OUR recent story on Drumchapel history and heyday featured Garscadden House, and mentioned its ‘Girnin’ Gates’.

This sent Times Past scurrying down memory lane in a bid to find out why the elegant country mansion’s entranceway should have been given such an unpleasant name.

Glasgow Times: 1949 The Girnin’ Gates Pic: Glasgow Times

One story, told to our sister newspaper The Herald in 1994 by Miss Eleanor Williamson, who had been born in the building, said the gates were so-called because there were little wrought-iron gargoyles at the side of the gate lodges. “These were rather bad-tempered little faces,” said Miss Williamson, “and, when it rained, the tears poured from their eyes – hence the Girnin’ Gates.”

The gates are visible in our picture, which makes this part of Drumchapel look like a rural idyll – which it was, in 1949, when the photograph was taken.

Countryside horse riders and walkers are enjoying a lovely Easter Sunday afternoon, ambling past Garscadden House which was built in 1789 for James Colquhoun, who was the laird of Garscadden.

Glasgow Times: Garscadden House, April 1959. Pic: Glasgow Times

As this sad photo from our archives shows, it was eventually destroyed by fire in 1959.

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Children, the Evening Times said in breaking news that night, were believed to be responsible - they were certainly out in force the next day to watch attempts to save the grand mansion.

The 24-roomed mansion house was well alight when fire crews arrived, and within 30 minutes most of the roof had collapsed. The interior of the grand old house was destroyed.

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