Who Lived at Provanhall?
After the death of James IV, the prebend of Provan
passed to the Baillie families. Ballieston is
probably named after them.
One of the Baillie’s Sir William, was a
close friend of Mary Queen of Scot’s. She
visited Provanhall House while her husband, Lord
Darnley was ill in St Nicholas’ Hospital
in Provand’s Lordship.
In 1593 the lands passed to Elizabeth Baillie,
who married into the Hamilton family. In 1644,
Robert Hamilton became the owner, and it is his
initials you can see above the courtyard gate.
Robert was a Royalist, and suffered for his cause
as, over the years, he struggled to keep the house.
In 1667, he had to sell Provanhall to Glasgow
In 1760, the estate came to Dr John Buchanan,
a ship’s surgeon related to James Buchanan,
the 10th President of the USA. Through marriage,
it was passed to brothers Reston and William Mather,
who were known for their beautiful gardens and
wild parties! They both died in 1934 with no relatives
to leave the house.
Provanhall was put up for sale, and was eventually
bought and renovated by a group of local people.
They donated the house to the National Trust for
Glasgow City Council now maintains the buildings