…From One Generation to the Next.

The Merchants House, at its present site on the corner of Glasgow’s famous George Square, represents a beacon of hope in troubled times.

One of our core raisons d’être has always been to help those local charities who do so much good in Glasgow and its surrounding area. The city, in common with many others, contains many such charities, which in these stringent times rely on financial support to continue and expand their essential work within the community.

The Trustees of our grants committee examine very thoughtfully and debate vigorously the many grant applications received by us every year. Over recent years it has become our generally adopted policy to give more generously to the smaller charities, perhaps those with a less public profile, where we believe our grant will make the most impact.

These grants are only possible thanks to the generous legacies of our forebears. The many inscribed boards around the Grand Hall are visible testaments to this past generosity. These legacies have, in turn, allowed us to occupy the Merchants House, from which we derive further rental income to distribute as grants.

You will, no doubt, have noticed, in any recent visit to this magnificent space, the newer board detailing very kind and thoughtful legacies given over the last few years. This vital continuing philanthropy allows us to continue to help the most deserving local charities.

This page is an invitation to join this philanthropic group of predominantly former directors, members, and other supporters of the Merchants House. If you have already made provision in your will to leave a legacy, then we are most grateful to you.

However, if you would like to discuss how you can help by considering a legacy in your will, then please get in touch with us to discuss further or arrange a meeting. We would love to hear from you.

Please contact our Chief Executive, Craig Vickery, at or phone on 0141 221 8272 if you have any questions or require further information.

Our Impact


The grant award of £5,000 from the Merchants House has meant that the peace and sanctuary of Ronald McDonald House has continued to shine during these dark times as their doors have remained open.


The funding from the Merchants House of Glasgow will help provide one to one sessions for 96 children and young people in Glasgow and the West of Scotland as well as providing advice and support to families affected by bereavement. The generosity of Merchants House of Glasgow has been vital in enabling our sessions to continue so that children and young people experiencing bereavement can keep
getting the tailored support they need during this challenging time.”


Renfrewshire Foodbank helped many families in need during lockdown. An award of £10,000 from the Merchants House allowed them to provide food and welfare advice. They were also able to introduce a Fuel Bank service, providing top-up fuel cards to those in fuel poverty. The Foodbank also purchased the services of an Advice Worker to provide financial advice on benefits and debt.


“Without the funding granted by The Merchants House of Glasgow we would have been unable to extend our reach to support Glasgow’s most vulnerable young people. Thanks to the grant we were able to recruit additional Learning Communities Coordinators who manage and support our Homework Group Network. We were also able to arrange home tutoring between the young people and our wonderful volunteers who give up their time weekly to give a helping hand to help bridge the attainment gap, boost confidence and motivate the young people to re-engage with learning.”