"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. 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."
[From Bartholemew's Gazetteer of the British Isles, 1887]
"Monumental inscriptions (pre 1855) in Clackmannanshire"
by John Fowler Mitchell and Sheila Mitchell
published 1968 by the Scottish Genealogy Society.
There has been a census every ten years since 1801, excluding 1941. The latest that is currently available is for 1901. Scottish census returns are held at National Records of Scotland and copies on microfilm may be consulted in LDS Family History Centres around the world.
For information on records for a particular parish, please see that parish's page.
The Kirk Session of a parish consists of the minister of the parish and the elders of the congregation. It looks after the general wellbeing of the congregation and, particularly in centuries past, parochial discipline.
The "McKirdy Index" Death Records - an "Analytical Index to the Statutory Registers of Death for Scotland" (1855-1875) are now available. For Clackmannanshire these take the form of a 5 microfiche set.
"Old Clackmannanshire: a description of old buildings illustrated with sketches, photographs, plans and a map"
by A.I.R. Drummond, published at Alloa, 1953.
A more recent book which may be of interest is Adam Swan's "Clackmannan and the Ochils" published in 1987 as part of the RIAS series of architectural guides to Scotland. The book is well illustrated with hundreds of photographs and contains short descriptions and historical notes on many places.
Web sites of local interest are:
See individual parish and town pages for other local web-sites.
Sasine records are concerned with changes in the ownership of land. The original records are kept at the National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh and indexes for the earlier years have been published.
For a social and economic record of the parishes of Clackmannanshire, together with masses of statistical material, see Sir John Sinclair's "Statistical Account of Scotland" which was compiled in the 1790s. The account for "Dunbartonshire, Stirlingshire and Clackmannanshire" was reprinted in facsimile form in 1978 by EP Publishing Limited of Wakefield, England.
Follow-up works to this were the New Statistical Account (also known as the Second Statistical Account) which was prepared in the 1830s and 1840s; and more recently the Third Statistical Account which has been prepared since the Second World War.