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Muirbank House, Bankhead, Rutherglen
Home of Thomas Nelson & Margaret Blair Ross
Muirbank House, Bankhead, Rutherglen Home of Thomas Nelson & Margaret Blair Ross

Muirbank House, stood in its own grounds on the south side of Chapel Street on the site of the present Muirbank housing scheme, Rutherglen. Muribank existed as far back as 1832 (see maps). At one time, the house was owned by Dixons but prior to their ownership, it would appear that the house was probably owned and possibly built by a William Smith, a Glasgow Bailie and Merchant (see para below).

The Nelson’s lived there for many years until moving to Newfield Place,Bankhead, Rutherglen sometime after 1925. Their next door neighbour at Muirbank was a Mr. Samuel McKinstrie, Tailor. The house had approx 23 rooms, 11 of which were occupied by the Nelsons and the remaining 12 occupied by Samuel McKinstrie and his family. It was here that Thomas and his father Sandy, used to grow their prizewinning chrysanthemums and dahlias. Muirbank was demolished (date unknown) to make way for a new housing scheme (?Toryglen).

The evaluation Rolls for Barony of Rutherglen for 1915 show that the house was in fact owned at that time, by Wm. Dixon's.

WILLIAM SMITH, OF MUIRBANK, was a Bailie in 1801. His daughter, Margaret, was the first wife of the late James Burns of Kilmahew, and his daughter, Agnes, was the wife of the late John Robertson Reid of Gallowflat, and mother of Francis Robertson Reid, now of Gallowflat.

Refer to: "Minute Book of the Board of Green Cloth 1809"
William Smith of Muirbank, near Rutherglen.He was agent in Glasgow for the Messrs. Murray,
cotton spinners in Manchester, In 1787 his "ware-room " was in Lees Closs on the north side of the Trongate. In the Glasgow Directory of 1789 he appears as " Smith, William, tobacco and cotton twist merchant, Reid's Land, south side of Argyle Street." He was also at one time a partner in Dunlop, Smith & Co., general merchants. He had, with other children, two sons (i) James, minister at Greenock, afterwards Free Church minister there, and latterly of Ryde, Isle of Wight, where he died in 1886, aged ninety;

Other Residents of Muirbank, Rutherglen
Robert Auld, Merchant - lived Muirbank 1808 with his family (Reference:St Andrew's By‐the‐Green Episcopal Church Baptisms 1800‐1854)

Robert Dewar, Merchant - lived Muirbank 1823 with his family
(Reference:St Andrew's By‐the‐Green Episcopal Church Baptisms 1800‐1854)

Rev. James MacFarlane lived there circa 1851 (reference: Noblemen and Gentlemen's seats, Villages, etc. in Scotland)

Refer to:
Post Office Directory for 1866 - 1867 Hamilton
Hamilton, Robert & Co., stone mangle finishers, calenderers, glazers, hot pressers, packers and starchers, calender, Smith's court, 53 Candelriggs and 62 Brunswick Street,
house - Muirbank, Rutherglen. Robert Hamilton was still living at Muirbank in 1871 (as per census).
(Not at Muirbank during 1861 census)

Refer to:
Post Office Annual Directory 1909-1910 shows:
Stewart, Andrew, wine and spirit merchant, 64 Maxwell st., Pollokshaws; res. Muirbank house, Rutherglen. The 1901 census shows Andrew Stewart born 1854 Argyleshire, a Spirit Merchant living at "Muirbank House (2) with his wife, 3 children and a servant.

Refer to:
Nelsons' hand-book to Scotland: for tourists mentions Muirbank House and describes it as follows:
one of the "Numerous good residences stand in the environs of Rutherglen, within a radious of 1¼ mile, chiefly Stonelaw Tower, Scotstown, Blairbeth, Bankhead, Greenhill, Muirbank, Newfield etc.

Great Grandfather Alexander Nelson, his son Thomas (my grandfather) and their families were resident at Muirbank House in 1911. The McKinstrie family occupied the other part of the house.

Refer also to: the book "The Garden" dated 16 September 1911 which mentions my grandfather Thomas Nelson of Muirbank House, Rutherglen

Thomas Nelson of Muirbank House is also mention in the 1915 Gardeners Chronicle & New Horticulturist Page 175 as easily winning the class for "Ferns".

Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society - 1924 - ‎Snippet view - ‎More editions
Nelson, Thos. , Muirbank House, Rutherglen. Nicholson, Miss, Carleton, Wigtown. Noble, R. V., 66 Elliot Park, Peebles. Normand, Geo. P., W.S. Leasingside, Balerno. Ormiston 4 Renwick, Melrose. Orr, M. Y., Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh


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