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or the County of Dumbarton

Historically, the spelling of the county town and the county were not standardised. By the 18th century the names "County of Dunbarton" and "County of Dumbarton" were used interchangeably

Historic County of Scotland

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Historical Dunbartonshire

  • Administrative centre / County Town Dumbarton Royal burgh
  • Chapman County Code - DNB
  • Gaelic Name Siorrachd Dhùn Bhreatainn
  • Origin of the Name: Dumbarton comes from the Scottish Gaelic Dùn Breatainn meaning "fort of the Britons"
  • Was Famous for:
  • Shipbuilding
  • Glassmaking
  • Whisky
  • Landmarks and Places of Interest
  • Loch Lomond
  • Dumbarton Castle - an important place during the Wars of Independence and was used to imprison William Wallace for a short time after his capture by the English. It was from here that Mary, Queen of Scots, was conveyed to France for safety as a child.
  • Levengrove Park - a gift to the town of Dumbarton by the Denny family who owned the shipbuilding company which was located adjacent to the Castle.
  • Area 625 Sq. km (241 sq.miles)
  • Population
  • County Flower - Lesser Water-plantain, Baldellia ranunculoides
  • Succeeded by
  • East Dunbartonshire, with its administrative headquarters at Kirkintilloch
  • West Dunbartonshire, with its administrative centre at Dumbarton.

The Council/local government details can be seen at

Dunbartonshire or the County of Dumbarton is a lieutenancy area and registration county of Scotland which lies to the north of the River Clyde. It was a county used as a primary unit of local government with its county town and administrative centre at the town of Dumbarton. In 1975 the administration section was transferred to the Council.

The area had been previously been part of the historic district of Lennox, which was a duchy in the Peerage of Scotland related to the Duke of Lennox.

Dunbartonshire is partly Maritime, but chiefly inland, in the West of Scotland, comprising a main body and a detached district/exclave retained despite the boundary changes in the 1890s elsewhere in Scotland, consisting of the civil parishes of Kirkintilloch and Cumbernauld, between Stirlingshire and Lanarkshire : this area had originally been part of Stirlingshire, but had been annexed to Dumbarton in the reign of David II at the request of Malcolm Fleming, Earl of Wigtown, the owner of the land, who was also Sheriff of Dumbarton.

It is bounded by Perthshire to the north, Stirlingshire to the east, Lanarkshire south-east, on the south by the river Clyde and the upper Firth of Clyde, which divide it from Renfrewshire, and to the west Argyllshire. Its eastern boundary runs along the middle of Loch Lomond

The county is diversified with mountains and lakes. There are mountains to the north. In the south are two ridges of hills of considerable height reaching from east to west between which is the vale of Glenfruin, more than five miles long. Also in the south is an extensive tract of cultivated lowland, intersected by the Kilpatrick braes range of hills. The river Leven flows south out of Loch Lomond and flows into the Firth of Clyde. About one-third of the county is in cultivation and the remainder is mountain pasture, wood, and lakes. Cattle and sheep are raised. Past industries include Slate, limestone, and coal, extensive cotton-mills, calico-printing works, and bleachfields, and manufacture of glass..

The Parishes of Dunbartonshire

  • Arrochar, Argyll and Bute
  • Bonhill
  • Cardross, Argyll
  • Cumbernauld
  • Dumbarton/Dunbarton
  • New Kilpatrick
  • Old Kilpatrick
  • Kilmaronock Gartocharn
  • Kirkintilloch
  • Luss
  • Rhu
  • Rosneath


  • Dumbarton/Dunbarton
  • Helensburgh,
  • Kirkintilloch,
  • Alexandria,
  • Bonhill,
  • Renton, takes its name from Cecilia Renton (daughter-in-law of Tobias Smollett) after whom the modern sandstone, 'model' village was named in 1762
  • Cumbernauld

The chief villages

  • Arrochar,
  • Balloch,
  • Bowling Bay,
  • Cardross,
  • Clydebank,
  • Condorrat,
  • Cove,
  • Dalmnir.
  • Dalholm,
  • Dumbuck,
  • Duntocher,
  • Faiflcy,
  • Gairlochhead,
  • Garscadden,
  • Garscubc,
  • Hardgate,
  • Jamestown,
  • Kilcrcggan,
  • Knightswood,
  • Little Mill,
  • Luss,
  • Milton,
  • Netherton,
  • New Kilpatrick,
  • Old Kilpatrick,
  • Roseneath,
  • Smithston Rows,
  • Waterside,
  • with parts of Yoker and Lenzie

Main Rivers

  • Clyde,
  • Leven,
  • Allander,
  • Kelvin,
  • Endrick.

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