The Tontine Hotel, Trongate, Glasgow

Contributed by Robert Pool

The Tontine Hotel, Trongate, Glasgow

A 1817 copy of the Edinburgh Gazette government based newspaper from the Tontine Hotel, Tronagte, Glasgow. The Tontine Coffee Rooms was one of the favoured meeting places of the rich tobacco and textile merchants in Glasgow. It was built in 1781 by William Hamilton behind the existing frontage of the town hall with its pedimented windows and street-level arcade. The keystones of the arches of the arcade were carved with heads and grotesques known as the "Tontine Heads".During the 18th and 19th centuries the coffee shop under the piazza was a meeting place for leading figures from the community. The hotel was reputedly the first in the city and was popularly known by Glaswegians as the "Hottle". The hotel was destroyed by fire in 1911.

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