Drumsagard Village

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Looking north into Drumsagard from Hallside Boulevard
Drumsagard is located in South Lanarkshire
Location within South Lanarkshire
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Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGLASGOW
Postcode districtG72 7
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55°49′15″N 4°07′50″W / 55.820940°N 4.130430°W / 55.820940; -4.130430Coordinates: 55°49′15″N 4°07′50″W / 55.820940°N 4.130430°W / 55.820940; -4.130430

Drumsagard Village is a new construction village in Cambuslang, South Lanarkshire. It is built around the site of Drumsagard Castle and immediately south of the site of Hallside Steelworks, also known as the Cambuslang Iron and Steel Works.[1] One of the first facilities of their kind and eventually extending over an area of around 33 acres, the steelworks were established in 1873 and closed in 1979.[2][3][4]


The Parish of Cambuslang in the Barony of Drumsargard, also spelt Drumsagart, meaning "ridge of the priest"[5] – can be traced back to the time of King Alexander II of Scotland (1214–49) when it belonged to Walter Olifard, Justiciar of Lothian. The Barony of Drumsargard (whose castle ruins can be discerned to the south-east of Hallside although none of the structure itself now remains) passed to Archibald Douglas, 3rd Earl of Douglas in 1370, as part of the settlement in his marriage to Johanna, daughter of Thomas Moray of Bothwell. In 1452 the Douglases were displaced in favour of James Lord Hamilton, who became tenant-in-chief in 1455. This feudal superiority remained with the Dukes of Hamilton – who were also the largest landowners – up until 1922, though the abolition of feudalism in Scotland did not come until the end of the 20th Century.

Hallside Village

In the 19th and early 20th century there were several working farms and a small colliery on the land which is now modern housing.[6] Hallside House, the mansion overlooking the area (built by George Jardine), was located off Manse Brae at the eastern side of the parish of Cambuslang, near the boundary with Blantyre; it survived until the 1930s.[7] There was also a small community built for the steel workers and the managers which had associated schools and churches[8] but that has all but disappeared, save for a group of sandstone houses known as Hallside Village which were restored in the late 20th century.[9]

The larger part of the modern suburb was constructed in the late 1990s and early 2000s.[10] In the 2010s, one of the remaining farms (East Hallside) was demolished and converted into a further area of new housing,[11] and in 2021 planning was approved by the council for a further development (184 homes) on the eastern edge of the neighbourhood[12] despite more than 150 complaints being submitted in respect of green belt encroachment and wildlife disruption, lack of sufficient local amenities and access all being off the main A724 road rather than existing side streets.[13]


Drumsagard retail zone

Drumsagard is within the Cambuslang East ward of the South Lanarkshire Council area which is also the extent of the neighbourhood community policing zone.[14] There is a small precinct of shops at the southern edge of the development, and the closest area with a wider range of amenities is Halfway.

There are currently two schools in the vicinity of Drumsagard – Hallside Primary, a 21st century incarnation of the previous school of the same name which was mainly attended by children of the steel workers), and Park View Primary, an additional smaller facility to accommodate the number of pupils, mostly from new homes in Drumsagard, which had become too much for Hallside despite several extensions to its capacity.[15] Both of these schools are non-denomonational; the nearest Catholic schools are St. Charles' in Newton and St. Cadoc's in Halfway.

At the north side of Drumsagard is Newton railway station which links to Glasgow city centre, Cambuslang, Rutherglen and Hamilton. A major bus route at the southern boundary running between Glasgow and Hamilton, First Glasgow's '267', serves the area via Hamilton Road (A724) with stops near to the shops.

After securing a grant from 'Award for All', the residents association funded a feasibility study which resulted in the addition of sporting facilities in the village in 2010.[16] A multi-use games area and sports pitch are part of the sports facilities.[17]

Between Drumsagard and the railway lines at Newton station is 'Hallside Heritage Park', a large expanse of woodland and the site of the Hallside Steelworks,[18] which was cleared and planted in the 1990s by the housebuilding firms to compensate for the green space lost to their developments in the area.[10][19] With little subsequent investment or attention, the land became somewhat neglected and overgrown and was eventually taken over by the local residents association,[20] with initial plans for improving its facilities and landscape published in 2019.[21][22]

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  1. ^ Cadger, Bill (10 February 1999). "Spirit of rebirth inspires positive outlook on life". The Herald. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
  2. ^ Williamson, Elizabeth; Riches, Anne; Higgs, Malcolm (1990). Glasgow. Yale University Press. p. 505. ISBN 978-0-14-071069-4.
  3. ^ "Hallside Steelworks 1873~1979". Scottish Steelworks History.
  4. ^ Images of Hallside Village houses, Canmore
  5. ^ "History". Drumsagard Village Resident's Association. Archived from the original on 31 May 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
  6. ^ 1996 West Hallside, The Blantyre Project, 8 May 2019
  7. ^ Hallside House, Old Country Houses of the Old Glasgow Gentry
  8. ^ Buildings of Scotland: Glasgow (page 504), Elizabeth Williamson, Anne Riches, Malcolm Higgs, 1990, ISBN 9780140710694
  9. ^ Images of Hallside Village houses, Canmore
  10. ^ a b Hallside, North Lanarkshire [sic], Banks Group
  11. ^ "Bellway Homes - Hallside Farm". Archived from the original on 26 February 2017. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  12. ^ Planning » Application Summary | P/20/0023 | Erection of 190 dwellinghouses with associated roads, drainage, landscaping and open space, South Lanarkshire Council, 10 November 2021
  13. ^ Controversial Lanarkshire housing development given the green light, Jonathan Geddes, Daily Record, 17 November 2021
  14. ^ "Rutherglen South". Police Service of Scotland. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  15. ^ "Two new primary schools to be built in Halfway and Newton (STV, 2012)".
  16. ^ Henshaw, Will (20 February 2010). "Work commences on new Sporting facility for Drumsagard Village". Rutherglen Reformer. Archived from the original on 7 November 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
  17. ^ Smith, Kenny (9 May 2012). "Drumsagard show they're good sports". Daily Record (Scotland). Archived from the original on 20 October 2020. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
  18. ^ http://www.edwardboyle.com/EB/Cambuslang/Cambuslang%20Aerial.jpg Aerial photos] [Hallside 1942], Views of Old Cambuslang
  19. ^ Drumsagard Village Environment and Landscape Review, Willie Miller Urban Design, 2004
  20. ^ Hallside Heritage Park, Drumsagard Village Resident's Association
  21. ^ TGP helm Cambuslang park proposal, Urban Realm, 8 May 2019
  22. ^ Heritage Works – the story of Hallside Heritage Park, Architecture+Design Scotland

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