Milngavie  Dunbartonshire


In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described Milngavie like this:

Milngavie (popularly Millguy), a small town in the Stirlingshire section of New Kirkpatrick parish. It stands, 190 feet above sea-level, on Allander Water, at the terminus of the Glasgow and Milngavie branch (1863) of the North British railway, by road being 5¼ miles ENE of Duntocher, 4¼ N by W of Maryhill, and 7 (9½ by rail) NNW of Glasgow. ...

It presents an irregular and somewhat straggling, yet cheerful and prosperous aspect; consists chiefly of plain, two-story houses, many of them whitewashed; contains more respectable shops than are found in most towns of its size; carries on extensive and vigorous industry in a print-work, a papermill, two bleach-fields, etc.; and has a post office under Glasgow, with money order, savings' bank, and telegraph departments, an hotel, gas-works, a mechanics' institution, a public library, etc. A. B. Stirling (1811-81), the self-taught naturalist, was a native. An Established church, built as a chapel of ease about 1840 at a cost of £1500, in 1873 was raised to quoad sacra status. There are also a U.P. church (1799; 517 sittings) and St Joseph's Roman Catholic church (1872; 300 sittings). A public and a Roman Catholic school, with respective accommodation for 400 and l02 children, had (1882) an average attendance of 319 and 65, and grants of £290, 7s. 6d. and £51, 18s. Milngavie is a police burgh under the General Police and Improvement Act (Scot.) of l862. Its municipal constituency numbered 436 in 1884, when the annual value of real property was £6804, and the revenue (including assessments) amounted to £394. Pop. of town (1831) 1162, (1861) 1895, (1871) 2044, (1881) 2636, in 518 houses; of quoad sacra parish (1881) 2927, of whom 167 were in Dumbartonshire.—Ord. Sur., sh. 30, 1866.

Milngavie through time

Milngavie is now part of East Dunbartonshire district. Click here for graphs and data of how East Dunbartonshire has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Milngavie itself, go to Units and Statistics.

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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Milngavie in East Dunbartonshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 25th October 2021

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