Castlemilk History

Castlemilk History Local History: Contact us at:- [email protected] We wanted to find out more. It was all getting very exciting.

The Local History Group began in October 1989, with a class organised by the WEA (Workers Education Association). At first we learned about the founding of Glasgow and progressed through to the industrial revolution. We soon realised that most of the group became interested in the history of our own area, Castlemilk. Some of us had a basic knowledge, and all of us somehow knew that Mary Queen of S

cots had been here at one time. We made trips to museums, libraries, spoke to older members of the community, read books, gathered photographs and found more and more people and places to contact. Then came the suggestion to put on a History Exhibition in conjunction with other history groups in the area who were researching their own specific subjects. The Castlemilk People's History Group, the WEA reminisence class meeting in the Pensioners Action Centre, made a tape ol old childhood songs and wrote a book, "The Big Flit", of their early memories of Castlemilk as a post-war housing scheme. The Jeely Piece Club made stained glass Windows, Ceramic tiles depicting historical scenes and reconstructed the inside of an old cottage. They also looked into how children lived, worked and played in the olden days. Our group studied the local area from neolithic times, discovering the archaeology of the place, to the Castlemilk house and the Stirling Stuarts with their connection with Mary Queen of Scots. The exhibition took place for a week in October 1990 and was a great success. Can I just add that I do not wish this site to become a chat forum, it is ok to ask questions and get responses but preferably to be kept to "Castlemilk History", or any particular photo... If there are non Castlemilk Posts, they may be deleted within a few days... Also I don't want any advertising of other sites unless it's related to Castlemilk and it's people... Just hope you understand and are ok with this! Thank you... PS, Can I please ask folks to mind their language as a lot of School kids might well be using this page to help learn a bit about their area... Thanks! :)

22/10/2023
1861 Census for Castlemilk House. In the Parish of CarmunnockWilliam James Crawfurd Stirling Stuart – Son – Age 6 – Scho...
15/10/2023

1861 Census for Castlemilk House. In the Parish of Carmunnock

William James Crawfurd Stirling Stuart – Son – Age 6 – Scholar – Born in Ireland.

Annie M. H. Stirling Stuart – Dau – age 6 – Scholar – Born in Ireland.

Harriet E. Stirling Stuart – Dau – age 5 – Scholar – Born in Ireland.

Hannah G. Stirling Stuart – Dau – age 3 – Born in Ireland.

Elizabeth Baird – Servant – Un- age 43 – Housekeeper – Born in ??

Jane Faulkner – Servant – Un – age 23 – Cook – Born in Lanark, Cadder.

Elspet Hogg – Servant – Un – age 25 – Kitchen maid – Born in Aberdeenshire, Skene

Jane Brown – Servant – Un – age 35 – Laundrymaid - Born in Berwickshire

Elizabeth Whitehead – Servant - Un – 28 – Dairymaid – Born in Haddington, Whitekirk.

Ann Kennedy – Servant – Un – age 21 – Housemaid – Born in Perthshire ??

Helen Cands? – Servant – Un – age 25 – Nurse - Born in England

Ann Curtis – Servant – Un – age - 21 – Nursemaid Born in JB?

Margaret Gentle – Servant – age 17 – Nursemaid? Born in Perthshire Dumblane.

Eliza Philipe Brogstocke – Governess – age 23 – Governess - Born Edinburgh Portabello.

Mary Robb – Servant – Un – age 34 – Upper Housemaid – Born Perthshire ?

Alexander Fraser – Butler -Un age 34 Butler – Born Nairn

John Birthearry – Servant – Un – 19 – Footman Born England

Andrew Kirk – Servant – Un – age 19 – Groom - - Born England.

Some of the writing on the document is illegible. So, where there are question marks, it's hard to read.

So much information found here in the Castlemilk Census of the past, hopefully will be adding to this soon...
15/10/2023

So much information found here in the Castlemilk Census of the past, hopefully will be adding to this soon...

In the UK, the Census was taken every ten years since 1801, with the exceptions of 1941 (WW2). Interestingly, the censuses were initially conducted partly to ascertain the number of men able to fight in the Napoleonic Wars, and partly over population concerns... an industrious population is the basic power and resource of any nation, and therefore its size needs to be known'
'the number of men who were required for conscription to the militia in different areas should reflect the area's population'
'there were defence reasons for wanting to know the number of seamen'
'the need to plan the production of corn and thus to know the number of people who had to be fed'
'a census would indicate the Government's intention to promote the public good' and
'the life insurance industry would be stimulated by the results.' 1841 Census was the first to intentionally record names of all individuals in a household or institution.

08/10/2023

Our very own Stables comes in at 4.15 on this video... But worth a watch of the whole thing as we learn more history about our City... :D

Some oldies of the Stables and surroundings...
02/10/2023

Some oldies of the Stables and surroundings...

27/09/2023
Archaeological Dig Part 3
17/09/2023

Archaeological Dig Part 3

On the site of Castlemilk HouseThe Dig was commissioned by The Castlemilk History Groupand carried out by Glasgow UniversityArchaeological Research Division...

Archaeological Dig Part 2
17/09/2023

Archaeological Dig Part 2

On the site of Castlemilk HouseThe Dig was commissioned by The Castlemilk History Groupand carried out by Glasgow UniversityArchaeologicalResearch Division....

ArchaeologicalDig Part 1
17/09/2023

ArchaeologicalDig Part 1

On the site of Castlemilk HouseThe Dig was commissioned by The Castlemilk History Groupand carried out by Glasgow UniversityArchaeologicalResearch Division....

On this "Doors Open Day Festival" here are a couple of our History Group's old videos of our own first Exhibitions and A...
17/09/2023

On this "Doors Open Day Festival" here are a couple of our History Group's old videos of our own first Exhibitions and Archaeological Digs in Castlemilk...

The first exhibition of the Castlemilk History Group in co-ordination with the launch of the "Big Flit" book by the People's History Group. Elspeth King narr...

Can you just picture this! If any of you watched 'Downton Abbey'... The Avenue as we know it is in fact 'The Bridge'....
04/09/2023

Can you just picture this! If any of you watched 'Downton Abbey'... The Avenue as we know it is in fact 'The Bridge'....

Homecoming tradition for the Laird of Castlemilk's wedding 1890. You can imagine the avenue leading up to the Castle with decorations, the staff and tenants all cheering as the carriage rolled up to the entrance. Fireworks going off later in the evening... The bridge as we know it was called Castlemilk Avenue at that time...
Many thanks to John Irwin for this...

04/09/2023

Doors Open Days 2023!

On Saturday 16th September, we will be opening our doors to the public for free guided tours around the Stables building as part of Doors Open Days Festival. Come along and find out more about the history of the Stables and how it is used today.

No booking required!

Our tour times will be:
⭐11.30am
⭐12.30pm
⭐2pm
⭐3pm
⭐4pm

04/09/2023

A wee bit of our ancient history... 🏰🥛

A Historical Pageant of Castlemilk - Girl Guides of 1971 Lots of historical facts too, and lots of local children from t...
03/09/2023

A Historical Pageant of Castlemilk - Girl Guides of 1971 Lots of historical facts too, and lots of local children from the Girl Guides at that time playing the parts in the Pageant... 👑🎠🏰

You can download this to zoom in and read better...

Front entrance to Castlemilk House... 3 stages of Castlemilk House before, during and after demolition... :'(  1st pictu...
29/08/2023

Front entrance to Castlemilk House... 3 stages of Castlemilk House before, during and after demolition... :'( 1st picture was in 1858, 2nd picture was 1969, 3rd picture was 1970's... GBNF... :'( 💔

It was 9 years ago we went to see this Collection of Articles at the Glasgow Museums that came from Castlemilk House to ...
15/08/2023

It was 9 years ago we went to see this Collection of Articles at the Glasgow Museums that came from Castlemilk House to Torrence House after the sale of Castlemilk House in 1939 to the Glasgow Corporation... With thanks to archaeologist Mark Roberts and Kind Permission from Glasgow Museums...

Military Archive that once belonged to The Stirling Stirling Crawfurd Stuarts of Castlemilk... From a Collection of Articles at the Glasgow Museums that came from Castlemilk House to Torrence House after the sale of Castlemilk House in 1939 to the Glasgow Corporation... With thanks to archaeologist Mark Roberts and Kind Permission from Glasgow Museums...
All items in this collection are copyright of (c) CSG CIC Glasgow.. Museums Collection.
And May not be copied for any other use.
"Hopefully Mark could very kindly caption the photos for us briefly"... Please Mark! :)
Castlemilk House was sadly demolished in 1969...

A long gone Castlemilk Bus service... :(
10/08/2023

A long gone Castlemilk Bus service... :(

The number 37 is on its way to sunny Milton. - Norman Bryson

19/07/2023
16/07/2023

Some recent ones from the Cathkin Braes

Castleton Primary School  Mrs Fleming Primary 1 around 1983
19/06/2023

Castleton Primary School
Mrs Fleming Primary 1 around 1983

This is the 1921 Census for Castlemilk House and surrounding Cottages. and Stables Courtyard.House 1 named ‘West Castlet...
18/06/2023

This is the 1921 Census for Castlemilk House and surrounding Cottages. and Stables Courtyard.

House 1 named ‘West Castleton’ Had 5 Rooms and 6 persons living at this address…
Allan Bowes was the Head of the house, age 39, b.1882 in Lanark, Glasgow. Married. He was a Farmer.
Christine Bowes, Wife, age 29, b.1892 in Lanark, Gartness. Married. H.D. (House Domestic).
Peter Bowes, Son, age 1, b. 1920 in Lanark, Carmunnock.
Annie Bradley, Servant, age 17, b.1904 in Lanark, Hamilton. Dairymaid. A Bowes Farmer. Single.
James McGovern, Servant, age 22 b.1899 in Glangevlin, County Cavan. Cattleman. A Bowes Farmer. Single.
Charles Cairns, Servant, age 21 b.1900 Renfrew, Linwood. Ploughman. A Bowes Farmer. Single.

East Castleton had 6 rooms with 3 persons living there.
James Lawson Head of house age 50. b.1871 in Lanark, Provanmill. Dairy Farmer. Married.
Margaret Lawson, Wife age 32 b.1889 in Lanark, Rutherglen. H.D. (House Domestic). Married.
James Graham Servant, age 19 b.1902 in Lanark, Glasgow. Horsman at J Lawson Farmer. Single.

Castle Farm Cottage had 3 rooms and 4 persons living there.
Matthew Leslie Head of the house, age 32 b.1889 in Perth, Kincardine. Ploughman, J Lawson Farmer. Married.
Elizabeth Leslie, Wife age 29 b.1882 Dumbarton, Cardross. House Domestic. Married.
Martha Leslie, Daughter age 9 b.1912 in Dumbarton, Cumbernauld. Scholar.
James Leslie, Son age 8 b.1913 in Dumbarton, Cumbernauld. Scholar.

Castle Farm Cottage had 3 rooms and 5 persons living there.
George Paton was the Head of the house age 58 b.1863 in Donegal. Cattleman at J Lawson Farmer. Married.
Mary Paton Wife age 50 b.1871 in Lanark East Kilbride. H.D. Married.
George Paton Son age 14 b.1907 in Lanark East Kilbride. Scholar.
Mary Paton Daughter age 9 b.1912 in Lanark East Kilbride. Scholar.
Maggie Paton Daughter age 6 b.1915 in Lanark East Kilbride. Scholar.

Castlemilk House had 37 rooms with 2 persons living there at this time… (None of the Stuart family were recorded living here at the time of the Census They could have been on holiday, or out visiting).
Marion Swingler, Servant age 55 b.1866 in Leicester, England. Single. Housekeeper. Private Employer.
Margaret Miller, Servant age 37 b.1884 in Argyll, Lochgilphead. Single. Head Housemaid. Private Employer.

Castlemilk Courtyard House had 2 rooms and 2 persons living there.
Erskine Mollison Head of House age 43 b.1878 in Aberdeen. Van Man. Private Employer.
Catherine Mollison Wife age 33 b.1888 in Forfar, Dundee. H.D.

Castlemilk Courtyard House had 5 rooms with 5 persons living there.
Kenneth Campbell Head of house age 49 b.1872 in Inverness, Kiltarlity. Gardener Private Employer. Married.
Isabella Campbell Wife age 45 b.1876 in Forfar, Tealing. H.D. Married.
Hugh Campbell Son age 13 b1908 in Forfar, Tealing. Scholar.
James F Campbell Son age 10 b.1911 in Stirling, Killearn. Scholar.
Jean H Campbell Daughter age 4 b.1917 in Lanark, Carmunnock.

Castlemilk Courtyard House. Had 3 rooms and 6 persons living there.
Alexander Dick is the Head of the house age 46 b.1875 in Lanark, Strathaven. Cattleman. Private Employer. Married.
Margaret Dick Wife age 44 b.1877 in Ayr, Loudon. Dairymaid. Private Employer. Married.
William Dick Son age 23 b.1898 in Lanark, Strathaven. Carter, Corporation of Rutherglen. Single.
Archibald Dick Son age 18 b.1903 in Renfrew, Lochwinnoch. Joiner. At Alexander Buchanan, Joiner and Cartwright. Single.
Margaret Dick Daughter age 15 b.1906 in Lanark, Lesmahagow. H.D. Single.
Alexander Dick Son age 11 b.1910 in Lanark, Lesmahagow. Scholar.

Castlemilk Courtyard House had 3 rooms with 1 person living there.
Grace Ostins Head of the house age 50 b.1871 in Perth, Moulin. Single. Laundrymaid. Private Employer. The photo is of the Laundrymaid's Cottage which was at the back of the Stables.

14/06/2023

You may not be able to see the post if you're not a member of Cathcart Community page, but a rope tied between two trees was found in the millennium woods area, just at a height to catch a cyclist. It has been taken down, but in case there are others......
Please let us know if you find anything like this, or see anyone putting obstacles across
paths!https://www.facebook.com/.../permalink/6522560397794629/
Please pass this on, how dangerous for people... What the heck?

Extracts from the book "Bare Feet & Tackety Boots, A Boyhood on Rhum, by Archie Cameron.Archie was the junior Gardner to...
11/06/2023

Extracts from the book "Bare Feet & Tackety Boots, A Boyhood on Rhum, by Archie Cameron.
Archie was the junior Gardner to the last Laird of Castlemilk... He wrote about his life on Rhum and at the end of his book, about his time as a junior Gardner in Castlemilk... A great read...
Mr Archie Cameron sadly died in October 1992...

Extracts from the book "Bare Feet & Tackety Boots, A Boyhood on Rhum, by Archie Cameron.
Archie was the junior gardner to the last Laird of Castlemilk... He wrote about his life and about his time as a junior gardner in Castlemilk... A great read...
Mr Archie Cameron sadly died in October 1992...

A collection of photographs Relating to the Stirling Stuarts of Castlemilk, who lived in Castlemilk Castle/House until 1...
06/06/2023

A collection of photographs Relating to the Stirling Stuarts of Castlemilk, who lived in Castlemilk Castle/House until 1938 - The Death of the Laird, William Crawfurd Stirling Stuart...

20/05/2023

Re-Post:-
Castlemilk House in all it's Glory and it's Historical Connection to The Royal Stuarts. And it's sad demise from a Castle to Grand Manor House to Children's Home to Ruins, and the Redemption of a part of the History which has been salvaged and kept going for the next few hundred centuries, if we are lucky, In the Restored Stables and Bridge... by Castlemilk History...
Error at 2.42 minutes into the video is says "James (Jimmy) Stirling Stuart 'father' of the last Laird of Castlemilk, it should read 'Son' of the last Laird of Castlemilk). Apologies to 'James Stuart Stevenson' and his family for the error... Also: Bonnie Prince Charlie was the Young Pretender. Apologies.

10/05/2023

New walk alert this Saturday Afternoon

Waterfall Walk

The Waterfall and history is part of the new events for 2023-24 programme which has just be delivered and apologies for late announcement of the walk as we know it would be popular,
If you want to find out all about the wildlife of the area and wildlife please come along.

To find out about the walk and its accessibility please email [email protected] or drop message into the inbox or call 0141 631 5213 for more details

This walk has lots of different to learn about about Castlemilk park looking forward to seeing you all there.

Memories!!! :D
07/05/2023

Memories!!! :D

Who remembers when the Magic Bus appeared in the city? - Ian McVie

Old post of how we found our Bottles etc.... Amazing story... :D
05/05/2023

Old post of how we found our Bottles etc.... Amazing story... :D

This is the story that's been kept under wraps for a few months while further archaeological investigations were taking place in Castlemilk Park... After the January Storm of 2012 that damaged so much of the city... Including many fallen trees in Castlemilk Park. A few members of the "How Old Are Yew" group, took a walk around the park on the 5th of January to see the damage... And Luckily stumbled across the tree in question... A Large Larch Tree was uprooted, with the bottles sticking out of it... Some of the group were able there and then to pull the bottles out, knowing that they would have to go back as there were too many to carry. It was the deposits of a midden area/ditch belonging to the mansion house... So we went back to collect more bottles and soon involved "Glasgow Museums", who advised, helped and guided us on the rest of the investigation, and helped with a small trial dig... And have kindly provided our Display cabinet... More information and photos will be posted soon... Meanwhile this display of some of the bottles are currently on view in the Stables Entrance...

It's now been 30 years since we launched our History Book... You can read the whole book here... Oh my.... 30 years... 😱...
29/03/2023

It's now been 30 years since we launched our History Book... You can read the whole book here... Oh my.... 30 years... 😱😱😱👏👏👏😁😁😁❤

The whole back to back copy of "The Incomplete History of Castlemilk". As you can no longer get it in print, I thought I would scan the whole book for you to read... So get your Lap-Top's out and prepare for some bed time reading, of the History of your own area... Enjoy... This book was published in 1993.

The Stuarts of Torrence and Castlemilk...  Thank you to James Stuart Stevenson and Calderglen & Calderwood Castle Histor...
15/03/2023

The Stuarts of Torrence and Castlemilk... Thank you to James Stuart Stevenson and Calderglen & Calderwood Castle History...

Have another wee look at our deep and Ancient History.... Enjoy... 🏰🥛 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.11662843...
26/02/2023

Have another wee look at our deep and Ancient History.... Enjoy... 🏰🥛 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.116628438439077&type=3

A collection of photographs Relating to the Stirling Stuarts of Castlemilk, who lived in Castlemilk Castle/House until 1938 - The Death of the Laird, William Crawfurd Stirling Stuart...

What life was like in the beginning as a House tenant... Rules and Regultions... 😁
15/02/2023

What life was like in the beginning as a House tenant... Rules and Regultions... 😁

This Tenants hand book (which measures 4 and half inches by 2 and a half inches) was handed out to all new tenants in Castlemilk, Which was a guide to Tenants on how to conduct themselves and be a good Neighbour. It also has the Tenants Association Constitution in it, Adverts of local businesses and shops, useful information and phone numbers, local Conveners of the Association, 'Motorbus Services' in Castlemilk. it really is an interesting wee read for the time, and my how times have changed... lol - Thanks to Jean Devlin for the permission to copy her wee mammy's copy... The late Agnes Devlin Tenants membership and year book.

Who remembers this building in Linn Park, in days gone by? 😁
04/02/2023

Who remembers this building in Linn Park, in days gone by? 😁

Last call for you to share your memories about Linn Park! We will be sending the book to print in the next few days and we would love to include as many memories as possible. You can message us, or email us at [email protected]

It can be a brief one line of what you enjoyed on a walk just the other day, or a childhood recollection - anything at all.

Re sharing this folder of Images I made from the book I have, called, "The Games A Bogie"... Bringing back memories... 😁...
22/01/2023

Re sharing this folder of Images I made from the book I have, called, "The Games A Bogie"... Bringing back memories... 😁 Wish you could see the kids playing these street games again... 🙂

Can you remember the "Street Games" we played in Castlemilk as kids...???

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