Robert Dalglish

Last updated

"The most popular man in the House of Commons"
Dalglish as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, June 1873 Robert Dalglish Vanity Fair 7 June 1873.jpg
"The most popular man in the House of Commons"
Dalglish as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, June 1873

Robert Dalglish (4 January 1808 – 20 June 1880) was a Scottish Radical politician. He was the Member of Parliament MP for Glasgow from 1857 to 1874. [1]



Dalglish was born in Glasgow, the son of Robert Dalglish (1770–1844) the Lord Provost of Glasgow from 1830 to 1832 and brother of Andrew Stevenson Dalglish (1793–1858). He was educated at Glasgow University and became the head of the family calico printing firm of Dalglish, Falconer & Son founded in Lennoxtown by his father.

He was Independent Radical M.P. for Glasgow from 1857 to 1874 [2] speaking in favour of extending of the franchise, voting by ballot and a more equal distribution of electoral districts.. He was a popular and respected MP. "Vanity Fair" in 1873 said "Popularity is commonly but a poor test of merit, yet in Parliament it has a distinct value and meaning, so that Mr. Dalglish may well be proud of being known for the most popular Member of the House of Commons. He has in truth all the qualities which command consideration among a body of ordinary sensible men. He possesses the charity that is not puffed up, he is an easy-going, good-natured man, he is fond of the fair sex, he gives good dinners, and yet at the same time he has a sound judgment and discretion, often appealed to by men whose names are far more frequently before the public. He is one of those valuable and too rare Members who are useful in Committee, and seldom speak at all, and never without saying something to the point at issue and worthy of being ranged among the arguments concerning it." [1]

He was a great admirer of the Duke of Wellington and was heavily involved in the erection of Marochetti's statue of the "Iron Duke" in front of the Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow. Dalglish himself is commemorated by a bas-relief on Queen Victoria's statue in George Square. [2]

He owned and resided at Kilmardinny House in Bearsden from 1853, making substantial improvements to the property to the designs of architect James Smith. Kilmardinny was purchased by Thomas Reid (1831-1900) Chairman of Nobel Explosives and Provost of Govan following Dalglish's death. [3]

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Robert Peel</span> British Conservative statesman

Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Baronet was a British Conservative statesman who served twice as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom simultaneously serving as Chancellor of the Exchequer (1834–1835) and twice as Home Secretary. He is regarded as the father of modern British policing, owing to his founding of the Metropolitan Police Service. Peel was one of the founders of the modern Conservative Party.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Henry Cockburn, Lord Cockburn</span> Scottish lawyer, judge and literary figure (1779–1854)

Henry Thomas Cockburn of Bonaly, Lord Cockburn was a Scottish lawyer, judge and literary figure. He served as Solicitor General for Scotland between 1830 and 1834.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Ayr</span> Administrative centre and town in Scotland

Ayr is a town situated on the southwest coast of Scotland. It is the administrative centre of the South Ayrshire council area and the historic county town of Ayrshire. With a population of 46,982 Ayr is the 16th largest settlement in Scotland and second largest town in Ayrshire by population. The town is contiguous with the smaller town of Prestwick to the north.

Donald James Stewart was Scottish National Party (SNP) Member of Parliament (MP) from 1970 to 1987 for the Western Isles. He also served as President of the Scottish National Party (SNP) from 1982 to 1987. He was a councillor in Stornoway for many years and twice served as the town's provost.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">John Steell</span> Scottish sculptor (1804-1891)

Sir John Robert Steell was a Scottish sculptor. He modelled many of the leading figures of Scottish history and culture, and is best known for a number of sculptures displayed in Edinburgh, including the statue of Sir Walter Scott at the base of the Scott Monument.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Isaac Holden</span>

Sir Isaac Holden, 1st Baronet was an inventor and manufacturer, who is known both for his work in developing the Square Motion wool-combing machine and as a Radical Liberal Member of Parliament.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">James Pittendrigh Macgillivray</span> Scottish sculptor (1856-1938)

James Pittendrigh MacGillivray was a Scottish sculptor. He was also a keen artist, musician and poet. He was born in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, the son of a sculptor, and studied under William Brodie and John Mossman. His works include public statues of Robert Burns in Irvine, Lord Byron in Aberdeen, the 3rd Marquess of Bute in Cardiff, John Knox in Edinburgh's St Giles Cathedral, and William Ewart Gladstone in Coates Crescent Gardens, Edinburgh.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Joseph Cowen</span>

Joseph Cowen, Jr., was an English radical Liberal politician and journalist. He was a firm friend to Anglo-Jewry, and an early advocate of Jewish emancipation, regularly contributing to The Jewish Chronicle.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Daniel Macnee</span> Scottish portrait painter

Sir Daniel Macnee FRSE PRSA LLD, was a Scottish portrait painter who served as president of the Royal Scottish Academy (1876).

<span class="mw-page-title-main">John Mossman</span> English sculptor

John G. Mossman was one of a number of English sculptors who dominated the production and teaching of sculpture in Glasgow for 50 years after his arrival with his father and brothers from his native London in 1828. His father William Mossman (1793–1851) was also a sculptor, and a pupil of Sir Francis Chantrey. He was trained both by his father and under Carlo Marochetti in London.

John Stewart may refer to:

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Kirkman Finlay</span>

Kirkman Finlay was one of the leading merchants in Glasgow, Scotland. He was Lord Provost of Glasgow and Member of Parliament.

William Holms was a Scottish businessman and Liberal politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1874 to 1884.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">James Merry (Scottish politician)</span>

James Merry was a Scottish ironmaster and race-horse breeder and a Liberal politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1859 to 1874.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">James Oswald (merchant)</span> British politician

James Oswald was a Scottish merchant and Member of Parliament (MP) for Glasgow.

The politics of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city by population, are expressed in the deliberations and decisions of Glasgow City Council, in elections to the council, the Scottish Parliament and the UK Parliament.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Priscilla Bright McLaren</span>

Priscilla Bright McLaren was a British activist who served and linked the anti-slavery movement with the women's suffrage movement in the nineteenth century. She was a member of the Edinburgh Ladies' Emancipation Society and, after serving on the committee, became the president of the Edinburgh Women's Suffrage Society.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Robert Dalglish (Lord Provost)</span> Scottish merchant and calico printer

Robert Dalglish (1770–1844) was a Scottish merchant and calico printer who served as Lord Provost of Glasgow from 1830 to 1832.

Henry Monteith of Carstairs (1764–1848) was a Scottish businessman and Tory politician who twice served as Lord Provost of Glasgow from 1814 to 1816 and 1818 to 1820, and as MP for Linlithgow 1820 to 1826 and 1830 to 1831.

Alexander Hastie MP (1805–1864) was a 19th-century Scottish Whig politician who served as Lord Provost of Glasgow from 1846 to 1848. He was MP for Glasgow from 1847 to 1848 and from 1852 to 1857. He was one of the few people to simultaneously have been Lord Provost and MP for the same city.


  1. 1 2 "Memoirs and portraits of one hundred Glasgow men: 25. Robert Dalglish".
  2. 1 2 "Robert Dalglish from The Gazetteer for Scotland".
  3. "Craigton Cemetery Heritage Trail". Glasgow City Council. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Glasgow
With: Walter Buchanan to 1865
William Graham 1865–1874
George Anderson from 1868
Succeeded by