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Glasgow, 46 - 58 Royal Exchange Square, Royal Exchange

Art Gallery (21st Century), Library (20th Century), Office (20th Century)

Site Name Glasgow, 46 - 58 Royal Exchange Square, Royal Exchange

Classification Art Gallery (21st Century), Library (20th Century), Office (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) 111 Queen Street; Stirling's Library; Cunninghame Mansion; Gallery Of Modern Art

Canmore ID 44076

Site Number NS56NE 162

NGR NS 59125 65288

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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

Architecture Notes

ARCHITECT: David Hamilton 1829 - 1830

The East end of this building was the Cunninghame Mansion, 1778. It was altered and enlarged to become the Royal Exchange, David Hamilton, 1827 - 1830. The Stirling Library was housed here until 1993.. Now Gallery of Modern Art (opened 3 July 1996).


Scottish National Portrait Gallery:

Glasgow & Lanarkshire Illustrated 1910 p18 - article and photograph

Mitchell Library:

William Graham Vol 2 p101 - lithograph

Glasgow in Former Times Vol 1 p110 - three engravings


Publication Account (2006)

In 1827 the Royal Bank of Scotland employed Archibald Elliott to build their new premises, having sold the Cunninghame Mansion to the Royal Exchange, and David Hamilton was employed to transform the building, which is now The Gallery of Modern Art. The Bank then went on to develop Royal Exchange Square, creating one of Glasgow’s finest neo-classical set pieces. The building is now Borders Bookshop.

Information from 'The Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland: Field Guide 2006'.


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