Tuesday, 6 October 2009
Ancestry Tours Of Polnoon Street, Eaglesham, East Renfrewshire, Scotland. The village takes its name from the French word eglise, or church, earning this as a result of its apparent abundance of places of worship in times past. The French influence of the name is likely related to the Montgomeries (latterly spelled Montgomery), historic landowners of the Eaglesham area, who originated from Normandy. Another possibility is the French influence on pre-Union Scotland where many members of the aristocracy were educated in France. According to legend one of these Montgomeries, the Alexander Montgomerie, 10th Earl of Eglinton, visited a village constructed in an ‘A’ shape whilst traveling abroad and, on his return, decided to transform his scattered ‘ferm toun’ (farm town) parish, then known as Egglisham, by building a similarly planned settlement at its heart. It was around this time that the spelling changed to Eaglesham. Today this Scottish village is chiefly a dormitory town for commuters to nearby Glasgow and Paisley.
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