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Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire

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Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire

Dumbarton is a town and burgh which is the administrative centre of the council area of West Dunbartonshire, and formerly of the historic county of Dunbartonshire, in the West-Central Lowlands of Scotland. The town lies on the north bank of the River Clyde where the River Leven flows into the Clyde estuary. As of 2006, the town had an estimated population of 19,990 and forms a conurbation with Alexandria, Bonhill and Renton with a combined estimated population of 44,690.
Administrative CountyWest Dunbartonshire
Traditional CountyDunbartonshire
OS GridNS4075
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityStrathclyde
Fire and Rescue AuthorityStrathclyde
Fire and Rescue AuthorityStrathclyde
Ambulance AuthorityScottish
Dialling code01389
Populationest. 19,990 (2006)

Other names by which Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire has been known in the past

Al Cluyd ~ Alcluid ~ Ar Cluyd ~ Arcluid ~ Dun Britton ~ Dunbarton ~ Dunbriton ~ Dunbritton

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

Dumbarton, cap. of co., parl. and royal burgh, par., market town, and seaport, Dumbartonshire, at the confluence of the Leven and the Clyde, 16 miles NW. of Glasgow by rail, 63 W. of Edinburgh, and 400 NW. of London -- par., 8291 ac., pop. 10,902; parl. burgh, pop. 13,782; royal burgh, pop. 10,898; town, pop. 14,172; P.O., T.O., 3 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-day, Tuesday. Dumbarton is an ancient place; it is supposed to have been a naval station of the Romans, and subsequently the capital of the British kingdom of Strathclyde. Its principal trade formerly was the mfr. of crown glass; it is now shipbuilding, and particularly the construction of iron steamers. The harbour is commodious, and a pier constructed from the foot of the Rock gives access to the river steamers. Dumbarton Rock shoots sheer up to a height of 240 ft., and is almost insulated at high water; it is crowned by Dumbarton Castle, one of the four Scottish castles stipulated by the Treaty of Union to be garrisoned and kept in repair. The burgh unites with Kilmarnock, Renfrew, Rutherglen, and Port-Glasgow in returning 1 member to Parliament.

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