South Lanarkshire

Situated to the east of Rutherglen and south of the River Clyde in South Lanarkshire, Cambuslang developed from a small handloom weaving village in the 18th Century to a centre of heavy industry in the 20th Century. In 1742, before its expansion in association with coal mining and the manufacture of textiles and iron, it was the centre of an evangelical revival that came to be known as the "Cam'uslang Wark". Led by the Rev. William McCulloch and the Rev. James Robe and assisted by the English Methodist preacher George Whitefield, this mass movement had, for a short while, 30,000 adherents. In the 1980s the redevelopment of derelict industrial areas was underway with the establishment of an Investment Park, the South Lanarkshire College and Scotland's first indoor Kart-racing track. Modern industries include the manufacture of steel. Cambuslang was the birthplace of horticulturalist John Claudius London (1783 - 1843), aeronautical pioneer James George Weir (1887 - 1973), artist William McCance (1894 - 1970), medical scientist Sir Ian McGregor (1922 - 2007) and rock singer James (Midge) Ure (b. 1953).

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