Queen's Park Archaeology Glasgow Scotland
Saturday, January 31, 2009
The earthwork consists of a badly eroded earthen rampart measuring internally 95m north-south by 93m slightly to one side of the summit of the hill.
Elevation of the site affords superb views and lends the site to defensive or observational purposes. However, various official excavations have proved inconclusive. Balance of probability is that the site is medieval as opposed to Iron Age. In 1985 a tiny shred of Roman samian ware pottery was found in the eroding bank which may put the date back nearly two millennia. The large rocks found in the centre of the site appear to have been placed there in relatively recent times.
The site appears to have no connection with the 1568 Battle of Langside which took place close by.
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Glasgow Industrial History: Busby Mills
Friday, January 30, 2009
The cotton industry commenced in Busby in 1780 and lasted for about 100 years. Prior to cotton, there were mills in existence for waulk (washing and thickening cloth), lint and meal.
The physical legacy can still be traced through weirs, sluices, lades and converted former mill buildings.
The video clips below show the White Carte river and also the railway viaduct which was built in the 1860s to carry the railway across the river.
A fascinating short trip.
Crookston Castle Glasgow Scotland
Thursday, January 29, 2009
The castle is located off Brockburn Road and is deserving of a visit.
Paisley Cotton Mill Scotland
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
The video clip shows an image of the former Clark's Threadmill (1924) located on the White Carte Water.During the late 19th and early 20th centuries Paisley's prosperity depended on the thread mills of the Coats and Clark families which employed many thousands of local people,
The Clark's Mill became derelict after the collapse of the thread-making industry but the building has since been restored as a combined residential and business accommodation.
Paisley Abbey Scotland
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
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:
- Burned by the English in 1307 and subsequently restored.
- Damaged by accidental fire in 1498 and restored.
- Tower collapsed in 1553 leaving part of the building open to elements for 350 years.
- Restored 1858-62.
- Re-roofed 1890-1907.
- Re-dedicated 1928.
This is a very impressive building and well worth visiting.
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River Clyde at Science Centre Glasgow Scotland
Monday, January 26, 2009
First image is (I think ) that of a cormorant which was happily diving for food. Bearing in mind the stretch of water was heavily polluted at one time this must be evidence of the progressive improvement in the cleanliness of the Clyde.
This video clip shows the Steamship Waverley, the Armadillo conference centre, Science Centre and Tall Ship all basking in the unusual sunlight.
Rose Garden Gorbals Glasgow Scotland
Sunday, January 25, 2009
It would appear that the Rose Garden was a former churchyard and/or cemetery. Around the walls of the Garden can be found tombstones and grave-markers to the deceased dating back to the 18th and early 19th centuries when the Gorbals was an upscale residential location.
The Gorbals is a fascinating area presenting a combination of heritage properties ( e.g.Caledonia Road Church) and modern architecture all just a mile or so from Glasgow City.
Gorbals Glasgow Scotland
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Burns Supper Glasgow Scotland
Friday, January 23, 2009
Here is an extract from one of Burns' poems, 'John Anderson, My Jo':
John Anderson my Jo, John,
When wee were first acquent;
Your locks were like the raven,
Your bony brow was brent;
But now your brow is beld , John,
Your locks are like the snaw;
But blessings on your frosty pow,
John Anderson my jo.
Sing-a-long after the supper
Address to the Haggis
A good evening in convivial company!
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Hampden Stadium Glasgow
Thursday, January 22, 2009
- Home of Scottish International football.
- A conference venue
- Home of Queen's Park F.C.
View of Glasgow from St. Andrew's Bridge
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Whilst taking the video there was a chance enounter with a horse drawn vehicle operated by Glasgow Council. A video clip of this unusual transport is also provided.
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Greenbank Garden Glasgow in January
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
At this time of the year, the garden is 'resting' but in spring summer the 3600 plants will burst into life and provide a colourful display.
Visit to Glasgow Green, Glasgow, Scotland
Monday, January 19, 2009
The short video below commences with the Templeton Carpet Factory which dates from the late 19th century with a design modelled on the Doge's Palace in Venice. This building is now used as business centre.
Next site of interest is the Doulton Fountain which originally appeared in the 1888 International Exhibition in Kelvingrove, Glasgow. The fountain incorporates carvings and statues reflecting the diversity of Britain's then world empire.
The camera next focuses on the Peoples Palace and Winter Gardens, a centre dedicated to the people and culture of Glasgow.
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Visit George Square Glasgow Scotland
Sunday, January 18, 2009
This shows the City Chambers, War Memorial, Scott Monument-and lots of friendly (hungry?) pigeons.
Visit to Barras Glasgow Scotland
Saturday, January 17, 2009
The short video below includes the adjacent Barrowland Ballroom, a major rock venue.
Southern Necropolis Glasgow Scotland
Friday, January 16, 2009
Below is a brief video clip of part of the cemetery which was taken from the main entrance area.
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Visit Paddy's Market Glasgow Scotland
Thursday, January 15, 2009
This market is mainly patronised by shoppers from low income groups. The goods for sale are mainly pre-used.
A fascinating vignette of Glasgow culture.
Glasgow Cathedral Scotland
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Visit to Pollock House Glasgow
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
The interior benefits from ornate plasterwork contributing to an air of exuberance but, regrettably, photography is not permitted inside.
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Monday, January 12, 2009
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River Clyde at Science Centre Glasgow
Sunday, January 11, 2009
- Wind Turbine
- BBC Scotland
- River Clyde with 'Squinty Bridge' or, more correctly, the Glasgow Arc bridge.
- Armadillo Conference Centre
- Finnieston Crane ( a legacy of Glasgow's shipbuilding past).
- Crown Plaza Hotel
- Footbridge over the Clyde
- The paddle steamer 'Waverley'
- Cranes at the Govan shipyards.
Waterfall at Rouken Glen Glasgow
Saturday, January 10, 2009
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James Donald Architecture Paisley Scotland
Friday, January 09, 2009
Greek Thomson Architecture Glasgow
Thursday, January 08, 2009
The architecture is of note because, instead of the usual butterfly symmetry in a pair of semi-detached houses, Thomson took one house plan and rotated it through 180 degrees so that that the resulting building has two identical, asymmetrical elevations, each both back and front.
Tour of Paisley Architecture Scotland
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
This building, now in very poor condition, was built for the Territorial Army, dates from 1896 and is located at 76 High Street,
The building was designed by Thomas Graham Abercrombie and is described as Scots Renaissance in polychrome sandstone with Art Nouveau belicote.
Paisley Architecture Scotland
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Here is Arnotts Department Store building (now closed) located in Gauze Street. The building was designed by James Steel Maitland and dates from 1924.
An impressive facade with bronze framed canted windows.
Glasgow Architecture Millbrae Crescent
Monday, January 05, 2009
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Laura's Private Family Tour of Scotland
Sunday, January 04, 2009
This is my first blog posting for the year as technical problems prevented postings in recent days.
Starting from Glasgow we commenced with a Roman theme. The following two images are of the Roman Baths at the fort on the Antonine Wall at Bearsden, now a prosperous suburb of Glasgow.The Antonie Wall dates from ad 142-144 and ran for 37 miles between what is now Glasgow and Edinburgh.
We traveled east following the line of the Antonine Wall until we reached the next site at Rough Castle, near Falkirk.
This image is of lilia ( lily pads). In fact they are the Roman equivalent of a minefield, comprising camouflaged pits within which were placed up ended pointed stakes intended to disable attackers.
Centre of Pitlochry, a popular Perthshire town.
The following three images are of Edradour Distillery, Scotland's smallest whisky distillery which provides visitors withe excellent free tours.
Whisky stills at Edradour
Mash Tun at Edradour
This is the Pass of Killiecrankie, Perthshire. This has a number attributes including (a) a natural corridor linking the Highlands and Lowlands (b) a strategic location for communication and transport (c) a site of Special Scientific Interest (d) site of famous battle in 1689 when a Jacobite army defeated a Government force under General Mackay. This image shows the pass and River Garry flowing through the wooded gorge with rail line on the left.
This is an image of Blair Castle which, unfortunately, was closed to visitors at time of our visit.
The following four images show Stirling Castle which sits atop a flat plain on an ancient volcano. The Castle mainly dates from the 15th and 16th centuries.
This is the Great Hall with oak hammer beam roof built by James IV.
Tour group at castle entrance.
Renaissance era palace dating from 1540-42
Interior of Chapel Royal built by James VI in 1594 for the baptism of his son. Note locally woven tapestries on right hand side.
The following four images were taken at Calton Hill, Edinburgh. This is the so-called 'Athens of the North'.
Here is the Dugald Stewart Monument by William Playfair and dates from 1832. It was erected to celebrate success of Stewart's choir in a competition. The actual monument is modelled on the 4th century Lysicrates monument in Athens.
This is a view of Edinburgh looking towards Princes Street and the Castle.
This is the New Observatory, also by William Playfair, and dating from 1818.
This is the Old Observatory by James Craig and dating from 1776.
The following two images were taken at Linlithgow Palace, a 15th century Renaissance style former Royal Palace. Mary Queen of Scots was born here. It is now a ruin due to accidental fire damage by Government troops in 1745.
This is the ornate fountain-which influenced a similar fountain at Palace of Holyrood House, Edinburgh.
View of the Palace.
This is nearby St. Michael's Church, the largest pre-Reformation church in Scotland. The crown and spire were added in 1964.
This is Glasgow Cathedral which, unfortunately, was closed to visitors on day of our visit. The original cathedral is believed to have been founded by St. Kentigern around AD600 but the present building dates from the 13th century.
The following two images are from Glasgow's Necropolis or City of the Dead and dates from the 1830s. Many of Glasgow's Victorian era wealthy and merchant classes are buried here.
This is the William Rae Wilson Mausoleum from 1849. It was built in the style of a Moorish Sepulchre influenced by travel in Palestine.
General view with John Knox monument third from left.
This is Provand's Lordship, the oldest house in Glasgow which dates from 1471
BBC building at Pacific Quay
Steamship 'Waverley' on the Clyde with the Armadillo Building and Squinty Bridge in the background.
Highland Cattle at Pollock Park
Glasgow School of Art, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Overall, a good tour which covered a diverse range of topics and themes.
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