View an­cient bound­ary stones on guided walks

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Will Hen­shaw

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

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