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The Old Ship Bank

Glasgow University Library Special Collections, Edwin Law

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The Old Ship Bank

The Old Ship Bank on the corner of Saltmarket and Bridgegate.

The Glasgow Ship Bank was Glasgow's first bank, founded in 1750 by a group of Glasgow's leading Tobacco Lords. The bank subsequently removed to new premises in Glassford Street and this three-storey building was used for shops and dwellings. In 1845 a pub opened on the ground floor.

The premises were rebuilt in 1904 and the addition of a corner tower and cupola made it a prominent landmark.

Reference: Glasgow University Library Special Collections, e190

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