The Village of Chryston - North Lanarkshire - Scotland
Garnkirk House Anciently Garnkirk belonged to the Church and was first secularised in 1587 by charter from the Commendator of Glasgow to John Stirling, son of Stirling of Balquharrage, who married a daughter of Boyd of Badenheath. In 1634 the estate was sold to John Dunlop, a Glasgow merchant. He was also a kind of banker or dealer in money, and a rich man. He built the original mansion, and died in March 1662. He was succeeded by his son James, a member of the Faculty of Procurators of Glasgow. On 5th April 1654 he married the daughter of James Roberton, advocate, later Lord Bedlay, so creating a linkage between the two estates. The property remained in the Dunlop family for over three generations, all the successive owners being named James, and all of them with large families. Garnkirk House in 1993The second had no less than 16 children, born between February 1690 and July 1709. The last of the three James Dunlops died in August 1769. The estate was then sold but in 1782 came back into the family, being purchased by a nephew also named James Dunlop. Four years later he bought Bedlay House and estate. Reference has already been made to his trade misfortunes which caused him to sell both the estates to his former valet John McKenzie. He in turn ran into difficulties and disposed of the estates separately. In 1811 the trustees of the then deceased Mark Sprot became the owners of Garnkirk and a nephew, also named Mark, succeeded him. About 1820 the mansion was rebuilt, but retained the front put up by Mr Dunlop. In due course Muirhead and the greater part of Chryston were feued off the Garnkirk estate, which extended to 1,457 acres. In 1920 it was decided to sell the estate and this was carried out during succeeding years. Crow Wood Golf Club occupied the mansion from 1925 until 1932 at which time it was taken over by A. R. Stenhouse. He rebuilt the mansion into its present state. In 1955 the property came into the ownership of the Golf Club and continues so today.
The Story of Chryston
by Neil Kidd
Garnkirk House
Crowwood Golf Clubhouse in 1993 formarly Garnkirk House