The Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow is housed in a neo-classical building in Royal Exchange Square in Glasgow. It was built in 1778 as the town house of William Cunninghame, a wealthy Glasgow tobacco baron, and went on to be used as a bank, a business exchange, a telephone exchange and a library before being transformed in 1996 into a gallery housing the City’s contemporary art collection.
Many famous people signed the visitors’ book in this building including
Robert Peel – who gave his famous address in a marquee outside the building, built to house a dinner to honour him after he was installed as Rector of the University of Glasgow in 1837.
Napoleon III of France – who visited the City in 1839 for the Eglinton tournament. This was a re-enactment of a medieval joust held in Kilwinning in Ayrshire.
Josiah Henson – an author, abolitionist and Methodist minister. He was born into slavery in America but escaped and founded a settlement for fugitive slaves in Canada. He inspired the title character of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. He spoke at the City Halls and Kibble Palace in Glasgow to huge crowds.
If anyone knows of other famous visitors to this magnificent building please let us know.
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