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Tillicoultry House

The Tillicoultry estate was granted to the Mar family by Alexander 111 in 1261. Subsequent owners included Lord Colville of Kinross, The Earl of Stirling and R Wardlaw Ramsay who bought the estate in 1814. Tillicoultry House was built 15 years later in 1829 at the top of the present day Fir Park.

Tillicoultry House

The house was vacated by Major AB Wardlaw Ramsay in 1938 and began to fall into disrepair. The roof was removed and now all that remains is the stable block which has been converted into housing and the walls of the orchard. Heathwood Crescent with it's modern bungalows has been built where the orchard once was but the walls can still be seen marking out garden boundaries.
The original parish Church was built close to Tillicoultry House complete with manse and churchyard. The old churchyard which was at the back of Tillicoultry House still remains and although the majority of the headstones lie flat on the ground some of the inscriptions can still be read.

Some headstones in the old churchyard the old churchyard One of the few headstones left standing

There is of course a local legend attached to this churchyard which goes as follows.

A wicked laird quarrelled with one of the monks of Cambuskenneth and in the heat of the exchange actually knocked the holy father down. The laird died shortly after this and on the morning after his funeral it was discovered that the clenched fist which had dealt the blow to the monk was sticking out of the grave. This was seen as a punishment from heaven for his wicked conduct but since the hand obviously could not remain above ground the grave was opened and the hand placed in it. However the following morning the hand had reappeared out of the grave. This happened every day for a whole week until as a last resort a huge stone was brought and placed over the grave which finally stopped the hand appearing.