New book on Kilsyth history

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Anyone interested in local history would be well advised to take a look at the latest publication from Kilsyth Heritage Group.

Their third book, which last week launched at R.A. Cant’s store in the town, is entitled “Street Names of Kilsyth Old and New” and features an A-Z listing of Kilsyth’s streets and where the names have come from, according to a variety of historic sources the group have studied.

The book is also heavily illustrated with old photographs accompanying each entry.

Here are a few examples of discoveries made by the heritage Group: Adam’s Place is named for the Adams family, who were bell ringers at Burns Church for over a century.

Matthew Adams was the bell ringer at the time of Queen Victoria’s jubilee celebrations.
Burngreen has been a public park since 1910 when the bandstand and other features were added.
Cronulla Place is named after the Australian town of Cronulla, near the original penal colony.

The area around Market Square is named for the markets which used to be held every Friday.

The book can be purchased from R A Cant’s store for £2 or you can choose any three of the Heritage Group’s books for £5.