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This morning, I visited Crookston Castle located near the city of Glasgow and which qualifies as the second oldest building in Glasgow, dating to the 15th century. Originally, the site was first occupied by a, mainly wooden, castle built by Robert de Croc in the late 12th century. Subsequently, the Stewarts of Darnley built a massive stone tower in the 15th century to replace the earlier timber built castle. The stonework is of very high standard.The castle was attacked and partially destroyed by James IV in 1489 and then subject to a siege in 1544 .Later in the 16th century it was finally abandoned.

The castle is located off Brockburn Road and is deserving of a visit.

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This evening I am presenting some video clips of my visit this morning to Paisley Abbey, near Glasgow.

Paisley Abbey was founded in 1163, initially as a Priory, but became an abbey answerable to Rome in 1245 and was dedicated to St.Mary, St. James, St. Mirin and St. Milburga. It is believed that William Wallace (‘Braveheart’) was educated at the Abbey. The building has had a chequered history:

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This morning, the sun was shining so I went to visit Pollock House, south Glasgow. This dates form 1747 when it was commissioned by the Maxwell family and built on a compact scale with four floors plus attics and 80ft long facades.The exterior errs to the austere but is enlivened by two pairs of sculptured swags on the south facade and pedimented entrance door.

The interior benefits from ornate plasterwork contributing to an air of exuberance but, regrettably, photography is not permitted inside.


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