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Bishop's country palace uncovered
Bishop Loch
The site of the palace is near to Bishop Loch
Archaeologists have found the site of a medieval bishop's palace.

After a search lasting decades, the time team found the country residence of the Archbishop of Glasgow on the outskirts of the city.

The palace, near to Bishop Loch, was built around the 13th Century but destroyed three centuries later during the reformation.

The excavation north of Easterhouse is part of Glasgow Council's efforts to uncover the city's medieval past.

Mark Roberts, from Headland Archaeology, said: "It's not very often I look at a field and drool with excitement.

"I could see the moat, which would have been five metres across, and walls five feet thick.

"We dug a small number of trenches and found lead from the roof, an awful lot of money and even four sets of bronze cauldron legs."

Bishop Beaton
Archbishop Beaton was the last resident of the palace

The palace would have had tapestries, furnishings from across the continent and an ornate chapel.

Archbishop Beaton was the last person to take advantage of it before fleeing abroad during the reformation.

Hugh McBrien, from the West of Scotland Archaeology Service, said: "The site at Glasgow Cathedral was his main residence, think of that as Downing Street.

"This would've been like Chequers where he went for a rest - hunting, shooting, fishing and some business."

A local landowner destroyed the palace brick by brick.

The bishop's palace site is closed to the public, but Glasgow City Council is in the process of putting together a medieval walking trail.

See why archaeologists are excited by the find


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