Greenbank House stands in Clarkston, on the outskirts of Glasgow. It was built by Robert Allason between 1764 and 1765. Allason was a local man who had begun life as a baker, before setting up with his brothers in Port Glasgow as a trader. He made his fortune trading with Britain’s American colonies, eventually becoming a land-holder in the Caribbean. The profits from trade in both tobacco and slaves, allowed him to purchase Flenders Farm (land his family had worked for centuries) and establish the house. However, Allason’s trading interests later suffered during the American War of Independence and the house was sold in 1782.
The house passed through a number of different owners until it was purchased in 1797 by John Hamilton of Rodgerton, whose family retained it until 1961. In 1961 it passed out of the family, and was bought by Mr and Mrs William Blyth. The Blyths presented the property to the National Trust for Scotland in 1976, and left in 1980.
I was commissioned to carry out the paint analysis of the entrance hall and dining room.
View Larger Map