The Gorbals (Scottish Gaelic: Gort a' Bhaile) is an area on the south bank of the River Clyde in the city of Glasgow, Scotland. By the late 19th century, it had become over-populated and adversely affected by local industrialisation.
Many people lived here because their jobs provided this home and they could not afford their own. It became widely known as a dangerous slum and was subject to efforts at redevelopment, which contributed to more problems such as homeless people and diseases spreading. In recent decades, some buildings have been demolished for a mixture of market and social housing; others are being refurbished and restored to a higher standard.
The Kilkie connection here is to James Kilkie from Lismacarol, who seems to have moved to this part of Glasgow between 1881 and 1891 (according to the census).