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West Dunbartonshire Antonine Wall Community Map

The Antonine Wall Community map in West Dunbartonshire was created in early 2024 by Neil Thomson with a group of community members over 60, local to the Antonine Wall.

This map shows, points of interest along the Antonine Wall and is the perfect companion for small wanders or longer walks between Old Kilpatrick and Duntocher.

Please note: the map is intended for illustrative purposes only with some aspects of the artist’s work not drawn to scale.

Did you know? Local heritage stories (contributions from the group)

Neolithic settlement
A Neolithic settlement in the form of a prehistoric cemetery and ritual site were discovered in the 1930’s during sand quarrying work on each side of the Duntocher Boulevard (A82). More than 30 burials were recorded and finds included neolithic and Bronze age pottery, a rivetted bronze dagger, lignite and faience beads, a ring marked slab which probably formed one end of a cist containing a flint adze and a plano-convex flint knife. The site is under 5 a side football pitches called “ Goals” towards Drumchapel between Great Western Rd and The Antonine Rd.

Duntocher Irish Community
Duntocher had a large community of Irish people that settled in the village as it was then around 1835 to work in businesses created by local entrepreneur William Dunn. These included Duntocher Mill, Faifley Mill and the Dalnottar Iron works in Old Kilpatrick.

The Jeanie house
The remains of the old mill buildings are still visible beside the Duntocher Burn under the Great Western Road Bridge which spans a great ravine that the river cuts through before it descends down the hill to the clyde. These buildings are known locally as “ The Jeanie House” and the bridge is known as “ The Roman Bridge”.

Blitz Communal Grave
In Old Dalnottar cemetery there is a communal grave of victims from the Clydebank bombing Blitz on the town which occurred in WW2.

Medieval Pilgrimage Centre
Old Kilpatrick became a medieval pilgrimage centre due to it’s proximity with the Abbey at Paisley and it’s position at a key ford crossing point of the clyde. It is the birthplace of St Patrick who is commorated by the St patrick’s well in the centre of the village.

Interesting fact
Wood anemone was the Roman emblem for sickness because of the pale pink blush on it’s white petals.

Art and Poems

Participants were encouraged to write and draw during the sessions. Have a look at their work here:

About the Project:

The Antonine Wall was chosen as a pilot site for the UNESCO UK Local to Global project. Working with the team we decided to work with an audience of people aged 60+ living along the Wall in West Dunbartonshire. The aim was to encourage the use of the Wall as an outdoor venue and for local walks and facilitate social interaction. Over three weeks we organised three indoor workshops and two walks suitable for all abilities.

“This map was produced as part of the Antonine Wall’s participation as a pilot site in the UK National Commission for UNESCO’s ‘Local to Global’ project, which is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund – thanks to National Lottery players”

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.