This morning, I participated in a group hike around Eaglesham and environs, south of Glasgow.
Eaglesham is a conservation (heritage) village which is centred on a village green known as ‘The Orry’ through which flows a burn (stream) known as Linn Burn. Summary facts and information on Eaglesham:
- The name has nothing to do with avian raptors, instead it indicates existence of an early, first millennium,
- church via corruption of the Latin ecclesia.
- Located 16 miles south of Glasgow in S.W. Scotland with population of about 3,100 and now, essentially, a commuter community.
- Well endowed with interesting domestic architecture for the 18th and 19th centuries.
- Connected with Montgomery Clan via the nearby (ruined) Polnoon Castle. Image number two below illustrates a crest which was probably taken from the ruined castle which celebrates a marriage between the Montgomery and Eglinton families.
- In the 18th and 19th centuries a large water powered cotton mill was based on the Orry. However, this was destroyed by fire and never rebuilt.
- Image number six below illustrates Eaglesham Parish Church which dates from 1788. However, a church on the same site has existed since the 14th century.
- Near to the church, in Statue House, can be found an unusual collection of sculptures created in the 19th century by William Gemmell.
- Close by is Whitelee Wind Farm, the largest wind turbine facility in Europe.
- Eaglesham is famous as being close to the site where Nazi leader Rudolf Hess crash-landed on May 10th 1941 in an abortive attempt to bring WW2 to an early end.
Moving on to the walk, after navigating around the Orry we moved up, past a reservoir, to higher elevations where we encountered progressively lower temperatures ( at or below zero centigrade) with both white and black ice and thus somewhat unsafe underfoot. However, we did complete the planned trip without mishap, traversing farmland with cows, sheep and the omnipresent wind turbines.
At conclusion of the hike we availed of refreshments and warmed our chilled bodies at the Eglinton Arms in the centre of Eaglesham.