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Camphill House

Camphill House photographed by Duncan Brown, 1880s or 1890s.

Camphill House was was built between 1800 and 1818 for Robert Thomson (1771-1831). Thomson was a partner with his father (also Robert, 1742-1820) in Robert Thomson & Sons, whose Adelphi Cotton Works in Hutchesontown was said to have been the first in Glasgow to manufacture cotton goods. The house is very similar architectural design to Aikenhead House, which was designed by David Hamilton (1768-1843) and built in 1806.

In 1894 the house and its grounds were added to Glasgow Corporation's Queen's Park. The building was converted into a museum in 1895-1896 and contained displays of costume and relics relating to the Battle of Langside, which was fought nearby in 1568. The museum closed in the 1980s and the building was converted into flats.

Duncan Brown (1819-1897) was a talented amateur photographer whose work documents aspects of Glasgow life from the 1850s until the 1890s.

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Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow School of Art Archive

Adlephi Cotton Works, Aikenhead House, Battle of Langside, Camphill House, costume museums, country houses, flats, mansions, museums, Queen's Park

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