Looking down on Fintry from the north slopes of the Campsie Fells
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Fintry is a village in central Scotland, nestled in the strath of the Endrick Water between the Campsie Fells and the Fintry Hills, some 19 miles (30.5 km) north of Glasgow. It is within the local government council area of Stirling. The 2011 census results report that Fintry and the surrounding rural area had a population of 717. The centre of the village along Main Street has been designated a Conservation Area by Stirling Council.
Culcreuch Castle, on the outskirts of the village, is a historic seat of the chiefs of the Galbraith clan. Until early 2020, the castle functioned as a hotel, visitor attraction, and popular wedding venue. In late 2019, the US based owner made the decision to close the venue, and it has remained empty since.
The village has a Sports Club, which includes a 4-rink indoor bowling hall. The rugby pitches adjacent are home to Strathendrick Rugby Football Club.
There is a primary school in the village with a nursery class annex. Fintry is within the catchment area of Balfron High School, for which a school bus is provided.
The village pub, The Fintry Inn, closed its doors at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequently did not reopen.
Public transport is provided by the Stirling Council Demand Responsive Transport "Taxi" Service. There is a village hall, The Menzies Hall, home to Fintry Amateur Dramatic Society.
The parish of Fintry is first mentioned in 1207 and was originally dedicated to St Modan and was under control of the Collegiate Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Dunbarton. The only pre-Reformation vicar known by name is Stephen Culross in 1539.
From 1560 Fintry shared a minister with neighbouring Strathblane and Campsie, this being Mr John Stoddart who was assisted by a reader, George Watson. However, complaint was made to the Privy Council that a James Galbraith of Kilcreuch had commandeered the manse and glebe. The same James Galbraith is noted as the main local force in removing the Catholic presence from the parish, and clearly thought he deserved their property for his actions.
In 1634 the village had its first university trained minister: David Adamson who received an MA from Glasgow University in 1619 and served the parish until 1659. In January 1641 Adamson publicly rebuked a group of parishioners for drinking on the Lord's Day at the house of James Provand. As the time in question was 10pm on a Saturday this tells us that the controls limiting activities on the Sabbath ran from sunset to sunset rather than midnight to midnight. This was normal prior to the widespread use of clocks.
In May 1642 Jonet Miller was found guilty of "banning and cursing" and had to pay a fine of 4 merks and spend 4 hours in the public jougs. In January 1643 a Marion Ewing confessed to going to "Christ's Well" at Menteith with other persons, and collected water "to cast on her cattel": despite the well's name, this supersticious activity was frowned upon. A similar incident happened in 1649 involving a David Ewing who brought water to cast on his child from Strathfellen's Well. His sister-in-law Margaret Kessen went with him to get water for her husband's sores, it being bad luck to carry water for two tasks. They were required to spend three Sundays in the pillory, bare-footed and bare-headed.
In 1654 Adamson organised a new school in the parish to combat the ignorance of the children, but noted the difficulty of some children crossing the River Endrick to reach the school. This addressed "a generation without knowledge of God". He introduced a rule for couples getting married that each would have to demonstrate knowledge of the Bible before they could be married.
Fintry is a Church of Scotland Parish in the Presbytery of Stirling. The kirk is located to the East of the village. The parish minister for Fintry is shared with Balfron with the Manse located there.
- "2011 Census Stirling Community Council Area Profiles, Fintry" (PDF). Retrieved 12 March 2015.
- History of Strathendrick p.26 by John Guthre Smith FSAScot
- History of Strathendrick p.27 by John Guthre Smith FSAScot
- History of Strathendrick p.28 by John Guthre Smith FSAScot
- History of Strathendrick p.29 by John Guthre Smith FSAScot
- History of Strathendrick p.30 by John Guthre Smith FSAScot
- History of Strathendrick p.32 by John Guthre Smith FSAScot
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