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Dalbeth

A small but ancient district of E Glasgow, Dalbeth lies to the north of the River Clyde, south of Braidfauld and 4 miles (6.5 km) southeast of the city centre. Once rather larger than today, there was a fine house here which was home to the Wardrop family at the beginning of the 18th C. The property passed to Thomas Hopkirk, a Glasgow merchant, around 1754 whose son built a new mansion in the late 18th C. The property was sold to the Roman Catholic church who established a Convent for the Order of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd here in the 1850s. The sisters ran a Magdalene Asylum for 'fallen' women and established a Reformatory School for Girls in 1865. Peter Paul Pugin (1851 - 1904) built the Church of the Good Shepherd here in 1902. The nuns left in 1949 and the church closed in 1975. Subsequently most of the buildings have been demolished. Nearby are the Roman Catholic cemeteries of St. Peter's and St. Joseph's.


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