Dumbarton

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Dumbarton (Dùn Breatainn or 'fort of the Britons'} is a town in West Dunbartonshire,[1] 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.[2]

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.[3]

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.

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  1. "Scottish Parliament: Placenames collected by Iain Mac an Tailleir" (PDF). 
  2. Publications and Data. General Record Office for Scotland.
  3. "Vision of Britain". Retrieved 2008-03-04.