Burnside, South Lanarkshire

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Stonelaw Road looking north
Burnside is located in South Lanarkshire
Burnside is located in Glasgow council area
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55°49′06″N 4°12′07″W / 55.81846°N 4.201981°W / 55.81846; -4.201981Coordinates: 55°49′06″N 4°12′07″W / 55.81846°N 4.201981°W / 55.81846; -4.201981

Burnside is a mostly residential area in the town of Rutherglen in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. Including the neighbourhoods of High Burnside and High Crosshill, respectively south and north-west of its main street, it borders Overtoun Park in Rutherglen plus several other residential areas of the town (Blairbeth, Cathkin, Eastfield, Fernhill, Springhall and Stonelaw), as well as western parts of neighbouring Cambuslang.

Burnside is the administrative centre for the Rutherglen South ward of South Lanarkshire Council,[1][2][3] which has an overall population of around 15,000.[4]


Stonelaw Road (part of the A749) is the heart of Burnside and home to a supermarket and a range of other local businesses and cafés (as well as several estate agents, having become the main concentration of the industry's branches for the south-east of Glasgow).[5] It is also on several bus routes (First Glasgow services 18 to Buchanan Bus Station / East Kilbride and 7A to the St Enoch Centre / Cambuslang, and the 14 McGill 'Ruglen Rambler' service to Rutherglen town centre / Fernhill).[6][7] Burnside railway station, as part of the Cathcart Circle Lines, is served by half-hourly, seven-day services between Newton and Glasgow Central via Mount Florida or Langside.

Burnside grew as an affluent commuter suburb in the early 20th century following the establishment of the railway station,[8] and although within the boundaries of Rutherglen it became established separately from the older burgh and has thus retained a distinct identity.[5] The post-World War II housing estates which subsequently surrounded Burnside to the south and west were built to alleviate housing problems in central Rutherglen and in Cambuslang, so although physically adjacent were never seen as parts of Burnside as such; in the same vein, the nearby Castlemilk housing scheme is situated close to Rutherglen and Burnside and shared the same administration in times past when it was a rural estate, but was constructed by Glasgow Corporation for residents being rehoused from the inner city and has never had a formal connection to the neighbouring town.

'Coronation' style tram (No 18) travelling south on Stonelaw Road at Stonelaw Woods, 1960

The local park, Stonelaw Woods,[9][10] was landscaped from a disused quarry and named after the most prominent historic landmark in the area, the castellated Stonelaw Tower,[11] a converted 18th-century coal mine winding engine house which fell into disrepair - after subsidence in the vicinity caused by the mining - and was demolished in the 1960s to be replaced by apartments and a petrol station (also since demolished),[12] with only a boundary wall remaining.[13][14]

The origin of the name, Burnside Farm, is located some distance south of the centre of the modern settlement, being uphill closer to Fernhill and Cathkin - the farmhouse still exists, located off Beech Drive. The farm also gave its name to Burnside Loch, used for boating and curling[15] but drained in the 1920s and now the playing fields for two primary schools located in the Springhall housing estate (including Loch Primary, which today has no visual indication as to why it was so named).[16] Other local farms included High Crosshill at the entrance of Glenlui Avenue at Burnside Primary School, no trace remaining, Stonelaw, adjacent to the tower, no trace remaining, and Fishescoats off East Kilbride Road, the buildings for which were retained by a funeral director's business.

Sandstone villas on Blairbeth Road

Previously, Burnside had its own cinema on Stonelaw Road, the Rhul Cinema. Built in 1932 by the Burnside Picture House Company, the cinema was sold to ABC in 1936 and later demolished in 1960.[17][18][19] The space is now occupied by a supermarket, which was previously run by Safeway, Morrisons and Somerfield,[20] but is presently a Tesco, who purchased the store in 2010 and completed a comprehensive redevelopment.

In education, the area is served by ACE Place Nursery and Out of School Care,[21] Oakwood House Nursery,[22] Burnside Primary School, Calderwood Primary School, St Marks Primary School (Blairbeth), Stonelaw High School and Fernhill School. The primary schools were rebuilt in the early 21st century.

Burnside Blairbeth Church

Burnside Blairbeth Church

The Burnside church was established in 1928 and initially operated out of temporary buildings.[23][24] Plans for a permanent structure were postponed by World War II, but by the time the conflict ended, a merger had taken place between two congregations based within a few blocks of one another in the Pollokshields area of Glasgow, who chose to use the Sherbrooke Church going forward, leaving the St Gilbert's Church buildings (completed in 1911) unoccupied. They were dismantled brick-by-brick and transported to a new home at Burnside, 5 miles (8.0 km) away, the process completed in 1954.[25]

The premises are Category B listed[26] and feature stained glass windows designed by the noted craftsman Oscar Paterson.[27] The sanctuary was completely refurbished in 2002, around the same time as a merger took place between the congregations of Burnside and the Blairbeth Parish Church, with the 1950s building of the latter on Drumliaw Road still used as a secondary site for services and clubs.

In 2005, the Rev. David Easton retired after serving as minister there for 28 years.[28] In September 2006, William Wilson was inducted to the vacant charge.[29][30] Aside from two Sunday Services, there are Sunday Clubs for children and The Way, a club for secondary school students. The Blairbeth building, Roger Memorial, has Storykeepers club for P1s to P3s and Megaquest for P4s to P7s.


Burnside is home to two Scout Groups: the 185th (Glasgow Rutherglen, established 1929)[31] are based in Burnside Church Halls on Church Avenue. The 113th (Glasgow Burnside, established 1909) are based in a dedicated Scout Hall on Crawfurd Road.[32]


There is one tennis club in the area; there had been two for many years, but one - Burnside - closed down in the 2010s after nearly a century of operation and its courts fell into disuse, being taken over by their former rival, Rutherglen, based on Viewpark Drive.[33] In 2017, the Rutherglen club was awarded as the best in the country by Tennis Scotland.[34]

Stonelaw High School playing fields

On the eastern periphery of Burnside, Stonelaw High School has a 'Community Wing' with sports facilities and hall as well as an AstroTurf football pitch,[35][36] installed adjacent to the school's new buildings a year before the move was completed in 1998[37] - this land was previously the recreation grounds for the James Templeton & Co textile company in Glasgow,[38] and the bowling club bearing the Templeton name at that location continues on its own.[39] Burnside Bowling Club (1909) is located next to the old Burnside tennis courts[40] and there are other bowling clubs on the border with central Rutherglen (on Stonelaw Road and in Overtoun Park).[41][42]

Burnside also borders Cambuslang Rugby Club's Coats Park ground, situated next to the railway lines off Brownside Road (and adjacent to a colliery which operated from 1928 to 1958).[43]


Approximate location of Blairbeth Golf Club's second course between High Burnside and Fernhill

Cathkin Braes Golf Club (founded 1888)[44] and Kirkhill Golf Club (founded 1910)[45] are situated in the green belt a short distance to the south of Burnside. The area's other golf club, Blairbeth, closed in 2015[46] and was converted to a park.[47] Blairbeth was the Burnside club by geography, having been founded in 1910 with the first course on the slopes to the south of the railway station, before relocating further south due housebuilding around Crawford Road (reflected in the street name of Golf Road in this area); the second course had its small clubhouse at today's Larchfield Drive and the course over the land of Bowhouse Farm which became the northern part of Fernhill housing scheme in the 1950s, as well as the open ground eventually used for the Cathkin Relief Road in the 2010s. Fernhill's construction caused the golf club to move south again, taking over the isolated former Mill Farm on the county boundary with Castlemilk as a clubhouse in 1956, where it remained until closure 60 years later.[48][49]


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