This evening, I am posting information on the town of Dumbarton in S. W. Scotland, some twenty-one miles from Glasgow.
Dumbarton has a long and fascinating history as summarised below:
- Remains of local crannogs indicate the area was occupied in the iron-age, about 2000 years ago.
- Dumbarton Rock ( basalt plug of an ancient volcano) was a fortified settlement the centre of a regional power base, known as the Kingdom of Strathclyde, during the early medieval period ( 7th-9th centuries AD). The name translates as ‘Fort of the Britons’ who spoke a Brittonic ( Welsh) language.
- During the Industrial Revolution, Dumbarton’s position on the navigable River Clyde provided a natural advantage in shipbuilding, which lasted until the 1960s.
- Now suffering a population decline the town centre has examples of many buildings reflecting Dumbarton’s prosperous and more confident past.