There can be few places in the World that is a greater repository of football history than Cartcart Cemetery and, separated by the White Cart River itself, the neighbouring Linn Crematorium. At least sixteen of Scotland's greatest pre-Second World War footballers and Scots, footballing ambassadors lie buried in the former. Eight others from the same era passed through and on from the latter, twenty-four in all, each with an individual story and contribution to the game, at home and abroad. And post-Second War, so outside the scope of this site, there are more still - Jimmy Duncanson, Bobby Evans, Willie Fernie, Hugh Long, Jimmy Mason, Bobby Murdoch, Archie Robertson, Eddie Rutherford, Willie Waddell, Bob McPhail and Jock Stein. Tommy Burns is buried there too.
Moreover, Cathcart Cemetery is also the burial place of at least four former SFA Presidents, Richard Browne, James Arroll Crerar, Dugald MacKenzie and James McLean. William Craig, former Rangers chairman and Charles Bush Miller, ex. Queen's Park Secretary, are also there. In fact few places in the country, i.e. Scotland, perhaps worldwide, comes close to offering a comparable density of memory and none its couple of hours at your choosing of tranquility of footballing discovery.
The Cathcart Walk-Through
The obvious place to start this walk-through might seem to be Cathcart Railway Station but, in fact, Muirend would actually serve you better. From the station head south on the path between the tracks to Muirend Road and there turn left to the Clarkston Road junction. This was Maley county. The three brothers, Tom, Will and Alex grew up here in "Argyle Place", which, if it were a street, is no longer to be there. Except it might be and as a house, their house. Turn left and walk about two hundred and fifty yards to Muirend Ave. Look right and the wee semi-detatched beside the bakers, nos 327 and 329 Clarkston, has precisely "Argyle Place" embossed into it above the doors.
From Argyle Place pass the bakers and take the first right onto Brunton St. Follow it along to second on the right, Laxford Ave. taking it to Brenfield Road. It runs alongside Cathcart Cemetery. At Brenfield turn right and 100 yards along is the entrance, opposite Clarkston Ave, to the cemetery itself, where the grave map above will allow you to explore its Scots and Scottish football history at you leisure.
Once done we suggest you take the Netherlee Road exit, turn left and follow it over the roundabout for about half-a-mile to the crossroads with the other end of Brunton St. to the left and Snuff Mill Rd. to the right. This Braehead with a hundred yards before the roads meet a house on thhe left where there once stood the Braehead Cottages. It was there that John Harley, the most important figure in Uruguayan football, was born.
We suggest you descend Snuff Mill Rd., cross Snuff Mill Bridge and continue to Old Castle Rd. where you turn left through the old village and follow the White Cart River to the roundabout. Turn left once more and cross the bridge into Delvin Rd. at the end of which half-left is Monreith Rd. and Thornbank, where Alex Brady spent his early childhood. Turn right and second on the left is Holmhead Cres., where John Harley grew up. Look right and there is Cathcart station and the way home.
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