Old Photograph Barncluith Gardens Hamilton Scotland

Old photograph of Barncluith Gardens in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, Scotland. The lands of Barncluith were held by the Machan family, of Norman origin. In 1507 Anne Machan married William Hamilton of Rossmoor, kinsman of the Duke of Hamilton. Their son fought and died at the Battle of Langside in 1568, and Barncluith was subsequently inherited by their grandson John Hamilton. Another John Hamilton of Barncluith was Sheriff of the Lower Ward of Lanarkshire from shortly after 1707. He is said to have held his court within the pavilion in the terrace garden, and to have carried out executions at a nearby oak tree. Ownership of Barncluith passed from the Hamiltons to the Ruthven family in the 19th century. At this time the gardens at Barncluith were renowned as an example of an old Scots garden, and were popular with visitors to the area. It was bought in 1908 by lawyer James C. Bishop, who restored the gardens.

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