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James McGrath

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A graduate of Glasgow and Liverpool universities, he began his archival career with Strathclyde Region before joining the University of Strathclyde. His PhD was about late 16th century Glasgow, and he contributed a chapter on the city's pre-1660 history to the recent History of Glasgow (Manchester University Press).

James McGrath has written the following TheGlasgowStory essays:

Early times to 1560
Glasgow stands on the Clyde, about 15 miles upstream from the river's estuary. The proximity of a g...
Early times to 1560 - Neighbourhoods: The Regality
Alongside the burgh, the bishops of Glasgow owned several nearby estates, among them "Conclud" (beli...
1560 to 1770s
The Reformation of 1560 saw Scotland renounce Roman Catholicism and embrace Protestantism. It was ...
1560 to 1770s - Everyday Life
Initially one parish, the burgh of Glasgow worshipped at the High Kirk (Glasgow Cathedral). In 159...
1560 to 1770s - Trade and Communications
Mid-16th century Glasgow was a small, bustling, provincial market town. Its merchants and craftsme...
1560 to 1770s - Trade and Communications: Roads
Glasgow's mediaeval street pattern prevailed for much of this period. From the Cross, four main tho...
1560 to 1770s - Neighbourhoods
The built-up area of medieval Glasgow comprised two nuclei: the market cross around which commerce a...
1560 to 1770s - Neighbourhoods: The Regality
The regality survived the Reformation of 1560 intact. The aristocracy realised that the bailieship ...
1560 to 1770s - Personalities
The Reformation succeeded unopposed in Glasgow after James Beaton (1517-1603), the Catholic archbish...

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