15 September 2018 (Sat 15th, 11am; 90 minutes)
Alexander Dennistoun had a vision to build a residential suburb. Architect, James Salmon, produced a masterplan with villas, terraces and gardens which form the Dennistoun Conservation Area - the main area of our tour.
Alexander Dennistoun employed Architect, James Salmon, to produce a masterplan with villas, terraces and gardens following on from where John Reid, a local merchant, first built Annfield Place. Reid died before he could take his plans further. Alexander Dennistoun then gradually accumulated all the local estates and started to work on his vision of a healthy residential suburb barely a mile from Glasgow High Street.
Dennistoun, eldest son of a successful merchant family, was educated at Glasgow Grammar School and the College of Glasgow. In 1820 he was sent to New Orleans, where his father and uncle had a branch of their business in the cotton trade. On his return to Britain, he lived in Cheshire and took charge of the Liverpool branch. He later spent several years in France before returning to Glasgow.
He was a director of the Union Bank of Scotland and served as a Member of Parliament for Dumbarton in 1834, having stood as a Liberal. After the death of his wife in 1847, he alternated between his Glasgow home in Golfhill and Lagarie, on the Gareloch.
The Dennistoun Conservation Society has a great deal of further information and photographs of the estates including Dennistoun’s own Golfhill estate, Craigpark, Annfield, Whitehill, Meadowpark etc and the current map of the Conservation Area. The mansion houses of those estates are shown in the buildings section of History.http://www.dennistounconservationsociety.org.uk
This Historic Guided Tour covers both the Dennistoun Conservation Area and into the wider Dennistoun.
Sat 15th, 11am; 90 minutes
Meeting Point: Former Duke St Post Office at corner of Annfield Place & Westercraigs
Booking: Fully booked
Parking at the meters on Duke Street or in Residential Streets in the area
Accessibility: Steep hills as part of the Tour
Walking footwear will be necessary