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Coordinates: 55°52′N 4°19′W / 55.87°N 4.31°W / 55.87; -4.31

Scottish Gaelic: Pearraig/Partaig
Partick is located in Scotland

 Partick shown within Scotland
OS grid reference NS554665
Council area City of Glasgow
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town GLASGOW
Postcode district G11
Dialling code 0141
Police Strathclyde
Fire Strathclyde
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
List of places: UK • Scotland • • Glasgow

Partick (Partaig in Gaelic) (formerly Perdyc or Perthick) is an area of Glasgow on the north bank of the River Clyde, just across from Govan. To the west lies Whiteinch. Partick was a Police burgh from 1852 until 1912 when it was incorporated into the city.

Although Partick remained a village until the middle of the 18th century, it is an ancient place. The Kings of Strathclyde had a residence there, and in 1136 David I (1124-53) granted the lands of Perdyc to the see of Glasgow. The Bishops of Glasgow had a country seat in Partick. It was later the site of Partick Castle, a country home of George Hutcheson (demolished 1836). It is thought the name comes from the Brythonic "Peartoc" (cf. Welsh perth, 'bush or thicket'), adopted into Scottish Gaelic as "Peart(h)aig", giving modern Gaelic "Pearraig" or "Partaig" (the latter form in use on signage at Partick station). Partick, of old Perdyec, from the Gaelic 'aper dhu ec', meaning the place at the confluence or mouth of the dark river.[1]

Bilingual sign in Gaelic and English at Partick railway station, Glasgow.

Partick is the area of the city most connected with the Highlands, and several Gaelic agencies, such as the Gaelic Books Council are based here. Even the ATMs display some Gaelic in the area.[2]

It is historically divided into three social areas; south of Dumbarton Road (working-class), north of Dumbarton Road (aspiring classes) and the Partick Hill grand villas (location of shipyard owners). Being within the sphere of influence of the University of Glasgow and neighbouring Glasgow's salubrious 'West-End' it has a high student population. Traditional industries for the area were shipbuilding and the huge Meadowside Granary (recently demolished to make way for the new Glasgow Harbour residential development) employed many residents also. The main street in Partick, Dumbarton Road, has a number of services for residents to use.

A recent up turn in the Glaswegian housing market has seen Partick increasingly become a desirable location and refurbishment and new housing programmes within the area have helped further this process.[citation needed]

During the eighties Partick was a close community with families occupying a large volume of the available housing in the area.[citation needed] There has since been a change in that the families have mostly moved out of the area and the accommodation has become occupied by young professionals and students attending many of the local educational establishments.[citation needed] The volume of families in the area and the sense of community that existed during the eighties have all but diminished but can be found within those pubs that have survived the wine bar conversion.[citation needed]

The freedom that children had in the 1980s has vanished.[citation needed] It was an area where children had the run of the local parks and could be let out of site without constant worry that exists today.[citation needed] Adventures during this time would take kids down to the water front on the Clyde and up to the “Planton”(an area of grass with a gravel football pitch at the rear of Yorkhill hospital given to the community years before) where Dens where build using “waste” materials gathered from regeneration work that was ongoing during that period.[citation needed] During the summer months kids would visit the Kelvin River and enjoy a cooling swim at the rear of Spillers Mill (now Hovis next to St Simons RC church).[citation needed]

Partick is home to the West of Scotland Cricket Club's Hamilton Crescent ground, which was the site of the first ever international football match (between Scotland and England) on November 30, 1872. It finished 0-0.[citation needed]

Partick Thistle Football Club were formed in the area in 1876, but left to play in the Maryhill area of Glasgow in 1909.

Doocot beside railway line.

The well known comedian Billy Connolly was a Partick resident as a child. William Douglas Whittaker was also a resident as a child.

Partick railway station is a trunk station serving as an interchange between the local rail, Glasgow Subway and local bus systems. As well as being the fifth busiest train station in Scotland, it is the only transport hub to connect three different types of public transport. It replaced the former Partickhill railway station in 1979.

There were previously three other stations in the area, Partick Central railway station (renamed Kelvin Hall station in 1959), Merkland Street and Partick West railway station.

Doocot rear view.

Kelvinhall subway station is also located in Partick at the eastern end of the district near the intersection of Dumbarton Road and Byres Road.

The Partick interchange is currently being redeveloped due to its immense potential as a top-class interchange not only between Rail, Bus and Subway but also as the main interchange station between the Argyle and North Clyde rail lines.

There is an old Quaker burial ground in Partick Glasgow. The 'Quakers Graveyard' is situated at the bottom of Keith Street. Now a visitors attraction the graveyard was given over to the city of Glasgow. It was last used in 1857. Purdon Street runs parallel with Keith Street which was named after John Purdon a prominent quaker who lived in Partick in the 17th Century. His wife is buried in the graveyard at Keith Street. The Quakers Graveyard was last used in 1857.

See also


  1. ^ Hugh Macintosh, Origin & History of Glasgow Street Names (Glasgow: James Hedderwick & Sons, 1902); accessed through the Glasgow Digital Library
  2. ^ The Gaels In Glasgow

External links

1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

PARTICK (formerly Perdyc or Perthick), a municipal and police burgh of the parish of Govan, Lanarkshire, Scotland. Pop. (1891), 36,538; (1901), 54,298. It lies on the north bank of the Clyde, and is continuous with Glasgow, from which it is separated by the Kelvin, and of which it is a large and wealthy residential suburb. Shipbuilding yards are situated in the burgh, which has also industries of paper-staining, flour-milling, hydraulicmachine making, weighing-machine making, brass-founding and galvanizing. The tradition is that the flour-mills and granaries - the Bunhouse Mills - as they are called locally, were given by the Regent Moray to the bakers of Glasgow for their public spirit in supplying his army with bread at the battle of Langside in 1568. Victoria Park contains a grove of fossil trees which were discovered in a quarry. The town forms the greater part of the Partick division of Lanarkshire, which returns one member to Parliament. Though it remained a village till the middle of the 19th century, it is an ancient place. Morken, the Pictish king who persecuted St Kentigern, is believed to have dwelt here and, in 1136, David I. gave the lands of Partick to the see of Glasgow. The bishop's palace stood by the side of the Kelvin, and was occupied - or a mansion erected for him on its site - by George Hutcheson (1580-1639), founder of the Hutcheson Hospital in the city.

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