Mount Vernon, Glasgow

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Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon is located in Glasgow council area
Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon
Location within Glasgow
OS grid referenceNS658628
Council area
Lieutenancy area
  • Glasgow
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGLASGOW
Postcode districtG32
Dialling code0141
EU ParliamentScotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
55°50′35″N 4°08′31″W / 55.843°N 4.142°W / 55.843; -4.142Coordinates: 55°50′35″N 4°08′31″W / 55.843°N 4.142°W / 55.843; -4.142

Mount Vernon is a residential area in the east end of the City of Glasgow, Scotland. It borders with Sandyhills to the west, Shettleston to the north, and Garrowhill to the east.


The area was originally part of the Parish of Old Monkland, and also of the Barony and Regality of Glasgow. From at least the Middle Ages, the rental book of the Diocese of Glasgow records it as Windy Edge or variations thereof – AD 1526, Jame Browyn rentalit in vs xd land in the Wyndy Hege. In 1742 a Glasgow merchant named Robert Boyd purchased the 'Old Extent of Windyedge' and renamed it Mount Vernon,[1] in honour of Admiral Edward Vernon of the Royal Navy who was famous at that time for his expedition against the Spanish Main. Another Glasgow merchant, George Buchanan whose family had extensive [1] interests in tobacco trade purchased the land in 1758 and built an extension to the existing house re-modelling it as a country mansion.

Landfill site[edit]

To the south of Mount Vernon is the location of Greenoakhill Quarry, one of Europe's largest urban landfill sites, operated by Paterson Quarries Ltd.[2] The landfill has been operational since 1955 and receives an assortment of high level waste from all over Scotland.[3][4] The site covers 230 acres (93 ha) and is licensed to take up to 500,000 tonnes of waste per year.[5][6] Landfill gas from the site is collected to fuel gas turbines generating electricity which is fed back into the National Grid.[7]

Present day[edit]

Generally affluent and suburban in character. Part of the Shettleston ward of Glasgow City Council.

Mount Vernon railway station is on Glasgow – Whifflet line. Services to Glasgow Central depart at xx19 and xx49. Services to Whifflet depart xx26 and xx56.

Notable people[edit]

Celebrities living there include Elaine C. Smith and Cameron McKenna.

John Barrowman and Sir John William McNee were born in Mount Vernon.


  • Mount Vernon House was situated on the high ground approximately 125 m to the west of Mount Vernon Avenue. It was demolished in the early part of the 20th century.


  • Rental Book of the Barony of Glasgow.
  • Cess Tax Books: County of Lanark, 1742/43, South Lanarkshire Council Archives. Ref. (C01/1/6/17)
  • The Drumpellier Papers – Sasine, 4th.Dec. 1741, North Lanarkshire Council Archives. Ref.U1 38/44/3 (6)


  1. ^ Mount Vernon: The True Origin of the name
  2. ^ Staples, John (24 April 2001). "Glasgow landfill site 'flouting dangerous waste rules'". The Scotsman. Edinburgh. p. 5.
  3. ^ "Agency acts to make tip smell less offensive". The Herald. Glasgow. 3 November 1999. p. 13.
  4. ^ "Landfill". Patersons Quarries Ltd. 2011. Archived from the original on 6 September 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  5. ^ Peterkin, Tom (18 July 1999). "Dump link feared as sisters hit by illness". Scotland on Sunday. Edinburgh. p. 7.
  6. ^ "Backing for urban forest". Evening Times. Glasgow. 29 April 2005. p. 11.
  7. ^ "Landfill site". The Herald. Glasgow. 21 February 2005. p. 13.

1. ^ True origin of the name