Friends of Provan Hall

Friends of Provan Hall Promoting the History and Heritage of Provan Hall House and Gardens


Last few tickets remaining for our first ghost tour of the year with . Tickets can be found:


Hear about the legends, links with witchcraft and the active spirits at Glasgow's most haunted house with at Provan Hall. Tickets can be found:


Join Scottish Hauntings on a paranormal investigation of Provan Hall on Friday 12th April. Last few tickets can be found at:


We're open today 10am - 4pm with drop-in spring themed crafts. Get creative with making mixed media bouquet collages, tissue paper daffodils and more. Free and family friendly.


Wow, we're blown away with the response to our first Easter weekend at Provan Hall! Thank you all who came along and we hope you had a lovely Easter! We have more activities coming up this Easter holiday with spring time crafts and discovery trails this Thursday - Sunday 10am - 4pm. All free and family friendly.


Basket making, Egg hunt and Easter egg decorating at Provan Hall this Easter Sunday from 11am. All free and family friendly.


Join us today for Easter crafts and search Provan Hall for signs of Spring with our treasure trails. Free and family friendly.


Join our free spring time and easter themed workshop and trails from 11am - 3pm.


The new nature trail by Seven Lochs Wetland Park is all ready in the woodlands by Provan Hall. We've put together family friendly explorer kits complete with binoculars and magnifying glasses for you to discover fox dens, frog spawn, birds nests and much more. Collect a kit to borrow from our visitor hub to get exploring! Available during our opening hours Thursdays - Sundays 10am - 4pm.


Right now, we need to raise £5000 to ensure we can preserve our beautiful Trees in the years to come.

We’ve endured some unprecedented extreme weather recently and this has affected some of our precious Trees, with both leaves and branches being sadly damaged. We know that our Trees of Tranquillity offer a safe haven for our bereaved families to honour their baby in a quiet and reflective space. So, we are reaching out now to ask all our supporters to donate – whatever you can afford - towards a ‘Preservation Fund’ specifically for our Trees of Tranquillity.

You can support our Preservation Fund here:

Thank you so much💜🦋


Join in our Easter celebrations with basket making followed by an egg hunt and crafty egg decorating. All free and family friendly on Easter Sunday!


Did you know Provan Hall is available to hire as a venue? If you are looking for a unique venue for your event, get in touch with us at [email protected].


We have more ghostly events coming up at Provan Hall this April. The fantastic Scottish Hauntings (Paranormal Investigations) are running another paranormal investigation to raise funds for Provan Hall on Friday 12th April. Tickets can be found:


Thank you Sun for coming out at the same time as we post our Easter activities!
Crafts, egg hunts and treasure trails. All free and family friendly at Provan Hall. We look forward to celebrating spring time with you!


Our Let's Talk History Series continues with a talk from on the textiles of Provan Hall. To book follow:

International Women’s Day Mary HolmesMary was born Mary Muir on 23 April 1894. She was born at 36 Hayfield St, Gorbals, ...

International Women’s Day

Mary Holmes

Mary was born Mary Muir on 23 April 1894. She was born at 36 Hayfield St, Gorbals, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. Her parents were John Muir and Janet Graham. Mary had 6 brothers and 4 sisters. At the time that she was born, her father was employed as a Carter.
He also worked as a farm worker and ploughman. He worked in a number of different places but for many years worked for Professor McCall, founder of the Veterinary College of Blairtummock,land which was very near to Provan Hall and where he met William Mather through a shared love of horses.

Mary was living with her parents on a farm at West Greenrig, Slamannan. William Reston visited the Muirs at the farm in autumn 1919, and 2 weeks later Reston Mather wrote to Mary asking her to come to work at Provanhall as their elderly housekeeper had died.

The winter of 1919 was the start of Mary’s Provanhall journey. A journey which did not end until she left Provanhall in 1955. Mary’s older sister Margaret had tried to persuade Mary not to go to Provanhall as she thought it was too large a job for such a young girl.

Mary’s role was housekeeper to William and Reston Mather until they both died in 1934. After both Mather brothers died, she took over as caretaker of Provanhall along with her husband Adam Holmes. Mary had grown very close to the Mather brothers and was very fond of them both.

Mary was well known to visitors for the teas she provided at Provanhall when she was the caretaker.

Mary met Adam Holmes a talc miller to trade and they married on 18 Nov 1933, Glasgow. Adam moved into Provanhall along with Mary. Adam died at Provanhall in 1954.

Adam and Mary had one son , also named Adam, who was born in 1934. Sadly he died at the age of three weeks on 13 February 1934. He is buried in the Mather plot in Sandymount graveyard along with William and Reston Mather.

In 1920 Mary’s brother John who resided in Canada and was in the 1st Canadians was seriously injured in battle in France. He decided to come home to Scotland.

A year later both Mary’s parents were ageing and her father infirm. Mr Henderson, Provanhall gardner had died and his cottage at Provanhall was vacant, so Mary persuaded her parents and her brother John to move into the cottage along with their dog Paddy. They resided at Provanhall cottage until they all died in 1931.

Mary got to meet many visitors to Provanhall. In the time of William and Reston she got to meet visitors such as Cunninghame Graham, George Houston, Sir D.Y Cameron ( related to the Mathers), Ref. Dr. Norman McLeod, George Eyre Todd , cousin Dr. George Ritchie Mather, Princaple of the Royal Infirmary, who wrote the “Two Great Scotsmen”, the Wylies of Garthamlock, the Bairds of Gartsherry and Dr. Hill B.L. of Barlanark House.

After the death of the last Lairds of Provanhall, William and Reston Mather, Mary who had loved Provanhall had conceived the idea of turning Provanhall into a tea room. At this time the house was badly needing restoration. Mary contacted members of the Old Glasgow Club in which Miss Dreda Boyd, author of the "Scarlet Clock" was a member. They raised funds and Provanhall was resorted back to its former glory in 1936.

Visitors to Provanhall tea room signed the visitors book and some of these visitors included T.C.F. Brotchie, Miss Dreda Boyd, author of the "Scarlet Clock" the Rev. Neville Davidson, and his wife, Mrs. Margaret Davidson, of the Glasgow Cathedral, Sir John and Lady Stirling Maxwell who wrote "Shrines of Scotland" with Provan hall on the cover, Dr. Violet Robertson visited in 1940 and Mary Gossman on 25 April 1935.

Mary finally left Provanhall in 1955. She passed away at the age of 78 in Wishaw Hospital, Lanarkshire.

As it is International Women’s Day let’s look at the strong women of Provanhall. Elizabeth Buchanan, Elizabeth Durham ( ...

As it is International Women’s Day let’s look at the strong women of Provanhall.

Elizabeth Buchanan, Elizabeth Durham ( Baillie) and Mary Holmes.

Today we look at Elizabeth Buchanan.

Known as “Mama”

Elizabeth Buchanan born on 12 Aug 1820 at Provan Hall Farm.

At the age of 2 year old her father John Buchanan died and 4 years later her mother Janet Wilson died.

Provanhall was passed to Elizabeth and her sister Mary when their father died.

Both young ladies was schooled at Ruchazie school, which their father left money in a trust for their schooling. He also left money for their half brother Duncan Buchanan to be schooled.

Not much is known about where Elizabeth and Mary resided after the passing of their parents, but we find them at their Uncles farm in Thornton, East Kilbride in 1840. In 1841 they are living at their uncles farm in North Mains, Provanhall.

Both Mary and Elizabeth went on to marry brothers…Robert and Reston Mather. Both brothers were from Budhill, Shettleston at the time. They are from the Mather family who are said to have came from the Mearns, Renfrewshire area for the past 300 years. The Mathers owned farms in Mearns, Eaglesham, Budhill and Cumbernauld.

Both Elizabeth and Reston resided at Provanhall until their dying day.

From letters to Elizabeth from her sister Mary shows Elizabeth as a strong woman who she asked her advice in hiring of staff.

In one of her Uncles (on her mother’s side) will it states that money was left to both Elizabeth and Mary, however money was to be deducted from Elizabeth’s for money she was said to owe him. Wonder what Elizabeth done to annoy him so much?

In Elizabeth’s later years she was known as ‘Mama’ being remembered with her little lace cap trimmed with pearls, beads and purple ribbon.

Elizabeth died on 8 September 1897 at Provanhall farm. Elizabeth was 77 years old.


We have some welcome news to share on a Friday. The beautifully sculptured Glasgow Tree of Tranquillity was reinstalled in the grounds of Provan Hall yesterday. We know just how much this means to so many families, as it has been a long wait to see it in place once again. More news to follow soon about an 'official' opening event late March/early April, where everyone involved in this can come together. 🌲 🦋

With heartfelt thanks to All NU Landscapes and Grant Fitzsimmons and Sons for creating this stunning memorial. It is going to be treasured by so many families as their special, peaceful and reflective space to honour their much missed babies.

Prebend of Provand/ Lands of Provan 1600s

Prebend of Provand/ Lands of Provan 1600s

Prebend of Provand/ Lands of Provan 1500s

Prebend of Provand/ Lands of Provan 1500s

Prebend of Provan interesting facts from 1400s onwards.

Prebend of Provan interesting facts from 1400s onwards.


Provanhall House, Auchinlea Road

Opening Hours

Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm



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