Illustrated Essays on Strathblane’s History


  • Ballagan


    Strathblane Valley has a long history and Ballagan has been part of it since early times. When a cairn on the estate was opened, a cist containing ashes and a […]

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  • Ballewan


    BALLEWAN BALZEOUN Ballewan is an estate in the Blane Valley that was carved out of the earldom of Lennox. For two centuries it belonged largely to the Craig family, culminating […]

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  • Blane Valley Railway

    Blane Valley Railway

    RAILWAY MANIA By 8.30 on the morning of Monday 1 July 1867 an excited crowd had gathered in Blanefield near the bottom of the Cuilt Brae to greet the community’s […]

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  • Blanefield Printworks

    Blanefield Printworks

    Block printing is the printing of patterns on fabrics using a carved block, usually made from wood. It originated in India around the 5th century BC but did not arrive […]

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  • Blanefield Smithy

    Blanefield Smithy

    Blanefield’s charming art gallery is housed in a smithy that is thought to be around 300 years old, though its exact age is unknown. It is certainly one of the […]

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  • Carbeth


    According to John Guthrie Smith’s history of Strathblane, “the compact little estate of Carbeth Guthrie” was constructed between 1808 and 1817 by West Indies merchant John Guthrie. Guthrie was a […]

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  • Children’s Home Hospital (1903-1994)

    Children’s Home Hospital (1903-1994)

    “Often a child made a dramatic recovery on the back of good food, fresh air & loving care” – Margaret McIntyre, who worked at Strathblane Children’s Home Hospital for two […]

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  • Dumbrock Mills and Bleachfields

    Dumbrock Mills and Bleachfields

    The abundance of water meant that bleaching and water-driven industries were commonplace in the parish in the 18th century and lasted well into the 19th century. By 1870 most of […]

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  • Duntreath and the Edmonstones

    Duntreath and the Edmonstones

    Originally thought to have been of Flemish stock, the Edmonstone family are said to have come to Scotland in the train of Princess Margaret who became the Queen of Malcolm […]

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  • Edenkill/Edenkiln


    Edenkill (now Edenkiln) occupied the heart of the community we now call Strathblane and was one of the three villages that comprised the parish, along with Netherton (Blanefield) and Mugdock. […]

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  • Farming


    Until the mid-20th century farming was very much an integral part of the life of the parish of Strathblane. The school log contains frequent references to children skipping school to […]

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  • Free Church

    Free Church

    John Guthrie Smith records that the neat little church and manse belonging to the Free Church stands on the site of the old village of Netherton and the first ordained […]

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  • Mugdock


    Mugdock Village Mugdock was at one time the most important place in the Parish of Strathblane. It was “The Towne and Burgh of Mugdock” and the “head Burgh of the […]

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  • Netherton/Blanefield


    “Nothing is now left of Old Netherton save the smithy and the school-house, and its very name seems likely to perish, for the factory originally called Blane Printfield has expanded […]

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  • Parish Church (1216-1982)

    Parish Church (1216-1982)

    “The church is a beautiful building of modern Gothic, reared in 1803.” Rev Hamilton Buchanan, Second Statistical Account of the Parish of Strathblane, 1841. Early History The parish of Strathblane […]

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  • Romans and Picts Around Strathblane

    Romans and Picts Around Strathblane

    By Dr Murray Cook As every patriotic Scot knows, the Romans tried and failed to conquer Scotland…the only nation in Europe to resist the might of the Eagles. Unfortunately, this […]

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  • School (1716 – 1966)

    School (1716 – 1966)

    Though the first Strathblane parish schoolmaster was appointed in 1716, it was many years before the school was housed in a permanent schoolhouse. This was finally built in 1781 at […]

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  • Shops


    Local Shops Over the years a surprising number of people have run shops in the community. Some have lasted longer than others, but all have been memorable in their own […]

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  • St Kessog’s Roman Catholic Church

    St Kessog’s Roman Catholic Church

    The opening of St Kessog’s Roman Catholic Church in Blanefield on 28 May 1893 was the culmination of much enterprise in the parish. The number of Roman Catholics had increased […]

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  • Water


    The Glasgow Water Supply The Blane Valley is the final stage of what justifiably can be called one of the greatest civil engineering achievements of the 19th Century. In an […]

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  • Whisky


    A Distillation of Whisky-Making in the Blane Valley As long as there have been humans, there has been alcohol. Production of wine and beer has been dated back 7,000-odd years […]

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  • World War One

    World War One

    Boer War Of 1899-1902 One of the famous battles of this war was the Relief of Mafeking, which was marked by a bonfire in a field near Napier Lodge. The […]

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  • World War Two

    World War Two

    The white building in the foreground is Sunnyside which was demolished by a landmine in March 1941 killing four people. During the Second World War Strathblane, in common with many […]

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