Green is a stretch of parkland in Glasgow's East
End, situated between London Road and the River Clyde.The first mention of
this park was in 1175 - which makes it the oldest public park in the whole
In the past it has been the venue for political activity, with several
demonstrations being held here over the years.
And for many years this was where Glasgow's public executions took place.
But most importantly this is traditionally where the city workers escaped
for an afternoon stroll at the weekend - and today you will still see
people visiting the park each Sunday, a tradition that Glaswegians hold
Glasgow Green is also the venue for the city's annual Guy Fawkes' Night
celebrations, often accompanied by a fair or a rock concert.
Right in the heart of Glasgow Green is one of the city's most popular
tourist attractions - the People's
|Greenhead Street entrance
to the Dassie Green
Greenhead Street August
2002., DASSIE GREEN, original gates.
Unusual spelling, locally this was called the Daisy park or McPhun's
Around 1773, Robert McPhun, a local wood turner and owner of Greenhead Saw Mill
in Mill Street funded 'McPhuns's Park (Dassie Green).
No one seems to know the origin of 'Dassie'........
August 2002. Nice
view from the park looking over to the lovely tenements of Greenhead
Extract from e-mail Dec.2003. Paul
Gunnion, Glasgow , Scotland
"....I started to look at the street scenes and the Dassie Park,
Greenhead Street. While looking at the shots I came across the photograph of
Greenhead Street's "lovely tenements" from the park, with my
old home right in the middle! The ground floor bay window through
the left hand side of the gate was our "lounge" window. My brother
and two sisters and I had twenty wonderful years in that house. As I said in
the guest book, I'll be back."
THE GATES AND RAILINGS HAVE BEEN REMOVED!
see my photographs.click here
Extract from e-mail Dec.2012. Paul
Gunnion, Glasgow , Scotland
"....I haven't been here for ages, but a childhood friend, Alex
Danks, who lived in Greenlodge Terrace and is now in Perth,
Australia, contacted me just before Christmas, after he saw my comment about
the 'lovely' tenements in Greenhead Street, where I lived in the '50s and
'60s. Just after this 'meeting', we both made contact with Billy Bulloch,
who also lived in Greenhead Street, and is now in Poole, in Dorset.
This comment is about the strange name given to the Daisy Park. When I lived
in Bridgeton, this great wee park, beloved of mums with prams and toddlers
and 'old' men who played draughts on the large stone outdoor board in front
of the 'Parkies' hut, was called the Daisy Park by everyone in Bridgeton,
and officially was called McPhun's Park, as your caption says, after the
owner of the sawmill in Mill Street.
If "no one knows the origin of Dassie Green" what is the evidence for this
strange name? I have, somewhere, an old OS map of the Green and its
surrounding streets. When I have consulted it, I will be back, with the
intention of starting a campaign to return this wee park, much more spartan
than its 1950s heyday, to its 'true' name
� The Daisy Park!