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Tait's Directory p46

Mitchell Library, Glasgow Collection

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Tait's Directory p46

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 46 includes surnames from McKean to Miller.

John McArthur, land surveyor, was responsible for the production of some of Glasgow's earliest maps, including a city plan in 1778 which was commissioned by the town council. He also advertised his services as a teacher of mathematics and of land surveying.

John Mennons is listed as the printer of the Glasgow Mercury, a weekly newspaper. However, he is better known as the the founder of the Glasgow Advertiser, which was later to change its name to the Glasgow Herald. The Herald's continuing existence makes it the oldest national English language newspaper in the world. When Mennons launched the Advertiser in January 1783, one of the first stories he carried was of the Treaty of Versailles, which ended the American War of Independence. Initially a weekly newspaper, it appeared every Monday and Friday from 1893.

Reference: Mitchell Library, GC 914.14351

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

American War of Independence, cartographers, directories, editors, family history, genealogy, Glasgow Advertiser, Glasgow Herald, Glasgow Mercury, John Tait's Directory, maps, mathematics, newspapers, publishers, surveying, surveyors, teachers

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