Today, I visited George Square, the civic centre of Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city.

The Square was first laid out in 1781 and evolved in tandem with Glasgow’s growth and prosperity. Today,the Square is a venue for a wide range of public gatherings and events which include  meetings, demonstrations,concerts and ceremonies. Surrounding the Square are important buildings which include Queen Street Station, City Chambers  (Town Hall), and the Cenotaph.

George Square is named after King George III (1738-1820). The tall column in the centre was origianlly meant to hold a statue  of King George but due to loss of the American colonies and other factors his popularity waned in Glasgow and the column was used to hold a statue of Scottish romantic novelist, Sir Walter Scott instead.

George Square,Glasgow, Scotland

The square is paved and populated with a collection of statues of famous persons associated with Glasgow,viz:

  • William Ewart Gladstone,1809-1898
  • James Oswald MP,1779-1865.
  • Dr. Thomas Graham, 1805-1869. Chemist.
  • Thomas Campbell, Poet, 1777-1844.
  • Field Marshall, Lord Clyde, 1792-1863.
  • Lieutenant General Sir John Moore, 1761-1809.
  • Robert Burns, 1759-1796
  • Sir Walter Scott, 1771-1832.
  • Robert Peel, 1788-1850.
  • Queen Victoria,1819-1901
  • Prince Albert,1819-1861
  • James Watt,1736-1819

George Square is popular with both Glaswegians and visitors.I invariably include the Square in my tours of Glasgow.

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