Pollok House and Country Park
Wednesday, 23rd May 2018
Sometimes, we tend to ignore what we have on our own doorstep. This is such an
Pollok House is an elegant stately home is a grand country house with impressive artworks, set in the scenic surroundings of Pollok Country Park on the
outskirts of Glasgow. The Maxwell family lived for six centuries on the site, but the main
part of the present house was built in the mid-18th century – an example of Georgian
grandeur that would be at home in a Jane Austen novel. The house was extended in the early 20th century, but sympathetically preserved the 18th-century features, and hosts an impressive collection of Spanish art, as well as works by Raeburn and Guthrie.
As most of you are aware, Pollok House is owned by the National Trust for Scotland.
What is not quite so widely known is that back in 1931, the movement to set up the
National Trust was agreed in the Smoking Room at Pollok House.
What do we know of the Maxwell family? Learning Officer at Pollok House, Joe Murray,
tells us :
“ Sir John Stirling Maxwell is disappearing into the mists of time and I think that
is a great pity, for he did so much for Scotland and especially the people of the Southside of Glasgow during his lifetime. Present generations of Glaswegians still reap many benefits from his gifts and contributions to the city.”
Interested members should apply for tickets in the normal manner.