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Social History of Plean Estate
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.
Some archive photographs showing the house and the local coal industry. Click on the thumbnails to see enlarged view.