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W Hamish Fraser

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W Hamish Fraser, Professor Emeritus of Modern History, University of Strathclyde. Author of many books and articles on aspects of Scottish History, including Conflict and Class: Scottish Workers, 1700-1838 (1988); People & Society in Scotland, Vol II (edited with RJ Morris, 1990); Glasgow 1830-1912 (edited with Irene Maver), (1996); Alexander Campbell and the Search for Socialism (1996); Scottish Popular Politics: From Radicalism to Labour (2000).

W Hamish Fraser has written the following TheGlasgowStory essays:

Early times to 1560 - Industry and Technology: Crafts
Clearly craftsmen of considerable skill were around as the Cathedral was built during the 12th centu...
 
Early times to 1560 - Industry and Technology: Consumer Goods
The market cross, around which trading took place from at least the 12th century, was at the foot of...
 
1560 to 1770s - Industry and Technology: Crafts
As a way to settling differences between craftsmen and merchants the Provost and three of the town's...
 
1560 to 1770s - Industry and Technology: Consumer Goods
When Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) visited the city in 1726 he described it as "the emporium of the West ...
 
1560 to 1770s - Buildings and Cityscape: Places of Worship
It was protests from the city's craftsmen which prevented the Cathedral being demolished in the afte...
 
1770s to 1830s - Everyday Life: Shopping
Most people did their shopping at the stalls set up on market days near the mercat cross, with luxur...
 
1770s to 1830s - Everyday Life: The Home
According to James Cleland the "habits and style of living" of citizens of Glasgow in the early 19th...
 
1770s to 1830s - Culture and Leisure: Books and Newspapers
By 1770 Glasgow had two newspapers, the Courant and the Journal. In 1775, John Robb l...
 
1770s to 1830s - Learning and Beliefs: Radicalism
The American Revolution triggered debates on political rights in Scotland. While in a city whose ec...
 
1770s to 1830s - Industry and Technology: Crafts
By the 18th century the incorporations were bodies of considerable wealth, owning land and property....
 
1770s to 1830s - Industry and Technology: Consumer Goods
Growing prosperity among the middle-ranks led to increased consumption as they filled their larger h...
 
1770s to 1830s - Buildings and Cityscape: Places of Worship
By the end of the 18th century all the churches within the Cathedral were in a bad state of repair. ...
 
1770s to 1830s - Personalities: David Dale
Born in Stewarton in Ayrshire, the son of a grocer, David Dale (1739-1806) trained as a weaver in P...
 
1770s to 1830s - Personalities: Kirkman Finlay
Kirkman Finlay fell heir to the firm of James Finlay & Co in 1790 at the age of eighteen and mov...
 
1770s to 1830s - Personalities: Thomas Chalmers
The son of an Anstruther merchant family, in 1815 Thomas Chalmers transferred from Kilmeny in Fife t...
 
1770s to 1830s - Personalities: James Turner
The son of a shoemaker, James Turner was apprenticed in the tobacco trade and in 1798 he set up on h...
 
1770s to 1830s - Personalities: Thomas Muir of Huntershill
Thomas Muir (1765-1799) was the most high-profile victim of political repression in the years after ...
 
1830s to 1914
Glasgow in these years was at the peak of its self-confidence. Its population had passed that of E...
 
1830s to 1914 - Everyday Life: Eating
Anything from sixty to ninety per cent of expenditure by the mass of the population went on food. B...
 
1830s to 1914 - Everyday Life: Shopping
In the second half of the 19th century patterns of shopping underwent a major transformation. Sho...
 
1830s to 1914 - Culture and Leisure: Books and Newspapers
After 1825 there was less chance of being transported for seditious publications and this encouraged...
 
1830s to 1914 - Culture and Leisure: Sport
The early 19th century saw greater restriction on casual games on Glasgow Green and in the streets, ...
 
1830s to 1914 - Culture and Leisure: Migrants
The 1820s and 1830s saw the fastest rate of growth of Glasgow's population as people were pulled by ...
 
1830s to 1914 - Learning and Beliefs: The Rise of Labour
Calls for working people to be in Parliament were made in the 1830s. One of the demands of the Char...
 
1830s to 1914 - Industry and Technology: Consumer Goods
For much of the period most consumer goods were made to order in small workshops. A great deal of c...
 
1830s to 1914 - Buildings and Cityscape: Business Buildings
Victorian and Edwardian Glasgow saw an extraordinary range of styles in the business premises that w...
 
1830s to 1914 - Neighbourhoods: Kinning Park
In the early 1830s Sir John Maxwell of Pollok, 7th baronet (1768-1844), had plans for a new model vi...
 
1830s to 1914 - Neighbourhoods: Cowcaddens
Cowcaddens had been a village just beyond the West Port of the city on the edge of the common where ...
 
1830s to 1914 - Personalities: Sir Archibald Alison
Born in Edinburgh, the son of an Episcopalian minister, Archibald Alison (1792-1867) was educated at...
 
1830s to 1914 - Personalities: Alexander Campbell
Born in Kintyre, Alexander Campbell was apprenticed as a joiner in Glasgow. In 1822 he became treasu...
 
1830s to 1914 - Personalities: Reverend Norman Macleod
Born in Campbeltown, Argyll, Norman Macleod spent his teenage years in Campsie in Stirlingshire wher...
 
1830s to 1914 - Personalities: Isabella Elder
Isabella Elder (1828-1905), born Isabella Ure, the daughter of a solicitor, she married the increasi...
 
1914 to 1950s - Everyday Life: Shopping
For the better off shopping as a leisure pursuit was well established. In the up-market shops and d...
 
1914 to 1950s - Everyday Life: The Home
At the end of the First World War, forty per cent of the city's population still lived in badly over...
 
1914 to 1950s - Industry and Technology: Consumer Goods
Although efforts were made by various small firms to produce bicycles and motor cars, none succeeded...
 
1914 to 1950s - Personalities: David Kirkwood, First Baron Kirkwood of Bearsden
The son of a Parkhead labourer, David Kirkwood left school at the age of twelve to work in a printin...
 
1914 to 1950s - Personalities: James Maxton
James Maxton was born in Pollokshaws, but brought up in Barrhead where his father was a headmaster. ...
 
1914 to 1950s - Personalities: Sir Hugh Stevenson Roberton
Born in Glasgow, Roberton entered the family business of funeral undertaking, but his great interest...
 
1914 to 1950s - Personalities: John MacLean
The son of Highland parents who had settled in Pollokshaws, John MacLean graduated from Glasgow Univ...
 
1914 to 1950s - Personalities: Andrew Bonar Law
Andrew Bonar Law is one of only two Prime Ministers that Glasgow has produced. He was, in fact, bor...
 
1950s to The Present Day - Everyday Life: Shopping
Rising standards of living in the years after 1950 brought a steady growth in demand for possessions...
 
1950s to The Present Day - Culture and Leisure: Migrants
The Second World War brought people from all corners of the world to Clydeside and a few decided to ...
 
1950s to The Present Day - Industry and Technology: Consumer Goods
Success in attracting light engineering to the city has been limited. Consumer industries have ten...
 
1950s to The Present Day - Neighbourhoods: New Towns
By the end of the 1930s there was a widespread recognition that something dramatic was required to d...
 
1950s to The Present Day - Personalities: Jack House
Journalist, historian, scriptwriter, broadcaster and conversationalist, Jack House (1906-1991) was g...
 


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