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Trolleybus at Tay Crescent in 1966
Riddrie is located in Glasgow council area
Location within Glasgow
OS grid referenceNS6366
Civil parish
Council area
Lieutenancy area
  • Glasgow
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGLASGOW
Postcode districtG33
Dialling code0141
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
55°52′16″N 4°11′16″W / 55.871111°N 4.187778°W / 55.871111; -4.187778Coordinates: 55°52′16″N 4°11′16″W / 55.871111°N 4.187778°W / 55.871111; -4.187778

Riddrie (Scottish Gaelic: An Ruadh Ruigh) is a north-eastern district of Glasgow, Scotland. It lies on the A80 Cumbernauld Road.

Location and amenities

Riddrie is a residential area mainly consisting of 1920s semi-detached houses, originally built as council housing (to a high specification for the time)[1] but now largely privately owned. The former Monkland Canal to the north was filled in the 1960s and is now the M8 motorway. Riddrie is the site of Barlinnie Prison.

There is a Vogue bingo hall, library, bowling green and local shops. Bus services link Riddrie with Glasgow City Centre and Cumbernauld. Nearby is Hogganfield Loch, around which is a public park.

Notable residents

Writer and artist Alasdair Gray grew up in Riddrie and the "Thaw" sections of his novel Lanark loosely document his early life there.

Comedian Rikki Fulton lived in Riddrie as a child.[2]

Prof. David Gemmell McKinlay FRSE (1923–1978) was born in Riddrie.[3]

Scottish international footballer David Marshall grew up in Riddrie.


  1. ^ Riddrie Housing, The Glasgow Story
  2. ^ "Rikki Fulton - Obituary". The Daily Telegraph. 29 January 2004.
  3. ^ Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0-902-198-84-X.

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