Bothwell Part 2

Part one looked at old Bothwell but there are also many interesting modern features which are worth looking at in the village.

Dr Marion Gilchrist Memorial Garden

Dr Marion Gilchrist (5 February 1864 – 7 September 1952) was the first female graduate of the University of Glasgow, graduating with an MB CM in July 1894. She was also the first woman to qualify in medicine from a Scottish university and was also a leading activist in the Women’s suffrage Movement in Scotland.

Dr Gilchrist was born in Bothwell and educated at Hamilton Academy, which was a fee-paying school in the nearby town.

She specialised in ophthalmology and worked as Assistant Surgeon for Diseases of the Eye at the Glasgow Victoria Infirmary from 1914 to 1930 and in 1927 was also appointed an ophthalmic surgeon at Redlands Hospital for Women, Glasgow.

She lies buried in Bothwell Parish Church Cemetery. 

Gilchrist Garden

Local environmental group, Brighter Bothwell, helped organise the refurbishment of the Gilchrist Garden which was opened on 30th September 2011. Patersons Quarries provided a grant of 55,000 GBP for the project.  

Gilchrist Garden Memorial
Gilchrist Garden

Brighter Bothwell commissioned artist Adrian Wiszniewski, one of the New Glasgow Boys, to design a memorial sculpture for the gardens which was unveiled in October 2013. 

The garden is not at its best just now as winter is still with us, but in summer it should be far more spectacular when all the flowers and plants will be at their best. 

Bothwell Memorial Garden

At the Corner of Hamilton Road and Hamilton Drive is a small garden which was developed in the mid 1950’s by Bothwell Horticultural Society and the then Hamilton District Council. A memorial with a sundial is situated in the gardens to commemorate the life of two Bothwell doctors, William Denness and James Walls.

Drs William Denness and James Walls. 

Dr Denness was born in Bothwell and qualified in medicine from the Anderson College, Glasgow (University of Strathclyde) in 1899. He worked in County Durham and Newton before practicing in Bothwell in 1917.

Dr Walls was born in Fife in 1876 and graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1918. He worked as a doctor in Bothwell.  

Memorial to Drs William Denness and James Walls
Sundial on the Drs William Denness and James Walls Memorial

Cricket fans will remember the late Mike Denness, the only Scots-born captain of the England and Wales Cricket team and captain of Kent County Cricket Team. He was the grandson of Dr William Denness.

The work in the garden was undertaken by Community Payback (unpaid community work). The structures in the garden were excellent, as can be seen below.

Carved toadstool
Carved butterfly
Small door in tree trunk
Toadstool
Larger view of the garden

Bothwell is an interesting place and is worth a visit when in the West of Scotland. It is just a short drive from the Strathclyde Park turn off on the M74.

Further Information:

Dr Marion Gilchrist Memorial Garden

Mike Denness

Paterson Quarries

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2 thoughts on “Bothwell Part 2

  1. tootlepedal February 22, 2015 / 9:07 pm

    They certainly respect their doctors in Bothwell.

  2. Sartenada February 27, 2015 / 10:16 am

    Again wonderful post presenting Bothwell. My favorite photos are those figures in the garden. Thank You presenting it.

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