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This morning I am presenting some images of one of Scotland’s most iconic sites.

Govan (near Glasgow) has a remarkable heritage of thirty one early Christian carved stones which date from the 9th-11th centuries. They range from a sarcophagus and recumbant cross-slabs to free-standing crosses and cross-slabs together with a group of five hogback monuments. The stones indicate influences from Pictland to the north and Cumbria to the south. The present church dates from the 19th century but it sits on the site of an early Christian church dedicated to St. Constantine which may have been founded by the late 9th century.

The Govan Old Parish Church is effectively a museum housing the famous stones and is well worth a visit.

Hog back with ‘roof tiles’. Beasts at each end face each other over the ridge of the hogback.


Interior of Govan Old Parish Church

Two of the carved stones

One side of the ‘sun stone’ showing a rider on a strange beast.



Sarcophagus which it assumed was created to hold the body of the founder of the early church, possibly St. Constantine.

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The Glasgow Necropolis is considered one the most significant cemeteries in Europe. It is located conveniently close to Glasgow Cathedral and easily accessible. Commanding views of Glasgow are available from the summit.

The Necropolis has been described as a ‘unique representation of Victorian Glasgow, built when Glasgow was second city of the (British) empire. It exudes the confidence, wealth and security of that era.

The site is populated by memorials to the merchant patriachs of the City and contains the remains of leading Glaswegians. The memorials are designed by such notable architects as Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson, Bryce, Hamilton and Mackintosh.

The masonry work is of a very high standard.

This first image is actually of the Southern Necropolis near the Gorbals. Like its northern sibling it contains the memorials to the Great and the Good.It is strange place, partly vandalised but kept in a neat condition.


General view of the Necropolis
This is the Major Archibald Douglas Monteath Mausoleum which is based on the Knights Templar Church of the Holy Sepulchre,
Another general view with the Dunn of Duntocher Monument to the immediate right.


A view with the John Henry Alexander Monument in the centre left.This gentleman died as the result of an incident in a Glasgow theatre and the memorial reflects his thespian background and demise. The front section is an elaborate proscenium stage, with footlights, and the figures of tragedy and comedy complete with a laurel wreath all representing Alexander’s final curtain call.

Both Northern and Southern Necropolis appeal to a wide range of interests including photography, history, architecture, masonry and social history. Allow about 1 hour for each visit.

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This afternoon I am providing some information on Provand’s Lordship which is Glasgow’s second oldest building from the medieval period. The building was a manse belonging to the clergy of Barlanark or Provan but is believed to have been built as a manse for the hospital of St. Nicholas. The building dates from about 1471 and was built by Andrew Muirhead. This ancient building is well worth a visit and is conveniently close to the Cathedral and Necropolis.

The image is a view of the rear of the building.

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