This evening, my theme is Provand’s Lordship which is located close to Glasgow Cathedral. This is a very rare example of 15th century domestic Scottish architecture. The precise original purpose of the building is uncertain although it is likely to have been linked to the administrative function of Diocese of Glasgow which administered a wide area of 200 parishes in medieval times.. The name implies that the building was originally the manse of the prebend of Provan but this was based on unproven assumptions dating from the late 19th century.

Whatever the buildings origins, it certainly  qualifies as a unique part of Glasgow’s heritage. It was originally built as a sandstone tenement with three stories and experienced many changes subsequently. It has now been completely restored and functions as a museum owned by Glasgow Council.

Images of the interior shown below include a unique collection of Scottish domestic furniture ascribed to the period around AD 1700.

Interior of Provand's Lordship

Provand's Lordship, Glasgow


Provand's Lordship

Oldest House in Glasgow

Interior of Provand's Lordship

Provand's Lordship

This image shows the St. Nicholas Garden, located behind Provand’s Lordship. The garden is architect designed with two components: a outer edge used as a physic garden containing plants used for medicinal purposes in the 15th century and a parterre in the centre reflecting the formal gardens of the Renaissance period.

Garden at Provand's Lordship

Garden behind Provand's Lordship

Elsewhere today I have been extremely busy with a considerable number of Scotland and Ireland tour enquiries, including a request for the Isle of Skye next month.

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