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Cathcart


Glasgow City

Once a pair of villages in an ancient parish that now form a suburb of Glasgow, Cathcart lies 3 miles (5 km) south of the city centre on the White Cart Water. The villages grew up around Cathcart Castle, built in the late 15th century to protect a strategic ford across the river and which later became the seat of the Earls of Cathcart. From the 17th Century Cathcart developed in association with the manufacture of cardboard, snuff and textiles and in 1886 the marine engineering firm of G. and J. Weir Ltd, latterly known as the Weir Group, was established. The arrival of the Cathcart District Railway in 1884 led to the expansion of Cathcart as a residential area within commuting distance of the city centre and in 1912 Cathcart was incorporated in to Glasgow. Cathcart is also notable for voting to ban the sale of alcohol in 1920, remaining 'dry' until 1976. On its business park is the operational headquarters of Scottish Power.


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