The lawyers George and Thomas Hutcheson bequeathed land and funds for the construction and endowment of a hospital for old Glasgow merchants and a free school for underprivileged boys. The hospital was built between 1641 and 1660 but only two of the four sides of the compound were completed. The main hall originally accommodated twelve men and the school a dozen boys.(The school continues today as Hutchesons' Grammar School)
The front of the building on Trongate was adorned with a 100 feet high steeple complete with a clock and bell. To the north of the main complex was an extensive garden open to the public as well as to the inmates. Statues of the Hutcheson brothers were placed on either side of the entrance at the foot of the steeple.
The hospital was maintained by revenue from the rentals of lands in the Gorbals, Ramshorn and Meadowflat, but funds became scarce soon after the building was completed. Parts of the hospital were acquired by businessmen and shopkeepers and the close was used for bull-baiting. In 1795 the site was sold to make way for the creation of Hutcheson Street, and the Patrons invested the money raised from the sale in the erection of a new Hospital in Ingram Street - now known as Hutcheson's Hall.
Opened 1790, occupies the site of the first Hutchesons' Hospital. George Hutcheson, the founder, was born sometime between 1550 and 1560. He was joined in the work by his brother Thomas. Their father, Thomas Hutcheson of Lambhill, had died when Thomas was only five years old, leaving the older George to act as his guardian. Thomas received a good education and is said to have stated that this was one of "the blessings, and the pious and memorable exampell for which, under God, I am indebted to my brother George".
George was a lawyer and money-lender. His office and house were on the north side of Trongate Street, near the site of the Tontine. In 1611 he built a house in Partick on the banks of the Kelvin. He died in 1639.
http://gdl.cdlr.strath.ac.uk/minstr/min ... erson.html
The original Hutchesons' Hospital was demolished in 1795 to make way for the laying out of Hutcheson Street. The building depicted here was designed by David Hamilton and built by Kenneth Mathieson between 1802-05 at the head of the new street
This new Hospital building was situated at the head of Hutcheson Street. Its front was 58 feet long and 55 feet wide. The distinctive octagonal spire is adorned with a clock and dial plate and stands 150 feet tall. The building is in the form of a cube with a steeple emerging from its centre. On the entrance facade, the principal storey is recessed behind two Corinthian columns, and there is a balustraded attic. Two niches hold seventeenth century statues of the philanthropic Hutcheson brothers, the city's leading benefactors at that time.
The Great Hall of the new building housed Stirling's Library (until 1844) and, subsequently, the clearing room of the Glasgow banks. In 1876 the Hospital gained full use of the Hall after a major refurbishment of the entire building during which the original three storeys were reduced to two.
In 1984 the National Trust for Scotland launched an appeal for funds to purchase the building which now accommodates its regional office. The richly decorated Victorian hall is open to public view, and the former boardroom is now the shop.
The philanthropic lawyer Thomas Hutcheson (1590-1641) bequeathed £1,000 for the rebuilding of the ruinous buildings at the Old College, and 2,000 marks to employ "ane bibliothecare [librarian]". The librarian was to be appointed by the College authorities and "be the counsall of the burgh of Glasgow" for a period of four years.
Hutcheson's brother George (c1558-1639) endowed Hutchesons' Hospital (built in 1641-1660 on Trongate) as a hospice for "poore aiget decrippit men". Thomas endowed Hutchesons' Grammar School for orphaned and under-privileged boys, which was housed in the Hospital building.
Sculptor: James Colquhoun (fl. c. 1626-83).
Location: Hutchesons' Hall, 158 Ingram Street, Glasgow.
Date executed: 1643-59.
The oldest portrait statues in Glasgow, they commemorate the lawyers and landowners George Hutcheson (c. 1550-1639), the founder of Hutchesons’ Hospital, 1639, and his brother Thomas (c. 1589-1641), who founded Hutchesons’ Grammar School in 1641.
The statues were carved in 1655 and 1659, and originally stood in niches on the north side of the tower of the first Hutchesons’ Hospital (built 1641-50), which stood in the Trongate until c. 1800. Carved in freestone from Loudon in Ayrshire, which had been purchased as early as 1643 for £99 Scots, they were originally brightly and colourfully painted, with flesh tones and vividly coloured costumes, and were separated by a large tablet with a Latin inscription (now lost) recording the brother’s philanthropy. Positioned at the back of the building, they were rarely seen by the general public.
Placed in storage in the Merchants’ House in 1795 (their removal cost £2.3.6d Scots), when the building and land had been earmarked for development of Hutchesons’ Street, they were repaired and provided with new pedestals and inscriptions by architect William Reid in 1805-6, and placed on the façade of the new Hutchesons’ Hospital (now Hutchesons’ Hall) in 1824, in niches which had been designed for them by the building’s architect, in 1802-5.
It seems, however, that the statues were placed on the wrong pedestals. The inscription on George Hutcheson’s pedestal is also wrong, with the death date given as 1693, instead of 1639. Portraits of the brothers by Anthony Van Dyke, c. 1600s, (George Hutcheson) and George Scougall, 1717, (Thomas, published in Hill), together with stained glass and plaster portraits in the building's Function Hall, confirm the errors.
Interest in the statues’ history was rekindled in the early 1900s when the subject of the type of stone used for them was debated by the Old Glasgow Club. According to some, the original documentation recorded clearly that they had been carved from marble purchased in London, whilst others maintained that the mixture of old Scots and English in the text, together with the unclear handwriting of its author, had confused the issue in its use of the old Scots word for freestone: Marlar, from the Latin word for marble: Marmor, and the reading of Loudonne (sic) as London.
To solve this vexing question, the club had the statues stripped of their layers of accumulated grime, guano and paint, and presented their findings in a paper read to the club in 1908, which confirmed that the statues had indeed been carved in freestone and that its place of origin was Loudon in Ayrshire (Old Glasgow Transactions, vol 2, 1908, p. 113).
Further sculptural tributes to the brothers in Hutchesons’ Hall are the bronze busts by
Archibald Macfarlane Shannan (1850-1915) circa 1912-13, copies of which are in the present Hutchesons’ Grammar School.
http://www.glasgowsculpture.com/pg_imag ... heson_bros
Partick Castle was thought to have been built by Archbishop Spottiswood in 1611 as a country seat for the Archbishops. However, personal papers later revealed that it was actually built as a dwelling place for Thomas Hutcheson, by his brother.
Partick was a small village, on the River Kelvin some two miles west of Glasgow Cross. The main industry was flour milling. In 1815 the Incorporation of Bakers of Glasgow processed 98,000 bolls of wheat in their mills at Partick.
A huge cleared site to the west of Partick Central awaits residential development, as a corridor to connect the riverside to the West End. This was formerly the Partick Foundry and after closure in the 60s became the site of unsightly scrap metal depots. However, back around 1600 this was the site chosen for the building of Partick Castle, a fortified house serving as the country home of George Hutcheson, co-founder of Glasgow Hutcheson's Hospital. Partick Castle was demolished in 1836.
Two of the quarters contain an image of a lymphad, or galley, probably a reference to the shipbuilding industry. The castle and bishop's mitre are thought to represent Partick Castle and the Bishops' mansion. At the top, the wheatsheaf and millstones hark back to the days of Partick's rural industries, and the mills on the banks of the River Kelvin.
Partick Castle was built for George Hutcheson in 1611, on the west bank of the Kelvin. Its last traces disappeared in the 1830s. It is believed that the Bishops of Glasgow had a residence on the site before the Reformation.
The great antiqiuity of this building, we may mention has been recently denied, on the authority of certain papers preserved by a descendant of Mr. George Hutcheson, one of the brothers who founded the hospital of that name in the city, and who, according to these papers, also erected the house in question. One of the documents alluded to is a contract with William Miller, mason in Kilwinning, for the erection of the stonework of the aforesaid house, wherein the standard of measurement is pawkily stated to be according to the length of
"Ye said George’s ain fute."
In corroboration of this statement also, we find in Hamilton of Wishaw’s Description of Lanarkshire a passage to the following effect: "Above this, where Kelvin falls into Clyde, is the house of Pertique, a well-built and convenient house, well planted with barren timber and large gardens, which are enclosed with stone walls, and which formerly belonged to George Hutcheson in Glasgow, but now to John Crawford of Myltoun."
It would therefore seem that The Castle, as it was generally called, was not of so ancient a date as was traditionally supposed. It is certain, however, that the proud prelates of Glasgow had for many years a favourite rural residence in the vicinity of Partick and nothing is more probable than that it was situated at this spot, which in those days must have been invested with a landscape beauty of no ordinary kind.
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red_kola wrote:Aye, top work bananaman. Can't wait to be retired and have the time to do this detail of research too.
"Lo, Partick castle, drear and lone,
Stands like a silent looker-on
Where Clyde and Kelvin meet;
The long rank grass waves o'er its walls;
No sound is heard within its halls,
Save noise of distant waterfalls
Where children lave their feet"
Vinegar Tom wrote:Hello Folks
Thought I would dip my toes in the water here with a couple of pictures of another Glasgow steeple - This time Hutchison Hall in Ingram Street , built in 1805.
In the steeple looking up
The Italian Centre and Glassgord Street
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