Virginia Tobacco Merchant's House, Glasgow
Sunday, January 24, 2010
This evening, my theme is then 18th century Tobacco Lord's House in Glasgow's Miller St. However, will first address other daily developments, viz:
Glasgow Weather: Dull, overcast and dry. May well dip below freezing tonight.
Glasgow Ancestry: To my separate Glasgow Ancestry blog I have posted information on Russell family history from information at Glasgow's Necropolis.
Scotland Tours: Three new tour enquiries: one from the Middle East; two from North America. Also, working away on details of tours which are already in the pipeline.
The Last Tobacco Lord's House, Glasgow: This is my theme for this evening and subject of image at top and video at foot of this posting.
Tobacco trading with what are now the Southern States of the U.S.A. generated huge fortunes for a cadre of Glasgow entrepreneurs in the late 18th century. Much of this wealth was invested in grand houses of which only the Palladian style mansion in Glasgow's Miller Street survives. It was built by John Craig in 1775 and first occupied by John Findlay but it left the Findlay family in 1826 and subsequently had a chequered existence, first becoming offices of a gas company and then housed a succession of jewellers, glass importers, cotton spinners and printers. It was acquired by a conservation trust in 1989 and then restored to its current condition. The building is opened to the public only once a year. An interesting legacy of Glasgow's commercial past.
Labels: Glasgow Architecture
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