Mount Vernon, Glasgow

Mount Vernon, Glasgow

Coordinates: 55°50′35″N 4°08′31″W / 55.843°N 4.142°W / 55.843; -4.142

Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon is located in Glasgow
Mount Vernon

 Mount Vernon shown within Glasgow
OS grid reference NS658628
Council area Glasgow City Council
Lieutenancy area Glasgow
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town GLASGOW
Postcode district G32
Dialling code 0141
Police Strathclyde
Fire Strathclyde
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Glasgow East
Scottish Parliament Glasgow Baillieston
List of places: UK • Scotland • Glasgow

Mount Vernon is a residential area in the east end of the City of Glasgow, Scotland.



The area was originally part of the Parish of Old Monkland, and also of the Barony and Regality of Glasgow. From at least the Middle Ages, the rental book of the Diocese of Glasgow records it as Windy Edge or variations thereof - AD 1526, Jame Browyn rentalit in vs xd land in the Wyndy Hege. In 1742 a Glasgow merchant named Robert Boyd purchased the 'Old Extent of Windyedge' and renamed it Mount Vernon,[1] in honour of Admiral Edward Vernon of the Royal Navy who was famous at that time for his expedition against the Spanish Main. Another Glasgow merchant, George Buchanan whose family had extensive [1] interests in tobacco trade purchased the land in 1758 and built an extension to the existing house re-modelling it as a country mansion.

Landfill site

To the south of Mount Vernon is the location of Greenoakhill Quarry, one of Europe's largest urban landfill sites, operated by Paterson Quarries Ltd.[2] The landfill has been operational since 1955 and receives an assortment of high level waste from all over Scotland.[3][4] The site covers 230 acres and is licensed to take up to 500,000 tonnes of waste per year.[5][6] Landfill gas from the site is collected to fuel gas turbines generating electricity which is fed back into the National Grid.[7]

Present day

Generally affluent and suburban in character, house prices generally exceed Glasgow and Scottish averages.

Mount Vernon railway station is served by the Glasgow - Whifflet line. Services to Glasgow Central depart at xx19 and xx49. Services to Whifflet depart xx26 and xx56.

Notable people

Celebrities living there include Elaine C. Smith STV and L107 presenter Cameron McKenna. Celebrities born there include famous actor/singer John Barrowman.


  • Mount Vernon House was situated on the high ground approximately 125 m to the west of Mount Vernon Avenue. It was demolished in the early part of the 20th century.


  • Rental Book of the Barony of Glasgow.
  • Cess Tax Books: County of Lanark, 1742/43, South Lanarkshire Council Archives. Ref. (C01/1/6/17)
  • The Drumpellier Papers - Sasine, 4th.Dec. 1741, North Lanarkshire Council Archives. Ref.U1 38/44/3 (6)


  1. ^ Mount Vernon: The True Origin of the name
  2. ^ Staples, John (24 April 2001). "Glasgow landfill site 'flouting dangerous waste rules'". The Scotsman (Edinburgh): p. 5. 
  3. ^ "Agency acts to make tip smell less offensive". The Herald (Glasgow): p. 13. 3 November 1999. 
  4. ^ "Landfill". Patersons Quarries Ltd. 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  5. ^ Peterkin, Tom (18 July 1999). "Dump link feared as sisters hit by illness". Scotland on Sunday (Edinburgh): p. 7. 
  6. ^ "Backing for urban forest". Evening Times (Glasgow): p. 11. 29 April 2005. 
  7. ^ "Landfill site". The Herald (Glasgow): p. 13. 21 February 2005. 

1. ^ True origin of the name

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