1706 Anti-unionists riot and the city becomes a major smuggling port.
1707 The Acts of Union are passed by the English and Scottish Parliament leading to the creation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain.
1715 The Glasgow Courant, one of the city’s first newspapers is published.
1725 The city is occupied by General Wade’s army to quell insurrection in the city following an attempt by the British government to extend the unpopular malt tax to Scotland. Enraged citizens drive out Wade and his forces from the city.
1726 Daniel Defoe, author of Robinson Crusoe, describes Glasgow as ‘the cleanest and best-built city in Britain’.
1745 Tennents opens a new brewery in Glasgow.
1775 The city enjoys a thriving trade in tobacco, sugar and cotton with America. Glasgow’s prosperity is at its height.
1776 Adam Smith, a professor at Glasgow University publishes The Wealth of Nations.
1780 The construction of the Forth and Clyde Canal is completed which allows the transportation of goods and passengers between London and Glasgow.
1807 The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery opens.
1814 Glasgow Green becomes Europe’s first public park.
1827 The Argyll Arcade opens.
1841 A Chartist demonstration takes place. Chartism was a working class movement which campaigned for political reform to address the economic and social ills that plagued Britain during the Victorian era.
1841 Glasgow is now Scotland’s largest city with a population of 329,096. Unfortunately its slums are also described as some of the ’filthiest’ in Britain.
1848 100,000 people congregate on Glasgow Green to support the Chartists.
1872 Rangers Football Club is founded.
1880 Robert Owen takes over the management of the textile mill at New Lanark and transforms it into a model workplace by adopting a progressive approach to working conditions and labour relations. The mill and its buildings have since been renovated and are now a World Heritage Site.
1888 Celtic Football Club is founded.
1888 The International Exhibition is held at Kelvingrove Park to celebrate the city’s achievements in applied sciences, industry and the arts during the Industrial Revolution. A fantastic success, the funds raised by the event go towards the construction of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
1896 The Glasgow Subway opens.