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Riddrie (Scottish Gaelic: An Ruadh Ruigh) is a north eastern district of Glasgow, Scotland. It lies on the A80 Cumbernauld Road.

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Trolleybus at Tay Crescent in 1966
Riddrie is located in Glasgow council area
Location within Glasgow
OS grid referenceNS6366
Civil parish
Council area
Lieutenancy area
  • Glasgow
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGLASGOW
Postcode districtG33
Dialling code0141
EU ParliamentScotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
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55°52′16″N 4°11′16″W / 55.871111°N 4.187778°W / 55.871111; -4.187778Coordinates: 55°52′16″N 4°11′16″W / 55.871111°N 4.187778°W / 55.871111; -4.187778

Riddrie is a residential area mainly consisting of 1930s semi-detached houses, originally built as council housing but now largely privately owned. The former Monkland Canal to the north was filled in the 1960s and is now the M8 motorway. Riddrie is the site of Barlinnie Prison.

There is a library, bowling green and local shops. Bus services link Riddrie with Glasgow City Centre and Cumbernauld. Nearby is Hogganfield Loch, around which is a public park.

Notable residentsEdit

Writer and artist Alasdair Gray grew up in Riddrie and the "Thaw" sections of his novel Lanark loosely document his early life there. Ricky Fulton of Scotch & Wry, Francie & Josie fame, raised in Almond street and went to Riddrie school at the top of the road. Gangland figure Ian 'Blink' MacDonald lives in Riddrie.

Prof David Gemmell McKinlay FRSE (1923-1978) was born in Riddrie.[1]


  1. ^ Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X.