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Report - Crossbasket House, Lanarkshire, December 2011

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by catbalou, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. catbalou

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    Beautiful looking house on the outside and what looked to have been fantastic grounds... a shame it was in the process of being stripped on the inside as the house has actually finally been sold, but still made for an interesting explore. A possible comedy access averted, we found a slightly more dignified way of getting inside to have a look around. Unfortunately could not get access to some areas to due a PIR Heaven situation, but I think we covered a fair bit regardless... until we finally tripped one :rolleyes: (it was bound to happen sooner or later..). Visited with a non-member friend of mine, and Stranton.

    History from Glasgow digital library and Blantyre website: -
    THE property of John Kerr Clark, Esq., is situated in the parish of East Kilbride and county of Lanark, distant about eight miles from Glasgow. The house has been built at different times; that part on which the flagstaff is erected is very old, and was built at a date not known: two additions have been made to it during the present century. It is placed on the east side of the romantic glen of the Calder, close to the entrance to Calderwood Castle, and is an interesting and beautiful residence.

    Crossbasket House 1908 (from Glasgow digital library)
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    The ancient proprietors of Crossbasket were the Lindsays of Dunrod, who had been seated at the Mains of Kilbride since the time of Robert II. Their old property was at Dunrod in Renfrewshire, but they seem to have preferred Mains Castle, where they afterwards resided. The remains of this ancient building are still to be seen. The Castle, with the lands of "Corsbasket," which at one time formed part of the Hamilton estates, came also into the possession of this family, and was used as their jointure house. The following verse of an old ballad gives an idea of the feeling cherished in former times towards the last of the old lairds of Mains and Crossbasket:-

    "In Auld Kirk the witches ride thick,
    And in Dunrod they dwell;
    But the greatest loon amang them a'
    Is auld Dunrod himsel'."

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