Oldest house in Glasgow: Provand’s Lordship (1471)

Glasgow’s oldest house – Provand’s Lordship – built in 1471!! One of only 4 medieval buildings left in Glasgow. Our cab driver told us it was haunted (totally don’t believe it, and if it is I would prefer not to know!!). There are no elevators or anything of the sort so you’ll have to be able to climb stairs to see the upper levels but they’re absolutely worth it. From above, you can get a lovely aerial view of St. Nicholas’ Garden – a BEAUTIFULLY kept garden (I want one just like this!!) which was traditionally made for the production of medicinal herbs. It has a perfect small, rounded stone water fountain situated in the garden’s center, a small stoned path walkway with lovely natural grass peeking between the cracks and enchanting vines crawling up terraced walls. What’s even more interesting is the doorway leading to the garden. It’s QUITE Alice in Wonderland-like: SO small, it’s more suited for a child to pass through than any adult! If you’re of large stature or have a broad frame, you’re better off going around the building to see the gardens…lol. They’re definitely charming and feature various sculptured heads around the covered walkway at the back of the garden. There’s also a few stone coats of arms in the back that make for an interesting study. Fascinating place to visit!!

View from the back of St. Nicholas Garden – created for the growth of medicinal herbs.


Gorgeous 3D stone crests, shields, coat of arms, etc.



Beautiful aerial view of the gardens on the property. Just gorgeous hedgework – quaint, charming and enchanting!


More beautiful stained glass. These ones represent major marriages that have occurred, although I’m not sure what the language is. Gaelic perhaps? The only word I can really make out is “Pastor”…. – The Provand’s Lordship Society purchased stained glass windows for the house between 1929-1936.


This small stained glass window is quite unique to me – much different from the typical stained glass you might see. I couldn’t quite get close enough o ascertain what each symbol meant but it’s interesting nonetheless.


Adore these bed colors and the carvings. Especially the drapery in the background.


3D Wood-Carved Coat of Arms – love it! – This is the Royal Coat of Arms of King Charles II (1660-1685).


More gorgeous, hand-painted furniture. These fleur-de-lys are lovely!!


Sculptured heads (Tontine Heads) featured at the back of St. Nicholas’ Garden (1737-1873). Thirteen (13) of these carved head figures adorn the covered walkway – accented by a beautiful wooden ceiling. They were actually designed as keystones for the arches of Glasgow’s new town hall arcade. Glasgow’s Tontine Society bought the town hall in 1781 and reopened it as the Tontine Hotel – giving the heads their name. (A tontine is an investment plan for raising capital, quite common in the 1700s and 1800s). The heads celebrate Glasgow’s growth through their allusions to classical theatre, the tobacco trade and businessmen.


Dining table for 8. If this were in the Smith household we would’ve squeezed at least 4 extra chairs around that table (lol). – The chairs in this dining room date to the reign of King William and Queen Mary, who took the throne in 1689 when King James VII/II went into exile.


I absolutely ADORE these wooden chairs featuring the carved crowns at the top!! Too darling for words.


Looks like a lovely, ornate ebony school desk for a child when you look at it from the front. You’ll notice a lot of carvings on the slanted desk on the left. Small bench on the right. If these were really student desks – they’re BEYOND charming!!


“Lady Well & Drygate Foot, FRIENDLY Society”? – looks like either 1604 or 1804? #treasurechest


This statue of the Virgin Mary holding the crucified Christ is called a Pieta, from the Italian word meaning “mercy” or “pity.” Carved in the 15002, it may have come from an altar dedicated to St. Mary of Pity in the Glasgow Cathedral.


Mary Stuart – Queen of Scots (1542-1587). I just love this crowned frame!!


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