Plean is a village, in the Stirling Council area of central Scotland, located on the main A9 road from Falkirk. At the 2001 census, Plean had a population of 1,740. Plean has some historic buildings, some council houses and an estate.[1]

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The Plean Tavern on the town's Main Street
Plean is located in Stirling
Location within the Stirling council area
Population1,740 2001 Census
OS grid referenceNS835869
Civil parish
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtFK7
Dialling code01786
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
56°03′40″N 3°52′16″W / 56.061°N 3.871°W / 56.061; -3.871Coordinates: 56°03′40″N 3°52′16″W / 56.061°N 3.871°W / 56.061; -3.871


Plean has a Church of Scotland Church with an attached graveyard, a petrol station, chip shop, a small clinic, small library pub, pharmacy, bakers, Indian takeaway and 3 convenience stores. East Plean Primary School was formerly housed in a traditional building dating from 1874. Many of the original features of the building were retained in the refurbishment of the school, which was completed in summer 2000, including the addition of a purpose-built nursery. The school building was damaged beyond repair in November 2010 when a fire was deliberately started in a hut to the rear. The building was subsequently demolished and a new modern school is being built on the site. Andrew Stretton, 18, set fire to a cardboard box in a shed, but the blaze spread to the main building causing serious damage. Stretton was sentenced at Stirling and ordered to carry out 300 hours of community service, and put on probation for two years. [2]

Plean EstateEdit

Ruins of Plean House in Plean Country Park

The Plean Estate was once owned by the Earl of Dunmore; he had sold it to the Robert Haldane who was already the owner of the Airthrey Estate in Stirling.[3] It stayed in the Haldane family until it was sold in 1799 to Francis Simpson,[3] a former captain with the East India Company.[4]

Simpson's wife Jean Sophia Cadell, daughter of William Cadell of Banton, was only twenty-one when she died in 1806, she left behind two children for Simpson to look after; one son, William, and a daughter, Frances.[5] In 1819, Francis built Plean House and the other estate buildings.[3]

William Simpson's Home is a local charity based in Plean, established by Francis Simpson, providing residential social care for men with alcohol-related brain damage, and with underlying mental health illness.[6]

Plean Country Park is located in Plean, in the grounds of the now-ruined Plean House. Entry is free and the park is maintained by Stirling Council. Nearby Plean Castle, or Plane Tower, was once a home of the Somerville family. It was restored from ruin twice in the twentieth century and is now a private house.[7]

Famous peopleEdit

Campbell Forsyth, the Kilmarnock and Scotland international goalkeeper was born in Plean in 1939.[8] Frankie Jones, the fly/bantamweight champion boxer of the 1950s and '60s was born in Plean in 1933.[9]


  1. ^ "Comparative Population Profile for the Plean locality". Scotland's Census Results Online (SCROL). Archived from the original on 19 May 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2008.
  2. ^ "East Plean primary school badly damaged by fire". STV. 7 November 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  3. ^ a b c User, Super. "Friends of Plean Country Park - Social History of Plean Estate". Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Governor's House, William Simpson's Asylum, Plean, 1907". 8 January 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  5. ^ Edit, St Ninians Old Parish Church | powered by Church. "St Ninians Old Parish Church | From the past". Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  6. ^ "1800s care home to open to women". 2010. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  7. ^ Salter, Mike, Castles of the Heartland of Scotland, Folly (1994), 131.
  8. ^ Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (2003). In That Number – A post-war chronicle of Southampton FC. Hagiology Publishing. p. 512. ISBN 0-9534474-3-X.
  9. ^ "Statistics at". 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2013.

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