Pollokshields Heritage


Legacy from Frances McIlhenny - 2020


A legacy of £2,000 has been gratefully received by Pollokshields Heritage from the estate of the late Frances McIlhenny who died in March 2020.

Frances was keenly involved with the arts, together with her artist husband, Ian, whom she met at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1961. They were much respected as teachers, mostly working in schools for children with disabilities. Ian also lectured at Langside College and taught in several secondary schools. They were resident for most of their many years together in one of the 'electric' bungalows in the Hazelwood Conservation Area, so-called as they were the first houses in Glasgow to be all-electric.

Frances and Ian at Hazelwood Conservation Area Inauguration event in 2002

Ian was a successful artist, a member of the Glasgow Art Club and a chairman of the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre Society of which they were both active members.   Music, travel and friendships featured prominently in their lives, and many charities in the West of Scotland were beneficiaries of their charitable work. 

One of Ian’s paintings – ‘Le Castellet, Provence’: made into a card and monies from the sales went to the Western Infirmary, Glasgow, Renal Research Unit.

They were enthusiastic supporters of Pollokshields Heritage's efforts to promote good conservation practice in our neighbourhoods, notably featuring at our 'Hung up on Heritage - the Fabric of Pollokshields' - Exhibition at the Tramway during the summer of Glasgow's 1996 Festival of Visual Art, and involving students from all of the local schools.

For many years, Frances was a distributor of our quarterly Pollokshields Heritage Newsletter. Indeed she was a member of our Trust until 2010. Ian died later that year.

Written by Karin Currie, with assistance from Janet Lamb and other Pollokshields Heritage Trustees: December 2020.