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Mitchell Library, Foulis Academy Prints

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St Andrew's Church

When Robert Paul engraved this image of St Andrew's Parish Church in 1759 he would still have been a student at the Foulis Academy. The view is from the Tolbooth steeple. The church stands amid fields on the banks of the Molindinar Burn, more than thirty years before the construction of St Andrew's Square.

St Andrew's was built between 1739 and 1756, modelled loosely by the architect Allan Dreghorn on St Martin-in-the-Fields in London. In order to demonstrate the safety of the portico of his church the builder, Mungo Naismith is said to have slept under it when the supports were removed.

The hollow square building in the background on the left was the Washing House of Glasgow, built in 1730, where hundreds of women would take their linen to be cleaned and bleached. The herd's house where James Watt is supposed to have formulated his famous modifications to the steam engine is beyond the wash-house, on the Low Green by the Clyde.

Reference: Mitchell Library, FA 14/2

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

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builders, churches, Foulis Academy, Foulis Collection, Glasgow Green, herd's house, Low Green, masons, River Clyde, St Andrew's Parish Church, St Martin-in-the-Fields, steam engines, steeples, towers, wash-houses, Washing House of Glasgow



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