Wester Auchinloch from the air, 2018

Wester Auchinloch from the air, 2018
Auchinloch is located in North Lanarkshire
Location within North Lanarkshire
Population880 (mid-2020 est.)[1]
OS grid referenceNS657447
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGLASGOW
Postcode districtG66 5
Dialling code0141
List of places
55°54′32″N 4°08′53″W / 55.909°N 4.148°W / 55.909; -4.148Coordinates: 55°54′32″N 4°08′53″W / 55.909°N 4.148°W / 55.909; -4.148
Map of Auchinloch, published in 1923
Map of Auchinloch, published in 1923

Auchinloch (Gaelic: Achadh an Locha) is a village in Scotland, situated within the North Lanarkshire local authority area but very close to the boundary with East Dunbartonshire and sharing the G66 postcode of the town of Kirkintilloch and the adjoining village of Lenzie, located a short distance to the north.[2] Other nearby settlements in North Lanarkshire are Stepps to the south and Chryston to the south-east, each approximately 1.3 miles (2.1 km) away across farmland and on the opposite side of the M80 motorway; the City of Glasgow boundary and the suburb of Robroyston is about the same distance to the west. In previous years Auchinloch was in the Parish of Cadder and, from 1975 until 1996, the district of Strathkelvin within Strathclyde Region.

The village's name - "Field of the Loch" - derives from its proximity to a small loch called the Gadloch. The area was sometimes known as the Loch Lands.[3]


The etymology of the name is 'Field of the loch' (achadh an locha).[4] Several old documents show Auchinloch with various spellings including maps by Timothy Pont,[5] Charles Ross,[6] and William Roy.[7] There is some evidence that the religious revivals of the 18th century touched the village.[8][9] The housing used to consist mainly of two parallel rows of single-storied weavers' cottages. One gazetteer, Samuel Lewis, describes coal being hardly worth digging with some limestone quarrying with a works established at Garnkirk. He quotes 138 inhabitants.[10] Around the year 1860 there were 126 inhabitants.[11] There was also a convalescent home at Auchinloch;[12] in 1864 it had 64 places for residents.[13] Industrialisation came in the 1880s, with the opening of the Lumloch colliery, and then in the 1920s Wester Auchengeich Colliery near Moodiesburn. The latter closed in 1968.[14]

Outside modern Auchinloch near Auchinleck Farm is the Wallace Well, sited almost exactly on the boundary between Glasgow and North Lanarkshire.[15] This used to be called Auchinloch Well, was common to all farmers, and is mentioned in the New Statistical Account.[16]

The Village

Auchinloch newsagents
Auchinloch newsagents
Auchinloch and Gadloch from the air, with Lenzie beyond
Auchinloch and Gadloch from the air, with Lenzie beyond
Auchinloch Primary School
Auchinloch Primary School
Blaeu's Map (1654) showing the area around Auchinloch eastwards of Glasgow
Blaeu's Map (1654) showing the area around Auchinloch eastwards of Glasgow

The newer western part of the village (sometimes known as 'Wester Auchinloch', while the older part at Stepps Road is prefixed with 'Easter') includes Auchinloch Primary School.[17] The present building dates to the 1930s, whilst the original 19th century building still remains to the east and now serves as the village hall/community centre.[18] Auchinloch Community Centre lies at the top of the village near the local pub, the Golden Pheasant, which is located on Stepps Road. The pub has been bought over by a new owner and following extensive refurbishment is now a thriving hub for food and drinks. A grocery shop is located in the village where in December 1999 the local shopkeeper was murdered. There is also a Bowling Green in the village and Cardyke Farm Shelter, a branch of the Cats Protection Society, a short distance to the west. The village is in the catchment area for Lenzie Academy.[19]

Notable residents

See also


  1. ^ "Mid-2020 Population Estimates for Settlements and Localities in Scotland". National Records of Scotland. 31 March 2022. Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  2. ^ "OS 25 inch 1892–1949". National Library of Scotland. Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  3. ^ Brotchie, T.C.F. (1921). Some Sylvan Scenes near Glasgow. Glasgow: Aird & Coghill. p. 110. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  4. ^ Drummond, Peter, John (2014). An analysis of toponyms and toponymic patterns in eight parishes of the upper Kelvin basin (PDF). Glasgow: Glasgow University. p. 145. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Auchinloch on Pont's Map". NLS. Pont. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Old County Maps". NLS. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Roy's map of the Lowlands". NLS. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  8. ^ Tyerman, Luke (1877). The life of George Whitefield. London: Hodder. p. 3. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  9. ^ Gillies, John (1754). Historical collections relating to remarkable periods of the success of the Gospel, and eminent instruments employed in promoting it (Vol 2 ed.). Glasgow: Printed by Robert and Andrew Foulis. p. 357. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  10. ^ Lewis, Samuel (1846). A topographical dictionary of Scotland ... London: S. Lewis and Co. p. 76. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  11. ^ M'Donald, Hugh (1856). Rambles Round Glasgow (2nd ed.). Glasgow: Thomas Murray and Son. pp. 429–430. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  12. ^ Watson, Thomas (1894). Kirkintilloch, town and parish. Glasgow: J. Smith. p. 131. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  13. ^ Groome, Francis Hindes (1882). Ordnance gazetteer of Scotland : a survey of Scottish topography, statistical, biographical, and historical (Vol 1 ed.). Edinburgh: T.C. Jack. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  14. ^ "Kirkintilloch Today: News, Sport, Jobs, Property, Cars, Entertainments & More". 6 February 2006. Archived from the original on 6 February 2006. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
  15. ^ "Glasgow, Robroyston Mains, Wallace's Well". Canmore. Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  16. ^ Society for the Benefit of the Sons and Daughters of the Clergy (1845). The new statistical account of Scotland. Edinburgh and London: W. Blackwood and Sons. p. 800. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  17. ^ Louden, Dick (26 September 2000). "Small beginnings". The Herald. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  18. ^ "Our School". 31 August 2011. Retrieved 4 November 2011.
  19. ^ Gallacher, Liz (15 September 2016). "Desperate house hunters camp out to secure home in Lenzie school area". Kirkintilloch Herald. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  20. ^ M'Donald, Hugh (1856). Rambles Round Glasgow (2nd ed.). Glasgow: Thomas Murray and Son. pp. 429–430. Retrieved 30 November 2017.