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Langbank


Renfrewshire

A dormitory village in Renfrewshire, Langbank lies on the south side of the River Clyde, opposite Dumbarton and 3 miles (5 km) northwest of Bishopton. Its name is said to derive from the long dyke built in the Clyde in the 18th century for the purpose of keeping the channel open by encouraging tidal scour. The settlement developed after the opening of a railway station in 1841 and the arrival of tourists. Nearby Finlaystone House, the home of the earls of Glencairn for four centuries, is the seat of the chief of Clan Macmillan. Gleddoch House (1926-7), once home to ship-building baron Sir James Lithgow (1883 - 1952), has been a hotel since 1974.


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