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Dullatur is a village (population 720 (est. 2012)) near Cumbernauld, Scotland.[2][3] Like Condorrat, Castlecary and Luggiebank, it predates the new town of Cumbernauld, and of those only Condorrat was officially included in the designated area.[4] Its name is anglicised from the Gaelic Dubh Leitir, which means "dark slope". The route of the Antonine Wall passes just to the north of Dullatur. Two Roman temporary marching camps[5] were located at Dullatur between the forts at Croy Hill and Westerwood.[6] The camps have been excavated several times by archaeologists following aerial photography and proposed housebuilding.[7] Both camps have now been built over, and no visible remains can be seen on the ground today.[8] Digital reconstructions of the larger[9] and the smaller[10] of the camps have been created. When building the nearby Forth and Clyde Canal in the 18th century a number of finds were made in Dullatur Bog. Thomas Watson recorded: "a number of swords, pistols, and other weapons were dug out; also the bodies of men and horses, and what seems somewhat marvellous, a trooper, completely armed, and seated on his horse, in the exact posture in which he had perished."[11] It was supposed that the man was escaping the Battle of Kilsyth which is due north of Dullatur Bog.[12]

Dullatur
Dullatur is located in North Lanarkshire
Dullatur
Dullatur
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Population720 Estimate (mid 2012) [1]
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CountryScotland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGLASGOW
Postcode districtG68
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55°58′00″N 4°01′00″W / 55.9667°N 4.0167°W / 55.9667; -4.0167Coordinates: 55°58′00″N 4°01′00″W / 55.9667°N 4.0167°W / 55.9667; -4.0167

The development of the village owed much to the creation of the Glasgow-Edinburgh railway line, with a station sited in Dullatur in 1842 to encourage commuters to settle there. Several grand villas were built as part of the original development, two of which were designed by the architect Alexander "Greek" Thomson.

The make-up of the village was of the higher socio-economic class, and early recreational developments included Dullatur Golf Club and lawn-tennis clubs, both of which persist to the present day. Dullatur railway station is now closed but the village still serves as a commuter settlement, with a number of private properties being built over the years. At the beginning of 2017, Cala Homes began to build the addition of Dullatur Greens just outside of the entrance to the town.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Table 2a: Estimated population of settlements by broad age groups, mid-2012" (PDF). Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 64 Glasgow (Motherwell & Airdrie) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2010. ISBN 9780319228951.
  3. ^ "Ordnance Survey: 1:50,000 Scale Gazetteer" (csv (download)). www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk. Ordnance Survey. 1 January 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  4. ^ Taylor, Jessica (2010). Cumbernauld: The Conception, Development and Realisation of a Post-war British New Town (PDF). Edinburgh: Edinburgh College of Art. p. 179. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Dullatur Camps". Roman Britain. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  6. ^ "OS 25 inch 1892-1949". National Library of Scotland. Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Antonine Wall, Dullatur Roman Temporary Camps". Historic Environment Scotland. Canmore. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Dullatur". Frontiers of the Roman Empire. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Dullatur - Reconstruction of larger of two temporary camps". Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Dullatur - Reconstruction of smaller of two temporary camps". Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  11. ^ Watson, Thomas (1894). Kirkintilloch, town and parish. Glasgow: J. Smith. p. 87. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  12. ^ The new statistical account of Scotland. Edinburgh and London: W. Blackwood and Sons. 1845. p. 142. Retrieved 11 October 2017.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Dullatur at Wikimedia Commons