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Heritage Trail Audio

Heritage Trail Map

The map shows the locations (in red) of the Heritage Trail Marker Posts, with the arrows showing a suggested route through the Park visiting all the posts.

There is a QR code on each post which you can scan with your smartphone to hear interesting historical and wildlife information relating to the particular site.

Click on the links below to hear the audio corresponding to the Marker Post Numbers

2: Wildlife Ponds

2a: Plean Colliery

3: Plean House

4: Gates to the House

 

Social History of Plean Estate

Front view of Plean House (ruin)

We start in the 1700's when your right to vote pretty much depended on how much land you owned. With this in mind Robert Haldane, who was already the owner of Airthrey Estate on which Stirling University now stands, bought Plean Estate from the Earl of Dunmore. The Haldane family continued to own it until 1799 when it was sold to pay debts. 

In 1800 the estate was bought by Francis Simpson the son of a clerk at Carron Company. He had served as a Lieutenant before joining the Merchant Navy and becoming a Captain working in the Far East. Having amassed a large fortune he returned to Scotland and commissioned and built Plean House around 1819 together with the other estate buildings.

Read more: Social History of Plean Estate

Archive Gallery

  Some archive photographs showing the house and the local coal industry. Click on the thumbnails to see enlarged view.