The issue has been raised several times since Rutherglen and Cambuslang were expelled from Glasgow in 1996 and became part of the South Lanarkshire Council. Both cities have been part of Glasgow since 1975.The Farie family, long linked to Rutherglen, acquired it and it was they who established a coal mine there in 1805.The Macdonald school was originally built by subscription and was partly endowed with the interest of 500 pounds sterling bequeathed by Lieutenant Colonel Macdonald for the education of Protestant children in the city and parish of Rutherglen. The area borders Burnside proper and includes several hillside streets with views of the Burgh of Rutherglen and Glasgow. The Burgh area of Rutherglen includes the former heart of the Royal Burgh of Rutherglen and the surrounding area.
Rutherglen, an independent constituency of the Scottish Parliament since the late 16th century, was a parliamentary borough represented in the Parliament of the United Kingdom as a component of the Glasgow Burghs constituency from 1708 to 1832 and as a component of Kilmarnock Burghs from 1832 to 1918.A small, prosperous town within the Rutherglen border, focusing primarily on the areas of Stonelaw Road and Burnside Road. Rutherglen Burgh has Rutherglen railway station (opened in 1884), and Croftfoot and Burnside stations are closer to the southern parts of the city. In 1697, the irreconcilables of the Presbyterian party had decided to publish a “Declaration and Testimony of the True Presbyterian Party in Scotland”, and a corps of 80 riders, under the command of Robert Hamilton, brother of Preston's landowner, set out for Glasgow with the intention of publicly proclaiming their doctrine there; but realizing that this city was occupied by a strong garrison of royalist troops, they went to Rutherglen. Some years after the completion of the project, studies show that pollution levels on Rutherglen's densely populated main street were still constantly measured at dangerously high levels, despite forecasts that traffic levels on urban streets in areas connected by the highway would decrease.
In the 17th century, Rutherglen was best known for its large horse fairs, which took place on the wide main street. The town council of Rutherglen, concerned about fires in the village's increasingly congested factories and houses, established a fire committee in 1892.In addition to men's amateur teams (such as Rutherglen AFC of the Scottish Amateur Football League), the city also had a women's football club, the Rutherglen Ladies, which formed in 1921 and played at a high level during the 1920s and 30s. The Clydesdale horse breed, which has achieved such well-deserved fame for its excellent qualities, was generally displayed in greater numbers and with greater perfection at the Rutherglen fairs than in any other market. Rutherglen has long been famous for its horse and livestock fairs, seven of which are held on the town's main street every year and generally attract large crowds of buyers and sellers from all over the country.