The Arlington Baths is 150 years old in 2020!
These are the stories of the founders of the two organisations that created the Baths and their families.
Glasgow Swimming Baths Company
The Glasgow Swimming Baths Company, founded in July 1870, raised the money to build the Arlington Baths. These are the original subscribers:
- John Marshall, Junr., of 168 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, Writer
- Thos. Steel Anderson, of 15 St Vincent Street, Merchant
- Robt. Boyd, of 10 Somerset Place, Merchant
- F. W. Allan, of 120 Buchanan Street, Merchant
- Archibald Colville, of 123 Hope Street, Merchant
- S. H. Schwabe, of 146 West George Street, Merchant
- R. Dalglish, Junr., of 29 St Vincent Street, Calico Printer
From Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Glasgow Swimming Bath Company Ltd (Glasgow City Archives TD965/1)
Committee of Management of Arlington Swimming Club 1870-71
The Committee of Management of the Arlington Swimming Club was responsible for running the club including recruiting members and managing the Baths building.
- F. W. Allan, 120 Buchanan Street
- T. S. Anderson, 15 St Vincent Place
- Robert Boyd, 10 Somerset Place
- Wemyss O. Bulley, 41 West George Street
- A Colville, 123 Hope Street
- John B. Cowan, M.D., 159 Bath Street
- W. J. Fleming, Clober, Milngavie
- William Graham, 71 West Nile Street
- J.S. Higginbotham, 157 West George Street
- R. P. Lamond, 64 West Regent Street,
- John Marshall, Jun., 168 St Vincent Street
- Donald Matheson, 32 Exchange Square
- S. H. Schwabe, 145 West George Street
- W. Sloan, 34 Bothwell Street
- R. Dalglish, Jun., 29 St Vincent Street, Secretary.
From advert in The Star, 19 October 1870
Some of these individuals were in both organisations.
150th Anniversary guided walk
You can get an audio guide for a route that takes you in the footsteps of some of our founders, created with the help of Doors Open Day 2020. As you walk around Woodlands, Park and Sandyford you can listen to our members tell you about the founders’ lives.
Or download the GuidiGo App to your phone and search for ‘Arlington Baths’.
In this video the members of the History Group tell you more about the guide and share some of the stories we just couldn’t squeeze into the walk.
It is important to the Arlington Baths Club today that we publicly acknowledge that, like many historic institutions in Glasgow, some of our founding members in 1870 will have made money trading in resources produced by colonial labour and may have had financial connections with families or companies which owned, or profited from the labour of, enslaved people.