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Laurieston is a village in the Falkirk council area in Central Scotland. It is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) east Falkirk, 1.6 miles (2.6 km) south-west of Grangemouth and 1.6 miles (2.6 km) west of Polmont.

Laurieston
Laurieston looking west.jpg
Looking west towards Falkirk along the A803 through Laurieston
Laurieston is in the centre of the Falkirk council area in the Central Belt of the Scottish mainland.
Laurieston is in the centre of the Falkirk council area in the Central Belt of the Scottish mainland.
Laurieston
Location within the Falkirk council area
Population2,752 [1] (2001 census)
OS grid referenceNS910794
• Edinburgh21.8 mi (35.1 km) E
• London344 mi (554 km) SSE
Civil parish
Council area
Lieutenancy area
CountryScotland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townFALKIRK
Postcode districtFK2
Dialling code01324
PoliceScottish
FireScottish
AmbulanceScottish
EU ParliamentScotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
Websitefalkirk.gov.uk
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UK
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55°59′55″N 3°45′09″W / 55.9986°N 03.7524°W / 55.9986; -03.7524Coordinates: 55°59′55″N 3°45′09″W / 55.9986°N 03.7524°W / 55.9986; -03.7524

Laurieston is located on the A803 road between Falkirk and Polmont. At the time of the 2001 census, Laurieston had a population of 2,752 residents,[1] down from 3,000 in 1991 and 3,300 in 1971.[1]

The course of the Antonine Wall runs through the village with the largest fort on the wall located at Mumrills.

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HistoryEdit

Situated on the main street is Hawthorn Cottage, a nineteenth-century stone dwelling that was once owned by Alfred Nobel, inventor of dynamite and creator of the Nobel Prizes after his death. Nobel lived there while managing an explosives factory near the nearby villages of Redding and Westquarter.[2]

Notable peopleEdit

  • John McAleese (1949–2011), British Army soldier, spent his childhood and youth in Laurieston.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Insight 2001 Census, No. 3 – 2001 Census population of wards and settlements Archived 2011-06-03 at the Wayback Machine www.falkirk.gov.uk. Retrieved 2009-12-09
  2. ^ "Nobel in Scotland". Nobelprize.org, the official website of the Nobel Prize. 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-06.

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