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Eaglesham is a village and parish in Renfrewshire, Scotland. It has a population of 3,127 . Today it is an accessible rural settlement within 30 minutes' drive of Glasgow. The village is distinctive in being built around a large triangular green. Eaglesham is about 10 miles south of Glasgow to the southeast of Newton Mearns, south of Busby and Clarkston, and southwest of East Kilbride.The ancient seat of the Earls of Eglinton; in the 17th century Eaglesham was a small market town; today's village was founded in 1769 by Alexander Montgomerie, 10th Earl of Eglinton; it had at one time handloom weaving and a cotton-mill. Many of its buildings are grade 'B' or 'C' listed but, as a whole, the village is 'A' listed. Eaglesham was designated Scotland's first outstanding conservation area in 1960. It is likely that there has been a place of worship here since the 5th or 6th centuries.The village is an example of an early Scottish planned village.HistoryOrigin of the nameThere have been several suggestions as to the meaning of Eaglesham, one being that the placename is composed of the Old English pre-7th-century personal name Ecgwulf, ecgel meaning sword-wolf, and ham meaning village or homestead, one of the most common elements found in English placenames. Another explanation is that Eaglesham means kirkton or church town, derived from the Gaelic eaglais meaning church and, again, the Saxon ham meaning hamlet or village, an explanation which is currently being popularised by the Christian community in the village.
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