Partick (Scots: Pairtick, Scottish Gaelic: Pàrtaig) is an area of Glasgow on the north bank of the River Clyde, just across from Govan. To the west lies Whiteinch, to the east Yorkhill and Kelvingrove Park (across the River Kelvin), and to the north Broomhill, Hyndland, Dowanhill, Hillhead, areas which form part of the West End of Glasgow. Partick was a Police burgh from 1852 until 1912 when it was incorporated into the city.[5][6] Partick is the area of the city most connected with the Highlands, and several Gaelic agencies, such as the Gaelic Books Council (Scottish Gaelic: Comhairle nan Leabhraichean) are located in the area.[7] Some ATMs in the area display Gaelic.[8]

Location within Glasgow
Area0.85 km2 (0.33 sq mi) [3]
Population8,884 (2015) [4]
 Density10,452/km2 (27,070/sq mi)
OS grid referenceNS554665
Council area
Lieutenancy area
  • Glasgow
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGLASGOW
Postcode districtG11
Dialling code0141
EU ParliamentScotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament


The modern name derives from the ancient Cumbric Peartoc (as in the modern Welsh word perth, meaning "bush or thicket").

This was adopted into Scottish Gaelic as Peart(h)aig, giving modern Gaelic Pearraig or Pàrtaig (the latter is used on signs at Partick railway station). Older anglicised forms include Perdyc and Perthick. Partick, of old Perdyec, from the Gaelic aper dhu ec, meaning the place at the confluence or mouth of the dark river.[9]


Although 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 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 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.[10] The main street in Partick, Dumbarton Road, has a number of services for residents to use.


Partick Burgh Hall is a venue (much like a community centre) located within 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.[11]

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.[12]

Examples of activities of the Community Council include:[12]


Partick is home to the West of Scotland Cricket Club's Hamilton Crescent ground, which was the site of the first ever international football match (between Scotland and England) on 30 November 1872.[13]

Partick Thistle Football Club were formed in the area in 1876, but left to play in the Maryhill area of Glasgow in 1909.[14]


Partick railway station is a trunk station serving as an interchange between the local rail, Glasgow Subway and local bus systems.[15] As well as being the fifth busiest train station in Scotland, it is the only transport hub to connect three different types of public transport.[15] 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.


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.[16]

Partick's Catholic community is served by St Simon's church located at Bridge Street.

Notable people

See also


  1. Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba ~ Gaelic Place-names of Scotland
  2. List of railway station names in English, Scots and Gaelic – NewsNetScotland
  3. - 2011 Intermediate Zone (Glasgow Harbour and Partick South + Partick)
  4. - 2011 Intermediate Zone (Glasgow Harbour and Partick South + Partick)
  5. Reevel Alderson. "How Glasgow annexed Govan and Partick 100 years ago". Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  6. Second City of The Empire: 1830s to 1914 from Retrieved 22 December 2011.
  7. Comhairle nan Leabhraichean (Books Council). Retrieved 22 December 2011. (Scottish Gaelic)
  8. The Gaels In Glasgow
  9. Hugh Macintosh, Origin & History of Glasgow Street Names, James Hedderwick & Sons. Glasgow, 1902. Accessed through the Glasgow Digital Library.
  10. Glimpses of old Glasgow, Shipbuilding and Engineering
  11. Partick Burgh Hall Archived 23 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine on Retrieved 9 February 2012.
  12. What do we do? from Partick Community Council. Retrieved 9 February 2012
  13. Paul Mitchell. "The first international football match". Retrieved 23 September 2007.
  14. Introduction from Partick Thistle: The Early Years. Retrieved 22 December 2011.
  15. Partick Interchange, from Retrieved 22 December 2011.
  16. Quaker Burial Ground

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