Glasgow’s waterways

Resources for finding out more about Glasgow’s rivers, burns and streams

T C F Brotchie, Glasgow Rivers and Streams: Their Legends and Lore (Maclehose, 1914)

Tony Cooper et al., Scotland’s Grand Canal: The Glasgow Branch of the Forth and Clyde (Woodside and North Kelvin Local History Project, 1988)

Glasgow District Council and British Waterways, Forth and Clyde Canal: Port Dundas-Temple, Temple-Port Dundas, A Guide (GDC and BW, 1987)

Guthrie Hutton, Monkland: The Canal that Made Money (Stenlake, 1993)

Innes Macleod and Margaret Gilroy, Discovering the River Clyde (John Donald, 1991)

Alex Matheson, Glasgow’s Other River: Exploring the Kelvin (Fort, 2000)

Irene Maver, Glasgow (Edinburgh University Press, 2000)

William John Millar, The Clyde: From its Source to the Sea, its Development as a Navigable River (Blackie, 1888) [available to download from]

Brian Osborne, Iain Quinn and Donald Robertson, Glasgow’s River (Lindsay, 1996)

John Riddell, Clyde Navigation: A History of the Development and Deepening of the River Clyde (John Donald, 1979)

John Riddell, The Clyde: An Illustrated History of the River and its Shipping (Fairlie Press, 1988)

John Shields, Clyde Built: A History of Shipbuilding on the River Clyde (MacLellan, 1949)

Fred Walker, Song of the Clyde: A History of Clyde Shipbuilding (Patrick Stephens, 1984)

Clyde navigation timeline:

Forth & Clyde Canal timeline:

Friends of the River Kelvin:

River Cart walkway:

Monkland Canal history:

Molendinar Burn project:

Clyde bridges heritage trail:

The Clyde riviera (or holidays “Doon the watter”):

Ballast Trust blog pages:

Glasgow University Archives (subject guides):