Welcome to The Merchants House of Glasgow Website

The Merchants House of Glasgow was constituted in 1605 by the Letter of Guildry, which laid down the rights, duties and privileges of the Merchants and Craftsmen of Glasgow. It is now a registered charity (SCO 08900).fireplace 2From the beginning, the Merchants House supported members and their families who had become "decayed and distressed", both within their hospital and outside it. Over the years donations and bequests have enabled the House to continue and extend this benevolence. 

The Merchants House is now a major charitable institution and donations of more than £700,000 are awarded each year to deserving charities and individuals in Glasgow and beyond. For over four hundred years after its foundation, it is part of the fabric of Glasgow and the city is richer for it.

Benevolence is available on application from other organisations active in charitable fields in Glasgow and the local West of Scotland area. The House also makes grants from its funds to various educational institutions and provides bursaries.




Latest News

  • Mulled Wine, Mince Pies & Music – 6th December at 12 noon

    November 10, 2016

    The traditional Lord Dean’s Christmas Event will be held Tuesday 6th December 2016 at 12 noon. This year we present “A Merchant’s Christmas”.  We will be entertained by The Close Shave Chorus, who are a male voice a cappella (4 part harmony) chorus, comprising “guys of a certain age”. Tickets are £12.50 per person. The…


  • Fundraising Afternoon Tea

    November 10, 2016

    Huge thanks go to the ninety guests and all the sponsors at the Charity Fundraiser Afternoon Tea held on Sunday 30th October at the Merchants House of Glasgow. We managed to raise just over£3000! Guests enjoyed an inspiring speech from Connor Johnston of Dalriada Games, winner of the Merchants House Magnus Magnusson Award. Entertainment, featuring music…


  • 2016 AGM

    May 31, 2016

    During the AGM, which was held at the Merchants House, John F MacLeod was re-elected as the 225th Lord Dean of Guild while Ian Dickson was re-elected as Vice Dean for the coming year. The Annual Accounts were approved along with the Lord Deans Annual Report – which are available to download on the website.


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