The origin of the name is not clear, and, like many place-names of possibly medieval origin, has had a multitude of spellings. A papal bull of 1179 refers to "villam filie Sedin" - the residence of Sedin's son or daughter. A Gaelic derivation suggests "the daughter of Seadna". Johnston (1892) observes that shuttle in Old English means a scuttle, whilst scutel means 'dish'.
Like several of the city's districts, Shettleston was originally a small village on its outer edge, lying within Lanarkshire. Today Shettleston - the heart of a local authority ward of the same name - lies between the neighbouring districts of Parkhead to the west, and Baillieston to the east, and is about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) from the city centre. Informally, it incorporates the neighbourhoods of Budhill, and Greenfield immediately to the north, although they fall within another Scottish Parliament constituency and Glasgow City Council ward; however, the Sandyhills neighbourhood to the south-east has the same administration as Shettleston in all respects. The area is well served by public transport, lying on the A89 road.
Shettleston railway station on the North Clyde line of the Abellio ScotRail local railway network provides a direct link to Glasgow Queen Street. It once was linked to Hamilton by the North British Railway, but this line has long since been closed.
In the early years of the 21st century, Shettleston was identified as the only place in the United Kingdom where life expectancy was falling. The reasons for the decline included poor diet and remarkably high smoking rates. Neighbouring Easterhouse does not fare much better.
Shettleston has a number of churches of all denominations, St Paul's (RC), Shettleston Baptist Church, Shettleston Trinity Church, Romanian Orthodox Church in Shettleston Old Parish Church Halls, the Shettleston Old Church Halls is home to a number of community groups, including the 94th Glasgow (1st Shettleston) Company of the Boys' Brigade, founded in 1893. The church closed and parishioners were amalgamated with the Church of Scotland in Tollcross, due to building falling into disrepair in 2016 and as of 2017, is currently up for sale.
Famous people from the area include: the novelist Alistair MacLean, Cliff Hanley, the lyricist of Scotland's anthem Scotland the Brave, and Charles Wilson, former editor of The Times, Junior Campbell, (musician) with 1960s band The Marmalade, (and composer of the music for Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends), all of whom with the exception of MacLean attended the local school Eastbank Academy. Comedian Janey Godley wrote about her upbringing in 1960s/70s Shettleston in her autobiography Handstands in the Dark, published in 2005.
- Sports journalist/football commentator Archie Macpherson
- Stephen Fullarton (1919-2008), revolutionary Communist International Brigades soldier in the Spanish Civil War
- Peter McAleese (1942-), British Army and Rhodesian Army soldier
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