Inchinnan Parish

The church at Inchinnan was visited at same time as the estates last described. The present church was built about 1828 on the site of the previous one, which dated From about 1100. The scenery in this vicinity lacks the colour and variety so characteristic of Scottish landscapes, but its softness and peacefulness commended it to Pennant, and others since his time have been not insensible to its claims on account of these qualities. Much of the parish consists of carse land, and the only moss in the parish, on the Southbarr Estate, which formerly supported grouse, is at the present time a free coup for Glasgow. The estate of Southbarr was visited on the 16th April, 1892, under unique conditions for a Society excursion. A snowstorm set in an hour before that arranged for departure from the city, and on arrival at Houston station there was an inch of snow on the ground. The storm was, happily, not of long continuance, and the novelty of the experience added a zest to the afternoon’s enjoyment. The estate of Southbarr boasts no timber of great age, but it is well wooded throughout, and the blending of the varied trees—deciduous and evergreen—has been carried out by a master hand, the effects being most pleasing from whatever points the woodland groups are viewed. Proceeding up the approach from the Houston Lodge, a rowan-tree was noted as having attained a good size for the species. It measured 5 feet 10 inches in girth at 3 feet on the east side. On the way to the keeper’s lodge to see the pheasant-rearing enclosure, a beech of large size on the left of the approach was measured. At 3 feet 5 inches on the west-south-west side the girth of the trunk was 11 feet 8¼ inches. After a pleasant and leisurely perambulation of Southbarr, the road was taken to Northbarr House (now the property of Campbell of Blythswood), recently known as House of Hill, which occupies a commanding situation amid surroundings which have been enhanced by the art of the gardener and woodman. Close to the mansion house, in a bit of woodland, the cuckoo-pint (Arum maculatum) was found growing luxuriantly and in patches of considerable size, and a bed of the snake-weed (Polygonum Bistorta) was also noted. On the lawn opposite the house formerly stood a pair of large ash trees, one of which was blown down ten years since. The remaining tree is in fairly good condition, and measures 12 feet 4½ inches in girth at 3½ feet from the ground. Two walnut trees, neither of great size, stand in proximity. North of the house stands a spreading yew tree (female) which has a good bole of some height, measuring 7 feet at 3 feet.