Thomas Russell (Glasgow MP)

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Ascog House, where Thomas Russell lived from 1877 to about 1900 Ascog House, Isle of Bute.jpg
Ascog House, where Thomas Russell lived from 1877 to about 1900

Thomas Russell (1836 – 15 August 1911) was a Scottish businessman and politician. [2] [3] He was a partner in the Saracen Foundry, established by his brother-in-law Walter Macfarlane, and bought the Ascog House estate in Bute. [4] He also built a Glasgow city house at 5 Cleveden Road, completed in 1887, [5] and developed housing in Ascog. [6]

The Saracen Foundry was the better-known name for the Possilpark, Glasgow–based foundry company W MacFarlane & Co. Ltd, founded and owned by Walter MacFarlane. MacFarlane's was the most important manufacturer of ornamental ironwork in Scotland.

Ascog House

Ascog House is a large 17th-century mansion house at Ascog on the Isle of Bute, southwest Scotland. The house is in the care of the Landmark Trust, and is protected as a category B listed building. Balmory Hall lies just to the west of the house.

Isle of Bute island in the Firth of Clyde in Scotland

The Isle of Bute, known as Bute, is an island in the Firth of Clyde in Scotland, United Kingdom. It is divided into highland and lowland areas by the Highland Boundary Fault. Formerly a constituent island of the larger County of Bute, it is now part of the council area of Argyll and Bute. Bute's resident population was 6,498 in 2011, a decline of just over 10% from the figure of 7,228 recorded in 2001 against a background of Scottish island populations as a whole growing by 4% to 103,702 for the same period.

Russell was Member of Parliament for Buteshire in 1880. [2] He was also Liberal MP for Glasgow for a few months in 1885. He was returned unopposed at a by-election. [7]

Buteshire was a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of Great Britain from 1708 to 1801 and of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1801 to 1918.

Glasgow was a burgh constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1832 to 1885. It returned two Member of Parliament (MPs) until 1868, and then three from 1868 to 1885. Elections were held using the bloc vote system.

The seat was abolished at the next general election. [8]


  1. "Landmark Trust history sheet for Ascog House and Michel Ascog" (PDF).
  2. 1 2 "The county families of the United Kingdom; or, Royal manual of the titled and untitled aristocracy of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland". Internet Archive . p. 899. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  3. "Bute county directory for 1912–13". Internet Archive . Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  4. "Mackintosh Architecture: Biography" . Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  5. "That's rich, Herald Scotland" . Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  6. "Item Details for RCAHMS" . Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  7. Thomas Martin Devine (January 1996). Glasgow: 1830 to 1912. Manchester University Press. p. 205. ISBN   978-0-7190-3692-7.
  8. Thomas Martin Devine (January 1996). Glasgow: 1830 to 1912. Manchester University Press. p. 212. ISBN   978-0-7190-3692-7.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Dalrymple
Member of Parliament for Buteshire
April 1880 – June 1880
Succeeded by
Charles Dalrymple
Preceded by
Robert Tweedie Middleton
Sir Charles Cameron
George Anderson
Member of Parliament for Glasgow
March 1885November 1885
With: Robert Tweedie Middleton
Sir Charles Cameron
Constituency abolished

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