Dollar, Clackmannanshire

Dollar (Scottish Gaelic: Dolair) is a small town with a population of 2,800 people in Clackmannanshire, Scotland. It is 12 miles (19 kilometres) east of Stirling.

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Dollar is located in Clackmannanshire
Location within Clackmannanshire
Population2,840 (mid-2020 est.)[1]
OS grid referenceNS964978
Council area
Lieutenancy area
  • Clackmannanshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townDollar
Postcode districtFK14
Dialling code01259
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
56°09′43″N 3°40′26″W / 56.162°N 3.674°W / 56.162; -3.674Coordinates: 56°09′43″N 3°40′26″W / 56.162°N 3.674°W / 56.162; -3.674


Possible interpretations are that Dollar is derived from Doilleir, an Irish and Scots Gaelic word meaning dark and gloomy, or from various words in Pictish: 'Dol' (field) + 'Ar' (arable) or Dol (valley) + Ar (high).[2] Another derivation is from Dolar, 'haugh place' (cf Welsh dôl 'meadow'. This word was borrowed from British or Pictish into Scottish Gaelic as dail 'water-meadow, haugh').[3] John Everett-Heath derives it as 'Place of the Water Meadow' from the Celtic dôl 'water meadow' and ar 'place'.[4]


Castle Campbell, Dollar, Scotland
Old houses in Dollar

The 500-year-old Castle Campbell stands overlooking the town, sitting on a forward projection of rock on the south side of the Ochil Hills. The castle was the lowland seat of the Duke of Argyll, where Mary, Queen of Scots once stayed in the 16th century.

The original town (of which parts still survive) stands on the sloping ground beneath the castle, in what is now the north-east section of the town. Buildings here are general stone built and two storeys high. The oldest buildings date from the mid-17th century and several 18th century buildings exist. Development spread to the west and south through the 19th century.

The construction of Dollar Academy in the early 19th century, with its extensive grounds created a refocus westwards.

Around 1840 the construction of a new road to Muckhart on lower ground south of the original route, created the current main east–west street. This quickly became the new "town centre" and the focus of shops and public activity.

A map of Dollar from 1945

The town has two war memorials, one for each world war. In the grounds of the academy a bronze figure with outstretched hands by George Henry Paulin faces westwards and commemorates the fallen of the First World War. This also has names added for Northern Ireland.[5]

A small museum run by volunteers contains a collection of local items, and much information about the former Devon Valley Railway, which closed to passengers in 1964. The town is now largely a dormitory community for people who work in Stirling and further afield (e.g. Glasgow and Edinburgh).

Location and transportEdit

It is one of the Hillfoots Villages, situated between the Ochil Hills range to the north and the River Devon to the south. Dollar is 12 miles (19 kilometres) east of Stirling on the A91 road to St Andrews. The Devon Valley Railway linking Alloa and Kinross closed to passengers in 1964 and to freight in 1973.


Attempts were made to mine lead and copper in Dollar Glen from the 18th century and possibly earlier, but these were of no economic significance. Coal mining in the area began around the same time and, until 1973, supplied the Kincardine Power Station, and later, the Longannet Power Station with coal from the Upper Hirst seam. A tiny private non-NCB coal mine operated from the Harviestoun estate from the mid-1970s, partly filling the gap that the closed NCB left, whilst there was still local demand for coal.

In common with the other Hillfoots Villages, the textiles industry played an important part in the town's development. The Harviestoun Brewery was established west of Dollar in 1985, before its move to Alva.


From 1891 to 1975 the town had its own council.[6] It is now within Clackmannanshire council area. It forms part of the Clackmannanshire East ward which includes Clackmannan, Comely Bank, Dollar & Muckhart. In the 2017 local elections, residents of the ward elected three councillors—one each from the Scottish National Party, the Labour Party and the Conservative Party.[7]


Dollar had a provost from 1891 to 1975. The provosts were:[8]

  • James Beveridge Henderson (1891–1893)
  • David Westwood (1893–1896)
  • Richard Malcolm FRSGS (1896–1899)
  • John Drysdale (1899–1902)
  • M Fisher (1902–1908)
  • James Benson Green (1908–1913) and (1919–1925)
  • Lavinia Malcolm (1913–1919), wife of Richard Malcolm (above), the first and only female Provost
  • Cpt Stewart Fairweather Butchart MC (1925–1931)
  • C Allsopp (1931–1937)
  • R Waddell (1937–1939)
  • J Scott (1939–1943)
  • P Walton (1943–1946)
  • Alexander McLean Cowan (1946–1950)
  • J Crawford Shaw (1950–1953)
  • J Hewitt (1953–1956)
  • J Muckersie (1956–1962)
  • J M Miller (1962–1965)
  • H Moss (1965–1968)
  • Dr William Young Galloway (1968–1971) the town GP
  • E M M Breingan (1971–1975)

Notable peopleEdit

A sketch of the town in the 19th century by Wang Tao
A sketch of the Mill Green in the 19th century by Wang Tao


Dollar Academy (Playfair building)

Dollar Academy is a fee paying school.


Dollar is home of the Dollar Glen Football Club, an 18-hole golf course (notable for its steep inclines and lack of bunkers), a tennis club, a squash club, a bowling club, and a cricket club. The Ochil Hills that overlook Dollar provide opportunities for mountain biking.


The ruins of Old Dollar Parish Church

There are three churches, one Church of Scotland, one Scottish Episcopal Church and Ochil Hills Community Church which meets in the Civic Centre.

Twin townsEdit

Dollar is twinned with the French town of La Ville-aux-Dames, which lies just outside Tours in the Loire Valley.


  1. ^ "Mid-2020 Population Estimates for Settlements and Localities in Scotland". National Records of Scotland. 31 March 2022. Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Bruce Baillie, Dollar Museum website, 2002".
  3. ^ "Iain Mac an Tàilleir: Scottish placenames, 2003" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 March 2007.
  4. ^ "Dollar". The Concise Dictionary of World Place-Names (2 ed.). Oxford University Press. 2012. ISBN 9780199580897.
  5. ^ Inscription on Dollar War Memorial
  6. ^ "Dollar Town Council". Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Clackmananshire Council Elections 2017". Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Dollar Community".
  9. ^ Wong, Y. T. (1974). "Reviewed Work: Between Tradition and Modernity: Wang T'ao and Reform in Late-Ch'ing China. Harvard East Asian Series, No. 77 by Paul A. Cohen". Monumenta Serica. 31: 619–620. JSTOR 40726188.
  10. ^ Morris, Hugh (26 July 2022). "Fergus McCreadie Interview: 'Jazz is kind of a folk music in itself'". Jazzwise. Retrieved 20 November 2022.

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