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Atlas of Hillforts

The Atlas of Hillforts of Britain and Ireland is a brilliant wee website that plots the hillforts of the British Isles (4174 of them according to DigVentures post).

Dearest to my heart of course is Dechmont Hill above Cambuslang, a place I’m relatively obsessed with (its hilltop trees can be spotted from all over North and South Lanarkshire) but there are quite a few fortifications within the local area, including a fair few I didn’t know about in Lanarkshire. It’s amazing to follow the Clyde and see the forts appearing on either side of the river. Even more wonderful to zoom right in and see the remains or marks for yourself.

Love it.

Limestone at Long Calderwood

I’ve been spending more time with the family history of late, but I spotted this advert for some limestone workings at Long Calderwood in East Kilbride.

Glasgow Herald, 9th October 1846

Glasgow Herald, 9th October 1846

And the OS 6″ map (surveyed 1858) shows a limestone mine at what’s now Whin Place industrial units. The track running through the mine leads from Stoneymeadow Road up to Blackbraes Road which is possibly the linking road mentioned in the advert.
1858 Long Calderwood map

All this land is now covered by houses, industrial units and the A725 East Kilbride Expressway, apart from the trees to the north of the mine which are still there.

Farme and Rutherglen Castles

South Lanarkshire Museums have been digitising their collections, and browsing through the images, I found some things I’d never seen before. I was taken aback to see a postcard of the Farme Castle, Rutherglen. No date, but it looks early 20th century. Farme was only destroyed in the 1960s, but this is the first time I’ve ever set eyes on it. Naturally once you think to look for it, you find it again, this time courtesy of Thomas Annan via The Glasgow Story.

Of course, the one I’d really love to see is Rutherglen Castle. Having been razed in 1569, that seems unlikely, but Canmore says the tower was repaired and only abandoned and cleared in the 18th century, right in Jacobite times. So maybe sketches of ancient Scottish fortresses weren’t politically correct 🙂

Guide to Glasgow Necropolis

Biographic and descriptive sketches of Glasgow Necropolis by George Blair (Glasgow, 1857)