Town Plan of Glasgow – Glasgow Botanic Gardens

The Glasgow Botanic Gardens were founded in 1817 at Sandyford near the west end of Sauchiehall Street. The Gardens were originally run by the Royal Botanical Institution of Glasgow and provided teaching space and supplies for the botanical and medical faculties of the University of Glasgow. With help from Professor William J. Hooker, Reguis Professor of Botany at the University of Glasgow (1820-41), the gardens became world-renowned and in 1842 the current west end site was purchased and the gardens relocated.

Image of Town Plan of Glasgow sheet showing the Royal Botanic Gardens

Sheet VI.6.1 of the Town Plan of Glasgow showing the Royal Botanic Gardens in the 1890s. Click the image to view a zoomable version of the map.

One of the main features of the Gardens is the Kibble Palace, named the Winter Gardens on this map sheet. This impressive glasshouse was initially the property of John Kibble and was located on his estate at Coulport on Loch Long. It wasn’t until 1873 that it was moved to its current site, and was initially used as a concert hall or meeting place.

The Gardens connection to the University of Glasgow continued throughout this time. Several rectors of the University, Benjamin Disraeli and William Gladstone in 1873 and 1879 respectively among them, had their installation ceremonies held in the Kibble Palace. In fact Gladstone’s installation was the last use of the Palace for a public event before it was given over entirely to the housing of temperate plants.

Access to the Gardens was limited for many years to members of the Royal Botanical Institution and their friends, with only selected days of access for the general public for a fee. As running costs rose and financial problems accumulated the Gardens were eventually taken over by the Glasgow Corporation in 1891 on condition that the Gardens would maintain their function and links to the University.

The Zoomable version of this map can be viewed by clicking the image above or by clicking here. If you have any questions about this map, or any other maps held by the University Library, feel free to contact the Maps, Official Publications and Statistics Unit.

Other entries in the series:

Gilbert Scott Building

Pollokshields Town Houses and Villas

Cattle Market, Gallowgate

Queen Street Station and George Square

Sighthill Cemetery

Duke Street Prison

Western Infirmary

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  2. Hi I would like to order a copy of the map above names: Sheet VI.6.1 of the Town Plan of Glasgow showing the Royal Botanic Gardens in the 1890s. Is this possible?

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