Robert Murdoch


Robert Murdoch was a Glasgow stonemason. His father was Thomas Murdoch of Connell & Murdoch, monumental sculptors, who worked in Caledonian Road from the late 1850s. 1 Robert commenced work under his own name in 1863, but after his father died in 1865, he appears to have traded on his earlier reputation working as 'Thomas Murdoch & Son' (or sometimes 'Sons'). 2 Between 1871 and 1891 the business moved between the Gorbals, Tradeston and Pollokshields. 3

Murdoch was politically active, sitting on Gorbals Parochial Board between the 1870s and the 1890s, and was vice chairman of Tradeston Liberal Association in 1886. 4


1: Birth, death, testament and census information, [accessed 21 July 2012]; Glasgow Post Office directories, 1855–66; Gary Nisbet, 'Connell & Murdoch (fl. 1856–65)', 2001–12, [accessed 21 July 2012].

2: Glasgow Post Office directories, 1864–75; For 'Son' and 'Sons' used interchangeably on the same page, see Glasgow Post Office Directory, 1870–1, p. 280, entries for Murdoch, Robert and also for Murdoch, Thomas.

3: Glasgow Post Office directories, 1864–75; census information, [accessed 21 July 2012].

4: Glasgow Herald, 27 January 1872, p. 4; 10 April 1889, p. 7; 20 November 1886, p. 4.