Alexander Dennistoun

1790 - 1874

Cotton trader. The eldest son of a successful merchant family, Dennistoun was educated at Glasgow Grammar School and the College of Glasgow before making his name in the family business. In 1820, he spent time in New Orleans (USA), establishing cotton trading links.

With other Scottish businessmen, Dennistoun formed The Glasgow Bank, which through merger became part of the Union Bank of Scotland. Dennistoun acted as a director of the latter institution.

Dennistoun maintained a home in Golfhill (Glasgow) and Lagarie, a villa on the Gare Loch. He served briefly as Liberal Member of Parliament for Dumbarton from 1834.

His name is chiefly remembered as the founder, in 1861, of the Glasgow district of Dennistoun, an area of tenements and villas in the east end of the city.

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