Andrew Houston or Houstoun the younger, of Jordanhill

???? - 1800


Andrew Houstoun or Houston, Scottish banker and West India merchant. His son Robert Houstoun (q.v.) claimed compensation for one estate as owner and three estates in Grenada as trustee and executor of Hon. Andrew Houstoun (q.v.), who identified Robert Houston as his brother in his will proved in 1833. Genealogical sites online show the death-date of Andrew Houstoun of Jordanhill as 1800, although no death-record has yet been found by LBS.

  1. Son of Alexander Houstoun, who founded West India house of Alexander Houstoun & Co. and was one of the six founders of the old Ship Bank (or Dunlop Houston & Co.). Andrew Houstoun became a partner in Alexander Houstoun & Co., which failed in 1795: 'So great a failure Glasgow had never seen, not even in the crash of the American war.'

  2. One of the original partners of the Greenock Banking Company, established in 1785.

  3. Prominent Mason: Grand Master of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Glasgow in 1795.


  1. George Stewart, Curiosities of Glasgow citizenship as exhibited chiefly in the business career of its old commercial aristocracy (Glasgow, James MacLehose & Sons, 1881) pp. 223-224.

  2. [accessed 06/12/2017].

  3. [accessed 01/08/2012].

Further Information

Margaret Weir
Robert (1780-), Margaret White; [Andrew]

Associated Estates (1)

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
1777 [EA] - 1777 [LA] → Mortgagee-in-Possession

Inferred from Douglas Hamilton’s ‘Scottish Trading in the Caribbean: The Rise and Fall of Houstoun & Co.’, in Ned C. Landsman (ed), Nation and Province in the First British Empire: Scotland and the Americas, 1600-1800 (Bucknell University Press, 2001): ''In July 1777, Alexander Houstoun & co. took over the ownership of the Mount Alexander estate from their debtor Alexander Wilson.'

Legacies Summary

Commercial (3)

Founding Partner
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One of four co-founders...
Govan Colliery
Coal, iron and marble  
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Colliery in the Gorbals, leased in the last 1790s to Lt Col. Andrew Houstoun and 'Houston Rae'. 'In the last three years of the century the partners' profits were £10,166 9s and the lease was...
Alexander Houstoun & Co.
West India merchant  

Physical (1)

Country house
Jordanhill [Built] 
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C. 1782 Andrew Houstoun built a new house on the estate at Jordanhill that he inherited from his father. The house formed the greater part of the 'present mansion' when John Guthrie Smith and John...
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Stephanie Barczewski, Country house and the British Empire, 1700-1930 p....

Relationships (5)

Father → Son
Father → Son
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Inferred from the will of Hon. Andrew Houston, who identified his brother as Robert Houstoun a colonel in the HEIC, and his sisters as Elizabeth Rea [sic], Isabella and...
Son → Father

Addresses (1)

Jordanhill, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Central Scotland, Scotland