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Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.


Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 06/07/1966


  • Local Authority: Glasgow
  • Planning Authority: Glasgow
  • Burgh: Glasgow

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNS 59659 64901
  • Coordinates259659, 664901


Tall early 17th century tower, only surviving fragment of

Glasgow's Tolbooth, built 1626-1634 by John Boyd, architect and

Master of Works. The Tolbooth was demolished in 1921. Seven

stage square tower with open crown spire, ashlar built with

raised buckle-quoins. Moulded string courses between

stages. The steeple fomerly adjoined the Tolbooth at the W.

Roll-moulded and architraved doors to ground are 20th century

work. To each face, except that to W, to upper stages,

roll-moulded windows with decorative strapwork pediments.

7th stage with square clock faces. Corbelled parapet with

projecting square section bartizans. From these rise

flying buttresses supporting crown steeple with gilded


Statement of Special Interest

MacKechnie's article suggests the use of the buckle quoin can

be linked to a court style of the early 17th century and the

work of James Murray and William Wallace.

De-scheduled 25 August 1998.



Gomme and Walker, 1987, p44. PSAS 111: 1981 p451.

MacKechnie, ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY, vol 31: 1988, p112.


P346ff, published 1876 by the Scottish Burgh Record Society.

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Listed Buildings

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest and these are selected according to criteria published in the, Annex 2, pp74-76.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

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