Directories for Glasgow
The directories contain an alphabetical list of Glasgow’s main inhabitants, a street directory and a trades directory, listing people by their address and profession or trade. The first directory was published in 1783 by John Tait and included other nearby towns, then by Nathaniel Jones , and thereafter by Walter McFeat as the Glasgow Directory.
In 1828 the directories became known as the Post Office Annual Glasgow Directory. There is a directory for each year from 1800 with the exceptions of 1802, 1808 and 1816.
As the city and businesses grew, the later directories naturally contain more information than the earliest directories, with content such as public institutions and memberships, local travel times and methods, mail deliveries and costs, educational, law or medical directories and suburban directories.
Trade Directories for Glasgow
Kelly’s Directory Glasgow
- 1921- 1974 for most years
Glasgow Trades Directory
Glasgow and Lanark Trades Directory
- 1902-1967 intermittent coverage
Glasgow and West of Scotland Trades Directory
- 1902-1966 intermittent coverage
Trades Directories list business types, names, addresses and often the names of individuals associated with the business listings. There are many trades directories for Scotland also available.
Phone Books for Glasgow
- 1889 to date. Coverage for most years for each decade
Yellow Pages for Glasgow
- 1929 to date. Coverage for most years for each decade
The Phone Books and Yellow Pages for Glasgow list the names, addresses and phone numbers of residential and business customers respectively.