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Kirkintilloch Town and Parish
The Grays of Oxgang

“This beautifully situated little estate lies within a mile of Kirkintilloch, near the junction of the Bothlin Burn with the Luggie Water, and close to the old burying-ground, in which stand the ruins of the original parish church, dedicated to St. Ninian.

“It is with good reason believed to be the ‘Oxgate' bestowed in the reign of William the Lyon, by William Comyn, Earl of Buchan, and Lord of Kirkintilloch, on the Abbey of Cambuskenneth, and confirmed by his grandson John Comyn, with some additional lands, and thirty cart-loads of peats annually from the moss of Kirkintilloch. From the retours it appears to have belonged in the seventeenth century to a family of Fleming.

“The Grays of Chryston and Condorrat have been owners of the property in this district at least as early as the beginning of the sixteenth century. The first of the name who owned Oxgang was a younger son of Gray of Condorrat, who in 1730 acquired it by purchase. His descendant, William Gray of Oxgang, the maternal grandfather of Sir Charles Stirling, was a well-known politician in the times before the Reform Bill, when party spirit ran high, and took a leading part in the Parliamentary elections for Dumbarton and Lanark shires. He was a Whig of the old school, and a keen partisan, and amusing stories are yet current of stratagems by which opposition voters were secreted on the eve of a county contest (and in these days one or two votes were sufficient to turn the scale), in which the Laird of Oxgang, who was a freeholder both in Lanark and Dumbarton shires, was a chief agent. The male line of his family ended with his son Henry. The estate was sold in 1856 by the children of Captain Stirling and his wife, Mrs. Ann Henrietta Gray, as heirs of their grandfather.

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