Airth Parish Church with River Forth in distance.

This evening, I am posting information on the historic village of Airth which is located on the south bank of the River Forth and about thirty miles N.W. of Edinburgh.

Summary information as follows:

  • The name may be derived from ‘hill pasture’.
  • Population is about 1700 persons.
  • Historically (especially in early 16th century) Airth was a centre for shipbuilding. Subsequently, land has been reclaimed and now the village is some distance from the river.
  • The Mercat Cross (see image immediately below) was set up by Charles, 9th Earl of Elphinstone and dates from 1697.
  • As will also be evident from images below, the village includes prominent houses dating from the early 18th century.
  • Close to the village is Airth Castle which is now a hotel and reputed to be haunted. There are records of a castle in the 13th century but the earliest part of the current building dates from the late 16th century.
  • Airth is positioned on a walking/hiking route, as illustrated in this blog post.

Mercat Cross, Airth, Scotland.

Captain’s House, Airth, Scotland. Early 18th century.

Marriage Lintel over front door of house illustrated immediately below.

House dating from 1722, Airth, Scotland.

Airth Bakers, Scotland.

Elphinstone Inn, Airth, Scotland.

Airth Parish Church, N.E. elevation.

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