Lad O’ Pairts: Life on Pollok Estate

East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure has lined up a National Trust for Scotland exhibition and event this month, exploring Glasgow southside's local history!

Lad O’ Pairts: Life on Pollok Estate

About Lad O’ Pairts: Life on Pollok Estate

We are delighted to be welcoming a mobile exhibition display from Pollok House, The National Trust for Scotland.

This Lad o’ Pairts, an exhibition funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, will reintroduce Sir John Stirling Maxwell to the people of Glasgow.

Pollok House was once home to the Maxwell family, who lived on the site from the 13th Century. The Maxwell family donated the house and estate to Glasgow in 1966, and today it is looked after by the National Trust for Scotland.

Sir John Stirling Maxwell was the last of the Maxwell family to bring about significant change to the lands that formed the Pollok Estate.

Sir John was born to a life of privilege but as a wealthy man who was well connected to local and national government, he used his position to help ordinary people at a time of difficult social and economic change. He spoke out publicly to influence debate on a range of national issues, lent his assistance to many Scottish charitable organisations, and was a founding member of the National Trust for Scotland.

You can visit the free exhibition during regular venue opening hours at:

Eastwood Park Theatre Gallery: Friday 3rd May until Thu 23rd May
Giffnock Library: Sat 25th May until Sat 1st June

There will also be the chance to come along to an accompanying talk by Lucy Donnell from the National Trust for Scotland.

Lad o' Pairts, Life on Pollok Estate
Giffnock Library
Thu 30th May, 3pm - 4pm (tea & coffee from 2.30pm)

Lucy says: “As part of the research carried out for the Lad o’ Pairts exhibition, accounts from people with memories of Sir John Stirling Maxwell and life on the estate were recorded. To complement the exhibition, I’d like to share some of the information and stories we have gathered. I hope to help paint a picture of what life was like for workers and their families living on the estate during Sir John’s lifetime.”

The talk is free but booking is essential.

Tickets in person from Giffnock Library or from Eastwood Park Theatre box office 0141 577 4956 or online at

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Lad O’ Pairts: Life on Pollok Estate are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

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