Clarkston, East Renfrewshire

Clarkston, East Renfrewshire

Coordinates: 55°46′52″N 4°17′15″W / 55.780974°N 4.287589°W / 55.780974; -4.287589

Scottish Gaelic: Baile Chlarc
Scots: Clairkstoun
Clarkston is located in East Renfrewshire

 Clarkston shown within East Renfrewshire
Population 4,778 [1]
OS grid reference NS565565
Council area East Renfrewshire
Lieutenancy area Renfrewshire
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town GLASGOW
Postcode district G76
Dialling code 0141
Police Strathclyde
Fire Strathclyde
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament East Renfrewshire
Scottish Parliament Eastwood
List of places: UK • Scotland •

Clarkston (Scots: Clairkstoun,[2] Scottish Gaelic: Baile Chlarc)[3] is a small town in East Renfrewshire, Scotland. Although it is administratively outside nearby Glasgow, Clarkston is geographically an outer suburb of the city and part of the Greater Glasgow conurbation.

It is a small, affluent area, population 4,778 (in 2001).[4] The district borders the other Eastwood suburbs of Giffnock, Busby and Netherlee, and is served by Clarkston railway station on the Glasgow South Western Line branch to East Kilbride.

On 21 October 1971 the shopping centre was the scene of the Clarkston explosion, which killed 22 people and injured around 100.

In 2006, plans were, despite numerous objections, approved to build a public house by Clarkston toll, putting an end to the "dry area" which has made Clarkston unique.

Greenbank Garden, a National Trust for Scotland property, is located on the outskirts of Clarkston.



Notable people

Pop musicians associated with Clarkston include former Thin Lizzy and Motörhead guitarist Brian "Robbo" Robertson who was born locally. Stuart Murdoch and David Wilde, of Glaswegian bands Belle and Sebastian and Altered Images respectively, grew up in the area. Opera director David McVicar also comes from Clarkston.

Novelist Alistair MacLean lived in the area before moving to Switzerland as a tax exile.[5]

Co-founder of Interflora Joe Dobson lived in Eaglesham Road, Clarkston from 1927-1942 in a house called "Kings Down".


  1. ^ 2001 Census results for Clarkston[1]
  2. ^ List of railway station names in English, Scots and Gaelic – NewsNetScotland
  3. ^ Gaelic Place-Names of Scotland
  4. ^ 17 Clarkston v East Renfrewshire.xls
  5. ^ Overview of Alistair MacLean.Gazeteer of Scotland.Accessed on 12 November 2008

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