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Board 6

Killearn’s pleasure garden

The wooded landscape of the Glen contains remarkable evidence of human activity over at least 500 years.

A fragment of medieval pottery lies presented on a stone
A fragment of medieval redware pottery excavated at the ‘Laird’s House’ in 2019. (Photograph by Kay Roxby.)
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On a spur of land surrounded on three sides by ravines, remains of a building (the ‘Laird’s House’) have been found. It is not clear what the function of the building was, but it is thought to be late medieval, perhaps from the 16th century, earlier than any other existing structure in the village.

By the mid-18th century, the area was part of the designed landscape of The Place (see Board 5), and some evidence of this still remains. The Ladies Linn is a small waterfall whose decorative stonework was restored in the 1990s. It was once overlooked by a pavilion, some fragments of which have been identified.

It is hard to think that this wild place was once an elegant garden reflecting fashionable tastes.

The Glen was for many years a managed woodland. Although no longer standing, some of the first larch trees in Scotland were planted here in the early 18th century. Oak, yew and Scots pines dating from the late 18th century still exist. There are some hollow ways, tracks so well-used that they have been worn down below the level of the land around them.

Did you know

The burns flowing down the Glen were used to power a saw mill. At the bottom of the Glen there was also a saw pit and a reservoir for the mill.

Continue up Beech Drive to the junction with Main Street to reach stop 7.