A party of almost 30 members of the Institute of Civil Engineers (Scotland) led by their Chairman, Prof/Dr. Roland Paxton MBE, FICE,FRSE visited Glenlair primarily to view the bridge designed and built by William Dyce Cay in 1866 for his cousin James Clerk Maxwell. Whilst here they took the opportunity to witness the recent works carried out on Glenlair House.
Jul 09 2015
Jul 09 2015
Professor Marston and his wife Trude fulfilled a life-long ambition to visit the home of James Clerk Maxwell. Prof. Marston, who is in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Washington State University has written extensively about Maxwell including co-authoring a new book entitled James Clerk Maxwell – Perspectives on his Life and Work recently published by the Oxford University Press. They were given a comprehensive tour of Glenlair as well as visiting Corsock Church to view the Memorial window to Maxwell.
Jun 15 2015
Glenlair will hold a public open day on Sunday 12th July 2015 to celebrate internationally
renowned physicist James Clerk Maxwell’s 150th anniversary of his great paper on
electromagnetism and light.
As part of the UNESCO International Year of Light, the Glenlair open day is set to attract both local and international visitors who have both an interest in finding more about Maxwell the physicist as well as witnessing the beautiful surroundings of Glenlair, which was Maxwell’s family home for the majority of his life until his death on 5 th Nov 1879.
As part of the special open day activities, guests will have an opportunity to view the
recently renovated Maxwell Visitor Centre at Glenlair House and take part in one of a
number of guided tours around the property. In addition Glenlair’s spectacular gardens
will also be open to the public, thought to have been designed and planted in part by
Musical entertainment from Father and Daughter duet Andy and Flora Munro and a
large tent selling delicious tea and cakes will make Glenlair open day a fun outing for all
the family to enjoy.
The Glenlair open day will run from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday 12 th July 2015. Entry is £5
per adult, children and car parking are free. All proceeds from the day will be given to
the Maxwell at Glenlair Trust, registered Scottish Charity No. SC030868.
May 23 2014
At last and very nearly on schedule, Glenlair House has arisen from the ashes and Angus and Frances can start moving into their new home. As with any project of this scale there are of course minor adjustments still to be made, but to all extents and purposes, the job is done.
Interestingly enough the finshed article is not that dissimilar to the original plan drawn up by Walter Newall in 1826 for John Clerk Maxwell.
Apr 03 2014
The scaffold is down and the roof is complete affording the opportunity to see just what has been achieved since August 2013. Of course there is still lots to be done, not least in the way of landscaping, but externally at least from the rear view, the building is complete.
Mar 24 2014
The dining room appears enormous and although on the North side of the building with its French Windows and South facing glass door should be a delight in which to dine. I know mine host will know how to make the most of its attributes! Externally, the stonemasons, Mathew and Joe have all but completed re-pointing the complete building, whilst the slaters are still struggling to finish the complicated roof over the bay window.
Feb 21 2014
The men are busy fittting windows to the various openings and the stone masons have fitted the skews or Kneelers (if you are English) to the roof edges and even atop the small dormer roofs at the front. Slating of the roof is still not complete, but they are getting there, all be it slowly. Today they were fitting the ridges.
Feb 19 2014
Despite the appalling weather, the slaters have managed to cover a large part of the roof with slates, quite clearly turning the green felt into black slates. The masons meanwhile have almost completed the stonework on the south wall, although they too have been held up, not so much by weather, but by the late arrival of the sandstone facings for the back door.
Jan 20 2014
Everyday seems to see more and more men on site -joiners, electricians, plumbers, stonemasons roofers and even the odd gopher, cleaning up after them! So there are signs of progress everywhere, to put it succinctly upstairs and downstairs! There’s even a room with a view – of Angus’s office in the garden!