Clifton Literary Society (currently unknown if this is the later Clifton Road Literary Society)


Clifton is an area just to the west of Charing Cross. Not a great deal is currently known about this society, which was composed of both men and women. However, their (members’?) location near the West End, along with the press notices on the opening address for the session — being a ticketed formal dinner in the Queen’s Rooms (Buchanan Street) — suggests that this society was probably a middle-class group with at least a moderately-sized number of members.

Date of Existence


Source of Information

1. ‘Clifton Literary Society’, Glasgow Herald, 19 October 1864, p. 2;

2. ‘Clifton Literary Society’, Glasgow Herald, 22 October 1864, p. 8;

3. Clifton Literary Society, The third annual feed of the Clifton Literary Society … 15th April, 1864 ([Glasgow], [1864]) (UGSC)


Mitchell Library (Glasgow Herald)

National Library of Scotland (Glasgow Herald)

University of Glasgow Special Collections (UGSC)

Reference Number

Sp Coll Mu22-f.2 (UGSC)

Additional Notes

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