John Guthrie

???? - 1834


Glasgow merchant, partner in Leitch & Smith and affiliated concerns, including Guthrie and Ryburn of Grenada.

  1. Early in the present century, it [the estate Carbeth] was bought from James Macindoe by John Guthrie, West India merchant in Glasgow.....John Guthrie had spent the early part of his life in the West Indies, and when he came home and settled in Glasgow, he joined the firm of Leitch & Smith. He subsequently was a Magistrate and Dean of Guild in 1814. Mr. Guthrie at once began to improve his new acquisition, and to form the garden ornamental water and pleasure grounds which now add so much to the beauty of the place. Mr. Macindoe, with a view to building ultimately, had previously planted very judiciously, and formed great part of the fine woods till recently on the property. On the site of the present house there formerly stood old farm buildings, and there in 1810 Mr. Guthrie built what now forms a great part of the present house. He died unmarried at Edgecumbe Cottage, Devonshire, in 1834, and was succeeded by his cousin William Smith.


  1. The old country houses of the old Glasgow gentry XVIII Carbeth Guthrie.

Further Information

West India merchant

Associated Estates (2)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1810 [EA] - 1811 [LA] → Not known

Millennium Hall was shown against Leitch & Smith for 1810-11 (Jamaica Almanacs 1811 and 1812). The Glasgow merchant firm had a branch in Kingston Jamaica.

1817 [EA] - 1817 [LA] → Joint owner

Legacies Summary

Commercial (2)

Name partner
Guthrie and Ryburn
West India merchant  

Physical (1)

Country house
Carbeth, Strathblane [Built] 
description →
'Early in the present century, it [the Carbeth, later Carbeth Guthrie, estate] was bought from James Macindoe by John Guthrie, West India merchant in Glasgow....John Guthrie had spent the early part...

Relationships (3)

Business partners
Business partners
Business partners

Addresses (1)

Carbeth Guthrie, Strathblane, Stirlingshire, Central Scotland, Scotland