Haggs Castle from the east, 1855, photographed by Duncan Brown.
Hugh MacDonald said of the castle: "This ancient and time-worn edifice, with its belt of trees, forms a fine feature in the landscape for a considerable distance around... The walls are in some places upwards of five feet in thickness [and] carvings on their exterior surface still exist. Several vaults or chambers... are still quite entire; in one of which, at the eastern gable, is an immense fire-place... which must have been capable of roasting at once a whole ox, supported by a couple of wethers, or a perfect host of minor culinary subjects. The place has now a dark, dismal, and chilly appearance". The castle was later restored by Sir John Maxwell.
Duncan Brown (1819-1897) was a talented amateur photographer whose work documents aspects of Glasgow life from the 1850s until the 1890s. This photograph was taken during a visit to the semi-ruinous castle by the Literary and Artistic Club, of which Brown was a member. Another member was Hugh MacDonald, who wrote of many of the club's walks in his book Rambles Round Glasgow.
Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow School of Art Archive
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