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Rambles Round Glasgow
by Hugh Macdonald

Editor of the "Glasgow Citizen."


The thread of the gossamer, "a trifle light as air," shows the way of the wind; the evanescent foam-bell upon the surface of the stream indicates the tendency of the current; and the dedication of my little book may serve to manifest the drift of my feelings towards one whom I regard as a friend and benefactor. Permit me therefore to inscribe it to you, with every sentiment of respect and gratitude.

Yours faithfully,


Here is a list of our resources about Glasgow...

By Robert Renwick LL.D. and Sir John Lindsay L.D. in 3 volumes
Volume VI - Lanark - City of Glasgow
by Robert Alison, 1892. in 5 volumes
Or Glimpses of Conditions, Manners, Characters and Oddities of the City By John Strang LL.D. (1857)

Minute Book of the Board of Green Cloth 18091820
With Notices of the Members (1891) (pdf)

Two reports for 1889 and 1891
A pdf article from Tait's Edinburgh Magazine

Pictures of Glasgow 1911 (pdf)

Bygone Glasgow
Sketches of Vanished Corners in the City and Suburbs by David Sall (1896) (pdf)

Glasgow in 1901
By James Hamilton Muir (pdf)

Glasgow Memorials
By Robert Renwick (1908) (pdf)

The River Clyde and the Harbour of Glasgow
By Sir James D. Marwick, LL.D., F.R.S.E., Town-Clerk of Glasgow (1898)

The River Clyde and the Clyde Burghs
The City of Glasgow and its old relations with Rutherglen, Renfrew, Paisley, Dumbarton, Port Glasgow, Greenock, Rothsey and Irvine by the late Sir James D. Marwick, LL.D. (1909) (pdf)

Old Glasgow
The Place and the People, from the Roman Occupation to the Eighteenth Century by Andrew MacGeorge (1880) (pdf)

The Grievances of the Working Classes
And the Pauperism and Crime of Glasgow with their Causes, Extent, and Remedies by J. Smith, M.A. (1846) (pdf)

Glasgow Today
In 1909 (pdf)

Glasgow Characters
This Illustrated Series of Pen and Ink Sketches, collected from large and expensive works, is issued with the view of supplying the numerous demands of the Public for a cheap and compact volume containing the racy and popular delineations of well known Glasgow Characters, by the late Peter Mackenzie and contemporary writers (pdf)

Old World Glasgow, Scotland: 1860-1899 Oldest Known Photographs

Central Glasgow Past in Pictures

The Glasgow Story [External site]

Pavement and Highway
Specimen Days in Strathclyde by William Power (1911) (pdf)

Trades House of Glasgow
The Bailie - Men you may know, Volume 27 ~ 1885-86 (pdf)

Glasgow Men and Women
Their Children and some Strangers within their gates, a selection from the sketches of Twyn by A. S. Boyd (1905)

Annual Report of the Library Service in Glasgow
By William Watson, Convenor (1881) (pdf)

The Last Clyde Ferry
A Short History of Glasgow's Ferries

History of the Water Supply to Glasgow
From Commencement of present Century with descriptions of the Water Works projected, executed, and from time to time in operation and an appendix by John Burnet (1869) (pdf)

A History of Glasgow Harbour
From the demolition of St Enoch Railway Station to the demise of Queen's Dock, a look at how in a one-hundred-year period Glasgow Harbour grew to become one of the busiest ports in the world. So why is the River Clyde now so silent, and what caused the collapse of so many of Glasgow's major riverside industries? Included in the video are many of Glasgow's docks and quays, from Kingston Dock to Prince's Dock (originally named Cessnock Dock) and Queen's Dock, and quays and basins at Yorkhill. Glasgow was once referred to as The Second City of the British Empire, supplying much of The Empire and the world with goods made in the city. So what went wrong?

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