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Wherever Scots settlers put down roots, Scottish namesakes can be found. In fact, from Canada to South American or New Zealand to South Africa, there are hundreds of towns, suburbs, villages, mountains, rivers, streets, schools, farms, hospitals or other elements that have “Glasgow” as their name.

If we look at cities named Glasgow, we would find out that most of them are in North America, where large-scale emigration from Scotland in the 1700s, accelerating in the next decades after the Jacobite rising of 1745 and Scottish Highland Clearances, with more than 50,000 Scots settled in the thirteen USA original colonies and some hundreds landed in Nova Scotia, Canada with a ship named The Hector.

The XIX century is the era of massive migration and expansion, conquest and settlement of the American west, with Scottish people participating in it and creating new settlements throughout the US named Glasgow.

Enjoy Glasgow, Kentucky

GLASGOW, KENTUCKY | 2018 Best cities named Glasgow Gold Winner

Established in 1799, Glasgow is a beautiful city in central Barren County, Kentucky, in the United States, with an estimated population of 14,200.

Their founders were William Logan, senator and lawyer (1776-1822), one of the two commissioners charged with selecting the place for a new settlement, and John Gorin, who donated 50 acres (20 Ha). But other sources tell John Matthews, born in Glasgow, Scotland, was an early trustee of the town and give him credit for naming the city.

Glasgow is known for its annual Glasgow Highland Games, celebrating Scottish culture since 1986, historic homes dated back to the early 1800s on South Green Street, the regional campus of the Western Kentucky University and abundant outdoor activities around Mammoth Cave National Park and the Barren River Lake State Resort Park.

Pin  The city organizes annual Glasgow Highland Games.

Visit New Glasgow, Canada

NEW GLASGOW, CANADA | 2018 Best cities named Glasgow Silver Winner

New Glasgow is a town in Pictou County, in the province of Nova Scotia, Canada. It has 9,075 population, although if we include the smaller adjacent towns the size is 34,500 people.

Founded during the late 18th century by Sir Robert Kennedy and other Scottish immigrants, including those on the ship Hector in 1773, it was officially named New Glasgow in 1809, the same year of its first trading post.

Developed as a manufacturing and port community during the 19th century, during more recent decades New Glasgow has become a service centre for the county, with shopping centres, retail and residential developments, beautiful trails, interesting landmarks, such as the Riverfront marina, Glasgow Square Theatre or the Museum of Industry, and interesting events, including the Riverfront Jubilee or the Festival of Tartans and Highland Games, the celebration of the town’s Scottish roots, held annualy since 1958.

Pin  Founded by immigrants from the ship Hector.

Have a look at Glasgow, Delaware

GLASGOW, DELAWARE | 2018 Best cities named Glasgow Bronze Winner

Glasgow is a vibrant community in New Castle County, Delaware, United States. The population is around 14,400 in a total area of 9.9 square miles (26 km2).

It is a quiet residential zone between forests, that celebrates the Glasgow Farmer’s Market at the crown jewel of the place, the Glasgow Park, a wonderful green surface used for many outdoor activities.

Glasgow also have 2 houses listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Samuel Henry Black House (known as La Grange, built in 1815) and the James Stewart House (also known as Holly Farm, from the second half of the 18th century).

Pin  Its main green zone, Glasgow Park, is also named after our city.

Call at Glasgow, Montana

GLASGOW, MONTANA | 2018 Best cities named Glasgow Fourth Winner

Glasgow is the county seat of Valley County, Montana, United States, with an estimated population of 3,400.
It was founded in 1887 as a railroad town by James J. Hill, who was responsible for creating many communities along the construction of the Great Northern Railway, running from Minnesota to Seattle (2,700 km).

Glasgow grew during the 1930s, when President Roosevelt authorized the construction of the Fort Peck Dam, which became a major source of employment. During World War II, Vietnam War and the earlier part of the Cold War, the Glasgow Air Force Base was used for different war planes squadrons. Closed in 1969, it became the present day Glasgow Airport.

Glasgow currently functions as the major regional administrative, shopping and services hub for Valley County, and contains the remarkable Valley County Pioneer Museum, showing from collections from Native American People to railroad and agriculture displays.

Pin  Valley County Pioneer Museum.

Delve into Glasgow, Oregon

GLASGOW, OREGON | 2018 Best cities named Glasgow Fifth Winner

Glasgow is a quiet community on the north side of Coos Bay, in Coos County, Oregon, United States with a population of around 763. The place name for Glasgow in the Coos language is Kdet.

Tourism, boating, and forest, fishing and agriculture specialty products dominate the zone economy.

The community was founded by real estate speculators in the 1890s. It flourished 30 years after its founding, when the construction of Route 101 made Glasgow the northern terminus of the ferry from North Bend, which was used to cross the bay prior to the completion of the Coos Bay Bridge.

The place was supposedly named by an unknown Scot because it reminded him of Glasgow, Scotland.

Pin  Coos Bay Bridge is its main landmark.

New Glasgow, QUEBEC (CANADA)
Glasgow, OREGON (USA)
Glasgow, OHIO (USA)
Glasgow, OHIO (USA)
Glasgow, MONTANA (USA)
Glasgow, IOWA (USA)
Glasgow, ALABAMA (USA)
Glasgow Village, MISSOURI (USA)
Glasgow Township, MINNESOTA (USA)
Glasgow Pines, DELAWARE (USA)
Glasgow Mills, NEW YORK STATE (USA)
Glasgow Court, DELAWARE (USA)
Glasgow Corner, ALABAMA (USA)
Glasgow (JAMAICA)

As Scots emigrated around the world they often reminded their home by giving Scottish place names to the locations in which they settled. Now there are thousands of towns, suburbs, villages, mountains, rivers and other topographical features from the USA but also from Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries.

At the picture, Glasgow Nursery School at New Amsterdam, Guyana. Near to a town named Edinburgh.


Winston Chuchill Glasgow Scotland quote

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Of all the small nations of this earth, perhaps only the ancient Greeks surpass the Scots in their contribution to mankind.

Winston S. Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1874-1956).


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Technical Criteria

Research led by SUZANNAH HENDERSON ׀
Date of the Research: 1-20 APRIL 2018 ׀
Publication date: 26 APRIL 2018
Review date: 26 APRIL 2019

Scope of the research & essential inclusion criteria:
Urban nucleus named GlasgowBeyond Scotland.
Premium+ criteria:
1 Foundation year. 2 History. 3 Scottish traditions. 4 Population. 5 Community feeling. 6 Beauty of the place. 7 Beauty of the environment 8 Weather. 9 Landmarks
Premium Validation criteria:
10 Amenities. 11 Cost of living. 12 Home prices. 13 Criminality. 14 Tax rates. 15 Commute time 16 Communications. 17 Touristic town. 18 Green zones. 19 Public services. 20 Historical & leisure places. 21 Schools. 22 Distance to large urban centres. 23 Population growth. 24 Others.

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