This afternoon, I am posting details of a ‘scouting trip’ which I undertook yesterday in preparation for a private ancestry tour which I am arranging for later in the year focused on the names Leishman and Dunsmore who lived in the region during the late 18th and 19th centuries and whose occupations centred on the weaving and mining industries.

Departed Glasgow 10.30 am and arrived Condorrat 11.10 am.  The centre of Condorrat remains intact. Efforts have beeen made to keep Condorrat tidy and attractive. Here can be found memorials to political radicals of the early 19th century, a mining disaster and ww1 casualties. More information on Condorrat will follow tomorrow.

The WW1 memorial below records the death of Alexander Leishman of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders.

Condorrat War Memorial, North Lanarkshire, Scotland

Condorrat, North Lanarkshire, Scotland

Condorrat Arms (pub), North Lanarkshire, Scotland

Airdrie Road, Condorrat, North Lanarkshire, Scotland

Here is Moss Road, Abronhill where we arrived at 12.15.

Moss Road, Abronhill, North Lanarkshire, Scotland

Next we explored access to Cumbernauld House and discovered this old building which is used as a theatre around 12.25pm

Cumbernauld Theatre, North Lanarkshire, Scotland

Next, we arrive Cumbernauld Village and Church at 12.45pm . After a quick walk around the village we had a good lunch at the Black Bull, which dates back to 1679, and departed at 2.00pm.

Inside Black Bull Pub, Cumbernauld Village, North Lanarkshire

Black Bull Pub, Cumbernauld, Scotland

Cumbernauld Village, North Lanarkshire, Scotland

Next to the village of Greengairs, where we arrive at 2.25pm.Here we obtained good views of the Campsie Fells ( hills) to the north.

Greengairs, North Lanarkshire, Scotland

Tree-lined lane near Greengairs, North Lanarkshire

Next to Riggend, a small residential community with limited vehicular access. Previously a working community existed here centred on the nearby coal mine and which included a school and scout hut. However, after closure of the mine the buildings were redeveloped to cater for a new residents.

Riggend, North Lanarkshire, Scotland

We left Riggend at 3.00pm and then moved on to nearby New Monkland Parish Church at Glenmavis, Airdrie. The building was not open. Very difficult parking.

New Monkland Parish Church, North Lanarkshire, Scotland

Next we went to the Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life at Coatbridge, arriving at 3.30pm. For more detailed information refer yesterday’s blog post.

Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life, Coatbridge, Scotland

Next to Calder Street and Locks Street, Coatbridge, which we left at 4.35pm.

Calder Street, Coatbridge, Scotland

Locks Street, Coatbridge, Scotland

Next, we arrive Dyke Head Road, Baillieston at 4.45pm.

Dyke Head Road, Bargeddie, Scotland

Our final visit was Old Monkland Parish Church where we arrived at 5.00pm. Close by is 100 year old,  Kirkstyle Cottages with distinctive architecture.

Kirkstyle Cottages ( 1914), Coatbridge, Scotland

Old Monkland Parish Church, Coatbridge, Scotland

With mission completed we returned to base in Glasgow arriving at 6.00pm

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