A Thomas Annan photograph of a portrait of James Dennistoun of Golfhill (1758-1835). The painting was by John Graham Gilbert.
Dennistoun was a leading cotton merchant and banker in Glasgow and served as a bailie in 1806-1807. He and his brother Alexander established the firm J & A Dennistoun which opened branches in Liverpool, New Orleans and Havre de Grace (in Maryland), and subsequently at New York, Melbourne and London. Dennistoun was also the major partner in the Glasgow Banking Co, founded in 1809 and later merged with the Ship Bank to form the Glasgow & Ship Bank.
In 1790 Dennistoun fathered Alexander, who gave his name to the Dennistoun area of Glasgow which he laid out in 1861 to the south-west of Alexandra Park.
Reference: Mitchell Library, GC 920.041435 COR
Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning
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