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Changing Identities, Ancient Roots

The History of West Dunbartonshire from Earliest Times

Edited by Ian Brown

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The aim of this book is to place developments in the region of West Dunbartonshire, that is, the area covered by Clydebank, Dumbarton and the Vale of Leven running up to the southern end of Loch Lomond, in the context of the larger national - and indeed international - historical developments to which they contribute and which they may illustrate.

The region concerned is a Scotland in microcosm. It contains an early Celtic capital in Dumbarton, the preferred palace and the site of the death of Robert the Bruce in Cardross, the birthplace of Tobias Smollett, key cradles of the Industrial Revolution and the home of the winners of the earliest football World Cup. It is through the prism of the region's specificities that the development of the nation - and its social and political economy as a whole - can be seen in a very particular light.

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Introduction to West Dunbartonshire and the themes of book, Professor Ian Brown
Early languages and history, Dr Simon Taylor
History and political development of region, Professor Ted Cowan
Economic and modern, Professor Richard Finlay
Enlightenment, arts and literature of urban development, Professor Alan Riach
Entertainment and popular culture, Paul Maloney
Sport, its players and supporters, Bob Crampsey
Conclusion, Professor Ian Brown.

About the Author

Ian Brown is Professor in Drama at Kingston University. He is General Editor of The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature (EUP: 2007) and Series Editor of The Edinburgh Companions to Scottish Literature, co-editing the volume on the twentieth century (2009) and on drama (due out in 2011).


Even as a boy growing up in the Vale of Leven in the 1940s and 50s I was aware of the complex, almost contradictory culture to which I belonged. What I did not realise, because I never took the trouble to find out, was the rich historical background to the place I took so much for granted. Now I realise that West Dunbartonshire was a story waiting to be told. At last, in this volume, it has been told, and told with passion and eloquence. West Dunbartonshire should be proud of this achievement, and it should take heart from its rich and turbulent past as it navigates itself into the future.
- Richard Holloway, former Professor of Divinity at Gresham Coll London and Bishop of Edinburgh, presently Chairman of the Scottish Arts Council and FRSE.