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Glasgow City Chambers exterior view of building overlooking George Square, in Glasgow City.

Guided Merchant City and Glasgow Tobacco Lord Themed Walk

Date: Saturday 15th June   /   Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

To celebrate World Humanist Day, Glasgow Humanists have organised a guided walk around the Merchant City, to learn about its rich history and that of the Glasgow tobacco lords. The walk will be led by Kevin Scott and will last approximately two hours. It will be followed by a picnic in George Square, weather permitting. If the weather is not suitable for a picnic, then after the walk we shall go to the nearby Gallery of Modern Art café where registered attendees can have a free cup of tea or coffee provided for them.

Expect an unbiased view of what pre-empted the trade, how much Glasgow became involved and what legacies remain to this day, including the mansion houses, and what Glasgow is considering by way of a future slavery museum. We will visit associated streets and buildings, and Bonnie Prince Charlie, James Watt, Hampden and the Mitchell Library will also enter the storyline. The walk includes a visit to the grave of the Don Corleone of the Glasgow ‘mafia’ after visiting where boats were offloaded, goods transported, and deals signed off. A lot will be covered, as Kevin brings to life what often goes unnoticed but is under our noses, to this day!

Please bring your own picnic, wear sensible shoes and dress appropriately for the Scottish weather!

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Open to all Humanist Society Scotland members, supporters, and anyone who shares our vision and values. Free to participate in, but donations to our tour guide are welcomed. Participation is at your own risk.


We will meet outside the Bank of Scotland on Argyle Street at the bottom of Buchanan Street at 10am.  Please arrive promptly.