Alexander Dennistoun Eldest son of a successful merchant family, Dennistoun was educated at Glasgow Grammar School and the College of Glasgow. In 1820 he was sent to New Orleans, where his father and uncle had a branch of their cotton trade business. On his return to Britain, he lived in Cheshire and took charge of the Liverpool branch. He later spent several years in France before returning to Glasgow.
Dennistoun was a director of the Union Bank of Scotland and served as a member of parliament for Dumbarton in 1834, having stood as a Liberal. After the death of his wifein 1847, he alternated between his Glasgow home in Golfhill and Lagarie, on theGareloch.
Alexander had a vision to build a residential suburb. He employed architect James Salmon to produce a masterplan of the area with villas, terraces and gardens some of which forms the Dennistoun Conservation Area.
The map below shows his own estate, Golfhill and some of the other estates which Alexander Dennistoun bought - Craigpark, Annfield, Whitehill, Meadowpark etc - overlaid with the current map of the Conservation Area. The mansion houses of those estates are shown in the buildings section of History.
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