Football Queens & Kings

Chapter 116 – Boots Thump Cobbles

“Three, two, one. Go!” We charge along the cobbles of Berkeley Street, akin to three prized bulls hurtling through Pamplona’s narrow streets towards ‘Plaza de Toros’.  James Hogg and Moses McNeil’s pace is astonishing through Franklin Terrace and turning onto Dumbarton Road. Frustratingly they chatter, while I save every breath for my blood coursing through … Continue reading Chapter 116 – Boots Thump Cobbles

Chapter 115 – The Starting Line

Berkeley Street cobbles create the starting point for three incomers to the city, who are competing for ultimate bragging rights. James Hogg from Gareloch, Moses McNeil from Rhu, both Argyll men, against me, the sole entry from Dufftown, Banffshire.  “I think you’ll enjoy this.”, I explain, as I warmly shake Moses hand, “We will take … Continue reading Chapter 115 – The Starting Line

Chapter 113 – Glasgow’s Fever House

Taking my leave from the Trades Hall and whilst standing on the concourse of Glassford Street, I vow only to return here with the required qualifications. My burning ambition to create a new Cartography Guild is impeded in one breath and rekindled with a roaring fire of ambition in another. This ambition must demonstrate the … Continue reading Chapter 113 – Glasgow’s Fever House

Chapter 111 – Union Is Strength

I proceed back through the Trongate, turning right onto Glassford Street and admire the elegant architecture from ground level to their rooftops.  The Trades Hall, situated at No. 85, is a work of genius from Robert Adam and was completed in 1794. This meeting point of fourteen incorporated guilds, representing the finest array of specialisms … Continue reading Chapter 111 – Union Is Strength

Chapter 110 – The Tontine Hotel

Trongate’s Tontine Hotel, constructed in 1781 by William Hamilton, is one of my favourite Glasgow institutions. Sitting in this beautiful cafe, I explain to Robert how a Tontine is an investment scheme for raising capital and devised in 1653 by a Neapolitan Banker, Lorenzo Tonti. Each investor buys a share and rewarded with an annual … Continue reading Chapter 110 – The Tontine Hotel

Chapter 109 – Glasgow Town Council

Robert and I walk down Hope Street, turn left onto Argyle Street and stop at the junction with Glassford Street, marking the start of the Trongate.  "How much have you learned, Robert, about Glasgow's Town Council’s origins?" “Glasgow Town Council was originally housed at the Tollbooth, governs the city, holds the Justiciary and levies duties … Continue reading Chapter 109 – Glasgow Town Council

Chapter 108 – John Edgar Grant

First port of call this morning is meeting John Grant, who is my eyes and ears of the office. Thompson & French’s Head Clerk, hailing from Dufftown, ensures our ship sails around personnel rocks rather than crashing into them. The office diary is reviewed, meetings planned, documents placed in prioritised order and office gossip considered. … Continue reading Chapter 108 – John Edgar Grant