Editor's Note vii Introduction ix 1 The Nonsuch of Scotland 1 2 The Beginning of Glasgow 15 3 Daniel Defoe's Delight 28 4 A' the Comforts 41 5 You'll Die Facing the Monument 50 6 Paddy's Market 67 7 Beyond the Plainstanes 75 8 No More Salmon, Please 98 9 Saturnalia 114 10 The Shepherd's Path 139 11 Glasgow's Golden West 158 12 The Bell o' the Brae 168 13 The Wee Man's Way 189 14 Envoi 207
Jack House was known as 'Mr Glasgow' and his face was familiar throughout the city. His knowledge of Glasgow knew no bounds. Heart of Glasgow remains his most authoritative work on the city. Jack House was born in Glasgow in 1906 and never wanted to live anywhere else. He left school at the age of 15 and was trained as a chartered accountant, but 'saw the light' in time to give up accountancy and become a newspaperman. He wrote for newspapers and the BBC from 1928. During the Second World War he served with the Gordon Highlanders before being transferred to the Army Kinematograph Service, because he had written a number of documentary film scripts. Eventually he became scenario editor of the AKS with the rank of captain and worked alongside Peter Ustinov, Eric Ambler and other soldier-scriptwriters. He was a regular contributor to newspapers and television and wrote more than 30 books, mostly about his native city. He died in 1991.