In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Clackmannanshire like this:
Clackmannanshire, the smallest co. of Scotland, extending 10 miles N. and S. between the main body of Perthshire and the river Forth, and 11 miles E. and W. between the cos. of Stirling and Fife; area, 30,477 ac.; pop. 25,680, or 539 persons to each sq. m. The surface rises from the Forth by an easy ascent, broken by gentle undulations and by the valley of the river Devon, to the Ochil Hills, which extend along the N. ...
border. These hills afford excellent pasturage; the low grounds are well cultivated. (For agricultural statistics, see Appendix.) Coal is raised in the Devon valley; the towns of Alloa and Tillicoultry have woollen mfrs. The co. comprises 4 pars., parts of 2 other pars. and also the police burghs of Alloa and Tillicoultry. Clackmannanshire unites with Kinross-shire in returning 1 member to Parliament.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Clackmannanshire | Map and description for the county, A Vision of Britain through Time.
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