East Kilbride (district)

East Kilbride (Scottish Gaelic: Cille Bhrìghde an Ear, Scots: East Kirkbride) was a local government district in the Strathclyde region of Scotland from 1975 to 1996,[2] lying to the south of the regional capital Glasgow.

East Kilbride

East Kilbride district within Scotland
  Succeeded by(Part of) South Lanarkshire
GovernmentEast Kilbride District Council
  HQEast Kilbride[1]

Local Government

As its name suggests, the district (one of five in the Lanark sub-region and 19 overall across the Strathclyde region, which contained more than half of Scotland's population) was centred around the new town of East Kilbride within the historic county of Lanarkshire, although its boundaries extended some way beyond the town. In the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 leading to its creation, the district's desired composition was described as:[3]

  • In the county of Lanarkthe burgh of East Kilbride; in the Fourth district, the electoral division of Avondale; in the Eighth district, those parts of High Blantyre, Cambuslang South, and Carmunnock electoral divisions lying within the designated area of East Kilbride New Town.

Extending south from East Kilbride, its area was largely rural outwith the main town, and also included the small town of Strathaven and the villages of Chapelton, Glassford and Thorntonhall.

The Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994 abolished all of the districts and regions. The territory was merged with the Clydesdale and Hamilton districts and part of the Glasgow district to form the South Lanarkshire unitary council area, headquartered at Hamilton.

See also


  1. East Kilbride, Town Centre, Civic Centre, Canmore
  2. East Kilbride, Undiscovered Scotland
  3. "New Local Government areas". Hansard. 22 October 1973. Retrieved 21 February 2020.