Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for Pollok House

Pollok House, a mansion in Eastwood parish, Renfrewshire, near the right bank of the White Cart, 1½ mile WNW of Pollokshaws. Erected in 1747-52, it is a plain quadrangular four-storied building, with beautiful grounds, and on 15 Aug. 1859 was honoured by a visit from the Prince of Wales. Pollok formed part of the broad estates that were granted by David I. to Walter the High Steward about the year 1124. The superiority was acquired by Rolland de Mearns, and afterwards by the Maxwells of Caerlaverock; and about 1270 the lower division of Pollok, commonly called Nether Pollok, was given by Sir Aymer Maxwell of Maxwell, Caerlaverock, and Mearns, to his younger son, Sir John Maxwell, the first of the Maxwells of Pollok. Among his descendants, who by marriage were allied to royalty, were the brave young Sir John, who earned his spurs well at Otterburn (1388); Sir John, who fell at the Battle of Dryfe Sands (1593); Sir George, for bewitching whom, in 1677, five persons were strangled and burnt; Sir John, created a baronet in 1682; and Sir John, the eighth Bart. (1791-1865), at whose death the estate and the baronetcy devolved on his nephew, William Stirling, Esq. of Keir. From him, the late Sir William Stirling-Maxwell, the estate of Pollok passed in 1878 to his younger son, Archibald (b. 1867).—Ord. Sur., sh. 30, 1866. See Eastwood, Keir, Crookston, Darnley, Haggs Castle; Dr Wm. Fraser's Memoirs of the Maxwells of Keir (2 vols., Edinb., 1865); and his Cartulary of Pollok-Maxwell (Edinb. 1875).

(F.H. Groome, Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland (1882-4); © 2004 Gazetteer for Scotland)

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Feature Description: "a mansion"   (ADL Feature Type: "residential sites")
Administrative units: Eastwood ScoP       Renfrewshire ScoCnty

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