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Hardgate, Dumbartonshire

Historical Description

HARDGATE, a village, in that part of the parish of Old-Kilpatrick which formed the quoad sacra parish of Duntocher, county of Dumbarton, 2 miles (E.) from Old Kilpatrick; containing 467 inhabitants. This is one of numerous thriving villages which have sprung up in this great manufacturing district within the present century. It arose from the erection of the mill here, in 1831, for spinning and weaving cotton, by Mr. Dunn, a large proprietor of land in this quarter, and the enterprising founder of several other mills and works in the vicinity. The villages of Hardgate, Duntocher, Faifley, and Milton, in which Mr. Dunn has considerable establishments, are all within less than a mile of each other, and border on the Firth of Clyde, which flows on the south of the parish.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland, 1851 by Samuel Lewis