Old Glasgow University: North Side of the Inner Court. H. W. Brewer. c. 1880. Signed with initials lower left. Source: Stevenson’s House Architecture, I, 363. Click on image to enlarge it

Commentary by J. J. Stevenson

It was during the seventeenth century that the greater number of the houses in the Scotch castellated style were built, the union of the crowns under James I. (1603) having at length given the country some repose and opportunity of cultivating the amenities of life, and notwithstanding their suggestions of feudalism and appearance of fortification, the Scotch castles are really the signs of security and peace.

The old buildings of Glasgow University were a characteristic example of the Scotch civil and domestic architecture of the seventeenth century, specially interesting from the fact that the dates of the several portions are known from the muniments of the University; and the progress of the style can thus he traced.

The earliest portion of the buildings was the north side of the inner court, or “Close,” as it was called, shown in fig. 126, p. 363, which was commenced in 1632, and with the eastern side appears to have been completed before 1639, when the civil troubles put a stop to the building. [362-63]

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Stevenson, J. J. House Architecture. 2 vols. London: Macmillan, 1880.

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