A TIMELINE OF GLASGOW HISTORY

By Tim Lambert

Early Glasgow

The 6th century St Mungo builds a church at Glas Gu. Soon a fishing settlement grows up beside it.

1115 Glasgow is given a bishop. By now it is a small town.

1136 The church is replaced by a cathedral

1175-78 Glasgow is given a charter (a document giving the townspeople certain rights)

1190 Glasgow has an annual fair

1250 Glasgow has a population of about 1,500

1260 Dominican friars (called black friars) come to Glasgow

1410 The wooden bridge across the Clyde is replaced by a stone one

1451 Glasgow University is founded

1454 Glasgow is made a royal burgh

1460 A grammar school is founded in Glasgow

1492 Glasgow is given an archbishop

1516, 1517, 1544, 1560, 1568 and 1570 Glasgow is besieged

1600 Glasgow has a population of about 7,000

1601 The first quay is built at Broomielaw

1646 Plague strikes Glasgow

1649 Glasgow is called 'one of the most considerable burghs Scotland has

1652 Glasgow suffers a fire

1674 The first cargo of tobacco arrives in Glasgow

1677 Another fire strikes Glasgow

1685 The authorities forbid people to leave piles of dung outside their houses

1700 The population of Glasgow reaches 12,000

1715 Glasgow gains its first newspaper

1752 Pollock House is built

1763 Jamaica Street is built

1772 A second bridge over the Clyde is built

1775 The Royal Exchange is built

1777 Queen Street is built

1792 Glasgow Castle is demolished

1794 The Royal Infirmary is built

Modern Glasgow

1801 Glasgow has a population of 84,000

1807 The Hunterian Museum opens

1817 St Andrew's Cathedral is built

1827 Argyle Arcade is built

1840 The Custom House is built

1842 Queen Street Station is built

1845 Horse drawn buses begin running in Glasgow

1849 Buchanan Street station is built. Cholera kills 3,777 people in Glasgow

1852 Kelvingrove Park is laid out

1854 Cholera kills 3,885 people in Glasgow

1859 Glasgow gains a piped water supply

1862 Queens Park opens

1870 Alexandra Park opens. Great Western Terrace is built.

1871 The Albert Bridge is built

1872 Horse drawn trams begin running in Glasgow

1875 The Stock Exchange is built. The Fish Market is built.

1877 Mitchell Library is built

1879 Central Station is built

1893 The first electricity generating station is built in Glasgow

1896 Glasgow underground opens

1901 Kelvingrove Art Gallery opens

1904 King's Theatre opens

1938 The Empire Exhibition is held

1962 The last trams run in Glasgow

1964 Strathclyde University opens

1965 A road tunnel is built under the Clyde

1970 Central Mosque is built

1980 Hunterian Art Gallery opens

1985 The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre opens

1990 Glasgow is made European City of Culture

1993 St Mungos Museum of Religious Life and Art opens

1997 Clyde Auditorium opens

1999 Buchannan Galleries Shopping Centre opens

2000 The IMAX opens

A history of Glasgow

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