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Coordinates: 55°49′41″N 4°13′26″W / 55.828°N 4.224°W / 55.828; -4.224

Scottish Gaelic: An Ruadh Ghleann
Scots: Ru'glen
Rutherglen is located in Scotland

 Rutherglen shown within Scotland
Population 25,000 
OS grid reference NS607617
Council area South Lanarkshire
Lieutenancy area Lanarkshire
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town GLASGOW
Postcode district G73
Dialling code 0141
Police Strathclyde
Fire Strathclyde
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Rutherglen and Hamilton West
Scottish Parliament Glasgow Rutherglen
List of places: UK • Scotland •

Rutherglen (pronounced: ruh-ther-glen) is a town in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. Rutherglen comes from the Gaelic An Ruadh Ghleann, meaning "the red valley". In 1975, it lost its own local council and administratively became a component of the City of Glasgow. In 1996 Rutherglen was reallocated to the South Lanarkshire council area.

Map of Rutherglen in 1923

Rutherglen remains the oldest royal burgh in Scotland, having received the status of Royal Burgh in 1126 by Royal Charter from King David I of Scotland who ruled from 1124 to 1153. The town is more than 500 years older than Glasgow. In the 14th century Walter Stewart, father of King Robert II, was granted Farme Castle. This was located close to Farme Cross in the east of Rutherglen, and stood until the 1960s. It was a centre of heavy industry, having a long coal mining tradition which died out by 1950. J&J White’s Chemical Works in Shawfield, which was in existence from 1820 to 1967, produced more than 70% of the UK’s Chromate products. Today there is a significant legacy of chromium waste in the area. Rutherglen, and most of the towns encircling the city, are now dormitory suburbs of Glasgow.

Clyde Football Club used to play in the area before moving to the former new town of Cumbernauld. The immediate area could be considered the cradle of Scottish football, with Hampden Park, the national stadium and home to Scotland's oldest football club Queen's Park F.C. being close by as well as Cathkin Park, the home of the defunct Third Lanark F.C. and not far to the north, Celtic Park, the home of Celtic F.C. - all of which (apart from Clyde's former ground) are located in the City of Glasgow. The local junior football team is Rutherglen Glencairn, who have recently moved into a new ground adjacent to their old stadium on Glasgow Road.

The local newspaper is the Rutherglen Reformer.



Rutherglen Town Hall

Rutherglen was a parliamentary burgh represented in the U.K. Parliament as a component of Glasgow Burghs constituency from 1708 to 1832, and as a component of Kilmarnock Burghs from 1832 to 1918. In 1918, the Rutherglen constituency was created, which became Rutherglen Glasgow in 1983.

In 1999, The Scottish Parliamentary constituency of Glasgow Rutherglen was created, with the same boundaries as the UK parliamentary constituency.

In 2005, Scottish constituencies for the UK parliament were mostly replaced with new constituencies, and Rutherglen is now within the Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency. The Scottish Parliament constituencies remain unaltered.


Rutherglen Main Street is served by Rutherglen railway station and there are also numerous bus links into Glasgow City Centre.



Schools in the Rutherglen area

Non-Denominational Schools

  • Bankhead Primary School, Bankhead Road, Rutherglen, G73 2BQ
  • Burgh Primary School, 41 King Street, Rutherglen, G73 1JY
  • Burnside Primary School, Glenlui Avenue, Burnside, Rutherglen, G73 4JE
  • Calderwood Primary School, Buchanan Drive, Rutherglen
  • Spittal Primary School, Lochlea Road, Spittal, Rutherglen
  • Rutherglen High School, Reid Street, Rutherglen, G73 3DF

Roman Catholic Schools

  • St Anthony's Primary School, Lochaber Drive, Rutherglen, G73 5HX
  • St Columbkille's Primary School, Clincarthill Road, Rutherglen, G73 2LG
  • St Mark's Primary School, Kirkriggs Avenue, Blairbeth, Rutherglen, G73 4LY

Notable people

Rutherglen was the birthplace of Archie Jackson, the Australian cricketer. Comedian/actor Robbie Coltrane was also born in Rutherglen, as was Marie Cassidy, State Pathologist for Ireland.

Scotland's oldest man until his passing on August 13, 2009, 109 year old Bob Taggart was a lifelong Rutherglen resident. For the final 20 days of his life, he was actually the oldest man in all of Britain following the death of Harry Patch, a former World War I veteran from Somerset in England who was 111 when he died. [1]

Midge Ure of the band Ultravox went to Stonelaw academy in Rutherglen. Alistair MacLean was a teacher at Gallowflat High in Hamilton road. Television script writer. Stan Laurel also lived in Rutherglen, attending Rutherglen Academy. Folk singer Matt McGinn was born in the Calton, but lived in Rutherglen for many years and wrote songs which mention Rutherglen like "Ru'glen Jean" and "Rosy Anna".

Pre-war footballer Peter Roney was born in Rutherglen in 1887.


"Rutherglen Lore" by W. Ross Shearer, printed in 1922

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