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Cardowan is a suburb outside of Glasgow, in North Lanarkshire, Scotland situated on the north-eastern outskirts of Glasgow, to the south of Stepps. The oldest documented reference to Cardowan comes from The Charters of David I of Scotland regarding the lands around Cardowan, Easter Cardowan, and Cardowan Muir which approximate the current Forestry Commission Cardowan Moss lands, and the current location of Cardowan.

Cardowan which grew around Cardowan Colliery, Garnkirk Fire-clay works, and clay mines in the immediate area. Cardowan's location proximity to Glasgow has been key to its expansion over the years, which has seen the former colliery site being transformed into a large scale residential development.