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Torphichen, West Lothian

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Torphichen, West Lothian

Torphichen is a small village located near Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland. The placename may be Gaelic in origin, e.g. , "Tóir Féichín" (the boundary/sanctuary of St Féichín), Tor Fithichean (Hill of the Ravens) or British, e.g. , modern Welsh "tref fechan" (little town). The village church is said to have been founded by St. Ninian in about 400CE, a small wooden structure on the site of the present church (itself rebuilt in 1756). The Knights Hospitaller of St.
Administrative CountyWest Lothian
Traditional CountyWest Lothian
OS GridNS9672
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
Police AuthorityLothian and Borders

Other names by which Torphichen, West Lothian has been known in the past

Torr Fithichean

Torphichen, West Lothian in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Torphichen, par. and vil., Linlithgowshire, on river Avon - par., 9939 ac., pop. 1526; vil.,1 ½ mile E. of Westfield sta. and 2½ miles N. of Bathgate, pop. 358; P.O.; has remains of the hospital or preceptory of Torphichen, the principal Scottish seat of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem; gives the title of baron to the family of Sandilands.

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