|Activity||The Glasgow firm of Alexander Houston & Co was founded by Alexander Houston, who became a burgess of the city in 1771. He was primarily involved in the West Indies trade, but had other business interests in the Glasgow area. He purchased the Jordanhill estate, Renfrewshire, between 1750 and 1752. |
Alexander Houston and Company were merchants, bankers and shipowners in Glasgow during most of the 18th century. Houston's acted as an entrepot importing sugar, rum, cotton and tobacco from the British West Indies and distributing them to merchants throughout Britain. The return trade consisted of provisions, largely herrings and plantation stores, drawn in from various parts of Britain and occasionally from Western Europe.The firm was wound up by the Treasury in 1801, as a result of over-investment in the West Indies.