In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Clyde like this:
Clyde, the most important river of Scotland, and the third in point of magnitude; it rises, in numerous head-streams, at 1400 ft. above sea-level, on the mountains in the extreme SE. of Lanarkshire; flows in a NW. direction past Lanark, Hamilton, and Glasgow, and merges in the Firth of Clyde below Dumbarton; is 98 miles long, has basin area of 1580 sq. m., and is navigable to Glasgow for the largest class of merchant vessels. Near Lanark are the celebrated Falls of Clyde, four in number -- (1) Bonnington Linn, a single leap of 30 ft.; (2) Corra Linn, forming 3 successive falls of 84 ft.; (3) Dundaff Linn, a cascade of 10 ft.; and (4) Stonebyres, forming 3 successive falls of 70 ft. The Vale of Clyde, or Clydesdale, is famous for its orchards, horses, and coal and iron mines; it gives the title of Marquis to the Duke of Hamilton.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Clyde has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Inverclyde. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Clyde and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Clyde, in Inverclyde and Scotland | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 18th May 2013
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