Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

8/11/2007

Tobacco roads

Glasgow’s transformation into an industrial city took place mainly in the 18th century. The colonial trade and, above all, the trade in tobacco between 1740 and 1775 made much of the Glasgow we see today. The gridiron of the city centre streets was laid out in the 1780s by property developers cashing in on the general increased level of prosperity. Glassford Street, Buchanan Street, Virginia Street, Jamaica Street, all are named after either tobacco merchants or the colonies. Even today the city centre is still dotted with the mansions of tobacco merchants. for more click here

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