Calder Water

(Rotten Calder)

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Calder, a rivulet of NW Lanarkshire, rising on Elrig Moor (1000 feet), in East Kilbride parish, near the Ayrshire boundary, and running 10 miles NNE and N within East Kilbride parish, and along the boundary between East Kilbride and Cambuslang on the left, Glasford and Blantyre on the right, till it falls into the Clyde at Turnwheel, 1¼ mile WNW of Uddingstone. Flowing mostly on a gravelly or rocky bed, between steep and richly wooded banks, it has a shallow rapid current, and makes several falls or cascades, one of them wild and romantic, and called the Reeking Linn. It bears the name of Calder Water in its upper course, and of Rotten Calder after receiving the Rotten Burn near Torrance.—Ord. Sur., shs. 23,31,1865-67.

Calder, Rotten, the lower part of Calder Water in the NW of Lanarkshire, so named because joined by the Rotten Burn where it enters the parish of Blantyre, 2 miles SE of East Kilbride.

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