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Craigton House

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Craigton House

Craigton House, photographed in 1870 by Thomas Annan.

The first coal mines are said to have been opened in Craigton and neighbouring Drumoyne in the 16th century, and ironstone was being mined there by the early 19th century. The Glasgow merchant John Ritchie (d 1755) bought the Craigton estate in 1746. It passed on his death to his son James (1722-1799), a leading tobacco merchant and a founding partner of the Thistle Bank in 1761. James' son Henry (d 1843), also a partner in Thistle Bank, sold the estate in 1830 to Henry Dunlop (1799-1867) of James Dunlop & Sons, cotton spinners and manufacturers. Dunlop was Lord Provost of Glasgow 1837-1840 and Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce in 1841, 1850 and 1862. He sold Craigton to Graham Hutchison, merchant in Glasgow, several years before his death.

Craigton Cemetery was opened by the Burgh of Govan in 1873. The Craigton housing estate was built 1921-1923.

Reference: Sp Coll Dougan Add. 73

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