The name means church of Saint Machan, and is its form is thought to show that a church was present in the area in Sub-Roman times. The church was once under the care of the Templars via Torphichen receptory and in fact the graveyard contains several examples of Templar symbology
The village is home to Oatridge Agricultural College.
Notable natives include surgeon
Robert Listonand Jacobite poet William Hamilton.
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