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Falkirk was once noted as a collecting-place, or tryst for cattle, brought to Stenhousemuir, about three miles to the north-west, along the numerous drove roads
radiating from all parts of the Highlands.

Two battles were fought near Falkirk, in 1298 and 1746, in the former of which Wallace was defeated, while in the latter Prince Charles Edward was victorious. The Prince spent the night in a bootmaker’s shop opposite the new Falkirk Steeple. In the High Street is the Cross Keys Inn,
visited by Burns. In the private grounds of the fine mansion of Callendar house, east of the town, are some well-preserved portions of the Antonine, or Roman Wall. Mary, Queen of Scots visited the house on several occasions between 1562 and 1567, and Prince Charles Edward was also here.To the west of Falkirk is the fort known as Rough Castle.

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