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In 1493, at the partition of lands once forming part of the Earldom of Lennox, some acres near the east end of Balloch and near the start of the road to Drymen became the property of Sir John Haldane of Gleneagles. The area thus became known as "Haldane".

Haldane's Mill was the name of a small settlement in the area around the mill itself.

Haldane, (The Haldane, locally) was the name given to a County Council housing scheme that was gradually built up in the area after the second world war.


Hawthornhill Road, in Dumbarton, leading west from the Castlehill housing scheme.

Hawthorn Avenue, in Dumbarton, part of a late twentieth century housing development at the extreme west end of the town.


This name refers to a strip of land in West Bridgend, Dumbarton, between the road and the River Leven, not far from the old bridge. It is a name formed from the personal name "Henry", and the Scots word shot. This word appears to have had the meaning of "piece of land from which one can shoot (cast) a fishing net into the water". It implies too, more than likely, the possession of the fishing rights by the landowner.

Who "Henry" was, however, is unknown. Absolutely certain, however, is the fact that the present-day Henryshot, the short street with tenement building in West Bridgend, is named after the land, and situated exactly there.

High Street, Dumbarton

The three principal streets in the medieval plan of Dumbarton were High Street, Church Street and College Street. High Street was the main street in the town. It could hardly be geographically lower, so how did it come by its name? No doubt some High Streets in Britain are so named because of an elevated position, but the implication usually is that they are the high(way) streets of the town, built up along the main through road. Occasionally (though not in this case) the "High Street" was developed just off (or at right angles to) the main road, if the latter was left to skirt the town.