History of the Park

History

Cambuslang Park dates back to 1913 and in 2013 celebrated its 100th year birthday! We would welcome copies of any memorabilia you may have of the opening. 

 

If you walk through the park you will come across various items that show the date of the park ranging from the dovecote to the war monument to soldiers who lost their lives in the first world war.  The actual statue is modelled on the first soldier killed. 

 

The bandstand area has been recognised for it’s uniqueness and the woodland area is home to some exciting and rare species not to mention the natural amphitheatre that is in the park grounds and the preaching braes.

The Work / Wark

“The Cambuslang Work or ‘Wark’ in the Scots language, (February to November 1742) was a period of extraordinary religious activity, in Cambuslang, Scotland. The event peaked in August 1742 when a crowd of some 30,000 gathered in the ‘preaching braes’ – a natural amphitheatre next to the Kirk at Cambuslang – to hear the great preacher George Whitefield call them to repentance and conversion to Christ. It was intimately connected with the similar remarkable revivalist events taking place throughout Great Britain and it’s American Colonies in New England, where it is known as The First Great Awakening.”

“The Minister of Cambuslang was an unlikely person to have organized this remarkable event. He was Mr William McCullogh. Early on in his career as a Minister he had confessed to a friend that he envied those who had felt called or converted to Christ. To him these feelings were completely alien. In addition although he was an extremely learned and studious person and conscientious pastor to his congregation, he was no great preacher.”

Reference: Above article courtesy of Wikipedia

Girl’s Face

In the park there is a carving of a girl’s face. The story is that the girl fell and was killed. Her father was so bereft that he carved her image in the rock. 

We have been told that the girl was playing tennis and when she went to retrieve the ball, she fell over and was killed. The carving was apparently quite new in 1930.

Borgie Glen

The Borgie Glen is a tree-lined ravine containing a network of pathways.

Drinking from the Borgie Well for some was considered a dangerous thing to do since it was reputed to bestow rather than cure madness. A drink from the Borgie, A bite of the weed Sets a’ the Cams’lang fouk, Wrang in the Heid

 

The Borgie Well stone reads:

The Borgie Well here, Ran Many a Year, Wells wane away Brief too—man’s stay Our race alone abides As burns purl on With mirth or moan Old ocean with its tides Pace longest day Join hands and say (Here where once flowed the well) “We hold the grip, Friends don’t let slip The Bonnie Borgie Dell” Come guard this dell and guard this stone Because, because both are your own. 1879

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Friends of Cambuslang Park is a registered Scottish charity No: SC040279