Craigmaddie Reservoir

Location type


Name and dates

Craigmaddie Reservoir (1896-)

Opened on the Lochs, and lakes, water.


This reservoir, just north of Milngavie, provides drinking water for Glasgow. It is connected to Loch Katrine by a long distance pipeline, duplicating the existing pipeline which supplied the existing Mugdock Reservoir (directly to the west).

Acts were passed in 1882 and 1885 for the Water Commissioners to build the reservoir. The engineer was James M Gale.

In 1876 the building contractors Morrison & Mason (John Morrison & Thomas Mason) bought a standard gauge 0-4-0ST locomotive from Barclays & Co's River Bank Engine Works. This was used at Craigmaddie Reservoir. The date is interesting, being before the reservoir was built, the Mugdock Tunnel was built in 1886. Spares for the locomotive were needed in 1894 which, judging by the rough nature of the temporary lines laid, is not surprising.

The reservoir came into use in 1896.



External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67