Continuing my look at rights of way in Blantyre (where people can legally walk through land owned by others). From a 1970’s council booklet, a description exists of the right of Way at Thornhill Avenue.
Thornhill Avenue Right of Way, Council reference BL/4. OS ref NS 65 SE
“This right of way starts off at Glasgow Road next to the Livingstone Memorial Church and continues through the avenue of trees across Farm Road to end at the Railway bridge where it connects with a further right of way. The width of the path varies from 12 feet to 15 feet with an ash surface, occasional patches of tarmacadam and many potholes. Edges and fences on either side are in poor condition over the total length of some 600 yards. Trees and shrubs on the right of way include, Turkey Oaks, Chestnut, Elm , Sycamore,Beech and Hawthorn. At the corner in the bend of the pathway about 200 yards in, was the site of Bowie’s Hill, the home of James Bryce as a young man. He lived here while his father was teaching at the High School of Glasgow. Later he became Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenepotentiary to the USA in 1907. He worked hard to bring about the treaty of Peace between America and Great Britain in 1911. He was educated at Glasgow High School, Glasgow University, Trinity College, Ocford and became a fellow of Oriel College and MP. for South Aberdeen.”
I have to admit the description certainly goes off on a tangent about Mr Bryce, rather than focus on the right of way itself. Of course today, we more commonly know this right of way as “The Dandy”.
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