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The Swan Inn
Location: 55°59’24"N, 4°0’22"W
Post town: Glasgow
Postcode: G65
Dialling code: 01236
Local Government
Council: North Lanarkshire
Cumbernauld, Kilsyth
and Kirkintilloch East

Banton is a small village located near to the town of Kilsyth in Stirlingshire. Originally a cluster of houses and a farm to the north (now referred to as High Banton) was what existed of the village and then coal mining brought about the settlement we see today. Nestled under the Kilsyth Hills, the village is a small community with few local amenities.

Banton Loch is situated ¾ mile to the west of the village. It was once the property of the company that owned the Forth and Clyde Canal. It was widely used by a boating club for many years, but has latterly been secured for use by a local fishing club. The source of the River Kelvin is situated at the south-east corner of the village near the site of the old Lammerknowes Farm [1].

The A803 road runs south of the village between Falkirk to the east and Kilsyth and Glasgow to the west. Bus services run between Falkirk, Camelon, Larbert, Bonnybridge and Banknock to Kilsyth, Kirkintilloch, Bishopbriggs, Springburn and Glasgow.

The Covenanter army under General William Baillie formed near Banton for their engagement with the Royalist forces under the command of James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose at the Battle of Kilsyth on August 15, 1645; a major battle of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms.

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