Pollok House

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Pollok House is the ancestral home of the Stirling Maxwell families, located in Pollok Country Park, Glasgow, Scotland.

The house - built in 1752 and designed by William Adam - was given to the City of Glasgow in 1966 by Dame Anne Maxwell Macdonald, whose family had owned the estate for almost 700 years. It is now managed by the National Trust for Scotland and is open to the public. The house was modernised internally in 1899 by Alexander Hunter Crawford.

The Pollok House at the Pollok County Park, Glasgow.
Displayed within the Pollok House is a large, private collection of Spanish paintings, including works by El Greco, Francisco Goya and Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. There are also paintings by William Blake, as well as glass, silverware, porcelain and antique furniture. The house also features servants' quarters downstairs (accessible free of charge), which include two shops and a restaurant.

Facade of the Pollok House, Glasgow.
The house also has an extensive garden, boasting a collection of over 1,000 species of rhododendrons. The gardens behind the main house contain the Pollok Park Beech (Fagus sylvatical) which is thought to be 250 years old. This tree has an unusual form with a swollen trunk (7 m girth at grade and 10 m girth at 10 m height) and a gnarled mass of branches.

The heraldic lions on the gate piers were carved by John Marshall to a design by Huw Lorimer in 1950. [source]