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Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and third largest in the United Kingdom. Historically part of Lanarkshire, the city now forms Glasgow City Council Area, one of Scotland's 32 city regions; The local authority is the city council of Glasgow. Glasgow is located on the River Clyde in the West Central Lowlands of the country. Residents of the city are referred to as "Glaswegians" or "Weegies". It is the fourth most visited city in the UK. Glasgow grew from a small rural settlement on the Clyde to the largest seaport in Britain. He developed from the medieval bishopric and the royal castle and was later appointed in the 15th century to the University of Glasgow. In the 18th century it became an important center of the Scottish Enlightenment. From the eighteenth century, the city also grew as one of Britain's major hubs of transatlantic trade with North America and the West Indies.