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Eaglesham


East Renfrewshire

A village in the old county of Renfrewshire, Eaglesham is situated 9 miles (14.5 km) south of Glasgow and 5 miles (8 km) southwest of East Kilbride. The original village had held a weekly market since the mid 17th Century, but the present layout of two rows of houses separated by trees, a meadow and a stream was created in 1796 for the workers at the Earl of Eglinton's cotton factory. Work halted when the factory burned down in 1876.

Notable structures include Eaglesham Old and Carswell Parish Church (1788), a monument to two Covenanters shot in May 1685, the ruins of Polnoon Castle (14th century), and Eaglesham House. In 1941 the German Nazi leader Rudolf Hess landed by parachute near this house, possibly on a peace mission. In 1960 Eaglesham became the first Scottish village listed as a place of special historical interest.

There is an 18 hole golf course.


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