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Bathgate, West Lothian

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Bathgate, West Lothian

Bathgate is a town in West Lothian, Scotland, on the M8 motorway 5 miles west of Livingston. Nearby towns are Armadale, Blackburn, Linlithgow, Livingston, West Calder, and Whitburn. Edinburgh Airport is 13 miles away. Situated 2 miles south of the Neolithic burial site at Cairnpapple Hill, Bathgate and the surrounding area show signs of habitation since about 3500 BC.
Administrative CountyWest Lothian
Traditional CountyWest Lothian
OS GridNS9769
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityLothian and Borders
Fire and Rescue AuthorityLothian and Borders
Fire and Rescue AuthorityLothian and Borders
Ambulance AuthorityScottish
Dialling code01506
Populationexcluding Blackburn

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

Bathgate, par. and manufacturing and market town, W. Linlithgowsh., 17 miles SW. of Edinburgh, 24 miles E. of Glasgow, and 385 miles from London by rail -- par., 10,876 ac., pop. 9450; town, pop. 4887; P.O., T.O., 3 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-day, Tuesday. Extensive coal, iron, paraffin oil, and lime works are in the vicinity. Here the celebrated Torbanehill gas-coal is worked. The town was the birthplace of Sir James Y. Simpson (1811-1870), the first to use chloroform as an anaesthetic.

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