By 1821, Glasgow’s population had surpassed that of Edinburgh, and by 1931, it had reached 1 million.
She was called the ‘Second City of the Empire’, mainly because of her transatlantic trade (the movement of tobacco, cotton and sugar), and the later developments in engineering, especially shipbuilding.
After 1842, when rail travel was possible from Glasgow to Edinburgh (52 miles away), publications such as The Scottish Tourist, which detailed distances, and the presence of viaducts and tunnels, became essential for all well-prepared travellers.
Barnhill Station is a stone’s throw from Auchintoshan Terrace, where Glaswegian Robert Ford (1846-1905), a collector of Scottish folksongs lived. His Hame Spun Lays and Lyrics is but one of his many publications.
The Scottish Tourist: Being a Guide to the Picturesque Scenery and Antiquities of Scotland. 9th ed. Edinburgh: W. H. Lizars, .
Robert Ford, Hame-spun Lays & Lyrics. Glasgow: James M’Geachy, 1878