The forecast was for sunshine so I decided to walk around Queen’s Park at lunchtime. The park is a short walk from my office in Mount Florida. I was accompanied by a colleague.
Designed by Sir Joseph Paxton
The park dates from 1857 and was laid out by the world renowned Sir Joseph Paxton. He designed the Crystal Palace in London and Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens. The park is called after Mary, Queen of Scots and not Queen Victoria, as is commonly thought by many people. It was opened on 11th September, 1862, the year of Queen Victoria’s Silver Jubilee.
Battle of Langside
Queen’s Park was the site of the sixteenth century Battle of Langside and a large circle of stones at the highest point of the park is believed to be the remnants of an encampment which formed an important military position in the Battle.
|Remains of emcampment from the Battle of Langside|
On 13 May 1568, Mary Queen of Scots made a last desperate bid to keep her throne and her army faced the forces of the Earl of Moray. They met in battle at the village of Langside, now part of Glasgow.
Mary’s army was defeated when Moray unleashed his cavalry and Mary escaped with her closest supporters. She rode from Langside to the Solway Firth.
Execution of Mary Queen of Scots
Mary turned to her cousin Elizabeth I of England for aid hoping that Elizabeth would help restore her to her throne. She was to be bitterly disappointed. She would spend the next 18 years in captivity in England. She was executed on 8 February 1587, in the great hall of Fotheringhay Castle in Northamptonshire.
Today the park is much quieter than it must have been during the Battle.
We accessed the Park by an entrance behind the old Victoria Hospital building and made a fleeting visit to the Glasshouse. The Glasshouse was built in 1905 by Simpson and Farmer of Partick, Glasgow and is a Category ‘B ‘ building. They also built the Botanic Gardens in Glasgow.
|Glasshouse, Queen’s Park|
There are tropical plants, reptiles and and fish in the Glasshouse.
|Pond in the Glasshouse|
In the Park Itself
The park is too big to walk through in a lunch hour, so we walked through the south side of it.
|Grey Squirrel watching|
|View of Glasgow City|