NS3975 : Plaque on Glencairn's Greit House

taken 16 years ago, near to Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland

Plaque on Glencairn's Greit House
Plaque on Glencairn's Greit House
This is one of two plaques that are located on either side of the main entrance of Glencairn's Greit House: NS3975 : Glencairn's Greit House. As seen from the street, this plaque is to the right of the entrance.

It commemorates a visit of Robert Burns to Dumbarton, but its presence is not intended to imply that Burns stayed in the building on which this plaque stands.

While speaking of the Dixons (owners of Dumbarton's glassworks; see NS3975 : The ruins of St Serf's Church), Dr I.M.M.MacPhail, in his book "A Short History of Dumbartonshire", explains that "their mansion-house, Leven Grove, was where Robert Burns was entertained on his visit to Dumbarton in 1787, when he was made a burgess of the town; and Levengrove Park (without the mansion-house) is now one of the finest parks in the country."

(Levengrove Park was originally the country estate of the Dixon family.) In the book "Changing Identities, Ancient Roots" (2006, ed. Ian Brown), Ian Riach recounts that the honorary burgess ticket for Robert Burns came to light in 1911, and that it was at Levengrove House, the residence of town clerk John McAuley, that Burns was entertained on the night of June 28th, 1787.
Glencairn's Greit House

The house was built for the Earls of Glencairn, and dates back to 1623, if not earlier. Although much modified since then, it is Dumbarton's oldest standing building. See LinkExternal link for a photograph of it, taken in the 1890s.

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Date Taken
Wednesday, 16 January, 2008   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 3 December, 2008
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3951 7523 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.5941N 4:34.2803W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3951 7523
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