|Scottish Gaelic: Baile Nighean Sheadna|
Shettleston shown within Glasgow
|OS grid reference|
|Council area||Glasgow City Council|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|UK Parliament||Glasgow East|
|Scottish Parliament||Glasgow Shettleston|
Shettleston (Scots: Shuttlestoun, Scottish Gaelic: Baile Nighean Sheadna) is a district in the east end of Glasgow in Scotland. Like many of the city's districts, Shettleston was originally a small village on its outer edge.
Today Shettleston lies between the neighbouring districts of Parkhead to the west, and Baillieston to the east, and is about 2 and a half miles from the city centre. It incorporates the sub-districts of Greenfield and Sandyhills. The area is well served by public transport, lying on the key A89 road, and has a railway station on the North Clyde Line of the First ScotRail local railway network, with a direct link to Queen Street station in Central Glasgow. It once was linked to Hamilton by the North British Railway, but this line has long since been shut.
Famous natives of the area include Cliff Hanley, the lyricist of Scotland's anthem Scotland the Brave, world-renowned plastic surgeon, Dr. Ian Jackson, and Charles Wilson, former editor of The Times, Junior Campbell, (musician) with 60s band The Marmalade, (and, composer of the music for Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends), all of whom attended the local school Eastbank Academy. Comedienne 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 and musician Tony Donaldson were brought up in Shettleston. Harvard Financial historian Prof. Niall Ferguson has a familial connection to Shettleston.
Shettleston is the only place in the United Kingdom where life expectancy is falling. The reasons for the decline include poor diets and remarkably high smoking rates. Neighbouring Easterhouse does not fare much better. Shettleston F.C. is the local football team. 1089 (7th Glasgow) squadron Air Training Corps and E RHF Beardmore Army Cadet Force are both located on Killin Street.
Shettleston has a number of churches of all denominations, the largest of which is Shettleston Old Parish on Killin Street (Church of Scotland). Shettleston Old is home to a number of community groups, including the 94th Glasgow (1st Shettleston) Company of the Boys' Brigade, founded in 1893. In 2002, Shettleston was badly affected by flash floods.
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- Smith, David (14 March 2004). "Shettleston's falling life expectancy". Guardian (London). Retrieved 23 May 2010.