Greenbank House

Located to the SW of Clarkston in East Renfrewshire, Greenbank is a category 'A' listed Georgian house, which was built in 1763 for Robert Allason, the grandson of a local farmer who went on to become one of Glasgow's tobacco merchants, making his fortune trading with the American colonies. The house occupies high ground giving fine view over the Clyde Valley. It comprises a white-painted two-storey mansion with a basement and projecting lower wings, which are attached by curved screen walls. The house presents perfectly symmetrical facades to the front and rear. It is a particularly fine and unaltered example of a house of that period and features strongly accentuated quoins. Greenbank was gifted to the National Trust for Scotland by William Blyth in 1976, and today acts as their West Regional Office. Blyth had done much to develop the remarkable Greenbank Gardens, which extend to 6 ha (14.5 acres). The stable-block, to the east of the house, has been converted to include a lecture hall, demonstration area and a shop.

A small collection of portraits is on display in the house, along with a Neapolitan scene by J.M.W. Turner (1775 - 1851) and still life by the Scottish Colourist Samuel Peploe (1871 - 1935).

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