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Dunbartonshire – The Ever-Present County of Old


Dunbartonshire is one of the most known counties of old in Scotland. Years ago, and as it is still in the present time, it was navigated by the rivers Clyde and Leven, which on their course run through many setting that still preserve the beauty of the county of yesteryear.

The county of Dunbartonshire was set up by the nation’s local government in 1889 and adopted the name by which it’s known on the year 1913, almost 25 years later. Curiously, even though it was the national government itself the one that designated Dunbartonshire as a county, the country’s local government wasn’t recognized as such by Dunbartonshire until the year 1947.

Nowadays, years after being given the category of region and as part of the famous district of Lennox, the districts that once formed the bygone county move forward thanks to the commerce, and the tourist attractions they hold.

Short History

When it comes to learning a bit more about the history of Dunbartonshire County, it might take more than few by surprise to find how deeply connected it is with the evolution of its borders’ and general geography.

As proof of that, anyone who just scratches the surface of Dunbartonshire’ history will notice that quite a part of its territory was changed in the nineteenth century. Here, the case of two parishes deserves special consideration: During this period, the Scottish Police Act (1857) allowed for both parishes to be transferred to either Stirlingshire or Lanarkshire Constabulary. However, since no final resolution was made, the parishes were kept by Dunbartonshire, which the county could have lost otherwise.

Nonetheless, just a few years later in 1878, the Scottish Roads and Bridges Act stated that all detached and forgotten parts of a county should be taken by the surrounding ones. And due to this, Dunbartonshire lost Cumbernauld and Kirkintilloc to the county of Stirlingshire after a short dispute between the two.

Then, after a long period as such, the Dunbartonshire County was abolished in 1975, becoming the Strathclyde Region. This region is now composed by many districts including Bearsden and Milngavie, Clydebank and Cumbernauld. And along these new districts we will find the new Dumbarton district, which may well be the only true, strong, remaining survivor of the Dunbartonshire of old. This new district nowadays serves mostly as a passage, through with many national and foreign commuters pass in order to reach the major city of Glasgow.

But even for all these changes, the old Dunbartonshire still remains, preserved in the beautiful countryside, traditions, and endless monuments, like the Dumbarton Castle, the former county’s main icon and heritage, which stands tall on top of Dumbarton Rock. Both of them are considered the region’s legacies and are still reason of admiration for the many tourists that visit the area every year.