Bathgate  West Lothian


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Bathgate like this:

Bathgate, par. and manufacturing and market town, W. Linlithgowsh., 17 miles SW. of Edinburgh, 24 miles E. of Glasgow, and 385 miles from London by rail -- par., 10,876 ac., pop. 9450; town, pop. 4887; P.O., T.O., 3 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-day, Tuesday. Extensive coal, iron, paraffin oil, and lime works are in the vicinity. Here the celebrated Torbanehill gas-coal is worked. The town was the birthplace of Sir James Y. Simpson (1811-1870), the first to use chloroform as an anaesthetic.

Bathgate through time

Bathgate is now part of West Lothian district. Click here for graphs and data of how West Lothian has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Bathgate itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Bathgate in West Lothian | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 28th May 2024

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