David Hislop


David Watson Hislop (c. 1838–1919), jeweller and watchmaker in Glasgow, began business in 1861 in partnership with his brother-in-lawAlexander Marshall (c. 1835–1902). The new business was advertised as 'Marshall & Hislop, watchmakers, 4 St Enoch's Wynd'. Hislop's father was a warehouse porter living near the High Street. Marshall's father was a cabinet maker, and two of his brothers also worked as watchmakers. 1

In 1866, the two men secured a shop at 3 Argyll Arcade, a prestigious glazed passageway in the centre of Glasgow, occupied by luxury goods retailers. 2 From 1872, they sold off another jeweller's stock in Greenock, advertised as the 'most elegant designs ... in electro-plate, etc'. 3 In the early 1870s, the firm employed three men, one boy and three girls. 4 Around 1880, Marshall moved to run the firm's new branch at 64 High Street, Ayr, where their services were advertised with slogans such as 'Does your watch or clock not perform? Take it to M. & H'. 5 Marshall & Hislop's partnership probably ended around 1887; after that date only 'David W. Hislop' appears in the Argyle Arcade, as 'dealer stones and antiques'. 6

In 1893, Hislop was robbed of 'nine diamond rings valued at 200', when the thief 'coolly lifted the case and bolted' but was chased and apprehended by Hislop. 7

Hislop married Marshall's sister, Margaret, in 1865. 8 In the early 1870s, the family lived in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire in a 'cottage with bank connected' where they possibly shared the bank's safe. By the 1880s, Hislop had returned to Glasgow. 9 By 1901, Mrs Hislop and a daughter were both working as 'fancy goods saleswomen', having run their own Argyll Arcade cutler's, sporting and fishing-tackle shop since c. 1887. 10 When he died in 1919, Hislop left an estate of 5542. 11

Hislop's son, architect Alexander David Hislop (1876–1966), was a student of William J. Anderson at the Glasgow School of Art in the mid-1890s. He won a Studio magazine prize, and national prizes for furniture design in 1896 and 1897 respectively. After 1910, Alexander Hislop and colleagues worked on at least three Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh buildings: Auchinibert, Treeshill and Mossyde. 12 .


1: Census data, www.ancestry.co.uk [accessed 24 June 2013]; John Smith, Old Scottish Clockmakers from 1453 to 1850, Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd, 1921, p. 191; Glasgow Post Office Directory, 1861–2, p. 212.

2: Glasgow Post Office Directory, 1866–7, pp. 176, 240.

3: Glasgow Herald, 12 June 1872, p. 3.

4: Census data, www.ancestry.co.uk [accessed 24 June 2013].

5: Ayr Post Office Directory, 1880–1, p. 51; 1886–7, Appendix, p. 33.

6: Glasgow Post Office Directory, 1887–8, p. 316; 1889–90, p. 320; Ayr Post Office Directory, 1892–3, pp. 102, Appendix p. 91.

7: Aberdeen Weekly Journal, 6 October 1893, p. 4; Glasgow Herald, 7 November 1893, p. 4; 11 November 1893, p. 4.

8: Marriage data, www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk [accessed 24 June 2013].

9: Census data, www.ancestry.co.uk [accessed 24 June 2013].

10: Census data, www.ancestry.co.uk [accessed 24 June 2013]; Glasgow Post Office Directory, 1887–8, p. 316; 1898–9, p. 281.

11: Scotsman, 8 May 1920, p. 7; England & Wales, National Probate Calendar, www.ancestry.co.uk [accessed 24 June 2013].

12: 'Alexander David Hislop', Dictionary of Scottish Architects, 1840–1980, www.scottisharchitects.org.uk [accessed 24 June 2013].