183 West George Street, Glasgow
May 10, 1946
SIR, -this attractive and symmetrical
glacial mound at Lennoxtown, known for
generations as a sacred place, is threatened
with removal to make place for three tem-
porary bungalows despite their being much
open adjoining ground.
Elderly people tell me that as boys they
worked the field where the mound is situ-
ated, and that the tenant farmer of those
days insisted that no agricultural work was
to be allowed upon the mound-not even the
rolling of the grass. It is some 25 years
since I was first taken to see the place.
Nowadays the newcomers to the district
seem to know little about the site, and
apparently care nothing for it, and as
members of the controlling District Council
they favour obliteration, doubtless stirred by
the extreme urgency of the housing shortage.
Thus goes on the deplorable and unneces-
sary work of destruction of sites near Glas-
gow-sites which ought to be kept in pre-
petuity as a source of delight for all thought-
ful people. It is sad to think that during
the last five years in Glasgow and district
more ruthless slaughter of sites of archaeo-
logical and geological interest has been
carried out than during the whole of the the
last 100 years.-I am &c.
a sacred place –
newcomers to the district –
not even the rolling of the grass –
they favour obliteration –
three temporary bungalows –
this attractive and symmetrical glacial mound –
ruthless slaughter –
kneel before –
a source of delight for all thoughtful people –
Fact check: the letter that forms the basis of this post and my Lennoxtown visit was published in The Scotsman newspaper. As with many other Ludovic McLellan Mann observations, there is no corroborating evidence for the presence of this Knowe, nor its folk and archaeological significance. If such a mound existed, its contours have not troubled mapmakers. And it is commonplace to find that prefabricated houses from the 1940s were not ‘temporary’, even if this mound was. The ruinous ground behind the three bungalows on a natural rise was once occupied by the Free Church of Lennoxtown, which was used as a drill hall for “D” Company, 7th battalion, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders during the First World War, and a school also once stood upon this acclivity.