Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Scotland

 This morning, I joined a small group walking tour of central Glasgow with aim of viewing examples of Glasgow architecture from 13th century onwards.

We met at the Gallery of Modern Art (above) which has origins dating back to 1778 when  built as a mansion for a Glasgow ‘Tobacco Lord’ named William Cunninghame. The building subsequently became the Royal Exchange.

Next, we ventured into Virginia Place and Virginia Street whose names indicate 18th century tobacco trading connections with the State of Virginia.  In Virginia Street was centred businesses trading in tobacco and sugar. At nos 32-35 was the former Tobacco Exchange which subsequently became the Sugar Exchange. 

Virginia Court, Glasgow, Scotland

Next, we continued exploring the Merchant City passing the City & County Building and Merchant’s House both of which date from the 1840s.

City & County Building, Merchant City, Glasgow

Merchant’s House, Hutcheson Street, Glasgow

 Next, we arrived at Ramshorn Kirk which dates from 1824-6 and replace an earlier, 18th century church.  The adjacent burial ground contains the resting places of many of Glasgow’s business and professional classes from late 1700s to 19th century. A notable burial is that of David Dale of New Lanark.

Ramshorn Kirk, Merchant City, Glasgow, Scotland

Ramshorn Kirk Burial Ground, Glasgow

Next, we walked up the High Street passing Glasgow’s oldest pub, the Old College Bar which dates from around 1515. 

Old College Bar, High Street, Glasgow, Scotland

Castle Street, Glasgow, Scotland

As we approached the Cathedral we encountered the equestrian statue of King William III (1650-1702). King William’s forces defeated those of the Stuart claimants during the 17th century.

Statue of King William III, Cathedral Square, Glasgow

Next, we arrived at the St. Mungo museum of Religious Life and Art which stands on the site of Bishop’s medieval castle. We had lunch here.

St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, Glasgow, Scotland

 Here is the entrance to Glasgow Cathedral, a medieval 13th century building which occupies a Christian site dating back to around the 6th century. 

Glasgow Cathedral, Scotland

Necropolis Gates, Glasgow, Scotland

Close to the Cathedral is Glasgow Evangelical Church which of Italianate design and dates from 1878.

Glasgow Evangelical Church, Glasgow

Opposite the St. Mungo Museum is Provand’s Lordship which dates from around 1471 when built for the priest in charge of the St. Nicholas Hospital. The building has survived the centuries and now ranks as Glasgow’s oldest house.

Provand’s Lordship, Glasgow, Scotland

 Finally, I encountered the Buck’s Head Building in Argyle Street. This originally dates from 1863 and was designed by famous Glasgow architect, Alexander ‘Greek’  Thomson.

Buck’s Head Building, Glasgow, Scotland

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