Merchants, Crafts and Apprentices

Discover merchants and craftsmen in Glasgow over four centuries.

​What do I need to know before I start ? 

Try to find out: 

  • name of the person

  • when they lived

  • their occupation or craft

What records can I find in The Mitchell: Glasgow City Archives?

The City Archives holds the records of the Merchants House and the Trades House of Glasgow,  the fifteen individual craft incorporations within the City, as well as the records of crafts from surrounding areas.

 

The records may include :

  • members

  • financial records, including membership fees

  • donations to poor members or other charitable giving

  • educational  endowments, including Allan Glen's school

    apprenticeships

 

 The collections include:

 

​Title

Date​

Reference​

Merchants House of Glasgow

1558-1975

​T-MH

​Trades House of Glasgow

1597-1975

​T-TH1

​Hammermen of Glasgow

1616-1934

​T-TH2

​Tailors of Glasgow

1504-1974

​T-TH3

​Cordiners of Glasgow

1550-1961

​T-TH4

​Weavers of Glasgow

1504-1974

​T-TH5

​Maltmen of Glasgow

1615-1977

​T-TH6

​Bakers of Glasgow

1574-1961

​T-TH7

​Skinners of Glasgow

13th - 1976

​T-TH8

Wrights of Glasgow (see Masons up to 1600)

1650-1977

​T-TH9

​Coopers of Glasgow

15th -1910

​T-TH10

​Fleshers of Glasgow

1576-1968

​T-TH11

Masons  of Glasgow (including Wrights until 1600)

14th-1976

​T-TH12

​Gardiners of Glasgow

1626-1986

​T-TH13

Barbers of Glasgow (including Surgeons to 1722)

1656-1962

​T-TH14

Bonnet-makers and Dyers of Glasgow

13th  - 1957

​T-TH15

Framework Knitters and Stocking Makers of Glasgow

1756-1904

​T-TH16

Weavers of Anderston

1754-c 1985

​T-TH2  and TD1615

Hammermen of Calton

​1789-1854

​TD105

Weavers of Govan

1756-1963​

TD1740​

Weavers of Rutherglen

1641-1871

RU9/1

What records can I see online?

There are no records online.

What other resources will help me find information?

Books

The Burgesses & Guild Brethren of Glasgow, 1573-1846, edited by J. R. Anderson (Scottish Record Society, 1925).

The burgess entry records whether a burgess was a member of the Merchants House or a particular craft.