Mount Vernon's local shops on Central Avenue
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Mount Vernon is a residential area in the east end of the city of Glasgow, Scotland. It directly borders Sandyhills and Foxley to the west, while Barlanark is the closest neighbourhood to the north, Barrachnie and Baillieston to the east and Carmyle to the south, although Mount Vernon is separated from these by areas of open land, including Early Braes public park and the former Kenmuir farm.
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, 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 interests in tobacco trade purchased the land in 1758 and built an extension to the existing house re-modelling it as a country mansion.
The Mount Vernon of the early 21st century is generally affluent and suburban in character; administratively, the area forms part of the Shettleston ward of Glasgow City Council.
Mount Vernon Old Railway, This railway run through Mount Vernon Park and along Carrick Drive, Picture of Map Old Monkland 1950's from National Library of Scotland
To the south of Mount Vernon is Greenoakhill Quarry, one of Europe's largest urban landfill sites, operated by Paterson Quarries Ltd. The landfill has been operational since 1955 and receives an assortment of high level waste from all over Scotland. The site covers 230 acres (93 ha) and is licensed to take up to 500,000 tonnes of waste per year. Landfill gas from the site is collected to fuel gas turbines generating electricity which is fed back into the National Grid.
Greenoakhill Forest is an ongoing project to transform parts of the landfill site no longer in use into public parkland. The first phase of the restored site is open, with newly planted trees, paths and benches.
Mount Vernon railway station is on the Glasgow – Whifflet Line. Services to Glasgow Central depart at xx19 and xx49; services to Whifflet depart xx26 and xx56.
The M74 motorway runs to the south of Mount Vernon, with Junction 3 the nearest with access to the network in both directions.
Celebrities living there include Elaine C. Smith and Cameron McKenna.
John Barrowman and Sir John William McNee were born in Mount Vernon.