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The Haggs later as Douglas Support Estate - now in ruins

William Hamilton - descriptions of the sheriffdoms of Lanark and Renfrew C1790

This water of Calder hath its rise from the Black loch, in the paroch of New Monkland, and continues its course westward for near twelve miles, untill it empty itself into Clyde, at the bridge above mentioned ; and for four or sive miles separates the paroch from that of Old and New Monklands.

Let us now follow up the course of the water as far as it washes this paroch. About a quarter of a mile up from the bridge, there stands a very good corn mill, called the New miln of Calder.

About a mile up from this miln stands the house of Bradisholme,a family of the name of Muirhead. This is upon the north side of the water, within the paroch of Old Monkland. Its bearing from the church of Bothwell is much about northwest, and about two miles distance. Here is very much wood, upon both sides of the water. Here likways there is a very good stone bridge, consisting of one arch, with a corn miln, called Aikenhead bridge and miln. This is within the paroch of Bothwell.

Upon the south side of the water, within the paroch of Bothwell, about half a mile up from the bridge, stands the house of Tannochside; a very handsom litle house, with parks, gardens and pidgeon house, and considerable wood, upon both sides of the water. This formerly belonged to the name of Jack, but now to the name of Rae. This bears N. W. from the kirk, about a large mile and ane half distant from it. Just north from this, and about half a mile distant, stands the kirk of Old Monkland, in a low ground, all most surrounded with woods.

Nixt upon the same water, stands the house of Roschall, formerly called Haggs. This stands upon the north side of the water, within the paroch of Old Monkland, about a large quarter of a mile S. B. from the kirk, and much about two miles N. W. from the kirk of Bothwell. It is a very handsome house, with a prodigious planting and parks. It now belongs to Sir James Hamilton of Rosehall.

Half mile S. E. from the kirk of Monkland, and much about two miles streight north from the kirk of Bothwell, stands the house of Carnbrue, upon the water of North CAbout half a mile west from Rosehall, upon the south side of the water, and within the paroch of Bothwell, about a large halder. This is a family of the name of Bayly. About a quarter of a mile south from this, stands the house os Sherrell, upon a low ground at a burnside. It lyes just north from the kirk, at a mile and ane half distant. This formerly belonged to the name of Hamilton; now to James Laurie. The water makes a considerable compas up from Carnebrue, and there are several milns upon it, such as Haggs walk miln and corn miln, both belonging to Sir James Hamilton, and Carnbrue miln, but I pass these.

The Douglas Support Archives
The Rev. Sholto Douglas Campbell, M.A., second Baron Blythswood, is the second son of the late Archibald Douglas of Mains, who succeeded to the Blythswood estate in 1838, and assumed the name of Campbell.

After spending some time at Cheam School, he was educated for the army, but presently, with a view to holy orders, he entered Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. in 1864 and M.A. in 1878. In the following year he was ordained by the Bishop of Worcester, and after holding successive appointments at Nuneaton, Gateshead, and Derby, he was assigned by the Crown the District Rectory of All Souls, Marylebone, in 1878.

He took an active part in initiating the parochial mission movement in the Church of England, and though he had inherited the estate of Douglas Support, near Coatbridge, from Brigadier-General Sir Thomas Monteith Douglas in 1868, he remained in his English charge till 1887. In that year he accepted the incumbency of St. Silas' English Episcopal Church, off Woodlands Road, Glasgow, which had been built by his father and others. This charge he resigned only in 1899.

He succeeded his brother, the first Lord Blythswood, in the title and estates in July, 1908. A month previously his own historic residence of Douglas Support had been destroyed by fire, but 'it is being rebuilt and will be occupied by his brother and heir General Barrington C. Douglas.

1908 - The famous historic mansion of Douglas Support, the residence of the Rev. Sholto Douglas, at Coatbridge [Lanarkshire], was burned to the ground. The damage is estimated at 100,000. The property destroyed included many relics of Robert Burns.

The mansion house of Douglas Support, which is picturesquely situated on the North Calder Water, two miles south of Coatbridge, and is the residence of the. Rev. Sholto D. C. Douglas, an Episcopal clergyman, perished by fire on June 27. Mrs Douglas had died a fortnight previously, and her husband had left home for a change a week later, so that the house was left in charge of the servants.

The fire brigades of Coatbridge and Glasgow were summoned, but the message to the latter miscarried, causing a delay which proved disastrous. Neighbours lent willing hands in rescuing the contents of the mansion, but in spite of this much was destroyed, including nearly the whole of the library.

A beautiful little chapel at the entrance, however, was saved, together with many valuable pictures. One of these was the genealogical tree of the great Douglas family, The damage is estimated at about 100,000). and is fully covered by insurance. The fire appears to have been first discovered in Mr. Douglas's room, but its cause is not known.)

'His Lordship has for long been in the habit of holding a conference of clergymen of all evangelical denominations at Douglas Support thrice a year for consideration of devotional and missionary subjects. He has three mission halls on the estate, and supports a resident missionary and Bible-woman.


The Douglas Support mansion at top of grand stairway

Photo: This is the mansion house, if you look to the right you will see the private chapel and cannons

Remains of the grand stairway to the mansion
photos by Brian Cairns

The East Gate entrance - 2014  The vegetation has now been removed in preparation for work on the M8 extension

Viewpark Conservation Group Trust aims to promote and preserve the history of Viewpark.   The website at http://www.viewpark.org.uk has been set up to show the people of Viewpark the history of where they live and to let them know that the Douglas Support is a great place full of wildlife that they can go for a walk and also go fishing , and that they can also see some of the remains of the history that was once there. we are also doing this as there are developers in the estate again going to build industrial units and we are trying to get this stopped

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