Garrel Burn

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Garvald or Garrel, a hill and a burn in Kilsyth parish, S Stirlingshire. The hill is part of the Kilsyth range, and culminates 2¾ miles NW by N of Kilsyth town at an altitude of 1381 feet above sea-level. The burn, issuing from a reservoir on a high plateau, 1¼ mile WSW of the hill's summit, and running 1¼ eastward under the name of Birken Burn, proceeds 2½ miles south-eastward to Kilsyth town, during which course it makes an aggregate descent of 1000 feet, necessarily forming cataracts and falls. It next goes 1¾ mile south-westward across Kilsyth plain to the river Kelvin; but, in traversing the plain, is so drawn off for water-power and to a lake as to be generally dry except during a freshet.—Ord. Sur., sh. 31, 1867.

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