Forth and Clyde Canal




Dates

08/03/1768Forth and Clyde Canal
Act receives Royal assent.
10/06/1768Forth and Clyde Canal
First sod cut by Sir Lawrence Dundas.
  /  /1769Forth and Clyde Canal
Roman house found at Castlecary while searching for construction stones.
  /08/1771Forth and Clyde Canal
More Roman remains found at Castlecary
  /  /1773Forth and Clyde Canal
Water let into the canal from Grangemouth to Kirkintilloch.
  /  /1773Forth and Clyde Canal
Port established on Canal at Hillhead, Kirkintilloch, as the Aqueduct over the Luggie had not been completed
  /  /1775Forth and Clyde Canal
Water let into the canal from Kirkintilloch to Stockingfield (Glasgow).
  /  /1775Forth and Clyde Canal
Water let into the canal from Stockingfield Junction [Canal] to Hamiltonhill Basin.
  /  /1775Forth and Clyde Canal
Construction workforce join army (American War of Independence) which delays construction.
  /  /1783Forth and Clyde Canal
Track boats TB Glasgow and TB Lady Charlotte operate between Grangemouth and Glasgow for goods and passengers.
  /  /1789Forth and Clyde Canal
Twin-hull paddle steamer, PS Experiment, tried by William Symington on canal.
  /  /1789William Symington
Trials made of larger prototype steam engine on the Forth and Clyde Canal.
  /  /1790Monkland Canal
Andrew Stirling of Drumpellier and William Stirling and Company take over canal and decide to extend it west to the Forth and Clyde Canal in Glasgow and east to Calderbank.
31/08/1790Forth and Clyde Canal
Canal opened from Stockingfield to Bowling. The sloop Agnes becomes the first vessel to sail from Grangemouth to Bowling.
  /  /1791Forth and Clyde Canal
Hamiltonhill Basin to Port Dundas Basin opened.
  /  /1793Monkland Canal
Forth and Clyde Canal
Monkland Canal and Forth and Clyde Canal joined by a new section of canal at the Blackhill Locks.
  /  /1799Forth and Clyde Canal
Hillend reservoir built for water supply, thought to be the largest reservoir in the world at the time
  /  /1802Charlotte Dundas, first practical steamship, on Forth and Clyde Canal
Engine built by William Symington.
  /  /1810Carron Iron Works
Tramway to Bainsford Basin on the Forth and Clyde Canal opened, replacing an earlier navigable cut.
  /  /1811Glasgow and Ardrossan Canal
Last section built into Port Eglinton, Glasgow. The canal ran from Johnstone to Port Eglinton. An aqueduct across the Clyde to join up with the Forth and Clyde Canal was considered, but not built. (The route between Elderslie and Port Eglinton was later used by the Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)).
  /  /1816Port Dundas Road Waggonway
Port Dundas Road, Glasgow, laid with rails by John Baird of Shotts for the Forth and Clyde Canal from Port Dundas to Glasgow. Replaced the scheme of 1793.
  /  /1830Forth and Clyde Canal
Some canal boats fitted with rails, at the suggestion of Thomas Grahame
  /  /1830Forth and Clyde Canal
Branch to the Lennoxtown Alum Works proposed, not built
  /  /1846Monkland Canal
Forth and Clyde Canal
Monkland Canal taken over by the Forth and Clyde Canal
  /  /1848Andrew Carnegie
Leaves Dunfermline by the Charlestown Railway, Forth paddle-steamer ferry, Forth and Clyde Canal and steamer from Glasgow.
15/07/1850Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway
Opened from Balloch [1st] via Dumbarton to Bowling on the River Clyde, and beside the Forth and Clyde Canal. Steamers ran in connection with the line on Loch Lomond and the River Clyde. A turntable is installed to the north west of the Balloch [1st] station.
  /  /1860Grangemouth Railway (Forth and Clyde Canal Company)
Line opened to goods. Worked by the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway.
  /  /1860Carron Iron Works
Tramway to Bainsford Basin on the Forth and Clyde Canal abandoned after railway opened from Stirlingshire Midland Junction Railway.
  /  /1860William Baird & Company Forth and Clyde Canal
Open mines at Twechar, Twechar Swing Bridge laid across the Forth and Clyde Canal for line which ran from Kilsyth to Waterside Loops on the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway.
  /  /1861Grangemouth Railway (Forth and Clyde Canal Company)
Line opened to passengers.
  /  /1865Twechar Pit 1
Opened to the north of the Forth and Clyde Canal by William Baird and Company for ironstone and later coal
  /  /1867Forth and Clyde Canal Caledonian Railway
Forth and Clyde Canal (and various assets such as the Grangemouth Railway (Forth and Clyde Canal Company))) bought by Caledonian Railway to compete with the North British Railway in the Forth - Clyde Valley.
  /  /1870Stobcross Railway
Act passed. A 30 chain diversion of the Forth and Clyde Canal was required. The line curved round the west of Glasgow after opposition for a more direct route, particularly of James Fleming of Kelvinside Estate.
  /  /1880Lion Foundry (Kirkintilloch)
Opened, served by both the Forth and Clyde Canal (raw materials) and the Campsie Branch (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway) (outgoing products).
01/08/1886Glasgow City and District Railway
Knightswood North Junction to Knightswood South Junction opened. The section included a tunnel under the Forth and Clyde Canal and Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway.
  /  /1889Forth and Clyde Canal
J&J Hay open a slip dock at Kirkintilloch for repairs to Puffers by their boatyard.
  /  /1891Glasgow Corporation
Buy Temple Gasworks and link them to Dawsholm Gasworks with a tunnel and the Forth and Clyde Canal.
  /  /1915Forth and Clyde Canal
Bascule Bridge at Kilbowie Road replaced with steel bridge to allow trams to run.
  /  /1931Sir William Arrol and Company
Build the rolling bridge at Temple over the Forth and Clyde Canal.
01/01/1948Forth and Clyde Canal
British Transport Commission
British Transport Commission take over the Forth and Clyde Canal
  /  /1961Forth and Clyde Canal
J&J Hays slip at Kirkintilloch closed to boat maintenance
  /  /1962Forth and Clyde Canal
British Waterways Board
Forth and Clyde Canal transferred to British Waterways Board
  /  /1962Forth and Clyde Canal
Swing bridge at Twechar, at 90 degrees to the canal, closed
13/10/1962Forth and Clyde Canal
Glasgow University Railway Society charter Ashton for a trip along the canal
01/01/1963Forth and Clyde Canal
Canal closed
29/01/1968Grangemouth Railway (Forth and Clyde Canal Company)
Grangemouth to Falkirk Grahamston (Grangemouth Junction) closed to passengers.
  /03/1997Grangemouth Railway (Forth and Clyde Canal Company)
Grangemouth Docks to Fouldubs Junction re-opened to freight.