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The M73 with Gartcosh in the foreground and Glenboig and Garnqueen Loch in the background

Glenboig (Scottish Gaelic: An Gleann Bhog) is a village in North Lanarkshire, Scotland lying north of Coatbridge and to the south east of Kirkintilloch and is approximately 10 miles from Glasgow City Centre.[1] According to a 2012 estimate, the population of Glenboig was 2780.[2]

Historically the settlement formed the south eastern extremity of the ancient Gaelic province of the Lennox (Scottish Gaelic: An Leamhnachd) which lay roughly within the former county of Dunbartonshire.[3] The etymology of the name is uncertain but may mean "boggy or soft glen".[4] Some online maps refer to the area as Marnock but locals call the area Glenboig.[5]

Glenboig's main industry was fireclay and Glenboig's name was known across the world.[6]



Glenboig Clay Mill (oil on millboard) by William Glover (1836–1916)
Advertisement with pictures of the Star Works and the Old Works at Glenboig with the Cumbernauld Works below[7]
A Glenboig brick

Glenboig's main industry was fireclay, centred on the General Refractories and Glenboig Union Fireclay Company Limited's Star Fireclay Works, which made refractory products for the steel and iron industries. Aerial photographs[8] of the works are available. The Glenboig Union Fire-clay Company Limited dates back to 1836.[9]

Glenboig's only railway station closed in 1956. Glenboig's brick making industries ceased after the closure of the last brickworks, P&M (Peter & Mark) Hurll's in July 1980.

The village's first school was built between 1875 and 1876; it has since been replaced.

Glenboig fire-clay works

Bedlay Colliery (1905-1981)Edit

Annathill, underground workshop
Bedlay Colliery landscape restoration project

Bedlay was a two shaft coal "pit"; one shaft had modern enclosed headgear while the other was of an older type. It was opened in 1905.[10] On December 11 1981, Bedlay Colliery in the nearby village of Annathill was closed.

In 2009 Glenboig Village Park was completely rebuilt after several million pounds of funding from The National Lottery dramatically increasing its size and including state of the art equipment.


Historic population of Glenboig
Year Population
1871 307
1881 934
1891[11] 1,360 (19th century statistics include Garnqueen)
1991 1,743
2001 1,837
2011 2,681
Glenboig primary schools

Historically the name of the settlement has changed. Before the brickworks the settlement was Garnqueen.[4]

Glenboig todayEdit

Glenboig, with the post office on the right
Garnqueen Loch
Glenboig War Memorial

In recent years the village has grown, with the addition of two new Redrow and Barrat housing estates in the early to mid part of the 2000s. The village used to have two pubs - 'The Big Shop' and 'The Village Inn' formerly known as 'The Garnqueen' (after the neighbouring Loch) but colloquially among locals known as 'The Wee Shop' which closed circa 2009, and subsequently, became derelict.

Glenboig also has a post office, hair salon, beauty salon, newsagents, a Chinese food takeaway, Indian food takeaway, a fish and chip shop, and a Londis store.

Within the community there are many small businesses including a flower arrangers, architectural design service and mortgage brokers and professional tree surgeons.

In 2015 a new road was authorized between Glenboig and Gartcosh.

Main Street in Glenboig will be closed at the railway bridge from Monday 18 February 2019 for four weeks as the third phase in a project to upgrade the gas network begins. Pedestrians can still walk through it.ref>Tonner, Judith (2 March 2015). "Road map green light for £1 billion community growth in Glenboig". Daily Record. Retrieved 1 March 2018.</ref>

In popular cultureEdit

  • Glenboig Clayworks (1935) B&W 7 mins silent by Alexander McKendrik, shows clay being mined and firebricks being moulded[12]
  • Coronation Celebrations at Glenboig (1953) colour seven mins silent by Alexander McKendrik[13]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "OS 25 inch, 1892-1905". National Library of Scotland. Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Estimated population of localities by broad age groups, mid-2012" (PDF). Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  3. ^ Newton, Michael. From Clyde To Callander.
  4. ^ a b "How did Glenboig get it's [sic] name?". Glenboig Memories. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  5. ^ Drummond, Peter, John (2014). An analysis of toponyms and toponymic patterns in eight parishes of the upper Kelvin basin (PDF). Glasgow: Glasgow University. p. 170. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  6. ^ Turner, John A. Brickmaking in the land o' Scots (Brick and Clay Record, Volume 11, Issue 4 ed.). Chicago: Windsor and Kenfield Pub. Co. pp. 166–168. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  7. ^ The Post-Office annual Glasgow directory. Glasgow: printed by J. Graham for the letter-carriers of the Post-Office. 1828. p. 233. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ Glasgow to-day. Glasgow: H. Munro. 1909. p. 78. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  10. ^ Bedlay Colliery
  11. ^ Groome, Francis Hindes (1895). Ordnance gazetteer of Scotland : a survey of Scottish topography, statistical, biographical and historical. London: W. Mackenzie. p. 179. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Glenboig Clayworks a seven minute film at the Moving Image Archive". National Library of Scotland.
  13. ^ "Coronation celebrations made by managing director of Glenboig Brickworks a 7 minute film at the Moving Image Archive". National Library of Scotland.

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