This evening, I am posting information on important sites in Scotland associated with Clan Maxwell.

The progenitor of Clan Maxwell may have been Maccus, son of Undweyn who was active in the 12th century. Maccus may have been of English or Norwegian descent. He gave his name to Maccuswell and Maccustoun (Maxton), both in the Scottish Borders region. The surname progressively evolved into Maxwell.

Caerlaverock Castle (above) near Dumfries was a major power base for the Maxwells from around the mid 13th century through to 1640.

Other Maxwell sites are in Glasgow, about 85 miles north of Caerlaverock,viz:

Pollok House and Pollok Park in south Glasgow.This area has been home to the Maxwells since the mid 13th century. The current 18th century mansion replaced a medieval castle the foundations of which can still be seen.

The Maxwells were also major benefactors in the Pollokshields region providing financial assistance to construction of the Sir John Maxwell Primary School (now redundant) and Pollokshields Burgh Hall (still in use). There is also a Maxwell Road in Pollokshields and a pub in Shawlands called the Sir John Stirling Maxwell (1866-1956)

Sir John Maxwell Primary School, Pollokshields, Glasgow


Pollokshields Burgh Hall, Glasgow, Scotland


Maxwell Road, Pollokshields, Glasgow


Sir John Stirling Maxwell Pub, Shawlands, Glasgow

Newark Castle in Port Glasgow, about 20 miles west of Glasgow. This was built by the Maxwells of Calderwood with 16th century mansion added by Sir Patrick Maxwell.

Newark Castle, Port Glasgow, Scotland

Crookston Castle, Glasgow was acquired by the Maxwells of Pollok in 1757. It was partially restored to coincide with a visit of Queen Victoria in 1847 and donated to heritage organisation, National Trust for Scotland in 1931 by Sir John Maxwell Stirling-Maxwell.