In a local context, names like Broomhouse and Broompark are derived from the common Broom plant once found in these areas, which still flourishes all over Scotland and in the upper fields of Blantyre.
Two types of Broom grow around this area, namely thorny and plain broom. Calicotome spinosa known as thorny broom or spiny broom is a very spiny, densely branched shrub of the legume family Fabaceae, which can reach up to three metres in height.
The yellow flowers were used to produce perfumes and the shrub itself when stripped used to assist thatch and the bristles of hardwearing brooms, likely where the name came from.
It tends to grow in disturbed ground, typically hedgerows, field boundaries, roadsides, old quarries and the like, not usually out in open fields. It prefers sun and dry, rocky ground and is very fast growing. It can be seen in most abundance at the Lady Nancy, Auchentibber, Park, Priory and Redlees.
From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2017
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