NS4273 : Milton Island: the western end

taken 3 years ago, near to Milton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Milton Island: the western end
Milton Island: the western end
Milton Island, which hardly seems to deserve that designation now, includes not just the grassy area in the foreground, but also a similar patch about 160 metres ahead, just left of centre, that is shown in NS4273 : Milton Island: the eastern end. The "island", such as it is, extends from here to there.

Some bollards associated with the former Esso terminal are ahead, right of centre: NS4273 : Bollards on the River Clyde.
Milton Island

Roy's Military Survey of Scotland (c.1740s50s) shows an island called "Green Inch" here. John Ainslie's "Map of the Southern Part of Scotland" (1821) calls it Milton Island, as does present-day mapping.

The OS Name Books (1860) observe that it is "an Island in the foreshore of the Clyde at Milton from which it is named. It is never covered at High Water above the High Water Mark shewn".

The shore is much changed since then; the former but long-standing presence of an Esso terminal Link just upriver will have had some effect on coastal deposition and erosion here, as will natural processes.

Although, as a result, there is no longer an island here in any meaningful sense, the old name remains; as of 2018, the "island" appears as a number of small grassy patches that lie within a larger but much less distinct boundary.

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Friday, 9 March, 2018   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 21 March, 2018
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4258 7378 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:55.8742N 4:31.2834W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4253 7380
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