We headed down to breakfast which was in the Sutherland Restaurant in the basement of the Argyll Hotel. The servers were scurrying around setting up the tables as we entered. Apparently the lobby breakfast room was being shut down for some reason.
Breakfast was great with scrambled eggs, sausage, cereal and coffee. It was a buffet so that made it easy for us to pick and choose. It took me a minute or two to find the plates for they were in this tall round metal container to keep them warm. In this restaurant they served the coffee from a pot not in the French presses. There was a family to my right and the young man was coughing really badly.
Returning to the room, I proceeded to get ready for the day, while hubby headed out to figure out if the car was safely parked. He would also retrieve my small rolling luggage which had my research. I found and read the hotel binder and it did state that there was a car park for the hotel. So he went down to ask about that at the reception desk.
Out our window at the Argyll Hotel
Someones towels were drying on the line
He returned and had moved the car to the limited parking behind the hotel. What a relief. The parking situation was resolved. We did not have to deal with the car till Saturday when we left for the Edinburgh Airport.
About 9:30 am I had my hubby call the Glasgow and West of Scotland Family History Society to get their hours confirmed. Google’s version and the hours on their website were different. They are closed today per their answering machine, but open tomorrow Saturday 2-4 pm. I was checking because if the they were open on Friday, we would go there instead of the Mitchell Library which had more hours and longer ones.
I spent the morning organizing my research for today and the next. I cleaned up the itinerary information and all the maps and literature I have collected on this trip. I also did other chores and rested. My cold is over but a young man was coughing badly at breakfast so I have taken a Cold Eze.
Meanwhile, hubby figured out our walking route to the Mitchell Library It would take about 20 minutes. It was time to head out.
We passed these huge buildings which I think are called row houses because they are one long continuous piece, with individual sections that are represented by doors. Businesses are located inside these buildings and some are on the bottom or basement floor. They look old and dirty. Some have driveways off of the street and parking. Some look like apartments. Glasgow is old, big and dirty, with lots of litter. Quite a few of the buildings had “For Let” signs. The sidewalk was a little scary and uneven so I did have to pay attention. We walked down Sauchiehall street to Granville and turned south and then east down Berkeley. The cars go fast and some streets are one way in this area. There was a man yelling at a lady and child, it was a bit weird. Welcome to city life.
We came around the corner to the front of the library which has a big dome on the top. The front faces the freeway.
Mitchell Library, Glasgow
The Mitchell Library is in an older building with statues at various levels. I am sure that someone has written about the building and its history. We entered and the walls are marble and so is the floor. A nice man explained where I needed to go for family history.
We followed the signs and headed down the hall and turned right and went through some double doors. It took a while for us to find the Family History and Glasgow City Archives which are up on the 5th floor. I entered the Family History room and they redirected us back down the hall to the Glasgow City Archives. https://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/libraries/glasgow-city-archives
Everything had been renovated and it seemed well thought out giving lots of room with seating and displays from the contents of the library.
I entered the archive room and went past a swing gate with an arrow and approached the lady sitting at the desk and explained I was from the States and needed to be oriented. She took a look at my list of weaver information from their website and told me I would have to use a locker. She gave me a coin and I went back into the lobby area and selected what I needed and put my bag into one of the lockers and carefully but the coin in the inside area and the locked it. I then put the key into my pocket and zipped. I have been known to lose locker keys.
I re-entered the archive room and filled in the form they wanted. There was now another attendant who reviewed my list and handed me several books to take and look at. They are like table of contents of the collection of the weaver trade business. I have reason to believe that my great grandparents John Barclay and Mary (maybe Davidson) were involved in the weaving business. She was the weaver and he was the carpenter. There was a carpet factory in Enfield, CT (Thompsonville) and many Scotts came there to work from Glasgow and beyond? There is some evidence that they had been in Enfield.
I had a little trouble finding a place to sit down because the room was very busy and most of the large tables were taken. The room was filled with tables, people working, computers, bookcases, files and more.
Glasgow City Archives sort of looks like this
I sat down and started to go through the books and they were dated back to the 1600’s. It was the business of weavers house for Glasgow. I found the weaver section but didn’t see anything that looked like it would be helpful for the time frame of 1800 to 1850. The second book was a mistake. I also studied the Postal Directories but they don’t seem to go back further than 1890. I might have to check that. I wandered the room looked at other books on the shelves and noting the setup. I had emailed the Mitchel Library before coming because I wanted to access the catalog. I was told that since I was not a citizen or lived in Scotland I could not.
I decided that I didn’t have time to really dig in at the archives so I returned the books without telling her about the mistaken book. She inquired about the information and I told her the time frame was not right and I just wanted to get an idea of what the papers contained. I thanked her and she said I could have the pencil.
I found my husband sitting in one of the chairs in the lobby and he was excited about the display case and some building that they had built-in the city. This building was very tall and turned out to be a landmark for the Nazi’s to target the shipyards which were a mile north. They had to tear the building down. I gathered my things and got my bag from the locker and headed to the Family History Room. https://www.glasgowfamilyhistory.org.uk/Pages/Home.aspx
Family History Room, Mitchell Library
There was a bookcase filled with books in the main lobby area, just before the Family History Centre entrance, so I went through the titles and pulled several on Scottish Research. I found a table and began to review these books. There was no photography at all even for books.
I looked at several books about researching in Scotland one by a woman whose style I liked. The Scottish Tree Detective, Rosemary Bigwood, Manchester University Press, 2006. Maybe a tad to old. It is available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.
This book below kept showing up in various places throughout the room and I bought a copy from their gift shop. It had a chapter on DNA.
Scottish Genealogy, by Bruce Durie, 3rd Edition, this edition 2012, there are more recent editions like 2017.
A couple other books:
Discover Your Scottish Ancestry, Internet and Traditional, Graham S. Holton and Jack Winch, Edinburgh Press 2004? Amazon has a copies.
Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors, by Alan Maxwell, 2009, Pen & Sword.
I wandered the room looked at the filing cabinets and learning what they represented which included quite a large newspaper collection, census, maps and more.
I came upon their collection of emigration books down at the far end in the bookcases and pulled almost the whole section and reviewed those books. I have seen a lot of David Dobson books covering Canada, but he also has done a lot for various areas of Scotland. I even have a file on my Computer titled: WhyteDobson. They did have some Donald Whyte’s books as well. He wrote the Dictionary of Scottish Emigrants to Canada etc.
- Scots in the USA & Canada 1825-1900, David Dobson, Part 1, 2013, note Pt. 6. The one I have covers 1825 to 1875 but I do not have the title page. Grrrr….this implies 6 parts to this series of books. Ancestry.com has Part 1 and 2.
- Ships from Scotland to America 2011, 1628 to 1828 Vol. IV, David Dobson.
- Scottish Highlanders on the Eve of 1755 to 1775 People of Argyll, David Dobson, Vol.2, Argyle & Northern Highlands, Part 1, Kingsborough Patent, NY.
- Emigrants and Adventurers Aberdeen and NE Scotland, Part One, also Glasgow and West of Scotland by David Dobson.
- Scottish Highlands Great Migration People of Inverness Eve of 1725 to 1775 Vol. 2, David Dobson Vol., 2, Vol. 1 1725 to 1775, the Norther Highlands, 1725 to 1775 Lots of these type of books in different volumes etc.
This man Bill Lawson has a website about the Hebrides that has a database covering his work, but I cannot access it for it is down at this time. I hope not, I gave him some money, HA!
- A Register of Emigrant Families from Western Isles of Scotland to Eastern Twp. and Quebec, Bill Lawson, Isle of Harris – Lots of McD’s Mid 1850’s.
- Register of Emigrants 1750 to 1900 Vol. 3 Parish of Barrus, Isle of Lewis, South Uist, Benbecula, Isle of Harris, by Bill Lawson http://www.billlawson.com/books.htm
- Immigrants from Scotland to American 1774-1775, London Treasury, by Viola Root Cameron, Genealogy Publishing Co.
It was about 3 pm when I decided that trying to access the catalog would not happen. I suppose I should have asked about the possibility of a temporary password but I decided not too. I really don’t have enough information about John Barclay and Mary to know where to dig. I will have to figure out a different strategy. I think it means hiring help. I returned the stack of books to the front desk as the librarian had asked me too. I really liked this Family History Center at the Mitchell Library and highly recommended it.
Alan and I went in search of the cafe and gift shop. They were on the ground floor. We headed to the gift shop and I spotted one of the Scottish genealogy books for sale that I had seen in the research room and grabbed it. The one above by Durie. I also purchased another one they had. Rooted in Scotland, Getting to the Heart of Your Scottish Heritage, Cameron Taylor, 2017. It was time to use up our Scottish money.
We then went over to the cafe and got something that looked like a brownie but it was more like a rice krispie with thick chocolate on top, nice. I got the tea and cake while Alan got a filtered coffee. We relaxed in the modern glass like chairs and metal tables and I observed the people chatting and working together or just working on some project quietly. It was a very open, airy, modern style room. They had done a lot of renovating of this library and the building was very well done. This area that houses the large cafe and gift shop is part of the theatre area of the Mitchell Library. I realize now that I should have explored more of the floors to see what the whole Mitchell Library was like.
Alan decided that we had enough time before dinner to go see George’s Square in the city. There was an information desk so I asked about taxis service and she gave me a phone number. Meanwhile, Alan downloaded the Uber app. The best area to do a pick up by taxi or Uber was out the door from the cafe and gift shop on Granville Street.
We left the library to the west through the glass doors. The Uber app gave him the license plate and name of the driver and a description of the car. I had not taken a picture of the outside of the building so I turned and did this side which didn’t show the big dome but it did have lots of statues all the way to the top of the building.
Mitchell Library west side
Mitchell Library west side
Mitchell Library West Side
Entrance West Side Mitchell Library Glasgow
George’s Square is in the downtown area of the city. It is supposedly a historic square with old buildings and statues. The Uber driver took us there, weaving through the busy Glasgow traffic. It was a great way to see the city streets, stores and bustle of the place. He let us off right at the square. This driver had 1500 trips to his name, so he was experienced. Alan didn’t have to fuss with paying because it is all done automatically. Our daughter-in-law would be proud.
The day was warm and sunny, so lots of people were gathered in the square. We headed to the east side and slowly wandered around the square, sitting on the benches, studying the buildings, reading the names on the statues: Peel, Sir Walter Scott, Prince Edward and Queen Victoria, and other statutes on the corners which made it tough to photograph them. There were tons of pigeons and people were feeding them. The City Chambers building was huge, ornate with all kinds of different statues and friezes on it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Square
The northwest corner was having renovations done so there was a lot of destruction and rubble. You could see the outline of the train station?
Glasgow City Chambers
A War memorial
This website looks like fun – Glasgow Daily Photo: https://glasgowdailyphoto.wordpress.com/2008/08/25/george-square-lions/
We made a complete circle around the square. There were taxis lined up on the north side waiting for patrons. My hubby had forgotten the name of the restaurant that he had picked out for dinner. I found it on my cellphone. The name was Fanny Trollope’s. I think we were tired.
I headed to the first taxi and climbed in. The cabbie made his way down very busy city streets. There were old buildings and new buildings and a beautiful Church with spires which was the St. Columba Church of England. I spotted lots of shops that I could have spent a lot of money in. It was a good thing I was in the cab.
The cabbie let us off on the left side of the street from the restaurant. We decided to try the corner. You do have to be careful. One way streets are easier and they do have crosswalk buttons which are helpful.
Fanny Trollope A Bistro, Glasgow
The Fanny Trollope https://www.fannytrollopes.co.uk/ was a small bistro with maybe seats for about 25-39 people. There is a great story about Fanny, whom the bistro is named after. She had quite the life.
We were greeted by a very handsome young man with dark curly hair. He was tall and buff. He was friendly and nice. I noticed that the accent in Glasgow was thicker and it was a little harder to understand. He got our drink order and food order. Alan had the lamb butt and I had a flank steak. The food was wonderful. I really liked my steak which was sliced and spread on top of broccolini and beans with a scalloped potato and a mini ox tail bowl with mashed potatoes and gravy. I ate almost all of it. We bought a bottle of South African wine which was pleasant. We were celebrating our 13th Wedding Anniversary which was a few days away. Glasgow was a good place to celebrate.
There were silk prints, like Elton Bennett, on the wall and Alan figured out it was a Neil Gilles who was the artist. The colors were vibrant. The man seated across from me, commented on the print that he could see on the wall.
The other man who served us was shorter and really buff. He was very nice and took pity on me. The sun was in my eyes at the table seat by the window so he moved us over one table. Across the street there was a Subway, flower Shop, funeral home, and liquor store all in a row, one stop shopping…giggle.
Across from the Fanny Trollope
Our lovely dinner came to an end and we started walking toward our hotel along Argyll Street. We passed Mora our restaurant from the night before and Alan wanted to see if the young girl and older man were there or he was back with another young girl. Nope he was not there.
We were back at the hotel in no time and I decided to just get ready for bed and take care of business the next day.