March of Death

Life of Sir John Moore -- Not a Drum Was Heard

Chapter IX.
Sir John Moore

Sir John Moore.

Sir John Moore
Statue by Flaxman. Erected 16th August, 1819.

When the writer was a student he had occasion to pass frequently an old three-storey land in Trongate, opposite the Tron Church, which has since then been taken down, and given place to the Campbell Arcade (No. 74) and the adjoining warehouses. This old land, dilapidated as it was, had a special interest for him. Within one of its rooms was born Sir John Moore, the hero of Corunna, and the subject of Wolfe’s memorable lines, familiar to generations of schoolboys. In earlier life the father had been a surgeon in the Guards, and enjoyed the opportunity of travelling extensively. Although born in Stirling, where his father, the Rev. Charles Moore, a native of Armagh, was minister, yet he had a close and honourable connection with Glasgow, for his mother was a daughter of the famous Provost John Anderson, the second, of Dowhill, who in his own person pursued a Major Menzies for “sticking” Robert Park, the town clerk of Glasgow, and caused him to be shot — as some say — in Renfield Street, about where the Conservative Club now stands. But more probably this was at Renfield, now Blythswood House, near Renfrew. Through his mother he inherited a third part of the Dowhill Estate* (named Dovehill erroneously: it should rather be Dewhill), which extended from the Molendinar to the butts at Hunter Street, a portion of which was afterwards merged in the College Green, now the North British Railway depot. When his campaigning days were done, he therefore settled in Glasgow. The Dowhill mansion was too far out for practice, and he chose for residence this tenement in Trongate. He was a man of literary tastes, and founded the Hodge Podge Club, which figures so largely in Dr. Strang’s “Clubs of Glasgow.” He was among the first to discern and recognise the genius of Robert Burns, and to him are many of the poet’s best letters addressed, as well as the interesting sketch of his life.

He became dissatisfied with his residence in the Trongate, and when Dunlop Street was opened up by Dunlop of Carmyle, he was among the first to secure a stance in the

* When Dr. Moore removed to London, he sold the Dowhill tenement and land to Robert Graeme, writer, who laid it out in feus, hence the origin of Graeme Street.


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