infobox UK place
country = Scotland
official_name= Rutherglen
gaelic_name= An Ruadh Ghleann
scots_name= Ru'glen
population= 25,000
latitude= 55.828
longitude= -4.224
os_grid_reference= NS607617
unitary_scotland= South Lanarkshire
lieutenancy_scotland= Lanarkshire
constituency_westminster= Rutherglen and Hamilton West
constituency_scottish_parliament= Glasgow Rutherglen
post_town= GLASGOW
postcode_district = G73
postcode_area= G
dial_code= 0141


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.Rutherglen remains the oldest royal burgh in Scotland, being more than 500 years older than Glasgow. It was a centre of heavy industry, having a long coal mining tradition which died out by 1950, and was until the 1960s home to the infamous White's chemical works, which was responsible for huge swathes of the area from southern Glasgow across to the town of Cambuslang being polluted with chromium waste. 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 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

*Stonelaw High School, 140 Calderwood Road, Rutherglen, G73 3BP

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

*Trinity High School, Glenside Drive, Eastfield, Rutherglen, G73 3LW

Notable people

Rutherglen was the birthplace of Archie Jackson, the Australian cricketer.Rutherglen is also the birthplace of Craig Patrick who's most famous invention was lypsyl. Comedian/actor Robbie Coltrane was also born in Rutherglen, as was Marie Cassidy, State Pathologist for Ireland. Scotland's oldest man, 108 year old Bob Taggart, is a lifelong Rutherglen resident. Midge Ure of the band Ultravox went to Stonelaw academy in Rutherglen. Alistair MacLean was a teacher at Gallowflat High in Hamilton road.


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

External links

* [ Rutherglen Academy historic pictures]
* [ Photos and information about Rutherglen]

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