Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on Glasgow’s Merchant City, the historic heart of modern-day Glasgow. It was here, in the 18th century, that a concentration of tobacco dealing evolved resulting in accumulation of huge wealth for a select few ‘Tobacco Barons’ which has a left a legacy today in form of street names, architecture anda  commercial culture which inspired Glasgow to be at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution in turn generating more wealth and prestige for the city.

Particular street names indicate the 18th century trading heritage, viz:

  • Virginia Street ( Tobacco/Colony/State).
  • Jamaica Street (Sugar).
  • Glassford Street ( John Glassford,a Tobacco Baron)
  • Buchanan Street ( Andrew Buchanan, member of a family of Tobacco Barons).
  • Dunlop Street ( Colin Dunlop, Virginia Merchant and founding partner of the Ship Bank)


Virginia Place, Glasgow Merchant City


This Gallery of Modern Art building has its origins as a mansion built in 1788 for Tobacco Lord, Richard Cunninghame.

Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Scotland


Glasgow Trades Hall in Glassford Street dates from 1791-1802.

Glasgow Trades Hall

Modern, stylish architecture as manifested in the Italian Centre.

Italian Centre, Glasgow, Scotland


Merchant City Architecture, Glasgow

City Merchant Pub, Glasgow

Merchant City Architecture, Glasgow, Scotland

Merchant City Architecture, Glasgow, Scotland

 Tobacco Merchant’s House, Miller Street. Built by John Craig in 1775.

Tobacco Lord’s House, Glasgow, Scotland

The Corinthian building below dates from 1842. It was built on the site of a Tobacco Lord’s mansion. Very impressive interior.

Corinthian, Glasgow, Scotland

Corinthian Interior, Glasgow

Here is a video clip of the central/Merchant city area: 

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