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Milngavie (popularly Millguy), a small town in the Stirlingshire section of New Kirkpatrick parish. It stands, 190 feet above sea-level, on Allander Water, at the terminus of the Glasgow and Milngavie branch (1863) of the North British railway, by road being 5¼ miles ENE of Duntocher, 4¼ N by W of Maryhill, and 7 (9½ by rail) NNW of Glasgow. It presents an irregular and somewhat straggling, yet cheerful and prosperous aspect; consists chiefly of plain, two-story houses, many of them whitewashed; contains more respectable shops than are found in most towns of its size; carries on extensive and vigorous industry in a print-work, a papermill, two bleach-fields, etc.; and has a post office under Glasgow, with money order, savings' bank, and telegraph departments, an hotel, gas-works, a mechanics' institution, a public library, etc. A. B. Stirling (1811-81), the self-taught naturalist, was a native. An Established church, built as a chapel of ease about 1840 at a cost of £1500, in 1873 was raised to quoad sacra status. There are also a U.P. church (1799; 517 sittings) and St Joseph's Roman Catholic church (1872; 300 sittings). A public and a Roman Catholic school, with respective accommodation for 400 and l02 children, had (1882) an average attendance of 319 and 65, and grants of £290, 7s. 6d. and £51, 18s. Milngavie is a police burgh under the General Police and Improvement Act (Scot.) of l862. Its municipal constituency numbered 436 in 1884, when the annual value of real property was £6804, and the revenue (including assessments) amounted to £394. Pop. of town (1831) 1162, (1861) 1895, (1871) 2044, (1881) 2636, in 518 houses; of quoad sacra parish (1881) 2927, of whom 167 were in Dumbartonshire.—Ord. Sur., sh. 30, 1866.

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