Members of Glasgow Archaeological Society are invited to join us on an excursion to the historic town of Douglas in South Lanarkshire on Saturday, September 30th, 2017.
Our visit will start with a look at the street architecture of Douglas, which retains most of its historical buildings due to the lack of modern development that changes so many towns and villages. We shall be visiting the Earl of Angus’s statue which marks the spot in 1698 where the Cameronian Regiment was raised.
We will then be going on to tour St. Brides Kirk, a late 14th century church which contains many tombs of the Douglas family.
Following on from the kirk we will be making a stop at the Polish Wartime Camp Memorial before making our way to the remains of 18th century Douglas Castle. At the castle, members will be able to listen to a talk on the fascinating events from the original castle in early 1300s involving Sir James the Good Douglas. We then return to Douglas village to end the day with a visit to Douglas Heritage Centre.
Transport and Directions
For people with cars meet at Happendon Services (Southbound) on M74 at 11.00am taking exit 11, pass straight through the roundabout and the services are on the right at the top of the hill.
Alternatively, by train take the Dalmuir to Larkhall train arriving at Larkhall at 10.26. Cars will be waiting to take you to Happendon if you have pre-arranged this. This train runs through the west end and leaves Glasgow Central Low Level at 9.47.
We should arrive in Douglas about 12.00 noon, the walk will take approximately 2 hours.
Members who are interested in joining us on this excursion should contact our Excursions Convener as soon as possible to reserve a place. It is essential that you advise Margaret King in advance if you intend to join in this excursion, and particularly confirm if you require transport from Larkhall. Because of the logistics involved this excursion is available to members only.