Cambuslang Information

Cambuslang (Scots: Cammuslang, from Scottish Gaelic: Camas Lang) is a suburban town on the south-eastern outskirts of Glasgow, Scotland. It is within the local authority area of South Lanarkshire. The town is located just south of the River Clyde and about 6 miles (9.7 km) south-east of the centre of Glasgow.. Historically, it was a large civil parish incorporating nearby hamlets of Newton, Flemington and Halfway and was known as “the largest village in Scotland”.

Cambuslang’s name may derive from its location on the banks of a large bend on the River Clyde. Cambus literally means bend of the water in Scots and lang means long. It may also mean long bay – the bend in the Clyde was once the highest tidal bay on the river before a weir was built at Glasgow more than 100 years ago.

The Latin derivation of lang suggests a curved bank of a fast moving stream and the Old Parish Church was built on such a bank of the Kirk Burn that flows into the Clyde a mile or so down river. The rectangular parish church, with its square central tower, also stands on a hill – the Anglo-Saxon Camb means a crest or ridge. Designed by Edinburgh architect David Cousin, the ‘B’ listed building, which has an impressive vaulted interior and curved gallery supported on cast-iron columns, was built in the Kirkhill area between 1839 and 1841 on the site of previous churches dating back as far as the 1680s. Construction of the chancel was started in 1919 to a design by Peter MacGregor Chalmers and was completed in 1922.

Going back further in time, it has been suggested that Cambuslang is near where King Arthur won the the sixth of his 12 famous battles around 508AD, as described in the ninth century Historia Brittonum, written by Welsh scholar Nennius. Cambuslang is also supposedly where King Arthur killed the outlawed sons of Caw, a local enemy of Arthur who was buried in the area.

Of the few historical sites in the area, the most notable is probably Gilbertfield Castle, which was built by the Hamilton family in the early 17th century near Dechmont hill to the south of Cambuslang in the ancient barony of Drumsagard. By the 18th century it was owned by the retired soldier William Hamilton of Gilbertfield who translated the famous poem Sir William Wallace by Blind Harry from old Scots into English.

Another historic but less well known event was the evangelical phenomenon, the Cambuslang Wark in 1742. This was a massive religious event started by the local parish minister, Mr McCulloch, whose parishioners believed that a special outpouring of the Divine Spirit had taken place. Over a six-month period, more than 30,000 people, many of them not even religious, flocked to the area to hear several thousand speakers.

Around this time the population was primarily weavers, colliers, masons and agricultural labourers but with the coming of the industrial revolution it became a major centre of heavy industry with coal mining, textiles and iron manufacturing. Along with most of the rest of the country, heavy industry died off in the second half of the 20th century but in the 1980s the town saw the start of a redevelopment of its derelict industrial areas, with the establishment of an Investment Park and South Lanarkshire College. Most employment in the area currently comes from the distribution or service industries. The latest data records the population of Cambuslang as around 28,560.

(Extracts from Wikipedia and South Lanarkshire Council websites)

Local history

Cambuslang Family History Records,_Lanarkshire,_Scotland_Genealogy

Clydebridge Steelworks History (pictures from Edward Boyle)

Gazetteer of Scotland, 1882-85: Cambuslang

Glasgow & West of Scotland Family History Online Members’ Interests

Cambuslang Park (old pictures)

Old Cambuslang Photo Collection (Edward Boyle)

Old Scottish Records                                                                 

South Lanarkshire Council Archives and Records Centre

Vision of Britain through time: Cambuslang

MP, MSP and Councillors

Margaret Ferrier MP

Member of the UK Parliament for Rutherglen and Hamilton West

Tel:  020 7219 3000
Email: Twitter: @MargaretFerrierFacebook


Clare Haughey MSP
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Member of the Scottish Parliament for Rutherglen
Tel:  0141 561 5131
Facebook: ClareHaugheyMSP
Address: 85 Main Street, Rutherglen G73 2JQ


Cllr John Bradley

South Lanarkshire Councillor for Cambuslang West
Tel:  07388 955 040
Twitter@ @bradsat23


Cllr Walter Brogan
Walter Brogan
South Lanarkshire Councillor for Cambuslang East
Tel:  01698 454804 / 07825 583 903



Cllr Alistair Fulton

South Lanarkshire Councillor for Cambuslang East
Tel:  07388 955 021

Twitter: @ally_fulton


Cllr Norman Rae

South Lanarkshire Councillor for Cambuslang West




Cllr Katy Loudon

South Lanarkshire Councillor for Cambuslang East
Tel:  07388 955 046

Twitter@ KatyLoudonSNP


Cllr Margaret B Walker

South Lanarkshire Councillor for Cambuslang West
Tel:  07388 955 035 / 01698 455897 

Twitter: @CllrWalker


Community groups, support and centres

All about Cambuslang (Facebook Group):

Cambuslang Allotment Gardens:

Cambuslang Apiary Project:

Cambuslang Credit Union:

Cambuslang in Bloom (Contact Linda: 07972 558227 or email

Cambuslang Probus Club (Secretary:

Cambuslang & Rutherglen Community Health Initiative:

Cambuslang Strollers:

Central Cambuslang Tenants and Residents Association: (Contact Hilda: 0141 641 3934)

Citizens Advice Bureau Cambuslang:

Eastfield Community Centre:

Friends of Cambuslang Park:

Friends of Holmhills Wood Community Park:

Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust

The Nuture Education and Multicultural Society

Rotary Club of Cambuslang

Rutherglen and Cambuslang Housing Association

VASLAN – support for the voluntary and community sectors in South Lanarkshire


Cambuslang Baptist Church:

Cambuslang Parish Church (Church of Scotland)

St Bride’s RC Church:

St Cuthbert’s Church (Scottish Episcopal)

News media

CamGlen Radio

Rutherglen Reformer (covers Cambuslang)


Cairns Primary School

Calderwood Primary School

Cathkin High School

James Aiton Primary School

Saint Bride’s Primary School

St Cadoc’s Primary School

Stonelaw High School

Trinity High School

West Coats Primary School:

Sports clubs and leisure activities

Backwoods Survival School

Cambuslang Bowling Club

Cambuslang Football Academy

Cambuslang Football Club

Cambuslang Golf Club

Cambuslang Library

Cambuslang Rangers Football Club

Cambuslang Rugby Club

Cambuslang Thistle: 

Clyde Cycle Park

Eastfield Lifestyle – fitness centre and swimming pool

Kirkhill Bowling Club

Kirkhill Golf Club

Kirkhill Lawn Tennis Club

Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers:

ScotKart Indoor Karting

Universal Connections Youth Centre

Whitefield Bowling & Recreation Club