THE present parishes of
Kirkintilloch and Cumbernauld form a detached portion of the county of
Dumbarton, lying about six miles to the east of the main body of that
county, with parts of Lanarkshire and Stirlingshire intervening.
In ancient times they
appear to have formed, mainly or wholly, three properties or estates,
viz.: the baronies of Cumbernauld, Lenzie, and Kirkintilloch. The
history of these baronies is so interwoven with the fortunes of two
great families—first, of the Comyns, and latterly of the Flemings, who
became Earls of Wigton—that we shall, at the risk of being tedious, give
a brief account of events as they arise, which bear upon their history,
and through them upon Kirkintilloch. But the collateral incidents which
appear are so alluring, that, while going as straight to our object as
possible, we may occasionally be tempted to diverge from the path; but
this, while lengthening the journey, will also, we feel assured, render
it more attractive.