- MILNGAVIE, a village, and lately a quoad sacra parish, in that part of the parish of New Kilpatrick which is in the county of Stirling, 7 miles (N. W. by N.) from Glasgow; containing 1622 inhabitants, of whom 1432 are in the village. This district, which was separated for ecclesiastical purposes from the parish by a recent act of the General Assembly, comprised but a small territory surrounding the village. The village, situated on the river Allander, has increased greatly in extent and population since the establishment of cotton-works and other branches of manufacture, and has become a place of considerable importance. The houses are neatly built; a library is supported by subscription; and there are numerous good shops amply stored with various kinds of merchandise for the supply of the neighbourhood. The printing of calico, for which there is a very extensive establishment, affords occupation to nearly 400 persons; the cotton-factory, recently enlarged, employs 200; and about thirty were once engaged in the paper manufacture, for which a mill had been fitted up with improved machinery. More than eighty persons are employed in the bleaching of cotton and linen, of which above 4,000,000 of yards are annually bleached at the Clober field alone. A distillery has been also established, which produces yearly about 12,000 gallons of whisky; and there are several corn-mills in full operation. A post-office has been opened under that of Glasgow, and every facility of communication is afforded by the various roads which pass through the parish. Schools for the instruction of the children employed in the several works are supported under the superintendence of a committee.
A Topographical dictionary of Scotland. Samuel Lewis. 1856.
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