" Rutherglen, parl., royal, and police burgh and par., in NW. of Lanarkshire, on river Clyde, 2 miles SE. of Glasgow - par., 2151 ac., pop. 13,801; parl. burgh and town, pop. 11,265; royal and police burgh, pop. 11,473; P.O., T.O, 2 Banks, 1 newspaper. Rutherglen (popularly Ruglen) was made a royal burgh in 1126, and was a place of much importance before the rise of Glasgow. There are extensive collieries and ironworks in the vicinity. Rutherglen forms one of the Kilmarnock District of Parliamentary Burghs, which returns 1 member."
From John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles, 1887