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Stonelaw Tower, Burnside

I'm looking for pictures, video/cine footage of Stonelaw Tower. which was situated on the site of the present day Stonelaw Tower fillling station in Burnside.  Internal pictures would be very interesting but I don't think any exist.  heres the information I have gathered so far:

Stonelaw Tower.

Stonelaw Tower stood on Stonelaw Road where now the Shell petrol station of the same name now stands. There have been suggestions that it was built in the fifteenth century,(see the clipping from the Rutherglen Reformer dated May 28th 1965, see the cutting from the Reformer in the Stonelaw Tower Pictures folder), if this is true then there could be a possible connection with the Battle of Langside which was fought nearby Mary Queen of Scots and Regent Moray. We know for a fact that Queen Mary spent the night before the battle in Castlemilk House and observed the battle from the Court Knowe in Cathcart on the 13th of May 1568 and after her defeat at Langside escaped to Dundrennan Castle in Galloway, 60 miles to the south and then on to France never to see Scotland again. We also know that during that journey from Cathkin she watered her horse at Toryglen, so it is possible that she may have passed the Tower at Burnside, if, as some would believe it was in existence at that time.

However a more likely date of construction is 1835. One of the early uses for the building was as part of the local coal mine when it was used to house the winding machinery. Nothing more is known about the tower until 1917 when it is mentioned in “Rutherglen Lore” By W Ross Shearer at that time the resident was a General John Spens who was apparently a noted agriculturist and experimenter.

Lodge Burnside No.1361 was erected on 23rd October 1928. The minutes of the Founders of the proposed Lodge Burnside which met in the Grand Hotel, Charing Cross, Glasgow on the 3rd of April 1928 show that a building fund was created and twenty sets of the Lodge Ritual had been sold to prospective members the proceeds of which were donated to the building fund. At the next meeting on 1st May 1928 it was agreed to investigate several buildings around Burnside which could used as a Temple. The first was a site near Stonelaw Farm (Stonelaw Tower) one on Dukes Road and a third in Blairbeth. It was unanimously decided to purchase Stonelaw Tower from Mr and Mrs Richard H Reid for a fee of £2,450, (£2,450 would be worth £73,426.50 today). Lodge Burnside never held a meeting in the Tower. A caretaker and Burnside Founder Member, Br. Maxwell S Maxwell a Past Master of Burnside’s sponsor Lodge, Rutherglen Royal Arch No.116 was installed as caretaker of the building. A few Committee meetings were held in the premises and a garden party took place in the grounds on the 23rd of June for member’s families and friends, children being admitted at half price. Apart from that no other meetings were ever held at the tower and certainly no formal Lodge meeting were held, so the building was never consecretated as a Masonic Temple.

The last resident to live at the tower was Councillor Alan Tilston one of the first men to stand for election for the Scottish National Party. He and his wife Mary lived in the building from the 1930’s until 1963. The Shell Petroleum Company bought the site and demolished the Tower in 1965 when by this time it had become a victim of local vandals and had become unsafe.

A petrol station and two sets of flats and accompanying garages now occupy the former site of Stonelaw Tower. The only things remaining to this day which hint to the presence of a tower on the site are one of the walls and the name of the Shell petrol station – Stonelaw Tower filling station.
© Jim Campbell.
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Stonelaw Tower



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Stonelaw Tower, Burnside

joyce

Well done Jim..great photos and interesting read....
jimmy1361




Wedding Photo of Alan Thomas Harland Tilston & Mary Graham MA, at Stonelaw Tower, Burnside, Rutherglen, Scotland, 24th September 1934
cybers

Some cracking photos Jimmy    Thanks for giving us a wee look at them.
dmk

cool old pics =]
Stuball

Jimmy, your avatar is a little over the normal size and throwing the page justification off... could you possibly resize it a little? Cheers
James

Done. Nothing to see here, etc...


James H
Charlie Endell

Really interesting article - had no idea that was why the filling station is called Stonelaw Tower - assumed it was named after the block of flats beside it - seriously (not much of a 'tower' mind)!  
jimmy1361





This wall is all thats left of the original tower it's behind the filling station and to the left beside the steps to go to the 2nd floor flats.
Charlie Endell

I'll have a wee nosy next time I'm passing. Haven't noticed that wall before.
bob1

hi i wonder if any one has any info on the garage shown in front off the tower and if it has any connection to william hamilton or his familyas he erected a very large garage and workshopbon almost the same site it was still there till the 1970s i belive their is now a super market on part of the site regards bob1
jimmy1361

bob1 wrote:
hi i wonder if any one has any info on the garage shown in front off the tower and if it has any connection to william hamilton or his familyas he erected a very large garage and workshopbon almost the same site it was still there till the 1970s i belive their is now a super market on part of the site regards bob1


The third picture in the second post in this thread of Hamilton's Garage.

Hamilton's Gargae did sit there in front of the tower on Stonelaw Road. Old Mr Hamilton lived till he was well over 100 years old.  He and his family went to the same Church as my Mum & Dad, Rutherglen Baptist, he had a daughter; Marie  who is still living she was a permanent carer to her father and older brother who had downs syndrome.  They lived somewhere up off Burnside Road...
bob1

hi jimmy 1361 thanks very much for the info i probably know your parents as i attened the baptist church and was a member off the 218 bb
bsed in the church under captain buchanan i also seved my appreticeship with wm hamilton motors plant dept and knew both marie and young billy
your post has brought back very many happy memories regards bob1
bob1

hi jim tried to send a e mail direct but came up host could not be found will try again later thanks again bob
Stuball

You could try using the forums private message system
bob1

thanks think i have just done that bob1
jimmy1361

bob1 wrote:
hi jimmy 1361 thanks very much for the info i probably know your parents as i attened the baptist church and was a member off the 218 bb
bsed in the church under captain buchanan i also seved my appreticeship with wm hamilton motors plant dept and knew both marie and young billy
your post has brought back very many happy memories regards bob1


was this Captain Buchanan the same guy who was the double of Bernard Cribbens???  I think he went to the church with his wife but I always thought they were brother and sister, don't know why........
bob1

hi jim
horrible admision to make dont know what bernard cribbins looks like capt buchanan lived in what ithink was abbotsford dr ran from limeside to dryburgh behind the bowling green
bob 1
jimmy1361

bob1 wrote:
hi jim
horrible admision to make dont know what bernard cribbins looks like capt buchanan lived in what ithink was abbotsford dr ran from limeside to dryburgh behind the bowling green
bob 1


well the Manse was (is) on Abbotsford Dr.

Buchanan (the one i'm thinking of)  I'm sure it was his wife he went with her name was Maisie

do a Google image  search  for Bernard Cribbens
Charlie Endell

Stopped by for a butcher's tonight - the filling station's now closed - good, as they never had v-Power   .
Mrs M

There is a lot of local arguments about the site because the latest is that someone want to buy it for a car wash.....yeah just what Burnside needs!

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