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The Anecdotage of Glasgow
A Glasgow Banker ninety years ago


ABOUT ninety years ago St. Andrew’s Square was in its heyday both for gentility and business.

The Royal Bank had then its office and manager’s dwelling-house in the two tenements on the south-east corner of the square; and the two large freestones on which were placed the sentry-boxes for the soldiers who, with loaded musket and bayonet, guarded the treasures within, still remain inserted in the pavement. In these days the late well-known Mr. John More was manager of the bank, and being a man of dignified presence, he represented the moneyed interest in a style which has not been equalled since.

On Saturdays and holidays a splendid equipage, with a black servant in the rumble, drove up to the bank to convey the manager to his rural home at Wellshot, which he had erected, and surrounded with vinery, flower garden, romantic walks, and bowling-green, at an expense of £17,000, sic transit, etc. Mr. More became unfortunate, and this splendid house, the grounds of which were feued at £4 per acre, long stood in the market at £2,000, and was latterly sold for much less.

A respectable citizen, recently in the magistracy (Mr. R. Smith), occupied Welishot House not long since, at a rent of, we believe, £80 per annum; but it would require a man of princely fortune to occupy it as Mr. More did, the style. of whose housekeeping may be learned from the fact, that he possessed upwards of 1,200 ounces of silver plate.


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