Linn Park

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File:Linnpark fromcastle.jpg
Linn Park viewed from the site of Cathcart Castle - although the view is now obscured by undergrowth

Linn Park is a large park - 82 hectares (200 acres) in area [1] - surrounded by the suburbs of Cathcart, Simshill and Netherlee on the southern fringes of Glasgow, Scotland, where the city borders East Renfrewshire. It is Glasgow’s second largest park, after Pollok Country Park. Both parks have the White Cart Water flowing through them.

History and features

The park was acquired by Glasgow Corporation in 1919 and incorporated within the city boundaries in 1938. It was originally part of the lands of Hagtonhill and several others owned by the Maxwell family, who were extensive local landowners based at Pollok House.

The remains of Cathcart Castle are situated at the northern end of the park. The castle was built by the first Lord Cathcart around 1450 and added to the park in 1927. It was demolished in 1980 after lying derelict for a long period.[2]

The park contains a large mansion, Linn House, which was built c.1811[3] for Rev. James Hall, who a short time later became bankrupt resulting in the house and estate being put up for auction on behalf of the creditors. James Hall's wife, Mary Maxwell, separately owned adjacent land at Bogton which was the subject of a legal action by the creditors against her, which was determined at the Court of Session in January 1814.[4] The mansion and surrounding estate was sold again in 1820, by which time the familiar cast iron "Ha'penny Bridge" was in place.[5]

The name “Linn” refers to the waterfall on the river and old maps show that the title pre-dates the development of the mansion house, which was converted to 4 private homes in 2007.

Other features of the park include woodland and river walks [some of which have been rendered inaccessible by a wholly unnecessary fence cordoning off a large - but still accessible area which contains a potentially dangerous landslip [6]], an orienteering course, an 18 hole public golf course and a couple of children's play areas.


  1. "Linn Park in Glasgow, Scotland". web page. XYZ Projects. 20 September 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  2. Marshall, Jean. Cathcart and Environs: A Pictorial Reminiscence. Glasgow District Libraries. ISBN 0-906169-26-7. 
  3. Sale Notice dated 24 October 1811 refers to "new house".
  4. Stewart v Maxwell, 11 January 1814, Fac. Coll.
  5. Sale Notice dated 16 March 1820 refers to "elegant Cast Iron bridge".
  6. "See the photograph". 

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