Views in Busby, East Kilbride, Carmunnock, Mearns, Eaglesham and their vicinity

Views in Busby, East Kilbride, Carmunnock, Mearns, Eaglesham and their vicinity

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Title: Views in Busby, East Kilbride, Carmunnock, Mearns, Eaglesham and their vicinity
Dates: 1885
Quantity: 1.2 Linear feet (1 volume in 1 oversized box)
Abstract:The collection consists of a book with sepia tone photographs of views in Busby, East Kilbride, Carmunnock, Mearns, Eaglesham and their vicinity.
Coll. Number: ms2074
Location: 32108050767030

Biographical/Historical Note

East Renfrewshire is a council area in west-central Scotland, just southwest of the city of Glasgow. It forms a part of the historic county of Renfrewshire and covers an area of upland farming country in the south and west, rising to an elevation of 1,230 feet (375 metres) in the extreme south. Dairy farming and vegetable cultivation are the main agricultural activities. The urbanized northern area developed during rapid expansion of the cotton textile industry in the early 19th century. The subsequent decline of this industry and the development of an efficient transport system have changed the area, including the towns of Barrhead, Thorniebank, Busby, and Newton Mearns, into a suburban appendage of Glasgow. Remaining industries include the manufacture of bathroom and lavatory fixtures in Barrhead. Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Retrieved 4/22/2009.

In the latter half of the 20th century East Kilbride grew from a rural Lanarkshire village to become Scotland's sixth largest town. Today East Kilbride, located close to Glasgow and the main motorway routes, is a central base for business, a great place to live, shop, work and play, and an ideal jumping-off location for touring many exciting locations in Scotland. East Kilbride, Lanarkshire website. Retrieved 4/22/2009.

Carmunnock is a pleasant little village, with some score or so of houses, situated at the western extremity of the Cathkin hills, about five miles south of Glasgow Cross. Mr. Hugh Macdonald, who visited and described it, in his famous Rambles Round Glasgow, fully forty years ago, waxes eloquent over it, and depicts it then, as we have no doubt it is still, as quite a little social elysium. He states: "The population of the parish, consisting principally of agriculturists and weavers, numbered at the late census 717, being an increase of only ten individuals within the last decade. It has an old-fashioned barn-like church, which stands about the centre of the village, and an exceedingly commodious and well-built school, from which, as we pass, the juvenile Carmunnockians are pouring forth with that dinsome glee which is only heard at the skailing o' the schule, and which at once calls back to the memory of us children of a larger growth the joys of other years." Retrieved 4/22/2009.

Our modern day Howe o' the Mearns has changed in many ways, albeit it has taken a long time to do so! The kings with their hawks and retainers are gone, although taxes are still as irksome as they were back then. Many more acres of land have been reclaimed over the hundreds of years which have intervened, and now North Sea Oil and Gas pipelines run down the length of our valley. Mechanisation has meant that there are less people needed now to work the land, and many residents of the Howe have found employment in oil-related industries. The Mearns is still a wooded place which is green, fertile and breathtakingly panoramic - as is proved by the views from the Garvock and Cairn o' Mount. Mearns Community Web. Retrieved 4/22/2009.

The village of Eaglesham lies in the East Renfrewshire area of The Clyde Valley. The village itself is a conservation area. Eaglesham is reputed to be one of the finest examples of an 18th Century planned village. It was built on an A-Plan by the 10th Earl of Eglinton. Encyclopedia Alba. Retrieved 4/22/2009.


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

Busby (Scotland)--Photographs.
Carmunnock (Scotland)--Photographs.
Eaglesham (Scotland)--Photographs.
East Kilbride (Scotland)--Photographs.
East Renfrewshire (Scotland)--Photographs.
Mearns (Scotland : Parish)--Photographs.
Photograph albums.
Sepia platinotype.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Views in Busby, East Kilbride, Carmunnock, Mearns, Eaglesham and their vicinity, 1885. MS 2074. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Restrictions on Access

This material is located in the oversize drawer.