The district of Hutchesontown was part of the Gorbals on Glasgow’s south-side. This is where our Craig family lived from at least 1881, having moved from Rutherglen (off the map to the bottom right). The Brown family left Kilmarnock around 1873 — first to Paisley, and then Dalkeith, near Edinburgh. However, by 1891, they had moved to the area close by Oatlands Square in Hutchesontown. In 1927, my grandfather Thomas [5] Craig was living in Waddell Street when he married my granny, Sissy” Brown, who was living at 221 Caledonia Road, though she was born in Lime Street, just 300 meters further east. My great-grandmother Annie Brown was still living nearby at 166 Caledonia Road when she died in 1943.

This area was also home to some of the Galt and Ferguson families for a while. Robyn’s 3g-grandmother, Margaret Howie and her husband Gabriel [3] Galt had moved from Kilwinning, Ayrshire, to Glasgow by 1841, and had lived on the north side till at least 1871. However, for the 1881 census, the widowed Margaret and her son Gabriel [4] Galt (widower of Helen Littlejohn) were living in South Wellington Street — by the following census, they had moved further south to Govanhill. Mary Ferguson, d/o Thomas Ferguson of Cumnock, was living in Sandyfaulds Street when her husband, Joseph Tosh, died in 1878. She returned to Cumnock shortly after, and migrated with her parents to Pennsylvania in 1889.

Waddell Street, Hutchesontown (early 1900s). My grandfather, Thomas [5] Craig lived in this street when he married my grandmother, Mary Brown, in 1927.

A view of Main Street, Gorbals in the late 19th century.


Hutchesontown (Glasgow) Map — 33 Comments

  1. This is a fascinating website. I especially like the maps you have produced/personalised. Although we don’t share ancestral lines, some of our ancestors lived in the same areas, especially Hutchesontown; I recognise many street names on that map. Many thanks for sharing this. I would love to know how you produced and personalised your maps if you would be happy to share.

    • Hi Julie,
      Many thanks for your kind words. All my maps were created using Adobe Illustrator on my Mac. I usually create a number of layers (e.g. background, buildings, topography and places, shire and parish borders) and trace screenshots of modern maps of the area I’m trying to illustrate. Then, layer by layer, I copy the elements I need with my mouse.

      I use historical maps to find streets and features that no longer exist (e.g. old 19th-century maps of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Cumnock, or maps of old parish boundaries). I generally colour-code places to highlight where different branches of the family lived, worked or died; the code is always in the legend, with a scale and showing north. Places with a connection to my direct ancestors are usually in bold, while those for extended family members (in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins) are in italics.

      Hutchesontown (Gorbals) has changed out of recognition from when my grandparents lived there from about 1890 to the 1950s, and sometimes it takes a fair bit of research to locate some place names from those times – e.g. South Wellington Place (on the Clyde opposite Glasgow Green), was a tricky one I only recently found from old surveyors’ notes. Of all the research I do for my family tree, I love making the maps the most! 🙂

      Cheers, Alan

      • Thanks, Alan, for the reply and helpful information. I think I need to set some time aside to take on the challenge! I can see why you love the map making and go to such efforts to produce them; it certainly makes clear where various ancestors lived and how connections between some of them may have arisen.
        Best wishes, Julie

  2. This map is great. My granny’s family (name of Stewart) lived at 61 Caledonia Road, Hutchesontown when she was born in 1904. They lived there in the late 1890s and at the turn of the century. The map shows clearly the layout of the area at this time. Thank you for your work in producing it.

    Best wishes

    • Thank you Stephanie. The area around Hutchesontown and the Gorbals has changed out of recognition these days, so without old maps, we would never know where our ancestors lived. Good luck with your research.


      • Thanks Alan. Would it be ok if I included this map on the profile page for my grandmother (Mary Speirs Stewart) on Ancestry – to show where she was born and lived in the early years of her life? By 1911 the family had moved to Saltcoats in Ayrshire. No worries if you’d prefer I didn’t.

        Best wishes

        • Hi Stephanie – sorry, I’ve only just noticed your reply from July last year! I was in hospital at the time, so I obviously missed it (it’s been an ‘interesting’ year since then).

          Yes, you would be more than welcome to use the map for your profile. If you would like any help, just let me know.

          Best wishes,

  3. Such a cool find! Apparently, my 2x great grandfather, William Henry Jamieson (Jamison) lived at 13 Albyn Terrace, Glasgow, Hutchesontown at the 1881 Census with his wife and two small children. He was a manufacturing chemist. He only lived in Scotland for a short time. All other census records were in England.
    I assume that work brought him to Scotland. Any idea what was going on historically during that time which would have drawn him to Scotland?
    Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

    • Hello Barbara,
      Glasgow at the later part of the 19th century was the “Second City of the Empire”, and was a booming industrial centre. Ship- and train-building were major enterprises, weaving mills were everywhere, and nearby coalfields were the biggest in the UK. People flocked to Glasgow from other parts of Scotland, often denuding rural places of a viable population, and many came from England to fill the demand for services for the burgeoning population of the city.
      While there was great wealth for many industrialists in Glasgow (often providing manufactured goods to a massive empire), the overcrowding led inevitably into slum ghettos, particularly in areas like Hutchesontown, Gorbals, Calton, Bridgeton, and Blackfriars. I had family living in all those parts of the city. The 1880-90s also saw massive immigration from Ireland, and other ethnic groups included Lithuanians fleeing Russian tyranny (also part of my story).
      Glasgow was always a tough place with widespread poverty, but the manpower losses during World War 1 rocked the Glasgow economy, and it didn’t really recover for many generations after that. This article in Wikipedia gives a good account of my home town:—
      Good luck with your research!

  4. Hello Alan,
    Thank you for your work in producing this lovely map of Hutchesontown, Glasgow. At the time of the 1921 Scotland Census, my grandfather Andrew Kemp, age 21, lived at 148 Waddell Street and my grandmother Isabella Girvin, age 18, lived at 157 Waddell Street. A family of John Ferguson also lived at 157 Waddell Street, immediately before my grandmother’s family in the census. I wonder if they are part of your Ferguson ancestors? Interesting how so many people married someone from the same street or neighbourhood. I live in Gippsland, Victoria and it can be frustrating researching everything online at times, so I am very happy to have found your website.
    Kind regards,

    • Hello Margaret,
      Very nice to hear from you, and thank you for your kind words. There were some of my wife’s “Ferguson” relatives living in Sandfaulds Street during the late 1870s, but they returned to Cumnock, Ayrshire, and left for Pennsylvania in 1889. However, 203 Waddell Street was where my 18-year-old grandfather, Thomas Craig, was living with his family in 1921. That can’t be far from Nos 148 & 157, so it’s feasible the Kemps and Girvins were known to our family! Thomas married my Grandma, Mary Brown, at 203 Waddell Street in 1927. The Browns had lived along Caledonia Road and near Oatlands Square (you’ll find those on the map).The area has now been totally gentrified and most of those streets have now gone, so we’ll never be able to see what it may have looked like 100 years ago. My great-grandad, James Craig, was a Corporation lamplighter in 1921, so your family would have seen him going up and down the street as the sun went down lighting the gas lamps! 🙂
      Best regards,

  5. Amazing. I’m trying to do some research on 128 Naburn Street. I’ve not been able to even find it on a map until now.
    It’s hard doing research with a street name but no name of the occupants. Thank you for allowing us to see the map

  6. Hello Alan,

    Congratulations on your Adobe Illustrator mapping skills. Respect!
    203 Waddell Street has just cropped up in some family research and while googling it I came across your excellent map.

    Circa 1880, Samuel Narraway, a 22-year-old bootmaker from Northampton came to live in Glasgow for reasons unknown. The 1881 census has him registered as a lodger at 203 Waddell Street. Also registered as residents are Agnes Forbes, widow, dressmaker, age 56, and her niece Jeanie Honeyman, single, laundress, aged 22. Romance obviously blossomed as Jeanie and Samuel were married that very same year and set up home at 174 Mathieson Street. They had two children there and then moved to Kilmarnock where they had several more. Circa 1900 they moved to Leicester, presumably for work reasons.

    The record does not state whether Agnes was the head of the household or simply lodging there also. Do you have any information on what kind of building number 203 was at that time? Any information would be deeply appreciated.

    With thanks and regards,


    • Hello Graham,
      Thank you for those nice words about my maps – making them is my favourite task! 🙂
      My paternal great-grandparents (James Craig & Jessie Littlejohn) were living at 203 Waddell Street before the 1921 census, and were still there in 1932. My Grandad (Thomas) was living with them until he married in 1927. Some of my dad’s grand-aunts and uncles (both paternal & maternal) lived in Mathieson Street in the 1880s. My dad’s maternal granny (Agnes Brown) came from Kilmarnock, and her family had a long connection with that town – she lived a lot of her life in Hutchesontown at Caledonia Road, and Oatlands.
      Unfortunately, I haven’t got a lot of information on the buildings in Hutchesontown, and they were mostly destroyed and rebuilt in the post-war years – however, I do have one old photo of Waddell Street, and I’ll email that to you with a copy of this message. 🙂

  7. Thanks for the map of Hutchesontown.
    Visiting Glasgow in August and wanted to see where grandparents lived. Found the street for the first time ever.
    Hopefully we will go to the address to see if house still there.


  8. I have been trying to find 93 Naburn Street! Also 13 Hallside Street. It is truly tough with how the area has changed. Thank you, Alan, for your work!

    • Hi Lisa interesting number 93 Naburn, that is also the address for my ancestors in particular Martha McBroom (nee Grange) in the 1870’s is it the same family as mine or different name and time, cheers Mike

      • Hi Mike,
        It’s amazing how some addresses pop up for other families as well.
        My family connection to the address is from the 1930s, when Andrew Walker and his wife Lizzie Crooks lived at 93 Naburn Street. Their daughter Mary Deans Walker married my Granduncle Jimmy Craig in 1933, so yours looks like a different family living there 60 years earlier!
        Good luck with your research,

  9. Congratulations on your fine work. Really, beautifully done. I have a general question and I hope you can help. My Hutchesontown-living ancestor, Joseph McPhail lived at 18 Commercial Road in 1888. As I understand it, that was the location of the Clyde Grain Mill, his employer (forerunner of A & R Scott). I believe the family lived in tied housing. My query is what kind of housing do you imagine it to be? My guess is a 3 or 4 story sandstone tenement with privy and washing green behind the building. Have you any thoughts?
    Thanks again for your excellent resource for genealogy researchers. Best Wishes Marnie

    • Hi Marnie,
      Many thanks for those lovely words.
      Yes, the tenements were very probably much as you describe, but I have no specific information about the Clyde Grain housing. But, I’m wondering if you have the right street – Clyde Grain, I think, was in “Commerce Street”, which is in Tradeston – about a mile west of “Commercial Road” where my ancestors lived in the 1860s. Here’s a link that shows the location:

      In 1888, A & R Scott had a factory in Crookston Street, Tradeston, which was a few streets further west again, but I’m not sure what their connection to the Clyde Grain Mills was. Anyway, I’ll send you some maps that show those locations, and perhaps these might help you work out where Joseph McPhail lived – have you checked for him in the 1891 census?

      Best regards,

  10. Hi Alan,
    My grandfather Alexander Murray was born at 51 McNeil Street in 1884. His parents were James Murray and Margaret McKay were married in 1876 in Kilcreggan and obviously moved to Glasgow after that date. I am struggling to find a census relating to 51 McNeil Street but note that possibly from your Craig Family Tree your ancestors may have lived next door at number 49.
    If you any information or suggestions it would be greatly appreciated.
    Kind regards,

    • Hi Alec,
      My family mainly lived at 45 McNeill Street for many years, and I’ve looked at my 1881 and 1901 census records for that address, but No.51 is not on either of those. My great-grandaunt Rebecca died at No.49 in 1882, but was still at No.45 in 1881 with the family. A search on ScotlandsPeople shows a 44-year-old James Murray at Hutchesontown in 1881, with a Margaret living at the same address – could this be your family? (ref: 644/11 52/ 15)

  11. Hi You have some fascinating maps and information, well done.
    My Grandfather George Gilchrist and his wife had their first son in 157 Waddell Street in 1896. They later moved to Pollack Buildings where my father was born in 1909.
    I have been trying to find pictures of the two streets and the area form around that time but it is very difficult to pinpoint,


    • Hi George,
      Yes, pictures of the area are hard to get, but I’ll post two for you under the map: one of Waddell Street & one of Main Street Gorbals. I don’t know the dates of these, but the Gorbals one looks older. They give us an idea of what the area looked liked in the 19th century. 🙂

  12. I have a couple of Dick family branches – who went out to South Africa, One linked to the Craig family through marriage.
    William Dick 30y * ca1833 x Barbara Dick 28y * ca1835; Annie Dick 8y * ca1855; Jane M Dick 6y * ca1857; James Dick 4y 
 * ca1859; David Dick 2y * ca1861 & William Dick an infant, arrived in Port Natal, South Africa aboard the “Sebastian” 23 September 1863

    William Dick * ca1833 x Barbara Craig 4-7-1854 Kilmarnock, Ayr, Scotland {Old Parish Registers FR2964; Parish no 597 
Kilmarnock Ref 120/253 & (FR959) Parish no 616 Stewarton 1-7-1854 Ref 40/421} * ca1835;

    Annie Craig Dick * 1855 Kilmarnock (Ayr), Scotland {Reg m née Craig Kilmarnock Ref 597/175 1855}
    Jane Muir Dick * 1856 Kilmarnock (Ayr), Scotland {Reg m née Craig Kilmarnock Ref 597/491 1856}
    James Dick * 1858 Kilmarnock (Ayr), Scotland {Reg m née Craig Kilmarnock Ref 597/613 1858}
    their passage was sponsored by Robert Dick x Robina Gemmell 1884 Glasgow, 
 Scotland {Reg Gorbals Ref 644/12/532 1884} * 1859 Fife, Scotland {Reg m née Stewart Carnock Ref 414/68 1859}
    Jane Dick * 1885 Glasgow, Scotland {Reg m née Gemmell Gorbals Ref 644/12/1117 1885}
    Margaret Park Dick * _-3-1886 Glasgow, Scotland {Reg m née Gemmell Hutchesontown Ref 644/11/2519 1886}
    Robert James Dick * 1889 Greenock, Inverclyde, Scotland {Reg m née Gemmell Old or West Greenock Ref 564/3/173 
    Hannah Gemmell Dick * 1892 Greenock, Inverclyde, Scotland {Reg m née Gemmell Greenock West Ref 564/2/819 
    David Craig Dick * 1860 Kilmarnock (Ayr), Scotland {Reg m née not given Kilmarnock Ref 597/532 1860}
    William Dick * 1862 Kilmarnock (Ayr), Scotland {Reg m née Craig Kilmarnock Ref 597/713 1862}

  13. Hi Alan, I have a picture of the Empire Exhibition of 1938 which was left to us by great aunt Mary Hastings. It was only today when I took it down to clean it that I looked at the back and found that it said – hand painted by R Brown, 93 Caledonia Road. I searched for R Brown and found your site. I know that Brown is such a common name but I wonder if he could have been related to your Brown family

    • Hello Marion,

      That sounds like an interesting find.

      I’ve had a look at all “R. Browns” in my family tree, and I’m afraid none of them could be the artist of your painting.Yes, we did have ‘Brown’ relatives that lived at 166 and 221 Caledonia Road, so not that far from your ‘R. Brown’. I do have a Robert Brown who lived at 107 Caledonia Road, but he died in Rhodesia in 1915, so way too early for the 1938 Empire Exhibition.

      It would be possible for your “R, Brown” to be a distant cousin, but I have nothing that would prove that.

      Hope you can find out who your artist was!

      Best regards,

  14. Good evening Alan,

    I’m doing some family genealogy work. It’s for my own and my cousins’ interest. We are that ‘older’ generation now.
    My maternal family came from around the Hutchesontown area, in fact one uncle who married-in was a Craig, from Orchard Street. We moved away from the area shortly after I was born and I have only a little recollection of it as it then was from visits as a child. It is much changed.
    Anyway, I’ve done the family tree and talked my cousins through it and now I’m writing it out in ‘story’ form to pass to them in paper format as none of them are comfortable on the computer. Perhaps they in turn will pass it on to their children.
    May I have your permission to copy your map of Hutchesontown to include with the ‘book’? It’s been of great help to compare to modern maps and help me get my bearings.
    Thanks in anticipation.

    • Hello John,

      Yes, the area has changed out of sight and is nothing like it was in the pre-war years. There are some great photos at the National Library that show Hutchesontown and the Gorbals in their glory days! 🙂

      You’d be more than welcome to use my map with a note to where it came from. However, you can also find free maps of Glasgow at the National Library dating from 1583–1948. I based my map on ones from the late 1800s – they’re fully scaleable on your PC, and you can always zoom in to the area you are interested in and take a screen shot of the bits you need. You can hunt here:

      Good luck with your research, and your ‘Craig’ from Orchard Street could well be a relative of mine (tho’ not in my direct line).

      Best regards,


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