Gallus Glasgow U: Umbrellas

This post is not about the Glasgow weather – though it’s true that if you visit you should always remember to bring an umbrella. However, this post is about two much bigger umbrellas.

Heilanman's Umbrella
Heilanman’s Umbrella

The Hielanman’s Umbrella (Highlandman’s Umbrella) is the local nickname for the glass walled railway bridge which carries the platforms of Glasgow Central Station across Argyle Street. During the Highland Clearances in the 19th century, thousands of Highlanders came to Glasgow looking for work. As they were dispersed throughout the city, this is the place they came to keep in touch with each other.

Bridgeton Umbrella
Bridgeton Umbrella

The second umbrella is in Bridgeton in the East End. Erected in 1874, it also sheltered the unemployed and, unlike the Hielanman’s Umbrella, was actually designed to do so. I’m disappointed to find its real name is the dull “Bridgeton Cross Shelter”.

For the next couple of days, we’ll be looking at equestrian statues. Anyone else remember the song by the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band? No? Well, it’s nothing to do with that anyway. I just thought I’d throw it in.


  1. Interesting… Are they legitimately called “umbrellas” over there, or is that just the nickname? Shopping Arcade would be the first one for me, and then Pagoda for the second.


  2. Beautiful photos! I’m torn on the Bridgeton Umbrella. It’s great they built a shelter for the unemployed, but it doesn’t look like it shelters much 😉

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  3. Fun photos and great information. Visiting from A to Z and I’m glad I stumbled onto your blog. I remember Scotland fondly… -what a treat!! Jeri from — already read the Tardis one… 🙂


  4. The architecture is so neat. I wish I could come up with grander words but…oh well, a writer I’m not. Anyhoo, I love the gothic look (neo-gothic) of those windows and the little pagoda is so nicely painted. It reminds me of Gingerbread houses


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