View ancient boundary stones on guided walks
Rutherglen residents are being invited to have glimpse in to the history of the town.
As part of Doors Open Days, which takes place throughout Scotland, Rutherglen Heritage Society is letting people see some of the ancient Boundary Stones which marked the boundary of the ancient Royal Burgh of Rutherglen on Saturday, September 12, and Sunday, September 13.
The Society has researched the locations of the stones and has discovered that there are now fewer than 70 of the 113 stones known about at the beginning of the 20th century still in locations around the Burgh.
The stones were erected by the Burgesses of the Burgh since the 16th century and the last one in 1953.
The positions of the stones were regularly inspected by Rutherglen Town Council in a ceremony called Redding of the Marches.
The Society hope to reinstate the Redding of the Marches during Landemer Week.
The Society re-erected a stone in July 2011 at the corner of Quay Road at Glasgow Road to replace a stone which was damaged during the construction of the M74 extension.
They are holding an exhibition of their research into the history of the stones and their locations, at 84 Cambuslang Road (next to Flemings Carpets Warehouse) on Saturday, September 12, from 11 am to 4pm, and on Sunday, September 13, from 1pm to 4pm.
There will be guided walks available to see some of the stones in the Farme Cross area and information about a route to visit the locations of other known stones.
There will also be information about the terraced houses nearby.
Other sites in Rutherglen which are taking part in Doors Open Days are Rutherglen Library which is offering tours of the library building on Saturday, September 12. for more information contact the library on 0141 613 5380.
Rutherglen Old Parish Church will be open for members of the public from 10am to noon on Saturday, September 12 and also from noon to 4pm on Sunday, September 13.
Stone me The first librarian of Rutherglen library, William Ross Shearer, with one of the town’s boundary stones
Tour Rutherglen Old Parish Church