1816 Forebraes, Red Craigholm & Eastholm


In August 2016, my fellow history enthusiasts Alex Rochead and Gordon Cook and I spent some evenings back and forth by emailing unravelling out ownership of Greenhall House and Estate.

Relying upon collective knowledge and documents, some detail was still needed, so it was with sincere thanks to Alex, who went to the library in Edinburgh to retrieve the documents needed. (records attached from the sale of the Greenhall estate by the Moore family to the Paul family in 1921). These records are great as they describe previous sales and portioning off land and mineral rights and in themselves, allow a fuller picture to be pieced together.

It was through these records, that 3 almost forgotten names are being remembered in this post. In particular, the name of the fields and slopes to the north of the River Calder within the Greenhall Woodland. They’re described as the Forebraes, Red Craigholm and Eastholm and until seeing these documents were unknown to me.

This looks likely to have been where the old Greenhall Curling pond was, where the railway line and viaduct was and it is clear from these documents those lands once belonged to the Duke of Hamilton until they were sold to James and Brandon Muir of Greenhall in 1816.

I’ve marked up an aerial map of where I think these names belonged to. (i.e within the area with my yellow dots). I cant assume which field is which, but there are certainly very noticeable field boundaries even in that area today. Whilst in Cambuslang Parish (boundary is the river), they clearly once belonged to Greenhall Estate in the 19th Century and I suspect this ceased in the 1880s when the railway ran through them and the viaduct constructed over the considerable obstacle of the River Calder gorge.

red craigholm

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