A LITTLE way above its meeting with
the Clyde, the river Kelvin rushes dinsomely over a rocky bottom, and is
in several places dammed up by artificial barriers for the service of the
extensive Corporation Mills. The channel also is here spanned by a
time-honoured bridge, which commands a picturesque prospect of the more
ancient portion of the old-fashioned town, many of the houses around being
evidently of no recent date.
The Mills of Partick, as is
generally known, have for many years belonged to the Incorporation of
Bakers in our city, to whom they were granted by the Regent Murray, after
the victory of Langside. It is said the Glasgow
that day, besides supplying his army with bread while it continued in the
neighbourhood, actually sent an armed deputation of their number to assist
the Regent in his encounter with the Queen’s forces. This party, it seems,
did good service on the occasion, and materially aided in the overthrow of
the unfortunate Queen’s adherents.
On his return to the city after this
decisive battle, Murray publicly expressed his gratitude to the bakers for
the important services which they had rendered; upon which Matthew
Fawside, the Deacon, who seems to have estimated properly the value of
mere word gratitude, shrewdly seized the golden opportunity, and humbly
suggested that a gift of the Crown mills at Pertigue, by way of
acknowledgment, would be highly acceptable to the Incorporation.