Category: People (page 1 of 5)

9 Moray Place

Note: This research is based on the people who appear in the Property Database on Bygone Bungo, in this case the entry for 9 Moray Place, which helps give the following context. You can explore further from the Address or Person Search in the main menu.

Thomas Henderson

The first resident of 9 Moray Place was Thomas Henderson, of the Glasgow firm of file manufacturers and steel merchants, M Hetherington & Co, in Dale Street (now Tradeston St), Tradeston. He moved in c.1862 but didn’t stay in Strathbungo more than a couple of years.

John Hetherington

Around 1865-8 the occupant was John Hetherington, of the Glasgow firm of file manufacturers, R Hetherington & Son, of Kingston, not to be confused with previous resident Thomas Henderson of M Hetherington, file manufacturers. Heaven forbid you should confuse them with the Glasgow firm of file manufacturers, J B Hetherington.

Realising there had to be some story here, I embarked on a two-week obsessive detour down some rabbit warren, researching the links between the Hendersons, the Hetheringtons and the history and importance of file-making. Their story features bosses versus unions, men versus machines, family rivalries and alliances, and boom and bust. Sort of the industrial revolution in miniature. But it’s too much for this post; you can read it all under The file-makers of Glasgow.

Poster of file making

The art of file-making. Credit: Lost Art Press

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7 Moray Place

This research is based on the people who appear in the Property Database on Bygone Bungo, in this case the entry for 7 Moray Place, which helps give the following context. You can explore further from the Address or Person Search in the main menu.

John Glassford

John Hamilton Glassford was the first occupant of 7 Moray Place, being there around 1862-3, but gone by 1865.

He was born in 1827 in Glasgow to Alexander Glassford and Catherine McDonald, the fifth of ten children. His great grandfather George was the elder brother of John Glassford of Dougalston, the (in)famous Glasgow tobacco lord and slave owner, after whom Glassford Street was named.

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Three Moray Place

So on to No 3 Moray Place.

Note: This research is based on the people who appear in the Property Database on Bygone Bungo, in this case the entry for 3 Moray Place, which helps give the following context. You can explore further from the Address or Person Search in the main menu.

John Shields

John Shields (1818-1912) was Greek Thomson’s measurer (of Shields & Duff, later Shields & Walker); what would now be known as a quantity surveyor.

He gave a talk to the Glasgow Architectural Society in 1862 describing the issues around his trade, reproduced in The Builder magazine .

Opening of John Shields’ presentation in The Builder, 1862

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