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Local History, Heritage & Genealogy

Local history, heritage & genealogy clubs, groups and societies in the East Renfrewshire area.

Mearns History Group

Mearns History Group Contact Details and meeting times Mearns History Group Contact Details

Meeting times

Meetings are held monthly on Tuesday evenings from September till May at 7.30pm

Where we meet

Fairweather Hall, Barrhead Road, Newton Mearns, G77 6BB

Contact person

Ian Morton

Contact e-mail

Contact phone

0141 577 5904

Mearns History Group was founded in 1999 for people interested in Newton Mearns, its history and heritage. We meet monthly when guest speakers give illustrated presentations on a variety of topics.

Meetings are normally held on the first Tuesday of the month from September to April in the Fairweather Hall, Barrhead Road, G77 6BB, at 7.30 p.m.  Please note that that the first meeting in 2018 will be held on Tuesday, 9th January due to the New Year public holiday.

The Fairweather Hall is adjacent to the Avenue Shopping Centre and is well placed for public transport and parking facilities. The Hall has an excellent screen and a loop system for those with hearing difficulties.

In addition to our monthly meetings we hold three film nights each session when films reflecting Scottish history and culture are shown. However, due to due to our licence restrictions, we regret that our film nights on  21st November, 23rd January and 20th March are restricted to members only.

The  annual subscription to the Group is £10.00. Guests are welcome to attend an individual meeting for a fee of £2.00.

For further information, please contact the Group Secretary, Ian Morton Tel: 0141 577 5904.  Alternatively, you may wish  to look at our website which contains the 2017-2018 syllabus in addition to information about our heritage.

Membership applications can be downloaded  from the website.

We look forward to welcoming you and are confident you will find our meetings friendly and of interest.

Mearns History Group - Syllabus 2017 - 2018


5th September, Alexander the Greek, Iain McGillivray

3rd October, From Dobbies Loan to Gt Western Road, Eileen Ross

7th November, Glasgow: Mapping the City, John Moore

21st November, Film Night: 'Sunset Song' , ( 2015)

5th December, Made from Textiles: a film about Thornliebank and Rouken Glen, Tom Marchant


9th January, Footsteps in the Park: the story of the owners of Rouken Glen House and Estate, Joy Blair

23rd January, Film Night: 'Heavenly Pursuits'

6th February, Forensic Science: an Insight into Forensic Biology and the reality of CSI Glasgow, Patricia Strahorn

6th March, Fleapits and Palaces: A Trip Round the world via Scottish Cinema Architecture, Gary Painter

20th March, Film Night: 'The Spy in Black ' (1939)

3rd April* Douglas, 14th Duke of Hamilton: Amateur boxer, aviator and politician, Ostap Melnick

* This meeting will be preceded by the AGM


National Trust - Eastwood and District Members Centre

National Trust - Eastwood and District Members Centre Contact Details and meeting times National Trust - Eastwood and District Members Centre Contact Details

Meeting times

Meetings are held monthly on the second Thursday evening of the month from October until April

Where we meet

Clarkston Halls, Clarkston Road, G76 8NE

Contact person

Mary MacLennan, Secretary

Contact e-mail

Contact phone

0141- 639 5411

The Eastwood and District Members' Centre of the National Trust for Scotland draws its membership mainly from the southern suburbs of Glasgow and parts of East Renfrewshire.
 The Centre offers a full and varied programme of events in both winter and summer:

  •  Seven illustrated talks whose topics range from aspects of Scottish heritage to travel and history are held from October to April at Clarkston Hall, G76.
  •  Each talk begins at 7.30pm and lasts about one hour
  •  The talks are free to Centre Members (Non members £2)
  •  Coach trips to places of historic or environmental interest are arranged over the year; concert and theatre outings are arranged mainly over the winter months
  • Our fund raising activities provide regular support to NTS projects
  •  Centre membership, costing £10 per annum, is open to any member of the NTS (or National Trust in other parts of the UK)

In addition to these social events the Centre arranges for volunteers to help at local National Trust for Scotland events. In particular the Centre provides volunteer guides and helpers at Holmwood House- a property which enjoys a special relationship with the Centre's membership.

Volunteers are always required for Holmwood. If you would like to help in any way contact (Tel: 0141 638 0838) or 
(Tel: 0141-637-2129  )

For further information regarding Eastwood and District Members' Centre please contact the Secretary, Mrs Mary MacLennan at  0141 639 5411.

Illustrated talks 2017-2018

  • October 12th, Glasgow's Botanic Gardens: 200 Years, Ewen Donaldson
  • November 9th, A Cutting Edge, Alison Kinnaird
  • December 14th, Would the real Robert Burns please stand?, Hugh Farrell
  • January 11th, Alexander 'Greek' Thomson: Why All the Fuss?, Iain McGillivray
  • February 8th, The Archaeology of the Battle of Waterloo, Professor Tony Pollard
  • March 8th, Arabella Stuart: The Queen England never had, Nan Steele
  • April 12th, A Heritage in Stone, Iain Davidson

Events at Holmwood House (charges may apply)

Halloween October 28th and 29th

Christmas at Holmwood when the Reindeer Return December 2nd &3rd and 9th & 10th

Outings (September 2017-January 2018)

October 11th Visit to New Lanark, November 15th The House for an Art Lover, Festive Lunch at Highgrove Hotel, Jan11th Scottish Ballet- 'The Nutcracker' Theatre Royal

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