travel from Clachan to Glasgow in the 1840s

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travel from Clachan to Glasgow in the 1840s

Postby robertsond » Thu Dec 30, 2021 7:43 am

An 1881 letter by Mary Currie describes the route from Glasgow to Clachan. She wrote of taking a steamer from Glasgow, through the Kyles of Bute to Tarbert, then via coach to Clachan. She also states, that "...travelling is now a very different thing, from what it was 30 years ago." Is she implying that this route might not have existed in 1842?

If not, would the journey have been the long circuitous route by land (e.g.: similar to today's A83)?

PS: The quotations above are taken from Frank Darroch's book A Darroch Family in Scotland and in Canada (pp 62 & 74).

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Re: travel from Clachan to Glasgow in the 1840s

Postby Abigail » Thu May 26, 2022 7:15 am

The historic route from the east to St Machan's Church is Cumroch Road. Which is an old path was in 1840 and now we know it as Cumroch Road. It was replaced by the construction of a new statute labour road from Lennoxtown to Campsie.
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