Author: Gerald Blaikie

Old Painting of Strathbungo

I have added a painting of the old Strathbungo village in the 1820′s to the web page.

Many thanks to Donald Watson for letting me know about it.


The painting is intriguing because the artist used two different positions to capture the final scene.

The foreground view is looking north-west from a spot near the entrance to Queens Park at Balvicar Drive.

The background panoramic view of the city is looking north-east from the summit of Camphill, near the present day Queen’s Park flagpole.

In his first position, the artist was looking over the village of Strathbungo (or Marchtown), seeing the same buildings shown in the old maps, with the tall chimney of the Titwood Brick and Tile Works in the centre of the picture, and the original church at the edge of the village to the right.

Here is a composite image of the 1820 painting overlaid with 2013 photographs taken from the top and bottom of the hill.

The photographs matched the painting almost perfectly, even after a period of 190 years!

You’ll recognise the viewpoints of the two photographs, the next time you’re in the park.


Any more contributions, suggestions or  corrections to the web page would be be very welcome.