Torrance, East Dunbartonshire

Torrance is a village in East Dunbartonshire, Scotland, located 8 miles (13 km) north of the Glasgow city centre. Torrance used to mainly consist of farmland.[2] The village was once famous as a resting place for workers on their way to the Campsie Fells 4 miles (6.4 km) north. The Forth and Clyde Canal has a wharf nearby at Hungryside, and the A807 runs along its southern edge. The village has an active community charity whose aims are to improve the village facilities.

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Torrance with the River Kelvin in the foreground and Milton of Campsie and Lennoxtown in the background.
Torrance is located in East Dunbartonshire
Location within East Dunbartonshire
Population2,370 estimated mid-2012[1]
OS grid referenceNS6192974147
Civil parish
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGLASGOW
Postcode districtG64
Dialling code01360
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
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55°56′26″N 4°12′39″W / 55.940556°N 4.210833°W / 55.940556; -4.210833Coordinates: 55°56′26″N 4°12′39″W / 55.940556°N 4.210833°W / 55.940556; -4.210833


The name may come from the Gaelic for the place of the "little hillocks".[3]

There are Roman sites close to Torrance with a fort at Cadder and a fortlet at Glasgow Bridge.

The village of Torrance is located in 'The Eleven Ploughs of Balgrochan'. The 'Eleven Ploughlands' are part of the estate of the Grahams of Mugdock, which had been feued in 1630 to local occupiers by the Marquess of Montrose. The feuars, originally holding their land unenclosed, each received an enclosed piece of land in 1735, as was common at the time. The village of Torrance developed some time later.[4]

Although weavers were among the earliest residents of the village, limestone, coal and ironstone extraction also began to emerge as a local industry.[4]

For several years, the canal wharf at Hungryside was Torrance's main connection with the outside world. However, this began to change in 1879 with the opening of Torrance railway station by the Kelvin Valley Railway Company. Before the coming of the railway the population of the area was around 800.[5]


Local amenitiesEdit

Torrance offers local amenities to its residents including one hairdresser, one beauty salon, tennis courts, health centre, mechanics, bakery, a post office, chemist, Chinese takeaway and newsagent and the Torrance Church of Scotland [6] at the foot of School Road and St Dominic's RC Church at the top.

Torrance has three pubs: the Wheatsheaf Inn, the Torrance Inn and the Rambler with another bar in the bowling club.

Torrance Primary SchoolEdit

The school has around 250 pupils. It has three sport pitches, one of them is rock, another red ash and another which is ash. Primary 7 pupils can transfer onto Boclair Academy in the nearby Bearsden.

Torrance InitiativeEdit

Torrance Community Initiative is a registered charity aiming to provide new custom-built community facilities in the village.

The land held in "trust" by Torrance Community Initiative for the benefit of the community is a 10-acre (40,000 m2) site. Unfortunately the planning permission granted in 1977 for a multi-use clubhouse for the former land owners - a boys' club, was never brought to fruition. The land was designated as Green Belt in the 1990s, although it forms an intrusion between two parts of the village and most people believed it was simply Greenfield, where legal restrictions on development are less severe. When people learned it was Green Belt, this became an emotive issue and the basis of the campaign against development.

Outline planning for the new community facilities was rejected by East Dunbartonshire council in May 2008. This included the residential development of 20–40 houses to fund for the community facilities on a 9.8-acre (40,000 m2) site held in trust for the community by the Torrance Community Initiative. Reasons for rejection were that the land is designated greenbelt and the council had not yet done a long overdue review of current facilities as identified in the Local Plan.[7]


East Dunbartonshire has significantly lower recorded crime rates (40-50% lower for acquisitive and violent crime) than the average in Greater Glasgow and Clyde.[8]


Torrance is part of Ward 5 (known as Bishopbriggs North and Torrance) within East Dunbartonshire Council and is represented by three local councillors:

The MSP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden is Fiona McLeod of the Scottish National Party, who was elected on 5 May 2011.

Notable residentsEdit


  1. ^ "Estimated population of localities by broad age groups, mid-2012" (PDF). Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  2. ^ "OS 25 inch 1892-1949". National Library of Scotland. Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  3. ^ Drummond, Peter, John (2014). An analysis of toponyms and toponymic patterns in eight parishes of the upper Kelvin basin (PDF). Glasgow: Glasgow University. p. 214. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  4. ^ a b "History of Torrance". TorranceWeb. TorranceWeb. Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
  5. ^ Lee, Robert (1845). The new statistical account of Scotland (Vol 8 ed.). Edinburgh and London: W. Blackwood and Sons. pp. 158–263. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Torrance Parish Church". Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  7. ^ "About TCI". 55.9407933948127;-4.20464158058167: Torrance Community Initiative. 21 September 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2015.CS1 maint: location (link)
  8. ^ Shipton D and Whyte B (2011). Mental Health in Focus : a profile of mental health and wellbeing in Greater Glasgow & Clyde. Glasgow Centre for Population Health. p. 8. Retrieved 23 November 2016.[permanent dead link]
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  10. ^ "Vote for Tommy from Torrance". Kirkintilloch Herald. 16 January 2009. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  11. ^ a b W. S. Pierpoint (22 April 1997). "Obituary: Norman Pirie - People - News". The Independent. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  12. ^ "Sally Magnusson's book in running for literary prize - Kirkintilloch Herald". 19 October 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  13. ^ Fotheringham, Ann (20 April 2019). "Meet top Glasgow chef Mark Donald". Glasgow Evening Times. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  14. ^ Devine, Cate (27 June 2011). "Nobody trains chefs properly, they buy their ingredients ready-made". Glasgow Herald. Retrieved 21 October 2019.

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