The first Glasgow directory was published in 1783 by John Tait. This image is taken from a facsimile reprint published in 1871 by Robert Forrester. Page 27 includes surnames from Dunmore to Dunlop.
Thomas Dunmore was credited with being one of the first Glasgow merchants to become involved in the Virginia tobacco trade. The money he made enabled him to build Kelvinside Mansion on the Ruchill estate. His son Robert had many business interests, including the Ballindalloch Cotton Works at Balfron and trade with the West Indies. He was declared bankrupt in 1797.
John Dunlop was a tobacco and cotton merchant who was Lord Provost of Glasgow in 1794-1795. He was also known as a singer and song writer. A jolly character, he was a leading member of the Hodge Podge Club, where he was described as "plump John Dunlop with his belly so round."
Reference: Mitchell Library, GC 914.14351
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