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Duntocher


West Dunbartonshire

A settlement situated on the Duntocher Burn Water 9 miles (14.5 km) northwest of Glasgow, Duntocher has become a northern suburb of Clydebank. It takes its name from a small fort at the western end of the Roman Antonine Wall. The Dalnotter Ironworks was established here in 1773 and a woollen mill opened in 1786, yet by the 19th Century Duntocher became an important centre for cotton spinning, attracting migrants from Ireland and the Highlands. This industry suffered during the American Civil War when cotton became unavailable, although the spinning of yarn and thread continued on a much-reduced scale into the 1920s. The Auchentoshan distillery was founded here in 1817 on the former Auchentoshan estate. House building has seen the population of this area grow in the latter years of the 20th century. The area benefits from two primary schools and three churches; Duntocher Trinity (1836, but destroyed in the Clydebank Blitz and replaced 1952), St Mary's Roman Catholic (1850, but again destroyed in the Blitz and rebuilt 1954) and a United Presbyterian Church (1822). A library was established here in 1967.


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