From Robert Reid, known as Senex, (Glasgow Past and Present, 1859) the Black House was described has having 40 windows, or 10 per elevation. Such provision of light contrasted to the dour, black stone. The interior of the house remains undescribed and a mysterious. However, it can be safely assumed that it would have contained public rooms such as Dining and Drawing Rooms to entertain, bedrooms, and a kitchen and servants rooms in the basement, with further options for the servants bedrooms in the roof.
The public rooms, and entrance hall and main stair were all opportunities to display art, such as McCall family portrait (OG.1965.1), which in date and style, matched that of John Glassford’s family portrait (2887), and gives further food for thought that the great tobacco merchants and bankers of Glasgow shared taste and patronage in the city they managed and developed through the proceeds of slavery.
Dr Anthony Lewis,
Curator of Scottish History