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This morning, I collected my tour group from the Queen Elizabeth at Greenock, Firth of Clyde and then proceeded as follows:

First to Bearsden Roman Bath House. This was connected with a nearby fort on the Antonine Wall which dates from around AD 142.

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River Clyde at Greenock

River Clyde at Greenock, Glasgow

This evening, I am focusing on the River Clyde, west of Scotland. This river rises in the Lowther Hills in South Lanarkshire and runs for 106 miles, passing the city of Glasgow and into the sea past Greenock.

This river was at the heart of the Industrial Revolution, particularly shipbuilding, During the 19th and 20th centuries some 35,000 vessels were built on and around the river in the Glasgow area. Although civilian ship building is almost finished military shipbuilding continues to prosper with orders for aircraft carriers in process.

Today, the Clyde is quite clean and perhaps best known for leisure and sporting activities.

Image at top of this post was taken from site of a Roman fortlet dating from the 2nd Century AD.

Here is the Clyde in central Glasgow showing the Finnieston Crane, a memory of shipbuilding in the area. Read more on River Clyde, Scotland…



This evening my theme is Scotland’s Tower Houses including a selection of illustrative images.

Tower Houses date from the 14t to 15th centuries and evolved out of earlier timber structures. Although built to give an impression of defence, the actual driver was status, to impress and demonstrate wealth as, by this time, Scotland was generally a peaceable country. The actual tower was invariably not adequate in size to accommodate the household retinue and hence was generally supplemented by other buildings and accommodations which often included a large hall for entertainment purposes.

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