auld Kirk to repair the bridge. Until the Scottish Reformation in 1560 the religion was Catholic but then became Protestant. Tullibody has been served well, being the Parish Church of the area until that time when it lost its celebrity status and Alloa took the title. The Abercrombys made The Auld Kirk their family vault.

Edward I of England, in his attempt to subdue the Scots in 1306 reportedly tried to build a castle in Tullibody, on the hill behind the Delph Pond. As it would have been of wooden construction, no one has ever found any proof.


War Memorial

The early people worshiped the sun and it is now known that Tullibody War Memorial stone formed part of a Druid Circle. The smaller stones were removed in the late 1700s. We know very little about these early people but other areas of Scotland have found many artifacts showing that they hunted and gathered food from the land and sea.

 


On Braehead Golf Course, the green-keepers found a shell midden. One of the few found on the north side of the Forth. It contained shell remains of mussels, scallops and cockles dating back to 4000 BC.

More historical information can be found at the local Heritage Centre locate within the Civic Centre or visit the Tullibody History Group website

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