19 Looking north along
the dyke we see Daer Reservoir and that is Tinto
Hill in the distance up in Lanarkshire. I grew up in Glasgow and it
was commonly held there that the source of the River
Clyde which runs through Glasgow
was Tinto Hill, but as you will see if you try this
link, Daer Water has at least part claim to that honour along with
Potrail Water which rises at the back of Durisdeer
Hill (east side of it).
There is also a saying that the Rivers Tweed, Annan and Clyde all rise
from the same hill. There is a Clyde Law (OS Ref. NT027171) which is certainly
near the sources of the Tweed and Annan Rivers though there is a short
descent and ascent before you get there from them - so there is a wee
touch of poetic license here then.
Clydes Burn runs west off Clyde Law, runs past a place called Little Clyde
and joins the conjoined
waters of Daer and Potrail just south of Elvanfoot (OS Ref. NS963155).
The first place that the Ordnance Survey "Landranger" map uses
the name River Clyde is between Crawford and Abington and they still call
the conjoined waters of the Daer and Potrail "Daer Water" after
the conjunction. So the official source remains a bit of an enigma and
you can take your pick with what you want to believe. Click
here if you want to see a shot of the upper reaches of the Potrail
above the Dalveen Pass.
The River Clyde was certainly very important indeed to the development
of Glasgow. They have another saying in Glasgow, that "Glasgow made
the Clyde and the Clyde made Glasgow" The townspeople dredged the
river for the boats and the trade from the boats and the shipbuilding
made Glasgow "the second city of the Empire" - when there still
was an Empire! Here is another
site you might like to look at in connection with the Daer Reservoir.