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Browsing Posts published in January, 2009



This morning, I visited a curious historical site at Camphill, Glasgow which is marked as a “fort” on official plans.

The earthwork consists of a badly eroded earthen rampart measuring internally 95m north-south by 93m slightly to one side of the summit of the hill.

Elevation of the site affords superb views and lends the site to defensive or observational purposes. However, various official excavations have proved inconclusive. Balance of probability is that the site is medieval as opposed to Iron Age. In 1985 a tiny shred of Roman samian ware pottery was found in the eroding bank which may put the date back nearly two millennia. The large rocks found in the centre of the site appear to have been placed there in relatively recent times.

The site appears to have no connection with the 1568 Battle of Langside which took place close by.

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This morning I connected with Glasgow’s industrial past through a visit to Busby Glen Park. The White Carte River flows through this Glen and the 18th century the water was harnessed to power huge textile works employing hundreds of men, women and children. This trip is best done in winter time ( i.e.now) as there is less tree foliage to obscure the views.

The cotton industry commenced in Busby in 1780 and lasted for about 100 years. Prior to cotton, there were mills in existence for waulk (washing and thickening cloth), lint and meal.

The physical legacy can still be traced through weirs, sluices, lades and converted former mill buildings.

The video clips below show the White Carte river and also the railway viaduct which was built in the 1860s to carry the railway across the river.

A fascinating short trip.

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This morning, I visited Crookston Castle located near the city of Glasgow and which qualifies as the second oldest building in Glasgow, dating to the 15th century. Originally, the site was first occupied by a, mainly wooden, castle built by Robert de Croc in the late 12th century. Subsequently, the Stewarts of Darnley built a massive stone tower in the 15th century to replace the earlier timber built castle. The stonework is of very high standard.The castle was attacked and partially destroyed by James IV in 1489 and then subject to a siege in 1544 .Later in the 16th century it was finally abandoned.

The castle is located off Brockburn Road and is deserving of a visit.

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