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May 5, 2012

Heart of the Kingdom

In a previous blogpost I mentioned a long-vanished feature of the Govan landscape: the Doomster Hill, the ceremonial mound of the kings of Strathclyde. It belongs to a category of monument that includes Tynwald Hill on the Isle of Man, the Thingmote of Viking Dublin and other ‘parliament hills’ of the early medieval period. In Scotland, the group is also represented by a recently discovered mound at Dingwall and the famous Moot Hill of Scone.

In the mid-1800s the Doomster Hill was destroyed to make space for a shipbuilding yard and no trace of it now survives. Eventually, in the late 20th century, the shipyard itself was demolished, a casualty of the decline of heavy industry on the Clyde. Today, the site of the hill lies under the Riverside Housing Estate.

On Saturday 31st March 2012, on a piece of ground at the edge of the Riverside, an event…

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