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Tour of Greenbank Garden Scotland

Monday, March 31, 2008

This morning I went out in the sunshine to take some images of the emerging spring.

I went to Greenbank Gardens and here are the results

Daffodils and Narcissus coming into bloom in the woods.

Garden pond with duck
Garden view
Garden view
This statue/fountain is called 'Foam' and dates from 1938 when it featured in the Empire Exhibition, Glasgow.
Another garden view.
Greenbank was very quiet and relaxing, yet very close to Glasgow.

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Scottish Castle Tour Stirling

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Stirling Castle is an excellent example of a Scottish castle and well located for the visitor to Scotland. It is situated on the rock of Stirling (an ancient volcano) and was the key to medieval Scotland. All invading armies had to come to the rock of Stirling to to enter Scotland's hinterlands.

The first record of a castle date from Alexander I who died there in 1124.

Close by were fought two major, decisive battles in which the Scots beat the English:

  • Stirling Bridge in 1297
  • Bannockburn in 1314
The Stewart age brought stability, and money was lavished to tun the castle into a symbol of royal authority:

  • The Great Hall of 1500
  • Gatehouse 1510
  • Royal Palace of King James V 1540
However, the palace was little used by royalty after 1603 but witnessed action in 1651 during a siege by Roundheads and was badly damaged.

Here is a recreation of the Castle kitchens.


Here is the main entrance
Here is the Palace (interior of which is being refurbished)

Another view of the entrance
Palace view

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James Bryden Ancestry Tour Dunfermline

Saturday, March 29, 2008

This afternoon I am posting an image of a memorial from Glasgow's Southern Necropolis. This is unusual because it includes reference to a couple who appear to have died in Dunfermline which is in the east of Scotland, near Edinburgh.

The inscription simply records the passing of:

James Bryden
Jane Bryden, wife of James.

No dates or ages are given.

Judging by the sequence on the memorial, the Brydens appear to have died sometime between 1874 and 1898.



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Inveraray Castle Tour Scotland

Friday, March 28, 2008

This evening I am presenting some images, from a recent tour, of Inveraray Castle which is located on the West of Scotland.

We arrived late in the evening and had the grounds to ourselves, which was great.

Inveraray Castle is the seat of The Duke of Argyll, Chief of Clan Campbell. The castle is located close to Loch Awe and dates from 1745-86. It was designed by Roger Morris and Robert Mylne.

Inside the castle can be viewed:

  • the famous Armoury collection
  • French tapestries
  • Scottish and European Furniture
  • The Clan room with its genealogical display.






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Clava Cairns Prehistory Tour Scotland

Thursday, March 27, 2008

This afternoon, I am presenting some images of a recent visit to Balnuaran of Clava, near Inverness which was incorporated in a recent tour.

This is an exceptionally well preserved group of prehistoric burial cairns dating back about 4000 years.

Here is a kerb stone with evidence of cup-marks.These are small, dish shaped depressions which have been carved into a rock surface by pecking away with a hard stone implement for what motive no-one knows for certain. There are 104 theories to explain the function of cup marks.


Here is an overview of the site looking towards the N.E.Cairn which is a well preserved passage grave.
Here is inside of one of the cairns which would have contained a body.

Anothse aspect of the site
Here is a friendly tour guide against one of the circle of standing stones which circle the N.E.Cairn.
Scotland is particularly well endowed with pre-history. If you are seeking a specialized tour then post a comment!

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Edradour Scottish Whiskey Distillery Tour

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

This evening I am posting some images of a recent Scotland tour which entailed a visit to Edradour which is a classic farm distillery and the smallest legal distillery in Scotland.

Edradour was founded in 1825 and currently produces 90,000 litres p.a.

The management of Edradour provide an excellent free tour taking visitors through the whole process of malting,mashing,fermentation, distillation and maturation.

There is an excellent whiskey shop at the Distillery which sells a wide range of specialist whiskeys.


Here is an aspect of the Distillery buildings.

Here is a copper still
Here is the glass-fronted spirit safe where the expert separates the middle cut containing the best quality alcohol from the feints or lower grade alcohol.

Malt mill
Tour group inspecting colling system which is used to cool the hot, alcoholic vapours rising up the neck of the still and condense them back into a liquid.


Edradour is located close to Pitlochry in Perthshire and is well worth a visit.

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Falls of Dochart Tour Killin Scotland

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

This afternoon I am presenting some images of a recent tour when we visited the Loch Tay area of Perthshire.

The Falls of Dochart are found at Killin at the south end of Loch Tay where the River Dochart enters Loch Tay.

Here it is possible to have a bit of fun and scramble across the rocks.

As will evident from one of the images, there was snow on the mountain peaks at time of our visit.

The name Killin is indicative of an early Christian settlement and means 'at the white cell'.




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Spittal of Glenshee Tour

Monday, March 24, 2008

This afternoon, I am presenting some images from a tour just completed which was undertaken in very snowy conditions. The route took us up to Spittal of Glenshee in the Highlands where we came to an abrupt halt due to adverse weather which resulted in the road being closed.We had a break at the Spittal hotel ( full up with two stranded coach parties) and then doubled back to Pitlochry and on up to Inverness via Killiecrankie and the A9.

The expedition proved quite a bit of fun and provided opportunity for good photos-and some snowball fights!

Spittal is a Scots word meaning a hospice or refuge for travellers, especially in mountainous country. The Spittal of Glenshee proved very apposite on the day we arrived-just standing room only!







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Loch Ness Castle Urquhart Tour

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Today I was on the last leg of a Scotland tour which included a visit to the famous Castle Urquhart on Loch Ness. The visit coincided with a heavy snow storm but that did not upset enjoyment of the visit.

There was fortifications at the Urquhart site back in prehistory but the present ruins date from around AD 1275 under the powerful Comyns.Subsequently the castle experienced a chequered history including:

  • Garrisoning by the English in 1296
  • Attack by Robert the Bruce in 1306
  • Embellishment and re-build by the Stewarts by 1400
  • Capture by the MacDonalds in 1452
  • Plundering by clansmen in 1544-45
  • Slighting of the defences afetr a Jacobite uprising in 1689.




This was just one leg of a great 3 day tour.

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Tour of Gorbals, Glasgow

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

This morning I went into the Gorbals area. This is a name long associated with social deprivation although back in the 18th century was an upscale area.

Here is an image of a former tenement block for which the area was notorious. Its all boarded up now but seems structurally sound.


This is an image of a local car repair company operating under a former railway bridge.


Here is an image of a road intersection with pub in foreground and a redundant derelict church in the background. the church is very interesting. It is known as the Caledonian Road Church and was designed by Alexander 'Greek' Thomson 1856-7. The tower is most unusual and may have been inspired by German architecture of the time.


Here are some images of tower blocks, formerly used for social housing, which are being prepared for demolition. There will be controlled explosions during first weekend in June. Should be quite a show!!


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Kelvingrove Tour Glasgow

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

This evening I am presenting some images of Glasgow's Kelvingrove museum.

This is both art gallery and museum which dates from 1901 and re-opened July 11th 2006.

The building is of red sandstone and was designed by London architects Simpson and Milner Allen

Kelvingrove features over 8,000 objects including:

  • Art masterpieces by Rembrandt and Titian
  • Impressionist paintings
  • Weaponry and suits of armour.
  • Dali's Christ of St.John of the Cross
  • A mummy and many other objects from ancient Egypt


This fascinating site is well worth a visit when in Glasgow.

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Tour of Luss Loch Lomond

Monday, March 17, 2008

This evening I am posting images of today's tour Loch of Lomond, Scotland. For March the weather was unusually fine and dry.

Here are some images of former slate workers cottages at Luss on the banks of Loch Lomond and now a heritage site.

This is a view of a snow capped Ben Lomond. In the past I have climbed this mountain.


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Elgin Cathedral Tour Scotland

Sunday, March 16, 2008

This afternoon I am presenting some images of a visit to Elgin Cathedral which is about 38 miles east of Inverness.

The Cathedral has had a very chequered life. It was founded in 1224 and which time was considered the finest in Scotland. In 1390 it was burned by the 'Wolf of Badenoch' (Alexander Stewart) following his excommunication form the church. The Cathedral suffered further damage during the Reformation.





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Spring in Rouken Glen Tour Glasgow

Saturday, March 15, 2008

This morning I visited Rouken Glen, South Glasgow to obtain images of emerging Spring.

Here are trees in early stage blossom and bulbs


Crocus
Heathers in formal garden
White heather


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Scott Monument Tour Edinburgh

Friday, March 14, 2008

This evening I am posting an image of the Scott Monument in Princes Street, Edinburgh.

This dates from 1844 and was designed by George Meikle Kemp, a self-taught architect.

Unfortunately, Kemp died by drowning in the Union Canal whilst the monument was being constructed.

The statue of Sir Walter Scott by John Steell was installed in 1846.

This monument dominates Princes Street. A good clean would do wonders for the image of the area,






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Sights of Edinburgh Tour

Thursday, March 13, 2008

This evening I am posting further images of my trip to Edinburgh yesterday.

Here is Bank of Scotland's Headquarters building. Dates from 1802-6. Originally a sedate, classical building later extended into Roman Baroque.

National Gallery. This was designed by William Playfair 1845.

Waverley Railway Station. This dates back to 1854 and is named after Sir Walter Scott's Waverley novels.

View of Calton Hill. It is the skyline which is important. Meant to portray the 'Athens of the North'. Buildings include the National monument, Old Observatory, New Observatory, Playfair's Monument, Nelson's Monument and more.


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Edinburgh Walking Tour

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

This afternoon I went to Edinburgh and took the opportunity to take a few pictures in the centre area.

Here is a view of the Royal Mile looking down towards Holyrood.

Here is a little known memorial to the Protestant reformer, John Knox. This plaque is located in Mary King's Close

Here is the memorial to Sir Walter Scott author of the Waverley Novels and much more. The monument is located in Princes Street. It is possible to climb up on the inside although I passed on that today because of the bad weather. This monument is in need of a good clean.

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Tay Fishing at Kinnaird

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

This evening I am presenting an image of a successful day at Kinnaird, near Dunkeld, Perthshire.

The Tay holds records as:

  • The longest river in Scotland ( 120 miles)
  • Having the largest catchment area in Scotland of 2400 sq miles
It is famous for trout and salmon

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Mary Thomson Ancestry Tour Campbelltown Scotland

Monday, March 10, 2008

This afternoon I am presenting some information on Mary Thomson, viz:

  • Married Archibald McMillan, merchant service seaman, in Glasgow on Dec 3rd 1793 by the Minister of the Gaelic Chapel in Glasgow.
  • Born Campbelltown Sept 25th 1786, daughter of Archibald Thomson,
  • Parents: Archibald Thomson, a custom house boatman and mother Barbara Williamson.
  • Died Campbelltown Sept 28th 1878
Comment: The above information may contain an error as such would imply that Mary married at age 7 yrs.

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Ian McMillan Sillars Ancestry Tour Glasgow

This afternoon I am presenting research on the ancestry of Ian McMillan Sillars whose great, grandparents were Duncan Sillars and Barbara McMillan who married in Glasgow in December 1841.

Ten years later at the 1851 Census they were living in Frederick Lane, Glasgow with their three children at that time, Duncan Sillars ( 14 yrs) working as a calenderer, Mary (10 yrs) and Daniel (2yrs). The father, Duncan was a tailor by trade and both he and his wife, Barbara were born in Campbelltown parish, Kintyre.

On the Campbelltown Parish Register it is recorded that Duncan Sillars was born there on March 11th 1810 and baptized next day. His parents were Duncan Sillars, a hand loom weaver, and mother was Anne (or Agnes) Niven. There is an entry for their marriage proclamations in the Campbelltown parish Register on Feb 7th 1794 followed by their marriage in March 1794.

The only Duncan Sillars born in Kintyre at this time was born on March 22nd 1770 in Killean and Kilchenzie parish to father Archibald Sellers. This Duncan had younger siblings, Mary born 1772, Jean born 1774, John born 1775 and Daniel born 1777.

This Sellars family of Killean parish are found in a list of the inhabitants upon the Duke of Argyll's property in Kintyre in 1792. The Sillars family was one of 7 families living at South Crubastill, Killean parish, Kintyre. The father, Archibald was 52 years. his wife Mary Kelly 43 and their three youngest children, Donald (10 yrs), Archibald (7 yrs) and Cathrine ( 4yrs). Also living with them at the time was a 12 year old Jean McMillan, a relation or domestic servant. All the older children, including Duncan ( age 22 yrs at time of the 1792 census) had left the family home by this time.

The only Archibald Sillars marriage at this time is an Archibald Sillars who married a Mary (Sillars) on Aug 7th 1768 in Kilbride parish on the island of Arran. It is believed that Archibald and Mary moved to Kintyre after their marriage.

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Sunday, March 9th

Sunday, March 09, 2008

This posting is a test. Can't load images. My other blog works fine.

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Rangers Ibrox Tour Glasgow

Saturday, March 08, 2008

This afternoon I am presenting some images from this morning's cycle ride. I took the opportunity to take some images of Rangers FC stadium at Ibrox in the spring sunshine.

Rangers Football (Soccer) Club dates back to 1872 and vies for position as Scotland's top club.

More information can be found at this website.




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House for Art Lover in Spring

This morning I visited Glasgow's Bellahouston Park and took some pictures of Mackintosh's famous House for an Art Lover from a garden perspective with many bulbs and flowers beginning to emerge.

Although designed in 1901, the House of an Art Lover was not completed until 1996. It is a stunning creation, both internally and externally. It looks particularly appealing in the spring sunshine!


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Glasgow Spring Garden Tour

This morning I went out (during a break in the rain) to take some photographs of the emerging flowers in Bellahouston Walled Garden, Glasgow (near House for Art Lover).

Provided below are images of a colourful spectacle including crocus, daffodils, polyanthus ( I think!), snow drops and more.

Overall, quite a feast for the eye!







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C.R.MACKINTOSH QUEEN'S CROSS CHURCH TOUR GLASGOW

This afternoon I am presenting images from yesterday's Mackintosh tour of Glasgow.

The images below are of the final site we visited, the famous Mackintosh Church, the only church built to the designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and which now houses the HQ of the Mackintosh Society.

The building was commissioned by the Free Church of St. Matthew, Glasgow. The foundation stone was laid on June 23rd 1898 and the building opened for worship on Sept 10th 1899.

This building was contemporary with Mackintosh's design for the Glasgow School of Art.



Here are some Mackintosh designed chairs in the hall which is accessed from from the rear of the church. There is also a piano in the hall-which one of out tour members payed very well!


Here is a view of the nave taken from the gallery.


Pulpit
View of the East Gallery. Note barrel vaulted roof which is similar to an upturned boat keel. This may have been an important symbol because at the time the church was built Glasgow was the powerhouse of world shipbuilding and there would have existed a pool of skilled craftsmen able to construct such a roof.

View of the south gallery

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Centre for Contemporary Arts Tour Glasgow

Friday, March 07, 2008

This evening I am presenting some images of the interior of Glasgow's Centre for Contemporary Arts.

I found this by chance. The Centre aims to create a relaxing, creative environment. The Centre's programme is focused on:

  • Visual arts
  • Contemporary music and film
  • Dance performance and spoken word
Light refreshments are available. Its a nice to drop in for refreshment and to absorb the atmosphere. The architecture is interesting.



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C.R.MACKINTOSH GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART TOUR

This evening, I am presenting an image of the exterior of the Glasgow School of Art which is acknowledged as the finest of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's architectural projects to have been built during his lifetime.

In 1896 Mackintosh won a competition which provided a somewhat revolutionary design incorporating a combination of huge windows and plain masonry.

Sadly, photographs of the interior are not permitted but guided tours of this still thriving art academy are provided by students and last about one hour. The interior is packed with distinctive Mackintosh designs and furniture.

A major US$15M refurbishment programme is in process.This will serve to boost visitor numbers by improving public access. Work on the building will include restoration of original features and removal of modern additions, plus a full programme of timber and stone repair. The new facilities will include a (Mackintosh) interpretation centre.

A visit to the School of Art will prove of great interest, especially to persons familiar with architecture and design. From the top floor a panoramic view of Glasgow is provided. However, there are no lifts/elevators.

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C.R.MACKINTOSH ART LOVER TOUR GLASGOW

This evening I am presenting various images from today's Charles Rennie Mackintosh tour which included the famous House for an Art Lover. This design was submitted in 1901 for a competition sponsored by a German magazine for a sumptuous Haus eines Kumsdtfreundes. This inspired Mackintosh and his wife Margaret MacDonald to create a princely private dwelling which is acknowledged as a masterpiece of early Modernism.

The House was finally completed in 1996 and can be found in Glasgow's Bellahouston Park near to the famous Burrell Collection.

There are a number of interesting Mackintosh sites in Glasgow and there exists a society dedicated Mackintosh's work.










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Bella Anderson Ancestry Tour Glasgow

Thursday, March 06, 2008

This evening I am presenting an image of a McNair family memorial recording various family members including Bella Anderson who died Nov 22nd 1880 age 66 years.

This memorial stone can be found in Glasgow's Southern Necropolis.


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Daniel Lindsay Ancestry Tour Glasgow

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

This evening I am posting an image from a Glasgow grave-marker which records a death on the other side of the world.

This stone is found in Glasgow's Southern Necropolis and records the passing of various members of the Lindsay family including one Daniel, son of David. Daniel's inscription is partly eroded but my best guess is that he died Jan 4th 1896 in Concordia, South Australia age 32 years.Daniel seems to have been the longest lived of the Lindsay children.

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Glasgow Night Fox

Here is an image of a friendly urban fox taken last night.

Incredibly, all the snow has melted now.

Our fox is quite friendly and will usually allow humans within about 10 feet.

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David Lindsay Scotland Ancestry Tour

This evening I am posting an image of a memorial from Glasgow's Southern Necropolis. Like many other Victorian era family grave-markers the stone records a sad tale of infant mortality which was a function of the rampant disease and poor water supply prevalent in mid 1800s Glasgow.
Here are the details:
  • Patriarch, David Lindsay died Feb 16th 1877 age 61 years
  • Mary, died July 16th 1849 age 15 months
  • Devina, died Oct 11th 1855 age 10 months
  • David, died Oct 14th 1859 age 3 years and 2 months
  • Jessie died August 23rd 1873 age 11 years and 9 months
  • Daniel, died in Concordia, South Australia on Jan 4th? age 32yrs?
  • David's wife, Margaret McBeth, died Sept 18th 1897 age 75 years.
Many times I see grave-markers with high levels of in fact mortality but with a common feature that the parents live to a good age by our standards, let alone the much lower life expectancy experienced in Victorian times.

The Scottish House of Lindsay was founded in the early 12th century by Sir Walter de Lindsay.

There are now many branches of the Lindsay family and some 200 spellings of the name


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Elizabeth Brown Ancestry Tour Glasgow

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

This evening I am presenting an image of a grave-marker from Glasgow's Southern Necropolis.

The stone chiefly records members of the Harper family but includes Elizabeth Brown, cousin of Ebenezer Harper, who died on May 17th 1893.



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Rouken Glen Tour Glasgow

This morning there occurred an unusual coincidence of weather for March in Glasgow in that (a) there was bright sunshine and (b) crisp snow after some falls over the previous 24 hours. So, I went off on my bike to nearby Rouken Glen to get some pics.

Firstly Rouken Glen is an unusual name. It is derived from Rokandmyll meaning ‘mill at the end of the rock’. It is a recreational park for southern Glasgow encompassing many acres of parkland, a golf course and boating lake.

Here is an image of a youngster out tobogganing on the golf course. Q Why was he not at school?!


Here are two images taken from the golf course looking north over Glasgow towards the Campsie Fells. Tower blocks in the middle distance.



Here is the waterfall. There is enough energy generated here to power a small hydro scheme!

In the 18th century industry was attracted to Rouken Glen as a function of the water power. Maybe we may have to go back to harness that energy?


Boating lake at Rouken Glen. Picture gives the impression of mid summer but the shores are covered in snow. There are many waterfowl present, i.e.swans, ducks, geese, etc.


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Ebenezer Harper Ancestry Tour Glasgow

Monday, March 03, 2008

This evening I am presenting an image of a grave-marker in Glasgow's Southern Necropolis recording various members of the Harper family including one Ebenezer Harper who died on Dec 21st 1887.

Harper is an occupational name meaning harp-maker/player.

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Helen Harper Glasgow Ancestry Tour

This evening I am posting an image of a family memorial from Glasgow's Southern Necropolis.

The stone records members of the Harper family of Glasgow.

Helen Harper died on Sept 16th 1854.

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James Harper Ancestry Tour Glasgow

This evening I am presenting an image of a grave-marker recording various members of the Harper family, Glasgow.

This memorial can be found in Glasgow's Southern Necropolis.

James Harper died on August 24th 1843.

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John Spiers Ancestry Tour Glasgow

This afternoon I am presenting the image of a Spiers family memorial which includes one John Spiers who died on January 8th 1901 age 55 years.

John appears to the son of Alexander Spiers.

The memorial stone was found at Glasgow's Southern Necropolis

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My Grandfather John Spiers came from Scotland to South Africa (with Scottish Rail), my father John Carstairs Spiers passed away some three years ago and I (John Carstairs Spiers have two boys Richard and Robert - wife couldn't stand another John Spiers. Anyone know of any connection still in Scotland?

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Mackintosh School of Art Tour Glasgow

This afternoon I am presenting external images of the Glasgow School of Art which is considered to be one of Mackintosh's most influential and significant structures.

This is still a "living" learning establishment with guided tours provided by Art School students.

Unfortunately,photographs of the interior are not permitted.

A tour is recommended and provides a panorama of Glasgow from the higher levels.



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Mackintosh House For Art Lover Tour Glasgow

This afternoon I am presenting images of Mackintosh's famous House for Art Lover which is located in Glasgow's Bellahouston Park.

This was designed in 1901 by Mackintosh and his wife Margaret MacDonald but not completed until 1996.

This unique property is one of Glasgow's most popular visitor attractions.








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Mackintosh Church Tour Glasgow

This afternoon I am posting some images of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's church at Queen's Cross, Glasgow.

This is the only church designed by Mackintosh which was built.It is now the Head Office of the Mackintosh Society.

The church has been described as an extraordinary essay in not-quite symmetries.







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James R Jeffrey Ancestry Tour Scotland

Sunday, March 02, 2008

This evening I am presenting an image from Glasgow's Southern Necropolis.

This family memorial stone records inter alia the passing of James R Jeffrey who died Oct 10th 1926 age 70 years.

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Mary McConnell Ancestry Tour Glasgow

This evening I am presenting an image of a memorial found in Glasgow's Southern Necropolis recording the passing of Mary McConnell on April 27 1890 age 80 years.

McConnell is Irish and Scots Gaelic meaning son of Conall. However, the name is also a variant of McDonald.

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Charles Stewart Ancestry Tour Glasgow Scotland

This evening I am presenting an image of a grave-marker from Glasgow's Southern Necropolis recording the passing of various members of the Stewart family, viz:

  • Charles Stewart died April 23rd 1874 age 58
  • Wife Mary McConnell died April 27 1890 age 80 years
  • Daughter Margaret Stewart Jeffrey died Sept 18th 1925 age 73
  • James R Jeffrey, husband of Margaret died Oct 10th 1926 age 70 years


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James Lawcock Ancestry Tour Glasgow Scotland

This evening I am presenting an image of a memorial found in Glasgow's Southern Necropolis relating to the Lawcock family.

Lawcock is a very unusual name. It appears to be concentrated in Derbyshire (N. England).

The stone is in poor condition.

It appears to record the passing of Patriarch, James Lawcock who died Jan 18 1855 and his children:

  • Jane who died Feb 5th 1911
  • John who died Jan 28 1857
  • Janet who died July 3 1852
  • Gavin who died Oct 6 1878
  • David who died Oct 26 1894
  • Ann Brown died Sept 20 1898
All the above seem to be very 'Anglo' type first names which may indicate the Lawcocks came from England.

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Anne C.S.McCullloch Ancestry Tour Scotland

This afternoon I am presenting an image of a grave-marker from Glasgow's Southern Necropolis.

This memorial stone records the passing of members of the Thomas Hayman family including inter alia his wife Anne who died October 30th 1886 and 71 years.


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Thomas Hayman Ancestry Tour Glasgow

This afternoon, I am presenting an image of a family memorial stone from Glasgow's Southern Necropolis.

Not unusual for the period there is evidence of very high infant mortality.

  • Janet, died Oct 3rd 1847 age 17 months
  • Jessie McCulloch Dec 16th 1856 age 3 weeks
  • John died April 21st 1859 age 16 years
  • Annie C.S. McCulloch died Nov 27 1869 age 18 yrs
  • James McCulloch Brown died Dec 20 1885 age 27
  • Anne C.S.McCulloch died Oct 30 1886 age 71
  • Thomas Hayman died Oct 12 1898 age 76
  • Thomas Hayman (son) died April 16 1891 age 41
  • William McCulloch Hayman died May 7 1904 age 60 yrs.


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Thomson St Vincent St Church Glasgow Tour

This afternoon, I am presenting some images of the only surviving intact church by Alexander 'Greek' Thomson. This dates from 1857-59 and is situated on the corner of St Vincent St and Pitt St Glasgow. This building's features include:

  • Own man-made Acropolis
  • Ionic porticoes
  • Internal cast iron columns
  • Windows with huge sheets of glass rammed into the masonry.
This is still a living church ( Free Church) and is an iconic site for students of architecture.



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John McIntyre Ancestry Tour Glasgow

This afternoon I am presenting images of a memorial in Cathcart Old Churchyard, Glasgow.

It was designed by the famous architect Alexander Greek Thomson for his friend, the builder John McIntyre for McIntyre's son's grave.

It is a powerful composition with a sarcophagus on a base of cyclopaen masonry.



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Alexander Thomson Ancestry Tour Glasgow

This afternoon I am presenting an image of Greek Thomson's memorial in Glasgow's Southern Necropolis. This is constructed in marble and features as one the most imposing memorials in the cemetery.

Thomson was the greatest architect of Victorian Glasgow. He was called 'Greek' Thomson because of his belief that the architecture of ancient Greece could be the basis of truly modern architecture.

Thomson was born in Balfron in 1817 and died 1875 at his home in Moray Place, Glasgow





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Greek Thomson Holmwood House Architecture Tour

This afternoon, I am presenting some images of Greek Thomson's Holmwood House, Netherlee road, Glasgow.

This was built for the owner of a paper mill 1857-58 and is now in custodianship of the National Trust.

The house was built in an asymmetric style according to Picturesque principles. Thomson designed everything in the house, including the rich polychromatic wall decoration.

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Mary Taylor Ancestry Tour Glasgow

This morning I am presenting an image of a MacDonald family memorial stone from Glasgow's Eastwood Old Cemetery.

It records inter alia the passing of Mary Taylor, wife of Donald MacDonald, on June 7th 1920 age 67 years.

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Donald MacDonald Ancestry Tour Glasgow

This morning I am presenting an image of a family memorial stone from Glasgow's Eastwood Old Cemetery.

It was erected by Donald MacDonald and wife, Mary Taylor and records passing of:

  • Their children Mary, Catherine and Flora all of whom died in infancy.
  • Agnes Taylor died June 21st 1899 age 22 years
  • May died Oct 4th 1903 age 3 years
  • Angus Taylor died Nov 20th 1903 age 4 years
  • Donald who died Dec 20th 1915 age 76 years
  • Son, Sgt William MacDonald killed in France Oct 25th 1918 age 25yrs (enlisted 1914)
  • Mary Taylor died June 7 1920 age 67
  • Janette MacDonald, great grand daughter died Dec 28th 1962 age 2 years.
This family clearly suffered from a high rate of infant mortality.


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Elizabeth W Reid Ancestry Tour Glasgow

Saturday, March 01, 2008

This evening I am presenting an image of a grave-marker recording the passing of Elizabeth W.Reid on Sept 20 1947 at age 93.

Elizabeth was the wife of James Lawrie who died June 1885.

This grave-marker can be found in Glasgow's Eastwood Old Cemetery.

Reid is the Scots form of Read and is one of the commonest surnames in Scotland.

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James Lawrie Ancestry Tour Glasgow

This evening, I am presenting an image of a grave-marker from Glasgow's Eastwood Old Cemetery.

The stone is recumbent and covered in moss. It records the passing of:

  • James D Lawrie in June 1885
  • David Reid Lawrie died March 25 1936 age 55
  • William Lawrie died March 23 1947 age 59
  • Elizabeth W Reid died Sept 20 1947 age 93 years.
Lawrie is a Scots name derived from the first name 'Lawrence'.

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Agnes Kinloch Ancestry Tour Glasgow

This evening I am presenting an image of a memorial to the Cullen family which includes Agnes Kinloch who died June 27th 1931.

The stone is located in Glasgow's Eastwood Old Cemetery.

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James Cullen Ancestry Tour Glasgow

This evening I am presenting an image from Glasgow's Eastwood Old Cemetery.

It records a memorial to James Cullen and his family. Here are the dates of death:

  • Wife, Agnes Kinloch June 27 1931
  • Son, Matthew Sept 27 1887
  • James May 13th 1896
  • Son, James Feb 3rd 1944
  • Daughter, Helen July 3rd 1951
  • Son, John April 10th 1957.

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Gorbals Glasgow Tour

This afternoon I went on a cycle ride down to Glasgow's Southern Necropolis. On route I took some pics of some Gorbals architecture. For more information on Glasgow tours visit this web page.

This first image contains Alexander 'Greek' Thomson's Caledonia Road Church, built 1857 and now a ruin.
In the background can be seen 1960s tower blocks which were built to replace the appalling social housing. However, these blocks are now vacant and appear to be in process if demolition.

Here is some notable modern architecture in the Gorbals, near to the Southern Necropolis

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