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This building is in the Glasgow Council and the Glasgow Burgh. It is a category A building and was listed on 06/07/1966.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NS 5965 6490.


Tall early 17th century tower, only surviving fragment of

Glasgow's Tolbooth, built 1626-1634 by John Boyd, architect and

Master of Works. The Tolbooth was demolished in 1921. Seven

stage square tower with open crown spire, ashlar built with

raised buckle-quoins. Moulded string courses between

stages. The steeple fomerly adjoined the Tolbooth at the W.

Roll-moulded and architraved doors to ground are 20th century

work. To each face, except that to W, to upper stages,

roll-moulded windows with decorative strapwork pediments.

7th stage with square clock faces. Corbelled parapet with

projecting square section bartizans. From these rise

flying buttresses supporting crown steeple with gilded



MacKechnie's article suggests the use of the buckle quoin can be linked to a court style of the early 17th century and the work of James Murray and William Wallace. De-scheduled 25 August 1998.


Gomme and Walker, 1987, p44. PSAS 111: 1981 p451. MacKechnie, ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY, vol 31: 1988, p112. EXTRACTS FROM THE RECORDS OF THE BURGH OF GLASGOW 1573-1642. P346ff, published 1876 by the Scottish Burgh Record Society.

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