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This afternoon I am presenting images of a memorial in Cathcart Old Churchyard, Glasgow.

It was designed by the famous architect Alexander Greek Thomson for his friend, the builder John McIntyre for McIntyre’s son’s grave.

It is a powerful composition with a sarcophagus on a base of cyclopaen masonry.

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This afternoon I am presenting an image of Greek Thomson’s memorial in Glasgow’s Southern Necropolis. This is constructed in marble and features as one the most imposing memorials in the cemetery.

Thomson was the greatest architect of Victorian Glasgow. He was called ‘Greek’ Thomson because of his belief that the architecture of ancient Greece could be the basis of truly modern architecture.

Thomson was born in Balfron in 1817 and died 1875 at his home in Moray Place, Glasgow

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This afternoon, I am presenting some images of Greek Thomson’s Holmwood House, Netherlee road, Glasgow.

This was built for the owner of a paper mill 1857-58 and is now in custodianship of the National Trust.

The house was built in an asymmetric style according to Picturesque principles. Thomson designed everything in the house, including the rich polychromatic wall decoration.

This property is a little gem and well worth a visit. Contact Catswhiskerstours for more information.