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Kippen is a village in west Stirlingshire, Scotland. It lies between the Gargunnock Hills and the Fintry Hills and overlooks the Carse of Forth to the north. The village is 9mi west of Stirling and 20mi north of Glasgow. It is 4+1/2mi south-east of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Scotland's first National Park.The village lies on the line of an eighteenth-century military road between Stirling and Balloch, although a bypass around the village was built in 1971 meaning Kippen no longer lies on the A811. According to the 2001 census, the population of Kippen was 1,140.HistoryKippen vineIn 1891, Duncan Buchanan planted a vineyard in the village and one of its vines grew to be the largest in the world. The Kippen Vine covered an area of 5000sqft, spreading across four greenhouses. It became a famous tourist attraction, until the Kippen Vinery had to close in 1964.King of KippenThere is a story of questionable authenticity relating to the time of King James V of Scotland. John Buchanan was the proprietor of nearby Arnprior, and became known as the "King of Kippen" after an episode between himself and the king. King James was fond of travelling in disguise under the title of "The Guid Man o' Ballengeich", after the steep path leading down from the Castle of Stirling. The King, with his nobles, residing in Stirling Castle, sent a party for some deer to the hills in the neighbourhood of Gartmore. On their return to Stirling with the venison they passed through Arnprior, where they were attacked by the chief and relieved of their burden. Berated by the party for so ruthlessly taking from them what belonged to the King, Buchanan replied that if James was King in Scotland, he was King of Kippen. When the messengers reported the circumstance to the King, he resolved to wait on his neighbouring majesty of Kippen, and rode out one day with a small retinue from Stirling.
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