Basic Biographical Details

Name: Allan Dreghorn
Designation: Architect
Born: 1706
Died: 1765
Bio Notes: Allan Dreghorn was born in 1706, the son of Robert Dreghorn, a prosperous Glasgow wright who died in 1760. Allan Dreghorn was intially a wright as well but also had other business interests. He traded as a timber and lead merchant merchant and was a partner in the Smithfield Iron Company and one of the founders of the first Glasgow bank. He was involved with the sale of a ship called 'The Bess of Glasgow' by public roup in 1750. There are a number of documents in the National Records of Scotland relating to his business interests. He held various municipal offices including treasurer in 1739 and bailie in 1741.

He died at his country house in Ruchill in October 1765. His wife died there in December 1768. He accumulated considerable wealth which was inherited by his nephew Robert Dreghorn known as 'Bob Dragon' because of his womanising tendencies.


Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 41732Glasgow University Library  GlasgowScotlandDesign prepared with John Craig - not accepted.
Item 2 of 41736Town Hall  GlasgowScotlandWas involved with the building of this
Item 3 of 41740St Andrew's Parish Church  GlasgowScotlandBased on Gibbs' St Martin-in-the-Fields with the steeple based on another of Gibbs' published designs.
Item 4 of 41752Town house, Clyde Street  GlasgowScotlandPresumably designed and built by Dreghorn for himself.

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5Eyre-Todd, G1934History of Glasgow  viii, pp180-1
Item 2 of 5Renwick (ed.)1913Extracts from the Records of the Burgh of Glasgow  Vols v-vii.
Item 3 of 5Senex1884Glasgow Past and PresentI p44, 470-1
Item 4 of 5Senex1884Glasgow Past and PresentII pp330-1, 528-9
Item 5 of 5Senex1884Glasgow Past and PresentIII p89

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Caledonian Mercury20 September 1750   
Item 2 of 3Regality Club18891st series pp54-73
Item 3 of 3Scots Magazine1 January 1769   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Gifts and depositsGD 220/5 
Item 2 of 3National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Gifts and depositsGD 113/6Sugar House accounts
Item 3 of 3New Register HouseWills and TestamentsCC 9/7/65p453