Water of Life – 160 Years of Water to Glasgow

Past News & Events

Katy Lamb and Roger Doubal – 20 November 2023

The Victorian engineering marvel that is the Loch Katrine water supply system for Glasgow was unfolded at our last meeting on November 20. Katy Lamb and Roger Doubal made the trip over from Kinlochard Local History Group to tell a packed audience the inside story of how the two aqueducts were conceived and built in the latter half of the 19th century.

Their presentation spelled out the magnificent effort by many to realise the scheme and the skulduggery used by various parties to attempt to sabotage it.  Also noted was the remarkable accuracy of the system’s design, which ensured that it operated precisely as planned from the day Queen Victoria opened the valves at the Loch Katrine outtake on 14 October 1859.  It included the astonishing facts that the aqueducts were designed to drop by just 10 inches in each mile and the pipes crossing the valleys 5 feet per mile, in order to provide the gradients needed for the water to flow at the rate of initially 50 then 120 million gallons a day without the need for pumps over its 26 miles.

And they stressed the immediate impact that the arrival in the city of its first fresh water supply had on virtually eradicating cholera in Glasgow’s surging population.

It was a salutary reminder to our capacity audience of the very special pipe system running underneath Blanefield, that to this day still supplies Glasgow with water of the highest quality.

Of course, when the current £30m Scottish Water upgrade is completed, hopefully by April 2024, those of us who currently receive our supply from Burncrooks Reservoir (finally!) will be linked into the Loch Katrine supply

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Village Joiner Andrew Scott’s family – did you know them?

Thanks to the people who responded, we've been able to Fiona more information about her ancestor. We have received this enquiry on the website. My great uncle was Andrew Scott, a joiner with a workshop in Strathblane. He was born 1881 and married Anne Death in...

Chalking up a Century!

We welcomed our 100th member at our last meeting on November 20! Carol Craig, of Dumbrock Road signed up to join our swelling ranks. It’s wonderful to know that so many people are enjoying our presentations and our website.

New Talk Added for our February Meeting

Fig 19. The keep at Duntreath dates from the 15th century Due to a change of programme our meeting on 19th February will be "The History of Duntreath Castle and Estate" More information here :Events

Fundraising Success

The draw for the framed £100 note took place at the Village Club on Monday 20th November at the end of a packed-out meeting. David and Mary Frood, who donated the £100 note helped to draw the winning number tiles. The winer of the framed £100 note held the number 76....

Explore the Website at the Library

Strathblane Heritage and the Thomas Graham Library jointly invite you to a free session to explore this Strathblane Heritage website The Thomas Graham Library Saturday 4th November  10am - 12noon Come along to the library at 10am for a short presentation on how...

Prize Draw for £100 note

To enter our prize draw come along to one of our meetings, or contact us through this website, and buy one or more of 100 numbered squares for £5 a square. The star prize is the £100 note and there will be another £100 worth of other prizes. Jim Neill has been having...

Auld Wives Lifts – feature in Stirling Observer

The Stirling Observer 07-07-2023 https://www.pressreader.com/uk/stirling-observer/20230707 IN DAYS OF OLD - Vintage Film from 1958 Made to commemorate the 50th Jubilee of the Ladies' Scottish Climbing Club, the film shows a reconstruction of women climbers from 1908...

Visit of Derwyn and Andrew Crozier-Smith to Strathblane

May 19-22 2023 Back in the summer of 2022 we received an email, out of the blue, from Derwyn in the Canadian town of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, asking for help in arranging a research visit to Strathblane to study the history and heritage of his great-great-uncle – the...

New website

Derek Townsend from Webreturn has worked with Strathblane Heritage Society to build this new website. The website is designed to be updatable without extensive technical skills, and works on mobile devices such as phones and tablets, as well as laptops and desktops....