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Glasgow, Govan Baronial Tower

Tower (17th Century)

Site Name Glasgow, Govan Baronial Tower

Classification Tower (17th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Baronial Hall, Gorbals; Elphinstone Tower

Canmore ID 44290

Site Number NS56SE 30

NGR NS 5917 6403

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


Ordnance Survey licence number 100057073. All rights reserved.
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Administrative Areas

  • Council Glasgow, City Of
  • Parish Govan (City Of Glasgow)
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District City Of Glasgow
  • Former County Lanarkshire

Archaeology Notes

NS56SE 30 5917 6403

(NS 5917 6403) Baronial Hall (NR)

OS 1:500 plan, Glasgow, (1859)

Elphinstone House (NR)

OS 1:500 plan, Glasgow, (1895)

(See c/w NS56SE 23.)

The Gorbals Baronial Tower, and the adjoining Chapel of St Ninian were erected between Chapel Close and Rutherglen Loan about 1651-3 by Robert Douglas, Viscount Belhaven. A former owner of the estate was Sir George Elphinstone, and the tower is often called the "Elphinstone Tower" because it was believed to have been built by him. The upper portions of the tower were removed in 1849 and the entire structure demolished in 1870 when the street was reconstructed. A Gothic arched doorway of the chapel remained in 1859.

Name Book 1859; J Millar 1896; Glasgow Evening News 1935.

The site of this tower is now covered by a modern tenement building, and no traces remain of it or the chapel.

Visited by OS (W M J) 5 September 1951.


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