From cattle herders to tobacco lords – celebrating the rich history of Fraser Suites Glasgow

Fraser Suites Glasgow has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment, designed to increase guest comfort and convenience while highlighting the rich heritage of its 1850s Victorian building. To celebrate its prime place in Merchant City, both geographically and historically, Fraser Suites picked some unique names for some of its rooms – here’s a little overview!

The Herd Laddie

The term herd laddie was used to describe a young lad who tended cattle in the fields. He would escort the herd along the muddy and foot trodden dirt roads to the market towns. The son of an Ayshire shop keeper, David Dales, was such a young man.

Dale was a religious, just man and well respected through out the city. His generosity and goodwill were appreciated none more so than by the poor. During times of hunger and hardship, Dale was known to have ships laden with food dock and be distributed among the poor at no extra cost. His footprint on the city can be found amongst the many investments and contribution he made, the city’s Royal Infirmary amongst them.

David Dale lies buried with many of the city’s great merchants on the grounds of the Ramshorn Kirk at the top of Albion Street, just steps away from Fraser Suites.

The Gallery

This name was inspired by The Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), one of the city’s main attractions located in the heart of the city, hosting local, national and international artists, with exhibitions by Howsen, Warhol, Hockney, Currie and Riely to name but a few.

Over two hundred and thirty years old, the GoMA’s building was originally built as a mansion for tobacco merchant William Cunninghame and now serves as a prominent reminder of the huge wealth and legacy of the tobacco lords and their importance to and influence in the city.


Fishergait was a small fishing settlement that lay on the bank of the river Clyde. The word gait was commonly used in medieval Glasgow to describe a route or road to a particular place.

It is claimed that the first ever foot crossing of the River Clyde was here. Far from the stunning Clyde Arc that spans the river today, this original crossing can only be described as a felled tree that lay across the river.

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