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Anyone been to Leadhills and/or Dumbarton, Scotland?

Travel Forums Europe Anyone been to Leadhills and/or Dumbarton, Scotland?

1. Posted by TahoeGuy (Budding Member 24 posts) 10y

My ancestors on my moms side emigrated to the US from those 2 cities and we want to consider visiting them when we go on our vacation.

If you've been there, what are they like?

2. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 10y

Both Leadhills and Dumbarton are near where I live, I don't know a great deal about Leadhills however as it's very small as far as I understand it and I've never been there myself. Dumbarton on the other hand I've been to several times and in fact my family traditionally came from Dumbarton also. It has a lot of history (there has been a settlement on that spot as far back as 800 BC and possibly earlier) but today it's essentially a commuter town for people who work in Glasgow. There's a castle there which is reasonably significant as far as British history is concerned, but to be perfectly honest the town itself wouldn't be a place you would visit without a particular reason as there isn't a great deal there today aside from residential areas. Here's an article on the castle -

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dumbarton_Castle

3. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 10y

I found a half decent link on Leadhills if you haven't read it, I have to say that it looks a lot nicer than Dumbarton and actually fairly interesting, but to me it's always just been a name on a map.

http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/leadhills/leadhills/index.html

4. Posted by TahoeGuy (Budding Member 24 posts) 10y

That's a great site! Thank You, BlankFrack!