Place:Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, Scotland

NameRutherglen
Alt namesAn Ruadh Ghleannsource: Wikipedia
TypeParish, Town
Coordinates55.8259°N 4.2092°W
Located inLanarkshire, Scotland     (1698 - 1975)
See alsoCity of Glasgow, Scotlandadministrative authority 1975-1996
South Lanarkshire, Scotlandunitary council area since 1996
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

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Rutherglen (perhaps . The derivation may also however be Welsh, or Cumbric and mean "the valley of Rydderch". Rydderch - pronounced 'rutherch' - 'ruther' as in 'brother' and 'ch' as in 'loch' - was  one of the most famous kings associated with the Welsh-speaking kingdom which centred around Dumbarton) is a town in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. In 1975, it lost its own local council and administratively became a component of the City of Glasgow District Council. In 1996 Rutherglen was reallocated to the South Lanarkshire council area.

The surrounding parishes are Cambuslang and Carmunnock--both now in South Lanarkshire, and Cathcart and Govan--both parts of the City of Glasgow.

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History

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The area flourished with the discovery of coal in 1837 and grew into an industrial centre. In 1897 William Beardmore and Company became famous with the production of high grade steel and castings at the local Parkhead Forge, founded about 1837 and extended between 1884 and 1914. After years of decline, the massive plant was closed in 1976, and in 1986 the construction of the first phase of The Forge Shopping Centre began on the site. The shopping centre opened in the autumn of 1988, and in 1994 an indoor market was added adjacent to it. The final element, a retail park, was completed in three stages between 1996 and 2002.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Rutherglen., especially the section giving descriptions of 17 small communities located within the parish. The names of the communities are Farme Cross, Cuningar Loop, Shawfield, Burnhill, Clincarthill, Overtoun, Gallowflat, Stonelaw, High Crosshill, Bankhead, Burnside, Springhall, Cathkin, Fernhill, Blairbeth, Spittal, and High Burnside.

Research Tips

Sources for Old Parish Registers Records, Vital Records and Censuses

  • Scotland's People This is a pay website providing vital statistics and census data for all of Scotland with original images. There is a description at Scotland under Genealogical Resources.

Notes for Lanarkshire

  • GENUKI has a list of references for Lanarkshire. Some of these may be superseded by more modern material.
  • FreeCen index includes the whole of Lanarkshire for 1841 and a substantial section for 1851. The Genealogical Society of Utah sponsored the collection of 1881 census records and these will be found at FamilySearch. A search of all the censuses for Scotland may be done for a fee at Scotland's People
  • The Rutherglen Parish Registers for the Church of Scotland provide information on baptisms (1698-1854), marriages (1698-1758 and 1820-1854) and burials (1705-1794). See the FamilySearch Wiki article on Rutherglen for other church denominations.

Further Sources of Reference

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  • GENUKI article on Rutherglen.
  • Scottish Places article on the parish of Rutherglen. The tabs of the right provide more information, and comparative maps.
  • The FamilySearch Wiki article on Rutherglen provides direct reference to FamilySearch holdings on many topics with respect to the parish.
  • The National Library of Scotland have a website devoted to maps from the 1600s right up to the present. Comparisons of modern-day and old maps of the same place can be made. From the home page click on "Find by place" and then follow the instructions on the next page. Once you are viewing the place you want, use the slider <----> at the top of the map to compare the layout of roads and the place names of smaller areas, perhaps even farms, with the landscape today. The website takes some getting used to. The One-inch 2nd edition, Scotland, 1898-1904 OS is a series of maps with the parishes delineated. Each of these maps cover an area of 18 x 24 miles and will zoom to comfortable reading size with a couple of mouse clicks on the map itself. Unfortunately, they are not geo-referenced, and it is necessary to go to the OS One Inch 1885-1900 series to locate places by latitude and longitude.
  • The Statistical Accounts for Scotland In the 1790s and again in the 1830s, the ministers of the all the parishes of the Church of Scotland were asked to provide a description of their parish to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. The original account request included 160 questions to be answered. These accounts are available in print in 20 volumes and are also online where it is freely available to browse. The browsing portal is below the viewing area of most computer screens. Scroll down to "For non-subscribers" and click on "Browse scanned pages". This brings you to another page on which one can enter the name of the parish in which you are interested.
  • Excerpts from The Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885 are provided by Scottish Places. Selections from Groome and other gazetteers from the 19th century are also found on GENUKI.


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