Of the personal habits of the people of Glasgow, and their mode of living in mediæval times, we have little information, but down to the fifteenth or sixteenth centuries these must have been of the roughest. And it was the same all over Scotland. Eneo Silvio describes the people as small in stature, but bold, … Continue reading The People, and How They Lived, pp.181-189.
To pass to another interesting subject of inquiry regarding ancient Glasgow - the state of the country around the infant city. There can be no doubt that for a period long after the restoration of the see by David the land around Glasgow, except that near the river, was waste muir, with probably a considerable … Continue reading Early State of the Land near Glasgow, pp.175-181.
Although in some of the old charters properties are described as infra muros civitatis Glasguensis, it is certain that at no time was Glasgow a walled town. The expression "infra muros" meant simply within the ports or gates. Eneo Silvio describes the towns in Scotland in the fifteenth century as all unwalled; and John Major, … Continue reading The City Ports and Military Defences, pp.162-175.
This is a directory that includes the names, ages & addresses of some of Edinburgh's, apparently, most proficient 'Ladies of Pleasure'. I'd come across this book a few times in my seeking out of other titles but had no real desire to obtain a copy as it doesn't have too much of a bearing on … Continue reading ‘Directory of Ladies of Pleasure in Edinburgh’ (1978 fac-simile of 1775)
In its earliest history - apart from its ecclesiastical position - Glasgow was only known as a salmon-fishing village, and the Clyde as a prolific salmon river. From the earliest times, accordingly, salmon-fishing was a valuable right; it formed a staple branch of trade, and the earliest of our records contain grants of rights of … Continue reading Old Streets and Buildings, Part 4, pp.150-161.
At the foot of the High Street stood the old Tolbooth. We have no account of its appearance, or when it was erected. In the records of Our Lady College it is mentioned as the "Pretorium burgi de Glasgu jacens in via S. Teneu ex parte boreali ejusdem." And in the ancient charters it is … Continue reading Old Streets and Buildings, Part 3, pp.140-150.
For many years the convent shared, along with the chapter-house of the Cathedral, the merit of sheltering under its roof the more important assemblies of the university after its foundation in the middle of the fifteenth century. In the century following the prior and convent made an attempt to vindicate for their precincts the privileges … Continue reading Old Streets and Buildings, Part 2, pp.131-140.