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was formerly the county town, and the county was originally also
spelled Dumbartonshire. By the eighteenth century the names "County
of Dunbarton" and "County of Dumbarton" were used interchangeably.
Different county bodies used the two spellings: the Dunbarton
County Constabulary were formed in 1857 by the Commissioners of
Supply for the County of Dunbarton.
Here are some facts about Dunbartonshire:
Clydebank shipyard, originally known as John Brown & Co,
was the most significant shipyard in the world. It's roll-call
of internationally important vessels include the Queen Mary, the
Lusitania and the original Queen Elizabeth, not to mention many
war ships. The QE2, in 1967, was the last major ship to be built
The old county of Dunbartonshire, also known as Dumbarton,
Dumbartonshire and Dunbarton, was abolished in 1975. In 1996 East
Dunbartonshire Council and West Dunbartonshire Council were created.
Dunbarton's most recognisible feature is the large volcanic
plug that towers over it from the River Clyde, Dunbartonshire's
major river. Because some people think it looks like an elephant
from certain angles, an elephant with a castle on its back became
the main feature of both the town's coats of arms.
For over 20 years, the Romans under Emperor Antoninus Pius
used a series of ramparts known as the Antonine Wall as the border
of its northwest frontier in the British isles. Crossing the narrowest
part of Britain at the Forth-Clyde isthmus, it was built around
142 AD but abandoned in the 160s when Hadrian's Wall was reinstated
as the preferred boundary point.
The longest-lasting shipyard in Dumbarton was Denny's,
which produced, among many others, the Cutty Sark. The Dunbartonshire
ship builders first arrived in the early 1800s and in 1818 built
the Rob Roy, the first steam-powered ferry to regularly cross
the English Channel.
The Singer factory in Clydebank, Dunbartonshire, produced
36 million sewing machines from its opening in 1884 until 1943.
It was actually the third Singer factory in Scotland, after neither
of the earlier facilities in Glasgow and then Bridgeton Cross
could keep up with the enormous demand.
Dumbarton was the centre of the ancient kingdom of Strathclyde
from the fifth century until 1018. Sitting on volcanic rock overlooking
the Firth of Clyde, it was an important royal refuge. Dumbarton
Rock itself is part of a geological feature that stretches to
Having turned 25, Jo Swinson became the youngest MP in
Parliament when she took the Dunbartonshire East seat for the
Lib Dems from Labour at the 2005 general election.
Here are just
some places to visit in and around Dunbartonshire:
Country Park Balloch
Dunbartonshire G83 8LX
Upper Colquhoun Helensburgh
Dunbartonshire G84 9AJ
Castle Road Dumbarton
Dunbartonshire G82 1JJ
Lomond Shores & Gateway Centre
Lomond National Nature Reserve
Helensburgh G84 9AF