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Grid reference: NS554665
Location: 55°52’12"N, 4°18’45"W
Post town: Glasgow
Postcode: G11
Dialling code: 0141
Local Government
Council: Glasgow
Glasgow North West

Partick is an area of Glasgow on the north bank of the River Clyde, just across from Govan. To the west lies Whiteinch and to the east, Hillhead and other areas which make up the West End of Glasgow.

Partick was a Police burgh from 1852 until 1912 when it was incorporated into the city.[1] [2] Partick has historically attracted migrants from the Highlands and in response, several Gaelic agencies, such as the Gaelic Books Council are based in the area.[3] Some ATMs in the area display Gaelic.[4]


Partick remained a village until the middle of the 18th century. It is an ancient place: the Kings of Strathclyde had a residence there, and in 1136 King David I (1124–53) granted the lands of Perdyc to the see of Glasgow. The Bishops of Glasgow had a country seat in Partick. It was later the site of Partick Castle, a country home of George Hutcheson (demolished 1836).

It is thought the name comes from the British language Peartoc (like the Welsh perth), meaning "bush" or "thicket". Older anglicized forms include Perdyc and Perthick. Partick, of old Perdyec.


It is historically divided into three social areas; south of Dumbarton Road, north of Dumbarton Road and the Partick Hill grand villas. Being within the sphere of influence of the University of Glasgow and neighbouring Glasgow's salubrious "West End" it has a high student population. Traditional industries for the area were shipbuilding and the huge Meadowside Granary (recently demolished to make way for the new Glasgow Harbour residential development) employed many residents also.[5] The main street in Partick, Dumbarton Road, has a number of services for residents to use.


Partick Burgh Hall is a community centre / venue in Partick. It regularly holds community events and is owned and managed by Culture & Sport Glasgow (part of Glasgow City Council). The hall was originally built in 1872 and has multiple rooms. The hall is staffed in order to accommodate events and to handle security. Private events are also held in the hall.[6]

Partick Community Council is an organization which exists in the area to deal with issues within the community. It is the oldest community group in Partick and consists of around twenty elected members. The boundary of this council runs from Byres Road to Crow Road and from the River Clyde to Highburgh Road. The council is funded by Glasgow City Council by way of an annual grant.[7]


  • Cricket: West of Scotland Cricket Club, based at Hamilton Crescent
  • Football: Partick Thistle FC were formed in the area in 1876, but left to play in Maryhill in 1909.[8]
Doocot beside railway line


Partick railway station is a trunk station serving as an interchange between the local rail, Glasgow Subway and local bus systems.[9] It replaced the former Partickhill railway station in 1979. There were previously three other stations in the area, Partick Central railway station (renamed Kelvin Hall station in 1959), Merkland Street and Partick West railway station.

The Partick interchange was redeveloped in 2012 due to its immense potential as a top-class interchange not only between Rail, Bus and Subway but also as the main interchange station between the Argyle and North Clyde rail lines.

Sights of Partick

There is an old Quaker burial ground, the 'Quakers Graveyard', situated at the bottom of Keith Street. Now a visitors attraction the graveyard was given over to the city of Glasgow. It was last used in 1857. Purdon Street, which runs parallel with Keith Street, was named after John Purdon, a prominent Quaker who lived in Partick in the 17th century. His wife is buried in the graveyard.[10]

Outside links


  1. Reevel Alderson. "How Glasgow annexed Govan and Partick 100 years ago". Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  2. Second City of The Empire: 1830s to 1914 from Retrieved 22 December 2011.
  3. Comhairle nan Leabhraichean (Books Council). Retrieved 22 December 2011. (Scottish Gaelic)
  4. The Gaels In Glasgow
  5. Glimpses of old Glasgow, Shipbuilding and Engineering
  6. Partick Burgh Hall on Retrieved 9 February 2012.
  7. What do we do? from Partick Community Council. Retrieved 9 February 2012
  8. Introduction from Partick Thistle: The Early Years. Retrieved 22 December 2011.
  9. Partick Interchange, from Retrieved 22 December 2011.
  10. Quaker Burial Ground