Dumbarton (Scots Gaelic: Dùn Breatainn) is a toun in Wast Dunbartonshire in Scotland. The toun ligs on the northren bank o the River Clyde whaur the River Leven flows intae the Firth o Clyde. In 2006 it haed aboot 19,990 indwallers.[3]

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Population20,527 [2] (2001 census)
est. 19,990[3] (2006)
OS grid referenceNS397759
• Edinburgh54 mi (87 km) E
• Lunnon356 mi (574 km) SSE
Cooncil area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnitit Kinrick
Postcode destrictG82
Diallin code01389
EU PairlamentScotland
UK Pairlament
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55°57′00″N 4°34′00″W / 55.95°N 4.566667°W / 55.95; -4.566667Coordinates: 55°57′00″N 4°34′00″W / 55.95°N 4.566667°W / 55.95; -4.566667
Dumbarton Rock from Dumbarton


The toun has monie Scots spellins in use includin Dumbarton, Dumbairton, Dumbartoun an Dumbertan.[4] The nem comes frae the Scots Gaelic Dùn Breatainn meinin "fort o the Britons".[citation needit]


Dumbarton Castle, liggin oan the tap o Dumbarton Rock, is a historic stranghauld an wis lang the seat o pouer in the area. Due tae this fort an it's place on the River Clyde, Dumbarton wis the heidtoun o the auncient Kinrik o Strathclyde that covert a muckle pairt o the wastren Scots Lawlands at it's heicht.[citation needit] The toun wis the centre o govrenance fur the historic coontie o Dunbartonshire an a ryal burgh frae 1222 till 1975 an aw.[5]


Frae the 19t yeirhunder the toun wis a centre o ship-biggin, gless-makkin an whiskie-makkin.[citation needit] Thae industries hae dwinnlt syne, an Dumbarton is mair an mair a commuter toun for fowk wirkin in Glesga, 13 mile awa tae the sooth-east.


The toun haes a fitba team, cried Dumbarton F.C. that plays in Scottish League Ane, the third tier o the Scottish Professional Football League.


  1. "Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba ~ Gaelic Place-Names of Scotland". Gaelicplacenames.org. Archived frae the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 30 Mey 2014.
  2. "Comparative Population Profile: Dumbarton Locality". Scotland's Census Results Online. 29 Apryle 2001. Retrieved 2 September 2008.
  3. a b "Publications and Data". General Record Office for Scotland. Archived frae the original on 30 September 2008. Retrieved 12 September 2011. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "gro" defined multiple times wi different content
  4. "Scots Language Centre: Scottish Place Names in Scots". Scotslanguage.com. Retrieved 30 Mey 2014.
  5. "Vision of Britain". Accessed on 12 Sept 2011