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Darnley

A suburban mixed housing estate in SW Glasgow, Darnley is located to the west of the M77 motorway, between South Nitshill and Arden, 5½ miles (9 km) southwest of the city centre. Developed from 1968 on open farmland, which formed part of the Darnley Estate, initially Glasgow Corporation built large seven-storey apartment blocks built alongside two-storey terraces and semi-detached houses. Later extensions and redevelopment brought private housing; mostly semi-detached and modest in dimensions. Facilities include a small shopping centre, church, community centre, library and two schools (Darnley Primary and St. Angela's Roman Catholic Primary). Darnley shares a railway station with Priesthill to the northwest.

Darnley House once lay beyond South Park Village, a half-mile (1 km) to the southwest, and its was around here that the Darnley Bleachfields were operated in the later 18th C. by Charles Tennant (1768 - 1838) and it is here that he developed his revolutionary bleaching powder.

The area takes its name from Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley (1545-67), the second husband of Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-87). Mary is said to have nursed her sickly husband beneath the sizeable Darnley Sycamore tree.


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