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A town of central Scotland west of Edinburgh. At the Battle of Falkirk (1298), said to be the first battle in which the longbow proved decisive, the troops of English king Edward I defeated the Scots under Sir William Wallace.
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1. (Placename) a town in Scotland, the administrative centre of Falkirk council area: scene of Edward I's defeat of Wallace (1298) and Prince Charles Edward's defeat of General Hawley (1746); formerly a major iron and steel centre; the Falkirk Wheel, an innovative rotating canal boat lift, is nearby. Pop: 32 379 (2001)
2. (Placename) a council area in central Scotland, on the Firth of Forth: created in 1996 from part of Central Region: largely agricultural, with heavy industry in Falkirk and Grangemouth. Administrative centre: Falkirk. Pop: 145 920 (2003 est). Area: 299 sq km (115 sq miles)
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(ˈfɔl kɜrk)

a city in S central Scotland, W of Edinburgh: Scots under Wallace defeated by the English 1298. 37,489.
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Sir Patrick pointed to the two last sentences in the telegram: "Inquiries telegraphed to Falkirk. If with any result, you shall know."
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Saints played into the gale in the first half and their ball carriers made hard yards up field only for the slippery ball to spill for Falkirk to clear kick it all the way back to the Saints 22.
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LABOUR has put its Falkirk constituency party under "special measures" after an internal report raised concerns over the selection of a candidate for the next general election.
St Mirren1 Falkirk 1 CARL FINNIGAN rescued a precious point for Falkirk in reply to St Mirren striker Michael Higdon's spectacular volley against his old club.
HIBERNIAN boss John Hughes celebrated his return to Falkirk by hailing Derek Riordan's match-winning double as "vintage Derek".