This evening, I am focusing on one of Glasgow’s most important architectural and historic buildings as manifested in the Palladian style architecture of no 42 Miller Street.

Tobacco Merchant's House, Glasgow

Tobacco Merchant's House, Glasgow, Scotland

This building provides one of the few remaining tangible links with the tobacco trading industry which first brought Glasgow to prominence as a mercantile centre.
The property was built by John Craig in 1775. The first occupant was one Robert Findlay whose son became Dean of Guild 1796-7 and a member of both the Trades House and Chamber of Commerce.
In the late 18th century Glasgow was dominated by the Tobacco Lords who made huge fortunes by important tobacco from America and exporting it throughout the continent. This prosperity came to a halt with the American Revolution with fortunes disappearing overnight akin to the collapse of the Dot Com boom.
However, Glasgow was able to rebuild after the tobacco collapse and went on to become a major manufacturing centre, especially shipping at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution.
The featured house was rescued in 1989 and extensively restored by the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust and is now occupied by various tenants.
Whenever possible, I take visitors to view this building during my Glasgow tours.
Elsewhere today, I have been very busy with tour enquiries and appear very close to firming up a new Speyside Whisky Tour.
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