East Kilbride

town in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK

East Kilbride is a large suburban town in the South Lanarkshire council area of Scotland. It is Scotland's first new town, and lies on high ground on the south side of the Cathkin Braes, about 8 miles (13 km) southeast of Glasgow city centre. The Rotten Calder river flows along the east side of the settlement, northwards toward the River Clyde. The town is also known as the Polo Mint city due to its many roundabouts.

East Kilbride

East Kilbride parish church tower
Population73,796 [1] (2001 census) est. 73,320[2] (2006)
OS grid referenceNS635545
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGLASGOW[3]
Postcode districtG74-75
Dialling code01355 & 0141
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places

Landmarks change

Dollan Baths

Dollan Baths change

One of the most significant buildings of an earlier phase of development was Dollan Baths leisure complex (opened 1968) which has Grade A listed status.

Twin towns change

Notable people change

  • William and John Hunter, medical pioneers, were born at Long Calderwood within the present-day area of East Kilbride.
  • Lorraine Kelly, television presenter for GMTV was born in the town.
  • Iain Harvie, guitarist with Scottish rock band Del Amitri, was an East Kilbride resident. His late father, John Harvie, was the popular headmaster of Claremont High School in East Kilbride in the 1980s and early 1990s.
  • Actor John Hannah of Rebus and Four Weddings and a Funeral fame was a resident of East Kilbride, residing in the Murray area. He has recently caused debate in the area after commenting that it had "gone downhill" since he lived there .
  • Scottish rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain was formed in the town.
  • Muriel Gray, journalist and broadcaster, was born in the town.
  • Chancery Stone, author of The DANNY Quadrilogy, was born in East Kilbride and lived in West Mains for the first 18 years of her life.
  • Mikey, famous for his antics and passion for food in Calderglen High
  • Roddy Frame, frontman of Scottish indie band Aztec Camera, was born in the town.

References change

  1. "Comparative Population Profile: East Kilbride Locality". Scotland's Census Results Online. 2001-04-29. Archived from the original on 2012-04-04. Retrieved 2008-09-02.
  2. "General Register Office for Scotland - Statistics - Publications and Data". Archived from the original on 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2008-11-23.
  3. "List of UK post towns". Evox Facilities. Archived from the original on 2000-06-18. Retrieved 2012-02-22.