There are few parishes where so little change has taken place
since the last Statistical was drawn up, as ill this parish.
There have been no new roads, no public works, and no manufactures
of any kind in the parish. Agriculture, however, has undergone
a most decided improvement. The railway being now finished, and
a year nearly in operation, the minerals have become an object
of acquisition, the parish will increase in population by the
erection of villages, and thereby an additional stimulus will
be given to agricultural pursuits. It would contribute greatly
to the prosperity of the parish, if, in the act of boring, limestone
could be found, as there must be limestone in the parish, from
occasional stones being found in the different streamlets, and
from a property in the south of the parish being called Limuridge.
There is abundance of freestone for building in the parish, and
excellent whin rock throughout the parish, and likewise in the
Annexation, from which most of the blocks for the railroad have
been furnished. Two years ago, a line of turnpike road from Falkirk
to Airdrie was surveyed, but the nature of the ground will render
such an undertaking very expensive. The ready communication from
east to west by the railway, will, in a great measure, supersede
the necessity of a cross turnpike through the parish.
Drawn up September 1839. Revised May 1841.