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Maryhill


Glasgow City

A former village and burgh, which now forms a suburb of Glasgow, Maryhill is situated 3 miles (5 km) northwest from Glasgow's city centre. The settlement was established by Robert Graham in the late 18th Century and was named after his wife, Mary Hill. It became the location of the first temperance society in Britain after their daughter Lilias Graham became teetotal in 1829. By the mid-19th century it was an industrial village producing textiles, paper, lumber, boats and iron. In 1856 it became a police burgh and in 1912 Glasgow annexed the area. The series of locks on the Forth and Clyde Canal were referred to as the Botany Locks: prisoners are said to have been able to choose between transportation to Botany Bay, Australia, and work on the canal. Bryant & May manufactured the famous brand of Scottish Bluebell matches here between 1918 and 1981.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed Maryhill's Queens Cross Church (1899), which now is home to the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society. Maryhill Burgh Halls were bought by the community in 2009.

Maryhill railway station provides a commuter service to Queen Street.


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