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Lenzie, a southern suburb of Kirkintilloch, partly in Kirkintilloch parish, Dumbartonshire, and partly in Cadder parish, Lanarkshire, with a junction on the North British railway, 1¾ mile S of Kirkintilloch, 41 miles W of Edinburgh, and 6 ¼ NNE of Glasgow, under which it has a post office, with money order, savings' bank, and telegraph departments. Of recent and rapid extension, it is the seat of the Barony Lunatic Asylum, erected in 1875 at a cost of £150,000 on the Woodielee estate of 167 acres, which was purchased by the Barony Parochial Board in 1852 for £9357. Elizabethan in style, the building is over 700 feet long and 450 broad, occupying 6½ acres of ground. There are two central towers 150 feet high, a clock-tower of 88 feet above the main entrance, and a flêche surmounting the chapel, which is seated for 400, and adorned with stained glass. The dining-hall can also accommodate 400 persons; and the recreation-hall measures 90 feet by 60, the kitchen 60 by 35. Another institution is the Glasgow Comalescent Home (1864). An Established church, built as a chapel of ease in 1873, was raised to quoad sacra status in 1876; a U.P. church, erected in 1874-75 at a cost of £3300; contains 450 sittings; and St Cyprian's Episcopal church (1873) contains 200. The quoad sacra parish is in the presbytery of Glasgow and synod of Glasgow and Ayr; its minister's stipend is £450. Pop. of parish (1881) 2292, of whom 852 were in Cadder; of village (1871) 351, (1881) 1316, of whom 495 were patients in the Barony Asylum, 68 in the Comalescent Home, 648 in Kirkintilloch police burgh, and 573 in Cadder.—Ord. Sur., sh. 31, 1u67.

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