A new community group dedicated to the preservation and awareness of Glasgow’s only castle is hosting its inaugural AGM tomorrow evening. 

Friends of Crookston Castle is an association which aims to increase awareness, knowledge and enjoyment of the building and its neighbouring communities. 

The castle, situated on Brockburn Road, was founded in the 1100s by Robert De Croc and was later fortified by the Stewarts of Darnley around 1400. 

Historic Environment Scotland has described the castle’s layout as “almost unique in Scotland”. 

Extensively repaired following a siege in 1544, it is the only surviving mediaeval castle in the City of Glasgow and stands as a reminder of the area’s former rural character and connections with historic figures including Mary Queen of Scots, Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott.

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From the hilltop position, you can get an excellent view of south-east Glasgow.

The new friends of group, which is hosting its first AGM on Wednesday, May 15 at 7pm at Greater Pollok Community Hub has been working in partnership with the National Trust for Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland, Glasgow City Council, and the local community to protect the castle’s unique place of importance in the local landscape and hosting events to further engage the community.

The group’s interim Chairperson and former Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council, David McDonald says the main issue is ensuring the council remains open. 

Commenting on the launch of the Friends of Crookston Castle, he said: “Crookston Castle holds a special place in our local history, but our main focus will be on the future making sure the Castle remains open, is accessible to the public and eventually holds community events and celebrations.”

Local MSP Humza Yousaf recently toured the Castle with Historic Environment Scotland, expressing his support for the Friends of group. 

He said: “I was delighted when I heard of the creation of Friends of Crookston Castle and was honoured to receive a private tour by David of our much-loved landmark. 

“It is right that Crookston Castle should be on the map, and I am excited by the vision of the group to work with the local community to preserve our history.”

All residents living nearby or with a passion for history are encouraged to join the Friends of Crookston Castle for free and attend the upcoming AGM on tomorrow night at 27 Brockburn Road.