This morning, I collected guests from central Glasgow and then embarked on a Leishman and Dunsmore ancestry themed tour of North Lanarkshire.

The tour commenced with a stop at Condorrat which, in the mid-19th century, was home to a community of textile weavers. There is one former weaver’s cottage still preserved ( see below). We also visited an ancestral site in Airdrie Road.

Next, we moved to nearby Cumbernauld Village where we were met at the Old Parish Church by local historian, Jim, who had, very generously, undertaken extensive and detailed family research on behalf of the group and provided a comprehensive talk on the family history and Cumbernauld local history including the nearby Antonine Wall which dates from the Roman period ( 2nd century AD.)

For lunch we visited the nearby Black Bull pub after which we continued our tour taking in:

  • Cumbernauld House, an 18th century mansion.
  • Film studios where the Outlander is being produced.
  • Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life which has main focus on local heavy industry during the 19th century.
  • Old Monkland Parish Church.
  • Calder Street and Locks Street, Coatbridge.
  • Greengairs.
  • Riggend.

Finally, we returned to Glasgow by 5.3m.

Tomorrow, we commence a sight-seeing tour of Scotland.

Airdrie Road, Condorrat

Airdrie Road

Condorrat

Condorrat

Weaver’s cottage, Condorrat

Weaver's Cottage

Leishman Ancestry Group at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church

Leishman Ancestry Group

Cumbernauld Parish Church Burial Ground

Cumbernauld Old Parish Church

Cumbernauld Parish Church Burial Ground

Cumbernauld Old Parish Church

Leishman and Dunsmore Grave-Marker at Cumbernauld

Leishman Grave-Marker
Black Bull, Cumbernauld

Black Bull

Cumbernauld Village

Cumbernauld Village

Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life

Summerlee Museum

Summerlee Museum

Old Monkland Parish Church

Old Monkland Parish Church

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