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Bishopbriggs is one of the largest towns in Dumbartonshire, with a population of over twenty-three thousand people - including those who commute to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling to work.

There is some uncertainty of the origin of the name, but it is believed to have originated from Bishops' Cadder. Bishops' Cadder came from the history of the Bishop of Glasgow collecting feus from riggs (which are cultivated ridges).

The centre of Bishopbriggs sits astride the Kirkintilloch to Glasgow road, a impressive mixture of modern and Victorian buildings. The Triangle Shopping Centre sits dominating the centre of the town that saw the majority of its development in the mid to the late 19th Century. The Victorian tenements sit proudly along the street, a reminder of past eras.

One of the key land-owning families of the area in the late 1800s was the Stirling family and their dynasty have left their mark on Bishopbriggs. The War Memorial by the Cross Court was donated to the town by the family in 1920. The parkland that is now Bishopbriggs Golf Course was once the family seat - their key residence, the now demolished Kenmure House, sat proudly amongst the natural woods.

Kenmure House was not the only Stirling family residence in Bishopbriggs. Another of their homes Cadder House which was built in 1654 is now the Cadder Golf Club Clubhouse.

The Forth and Clyde Canal flows gently by the north of Bishopbriggs, touching the edges of Cadder and on to Balmuildy. A Lesiuredrome Sports Centre sits by the Canal at Balmuildy.

Bishopbriggs offers a number of services for visitors: shops, banks, restuarants, take-aways, bars and Churches. Bishopbriggs town library which was Bishopbriggs High School, the Crow Tavern and St. Matthew's Church are just three of the buildings of historic buildings of interest in the town centre. For recreation, Bishopbriggs Park can be found just off Churchill Way nearby.

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