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Monklands

A district in the neighbourhood of Airdrie and Coatbridge to the east of Glasgow, the Monklands were first recorded in the 14th century when these lands were held by the Cistercian monks of Newbattle Abbey near Edinburgh. After the Reformation, the name survived in the parishes of Old and New Monkland. When Scottish local government was reorganised in 1975, the old burghs of Airdrie and Coatbridge along with other rural districts of Lanarkshire were replaced by Monklands District. The Monkland Canal, commenced in 1761, linked the Forth and Clyde Canal with the North Calder Water, with branches linking with various ironworks.


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