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Balmore is located in East Dunbartonshire
Location within East Dunbartonshire
OS grid referenceNS6073
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGLASGOW
Postcode districtG64
Dialling code01360
EU ParliamentScotland
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55°56′02″N 4°14′10″W / 55.934°N 4.236°W / 55.934; -4.236Coordinates: 55°56′02″N 4°14′10″W / 55.934°N 4.236°W / 55.934; -4.236

Balmore (from the Scottish Gaelic "Baile Mòr" meaning a large settlement) is a small village in East Dunbartonshire, Scotland, located 1 km west of Torrance and 5 km east of Milngavie.[1]

To the south of Balmore lies The Balmore Haughs and the River Kelvin, which flows east–west before turning south and joining the River Clyde. To the south of the River Kelvin and north of the Forth & Clyde Canal lie several Imperial Roman archaeological sites. The remains of part of the Antonine Wall run east–west, and along it two Roman forts, one Roman fortlet and a Roman camp can all be found within 2 km of Balmore.[2]

Balmore appears on The Coal Authority's gazetteer of places where a Coal Mining Search is required in regard to property transactions.[3]

Balmore was appointed barony in 1478 by James III of Scotland the first Baron was James de Verre, member of a noble family coming from France. The title was owned by the family de Verre until 1823 when George de Verre twelfth Baron Balmore ceded the title to John Hamilton; the property remained at the Hamilton family until 2015, when August Hamilton fifteenth Baron of Balmore ceded the title to an Italian family.

The village and area was served by the North British Railway with Balmore railway station located on the Kelvin Valley Railway from 1879 to 1951, complete closure taking place under British Railways in 1961 with the closure of the Balmore Colliery.

Notable people[edit]

Notable people connected with Balmore include Magnus Magnusson, the journalist and television presenter who lived nearby until his death, and his daughter Sally.[4][5]


  1. ^ Express, Britain. "Historic towns and villages to visit in Aberdeenshire and Moray | Grampian Heritage Guide". Britain Express. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Cadder Roman Fort to Bearsden | The Antonine Wall |". Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Balmore Colliery Coal Mine information and photos". Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Mastermind presenter items auctioned". 31 October 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Mastermind presenter items auctioned". 31 October 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2019.