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Provand's Lordship, Glasgow

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The Provand's Lordship of Glasgow, Scotland, is a medieval-period historic house museum located at the top of Castle Street within sight of the Glasgow Cathedral and Glasgow Royal Infirmary, and next to the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art.
Provand's Lordship and the nearby Glasgow Cathedral, are some of the very few surviving buildings from Glasgow's medieval period. Provand's Lordship is the oldest remaining house in Glasgow, the cathedral is the oldest building.
Provand's Lordship was built in 1471 as part of St Nicholas's Hospital by Andrew Muirhead, Bishop of Glasgow, the Muirhead coat of arms is still visible on the side of the building. Provand's Lordship was likely to have been used to house clergy and other support staff for the Cathedral, providing temporary housing.
The house later became occupied by the Lord of the Prebend of Barlanark and perhaps was shared with the priest of St. Nicholas Hospital and Chapel and became known as Lord of Provan and then Provand’s Lordship.
Most of the remaining medieval buildings that surrounded the Cathedral and hospital were demolished between the 18th and 20th centuries. In 1978, the building was offered to the City Of Glasgow by the Provand's Lordship Society. Today the house is furnished with a collection of seventeenth-century Scottish furniture donated by Sir William Burrell.
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  • The house is the oldest in Glasgow and the inside shows the history to great effect . The garden is also well worth a visit .  more »
  • The building is the last remaining manse that had originally belonged to the cathedral, and dates back to the late 1400s. It has three floors with little doors and windows, and has been decorated as t...  more »
  • This building from the year 1471, which served as the residence of Prebendari, is, along with the Cathedral, the only remnants of the medieval city. Ground floor and first floor are decorated with furnishings from 16 to 20 century.
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  • This is a great place to visit. Staff were knowledgeable and friendly. Theres a short video when you go in that is worth stopping and watching too. I look forward to popping back in the summer and seeing the herb garden in its full glory.
  • Was great stepping back in time to see how folk lived. Well preserved.
  • Provand's Lordship is a historic house museum and said to be the oldest house in Glasgow and of medieval origin. There's some pre-printed notes describing the house and it's history, though you'll have to get it yourself as the staff don't mention it. The ground and first have been through a restoration, so contains furnishing to reflect the assumed state. The ground floor has an interesting short documentary about the house and the first has been set up with what the room might have looked like in the days of Canon Cuthbert Simson, 500 years ago. Both the furnishing and restoration are good quality. The second floor is mostly an exhibition of Scottish art related to Glasgow. The gardens are also very nice and set up like one of the uses of gardens centuries ago, as a place to go herbs with medicinal properties. Don't miss the Tontine Heads in the gardens!
  • Oldest house in Glasgow. We used to pass it every day for years thinking it was something for the tourists but it's not. Tells you a lot about Glasgow and the people who helped shape it. Not just the house and its furniture but the garden at the back. Even though it's at a busy intersection it is very peaceful inside. Best to go late in the day as it's normally quieter.
  • Amazing little place, so much history in one little house, well worth a visit and it's free to get in.
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