Pollok House, Glasgow, Scotland

Pollok House  garden entrance

We found ourselves in Glasgow not long ago, unexpectedly really as we had been asked to drive someone to the airport. The last thing that we fancied doing was trailing round shops so as it turned out to be a lovely day we decided to visit Pollok House, a very grand Georgian House, the grounds of which are now a Country Park, very popular with the locals. If you click the link you’ll see lots of photos. The house is now owned by the National Trust and when we were there we were just about the only people looking around it. A wedding was due to start shortly and the library was the venue so we were given a look around there first, so that we would be out of the way when the ‘kilties’ turned up, as the guides said of the bridegroom and his supporters. The chap showing us around couldn’t have been nicer, it was all very interesting, even for someone like myself who isn’t terribly keen on old Spanish art, of which there is a lot there. I must admit that the El Greco is very good – Lady in a Fur Wrap.
It’s hard to believe that this painting was done around the 1570s.

It’s amazing to think that you’re in a very busy big city, it’s all very rural and this big chap caused quite a stir when he came across a bridge, heading for his stable, I think everyone loves these Clydesdales, if that’s what he is, some sort of heavy horse anyway.

Pollok House horse

I think he was happy to reach his stable, where he had a pal already there, but unfortunately it was too dark inside to get a photo of his companion.

Pollok House horse

As ever, we weren’t allowed to take any photos of the inside of the house, which is beautifully furnished. But I do have some of the gardens, which I’ll share with you at a later date.

4 thoughts on “Pollok House, Glasgow, Scotland

  1. It certainly looks like a Clydesdale. Look at those dinner plate sized hooves! What a beauty!

    That house looks like it would be very interesting to tour, although I think I’d enjoy the grounds as much. I like El Greco, too.

    • Joan,
      The house is needing a lot of money spent on it. I think that the Edwardian extension has caused a lot of problems over the years, as often happens.

      That horse seemed very gentle and calm.

  2. Katrina

    The house and estate were donated to the people of Glasgow by the Stirling Maxwell family – the house is now managed by NTS, but they don’t own it. Part of the agreement when NTS took responsibility was that they had to allow free entry to the house over the winter months – a bit of a compromise to try and accommodate of the terms the original agreement that had been drawn up between the Maxwells and the City Council.

    The NTS was founded in one of the rooms in Pollok House as Sir John Stirling Maxwell was a founding member

    The horses are indeed Clydesdales and very tame – they sometime pull carriages full of children round the estate. Pollok is also known for its award winning herd of Highland Cattle which can often be seen in the fields.

    Funny enough I found this site by looking for info on Seafield Tower which I passed yesterday while walking a section of the Fife Coastal Path!

    • Doreen,
      Thanks for that information. I wish I had seen the Highland Cattle but we didn’t have enough time there, we just had a day in Glasgow and wanted to fit a visit to the Garnet Street tenement in too. I was born in Glasgow though.

      We quite often walk that part of the Fife Coastal Path, Kirkcaldy to Kinghorn and Seafield seems to get worse each time we pass it, very sad.

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