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John Glassford


1715 - 1783

Tobacco Lord. Born in Paisley, the son of a Magistrate, Glassford began in textiles but made his fortune in tobacco. From c.1750 he began developing interests in Maryland and Virginia (USA) and ran a fleet of twenty-five ships, although he never travelled to America. He was also a founder of two Glasgow banks (the Thistle Bank and the Arms Bank). He built Whitehill House in E Glasgow and his country seat was at Netherwood near Milngavie, which he renamed Dougalston.

Glassford was unpopular having supported the American revolutionaries in the War of Independence but lost much of his American property.

He was buried in the kirkyard of Ramshorn Church and Glassford Street was named in his honour.


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