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Today, our main focus was the key sites in and around Glasgow.

After first attending to flight confirmations for following day we proceeded as follows:

  • To Pollock Park to view and photograph a small herd of Highland Cattle which are very placid and photogenic animals.

Highland Cows

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This evening, my theme is the McLennan Arch which is located at the entrance to Glasgow Green, quite close to the City Centre. This structure has always interested me, sitting in isolation in somewhat of no-man’s land, between the Glasgow City Centre and Glasgow Green. As described below, it transpires that the structure has been relocated a few times in course of its 200 year plus life.

The structure was designed in 1792 by leading Scottish architects of their day, Robert and James Adam. It formed the centrepiece of the facade of the Adams designed Assembly Rooms in Ingram Street and was subsequently moved ( at expense of Baillie James McLennan) to the London Road entrance of Glasgow Green and thence to the bottom of Charlotte Street in 1922.

The Arch was moved to its present location in 1991.

The carving on the sculptural panels depicts Apollo playing his lyre and the Three Graces dancing to the rhythm of a tambourine.

Elsewhere today, I have been busy researching various tours including fishing on the Tay in Perthshire and a Scottish Borders tour.

Posted information on Finlayson to my separate GlasgowAncestry blog.

Weather in Glasgow today has been relatively mild, maybe about 10 C, dry but overcast.

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This posting is by way of follow-up to that of March 14th. The interior is open to the public on Thursdays so I availed of the opportunity for a visit, an endeavour which proved quite rewarding.

The building dates from 1739-1755. It is an approximate copy of St. Martins in the Fields, London. Architect was Allan Dreghorn, a local entrepreneur working in association with Mungo Nasmith (Master mason) and Thomas Clayton ( Plasterer).

The interior features Corinthian columns, rococo plasterwork, stucco work (by Clayton), gilded plasterwork, pulpit built from Spanish mahogany and oak floor. At the back of the church is a marble panel dating from 1906 which at the time was described as being composed of ‘marbles, agates and mosaics…a border of black marble is of mossy-green Grecian marble brightened by two medallions in mosaic with the two Greek symbols, Alpha and Omega-the beginning and the ending saith the Lord.’

Here is a video clip of the interior.

On the way home I visited nearby St. Martins in the Green which has a burial ground containing some very old and interesting memorial stones. I took photographs of the stones for future inclusion in my GlasgowAncestry blog.

On the way back I noticed this intriguing piece of art work on what appears to be a hoarding relating to some building work. I am not sure if the art work is official or otherwise but it does add a bit of colour to the urban scenery.

Closer to home I encountered these crocus and snowdrops. Spring is just about here!

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