Dumbarton (Dùn Breatainn or 'fort of the Britons'} is a town in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland. It is on the north bank of the River Clyde where the River Leven flows into the Clyde estuary. In 2006, it had an estimated population of 19,990.
Dumbarton was the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Alclud, and later the county town of Dunbartonshire. Dumbarton Castle, on top of Dumbarton Rock, dominates the area. Dumbarton was a Royal burgh between 1222 and 1975.
Dumbarton became a centre for shipbuilding, glassmaking, and whisky production. However, these industries have declined. Dumbarton today is more a commuter town for Glasgow 13 miles (21 km) east-southeast of it. Dumbarton F.C. is the local football club.
References[change | change source]
- "Scottish Parliament: Placenames collected by Iain Mac an Tailleir". http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/Gaelic/placenamesC-E.pdf.
- Publications and Data. General Record Office for Scotland.
- "Vision of Britain". http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/relationships.jsp;jsessionid=B3C4D5066274081631BABB0D710A831C?u_id=10359089. Retrieved 2008-03-04.