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Glasgow, Trongate, Town Hall And Tontine Building

Hotel (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Glasgow, Trongate, Town Hall And Tontine Building

Classification Hotel (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Glasgow Cross; Tontine Hotel

Canmore ID 121403

Site Number NS56SE 19

NGR NS 5962 6490

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Glasgow, City Of
  • Parish Glasgow (City Of Glasgow)
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District City Of Glasgow
  • Former County Lanarkshire

Archaeology Notes

NS56SE 19.00 5962 6490

NS56SE 19.01 NS 5962 6491 Logboat

In 1781 foundation work revealed a logboat on the N side of Glasgow Cross, about 410m NNE of the present river bank and in a substratum of laminated clay. The depth of the discovery is nowhere recorded, but the area is situated at an altitude of 32' (9.8m) OD in the upper river terraces.

The Tontine Hotel was built in about 1737-60 and stood next to the former tolbooth which was redesigned in 1814. What became the Tontine Building was acquired by the Tontine Society in 1781 and the logboat was presumably found during subsequent reconstruction works.

[J Buchanan] 1848; D Wilson 1851; R J C Mowat 1996; information from Mr G Stell.

Architecture Notes

See Tolbooths publication - this building was demolished and replaced by a later building on the same site, adjacent to the Tolbooth Steeple.


Tontine Hotel - demolished 1911.


Mitchell Library Annan Album B 643499 - 30, 305, 306 - illustration, photographs.

Bygone Glasgow No 7 - Tontine and Cross Steeple.


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