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North Lanarkshire

©2016 Gazetteer for Scotland


Situated 9 miles (14.5 km) southeast of Glasgow, to the north of the South Calder Water, the suburb of Bellshill includes the neighbourhoods of Orbiston, Hattonrig, Mossend and Milnwood. Formerly a weaving village, Bellshill developed as a mining town with the arrival of the railway in the mid 19th Century. Many of its sandstone buildings date from the late-Victorian era with the notable exception of the parish church (1762). Nearby are Strathclyde Country Park, Strathclyde Business Park, the Eurocentral industrial estate and a railway terminal for Channel Tunnel traffic opened in 1994.

Born in Bellshill were footballer Hugh Gallacher (1903-57), anarchist Ethel MacDonald (1909-60), football manager Sir Matt Busby (1909-94), political journalist Gordon Campbell (1927 - 2005), cricketer Mike Denness (b.1940), another footballer Billy McNeill (b.1940), singer-songwriter Graham Lyle (b.1944), politicians Robin Cook (1946 - 2005) and Lord Reid of Cardowan (b.1948), singer Sheena Easton (b.1959), poet Robert Crawford (b.1959), footballer and football manager Ally McCoist (b.1962), broadcaster Jackie Bird (b.1962), athlete Tom McKean (b.1963), boxer Scott Harrison (b.1977), and judo champions Louise Renicks (b.1982) and Kimberley Renicks (b.1988).

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