Rutherglen and Cambuslang
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The ancient Royal Burgh of Rutherglen has been a thriving hub for nearly 1000 years and today retains an almost village-like atmosphere, despite being South Lanarkshire's third largest town.
Present Day Rutherglen
Rutherglen town centre has undergone a £15 million facelift to return it to its former glory days as a major shopping centre. The magnificent Rutherglen Town Hall was also given a major overhaul to take on a new role as a multi-functional complex for arts, weddings and a museum.
Rutherglen Town Hall is now a premier location for arts and cultural activities, exhibitions, conferencing, banqueting and weddings. The old original building meets the new in the Cafe and Mezzanine Bar located inside a multi-level glass and steel atrium. The Grand Hall, now restored to its former glory with stained glass windows and barrel vaulted ceiling, is a striking venue for large functions. This venue now offers meeting rooms, exhibition space, functions/concerts and also an arts wing providing courses and classes. Rutherglen is also home to the Burnside Hotel, which is also offers evening meals.
While Hamilton has Hamilton Park Racecourse, Rutherglen has Shawfield Greyhound Stadium giving you the chance to watch regular dog racing.
Rutherglen's big gala, Landemer Day takes place in June and is a great day out for all the family.
Rutherglen Shopping Centre has a good mix of big high street names such as Somerfield and local traders.
Rutherglen also has its own golf course, Cathkin Braes - a delightful, challenging moorland course.
A Brief History
Rutherglen was granted its charter in 1126, only two years after David I ascended to the throne of Scotland, making it one of Scotland's oldest Royal Burghs. The accolade helped make Rutherglen an important centre for trade. The derivation of the name of the town is unclear but one theory is that the area was once a settlement of Reuther, an ancient king of the Scots, who ruled between 213 and 187 BC.
Rutherglen Castle, one of the countries great fortresses, was built in the 13th century. With several towers and five-foot thick walls it became an important stronghold during the Wars of Independence.
The English held the castle for a time but it was recaptured in 1309 where a sitting of parliament was held before it was again taken by English forces. The castle was retaken in 1313 by Edward, brother of Robert the Bruce, who became king of Ireland three years later. By the 16th century the castle was in the hands of the Hamiltons, the lairds of Shawfield but all that remained was the great tower. It was burned to the ground by the Regent Murray in 1569, a year after the defeat of Mary, Queen of Scots, at the Battle of Langside, the Hamiltons having supported the wrong side.
The last remnants of the castle disappeared in the middle of the 18th century to make way for a vegetable garden close to what is now the junction of Castle Street and King Street.
During the 19th century Rutherglen changed from a weaving and mining village to a more industrialised area, with its own shipyard, established by Thomas Bollen Seath in 1856. Seath built many of the paddle steamers and the famous little Clutha ferry boats that transported commuters up and down the Clyde.
The statistician William Gemmell Cochran was born in Rutherglen in 1909. Educated at Glasgow and Cambridge universities, he worked initially in agricultural statistics, before emigrating to America in 1939. There he carried out research in medical statistics finally working at Harvard University where he set up many courses in statistics in American universities. He died in Orleans, Massachusetts in 1980.
Poet and playwright Tom McGrath was born in Rutherglen in 1940. His first poems were published in 1962 and he was the founding editor of the 1960s underground magazine International Times. His plays include Laurel and Hardy and The Hardman, about the gangster and murderer Jimmy Boyle. He was also musical director of The Great Northern Welly Boot Show which starred comedian Billy Connolly.
Janet Brown was born in Rutherglen in 1924 and comedian and actor Robbie Coltrane was born there in 1950.
In the 1900s, Stan Laurel was a pupil at Rutherglen Academy (now Stonelaw High) when his father was in charge of a Glasgow theatre.
By car from Glasgow take the A749 or A730, following signs for Rutherglen. From Cambuslang take the A724 and from Hamilton and the south take the new M74 followed by the A724. From East Kilbride use the A749. There are regular trains to and from Glasgow Central, Hamilton, Motherwell and Lanark. There are many bus services from Glasgow, Hamilton and East Kilbride.
Events in Rutherglen and Cambuslang
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Attractions in Rutherglen and Cambuslang
Rutherglen Town Hall
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