(Newton of Campsie)

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Lennoxtown, a town in Campsie parish, Stirlingshire, on the left bank of Glazert Water, with a station on the Campsie and Blane Valley section of the North British railway, 9½ miles SE of Killearn, 3 NNW of Kirkintilloch, and i1½ N by E of Glasgow. Founded a century since, it has always been in great measure dependent on print-works, bleachfields, alum-works, collieries, and other industrial establishments in its vicinity, and mainly consists of one long street, whose plain two-story houses present an unassuming but cleanly and comfortable appearance. It serves as the centre of traffic for all the numerous and various factories in Campsie parish, and has a post office under Glasgow, with money order, savings' bank, and telegraph departments, branches of the Royal Bank and of the National Security Savings' Bank, 10 insurance agencies, 3 hotels, a gas company, a water supply of 1876, a town hall, a mechanics' institution, and educational, horticultural, and agricultural societies. A sheriff small debt co vrt is held on the fourth Thursday of February, May, August, and November. Places of worship are Campsie parish church (1828; 1550 sittings), with a square tower; a Free church, built soon after the Disruption; a U.P. church (1784; 593 sittings); and St Machan's Roman Catholic church (1846; 400 sittings). The public, Oswald, and a Roman Catholic school, with respective accommodation for 312, 170, and 204 children, had (1882) an average attendance of 178, 75, and 152, and grants of £161, 2s., £75, 19s. 6d., and £118, 17s. Pop. (1841) 2820, (1861) 3209, (1871) 3917, (1881) 3249, of whom 1676 were females. Houses (1881) 694 inhabited, 96 vacant.—Ord. Sur., sh. 31, 1867.

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