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The earliest spellings of the name Dunblane are of the form Dul Blaan, the first element being a Pictish word for 'water meadow, haugh' which was borrowed into Gaelic.There are parallels to Dul Blaan in such Scottish place-names as Dalserf, Dalmarnock and Dalpatrick, all of which commemorate saints.
During the boom years of the Hydropathy movement in the 19th century, Dunblane was the location of a successful hydropathic establishment (see photo below).Since the early 1970s the town has grown extensively and is now regarded as a highly sought-after commuter town due to its excellent road and rail links and good schools.Dunblane is close to the University of Stirling's campus at Bridge of Allan, and is a popular location for academics.The A9 formerly went through the centre of Dunblane, but a bypass was completed in 1991 and the old road became the B8033.The rapid expansion of the town has led to a large increase in local car usage, resulting in considerable parking problems.Dunblane is the northernmost station of Network Rail's Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme, which includes electrification.
Dunblane is the point at which the M9 motorway ends and joins the A9 dual carriageway north towards Perth.Though still used as a parish church, the building is in the care of Historic Scotland.To the south of the cathedral are some stone vaults of medieval origin, which are the only remaining fragment of the bishop's palace.His main seat was originally Kingarth on the Isle of Bute.He or his followers may have founded a church at Dunblane; the cult of Bláán possibly came there with settlers from what is now Argyll in later centuries.In 1994, the regions were themselves abolished and Dunblane's only local authority became Stirling Council.