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Shandon
Shandon House, Shandon.jpg
The former St Andrew's School, Shandon House
Shandon is located in Argyll and Bute
Shandon
Shandon
OS grid reference NS267840
Council area
Lieutenancy area
  • Dunbartonshire
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HELENSBURGH
Postcode district G84
Police Strathclyde
Fire Strathclyde
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament
  • Argyll and Bute
Scottish Parliament
  • Dumbarton
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56°02′35″N 4°48′20″W / 56.04306°N 4.80556°W / 56.04306; -4.80556Coordinates: 56°02′35″N 4°48′20″W / 56.04306°N 4.80556°W / 56.04306; -4.80556

Shandon is an affluent settlement of houses forming a village on the open sea loch of the Gare Loch in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. Shandon overlooks the Rosneath Peninsula to the west and is bordered by Glen Fruin (Scottish Gaelic: Gleann Freòin) to the east, which is the site of the Battle of Glen Fruin, one of the last clan battles in Scotland, fought on 7 February 1603, in which an estimated 300 warriors on foot from the MacGregor Clan claimed victory over an estimated 600–800 men from the Colquhoun Clan on horse-back.

Shandon is 4 miles (6 kilometres) northwest of Helensburgh, 9 miles (14 kilometres) west of Loch Lomond and 33 miles (53 kilometres) northwest of Glasgow city centre. Formerly in the county of Dunbartonshire, it developed alongside other similar settlements in the area, in the 19th century, from a hamlet to a fashionable residential area for wealthy Glasgow merchants and several mansion houses still remain. Shandon Castle and Faslane Castle, dating from the Medieval age once occupied prominent positions in the area.

West Shandon House, built in the 1840s by John Thomas Rochead for Robert Napier, often described as 'the father of Clyde shipbuilding' was a prominent landmark and was renowned for housing Napier's extensive art collection. It later became a hydropathic institution, It was discussed to be demolished, however protests stopped the process and the building still stands to this day in disrepair.

Since the 1960s, Her Majesty's Naval Base Clyde has been based between the outskirts of Shandon and the village of Garelochhead at Faslane, and it occupies the whole of the former grounds of West Shandon House.

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