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The Anecdotage of Glasgow
Preface


THE present work is not intended to be in any sense a History of Glasgow; of which class, many works, of more or less excellence, have been published from time to time, beginning with good, quaint, old M’Ure, who wrote his View of the City of Glasgow in 1736.

Of such local histories, two of the latest have been issued by the publisher of the present work, and on this account we refrain from speaking of their merits. Both of them bring the history of the second city of the empire down to very recent years. We refer to MacGregor’s The History of Glasgow from the Earliest Period to the Present Time, and Wallace’s A Popular Sketch of the History of Glasgow. The first-mentioned work is an extremely comprehensive one in all respects, containing, as it does, between five and six hundred closely printed pages.

Nor does the present volume aim at producing a formal and detailed record of lives and achievements, industrial or otherwise, of the men who have made Glasgow in either ancient, mediaeval, or modern times, although a biographical record of that nature would prove highly interesting and instructive. And no doubt in connection with such an immense city and enterprising people, there is ample scope and abundance of material for a work of such a nature.

The purpose in these pages is much less ambitious than those referred to. But it is hoped that the volume will prove even more entertaining and popular than the class of works mentioned. Its aim is to instruct while it amuses; and to amuse while it instructs. Every effort has been made to secure accuracy and reliability with regard to the Anecdotes. But as the object is purely popular and not literary, it has been thought best not to unnecessarily load the pages with references and uninteresting data.

The volume being of the nature of a new departure in Glasgow literature, it is not expected that it can have anything like exhausted such an immense field of literature as the Anecdotes of Glasgow must represent. A few Anecdotes have been purposely omitted for various reasons. But apart from that, it is earnestly desired to make the work as complete as possible. And anything tending towards that desired goal would be gladly welcomed as a favour by the publisher, with a view to the improvement and greater completeness of a subsequent edition.

All who, like the writer, are of Glasgow birth, or who have made this city, for good and cogent reasons, the home of their adoption, should be animated with a feeling of interest in what relates to the past or present of their natal or adopted home, which is, as the Apostle Paul said of the place of his birth, no mean city, but rather one quite the reverse. And it is hoped that the perusal of these pages will tend to increase interest in the associations of this great mercantile centre.


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