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With the very first few steps you take on entering the Southern Necropolis, you are passing under the archway of the building that stands as a fitting monument to the very man who designed it. For not more than a few rows away lies the resting place of Charles Wilson architect (1810-1863) The son of a builder he served his apprenticeship under David Hamilton working with him for nearly ten years. During this time he contributed along with Hamilton to the building of Hamilton Palace, Lennox Castle and in the construction of Toward Castle for the Merchant Prince Kirkman Finlay. In Glasgow he worked again with Hamilton on the converting of the Cunningham Mansion into the Royal Exchange later the Stirling's Library and presently the home of the Gallery of Modern Art. In 1837 he moved on from the Hamilton partnership and went on to have a prolific career. He later had the opportunity of designing a complete area in the city namely
Woodlands Hill and the land below it on the banks of the River Kelvin that became Park Circus and Terraces and Kelvingrove Park.
It is fortunate for us that most of his work survives and still brings delight to our fair cities skyline. Some of the other buildings that can be credited to his name include :

The Great Eastern Hotel (closed)               (originally Duke Street Thread Mill)

Botanic Gardens Curators House

Gartnavel Royal Hospital

Rutherglen Town Hall
Woodlands Hill
Southern Necropolis Gatehouse