Thomas Blake Glover

Thomas Blake Glover

On Dalrymple Street, Warld’s End is one of the oldest houses in Fraserburgh. The top rooms contain a centre for Japanese memorabilia to commemorate the town’s connection to Sir Thomas Blake Glover, ‘the Scottish Samurai’, born in 1838 at Commerce Street.

After a stay in Collieston, where his father was head of the Coastguard Station, the family moved to a Victorian house in Aberdeen. Glover House at the Bridge of Don was a museum until it closed due to lack of funding.

Aged 21, Thomas arrived in Nagasaki. Over the following years he brought the first steam locomotive to Japan, introduced up-to-date coal-mining methods, and founded both the first modern shipyard, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., and the Japan Brewing Company, the third largest brewery in the world and makers of the popular Kirin beer.

Thomas Blake Glover became the first non-Japanese person to win the Order of the Rising Sun. His Japanese wife Tsuru inspired the Madame Butterfly story made famous by Puccini's opera.
Sir Thomas Blake Glover & Madame Butterfly

Aberdeen City Council plans to transform Glover House at the Bridge of Don into a visitor attraction and promote economic links between the Granite City and Japan.
Tourist plan for Scottish Samurai house

Fraserburgh Heritage Centre - Thomas Blake Glover

Scotland and Japan celebrate the ‘Scottish Samurai,’ Sir Thomas Glover
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Thomas Blake Glover

Thomas Blake Glover

On Dalrymple Street, Warld’s End is one of the oldest houses in Fraserburgh. The top rooms contain a centre for Japanese memorabilia to commemorate the town’s connection to Sir Thomas Blake Glover, ‘the Scottish Samurai’, born in 1838 at Commerce Street.

After a stay in Collieston, where his father was head of the Coastguard Station, the family moved to a Victorian house in Aberdeen. Glover House at the Bridge of Don was a museum until it closed due to lack of funding.

Aged 21, Thomas arrived in Nagasaki. Over the following years he brought the first steam locomotive to Japan, introduced up-to-date coal-mining methods, and founded both the first modern shipyard, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., and the Japan Brewing Company, the third largest brewery in the world and makers of the popular Kirin beer.

Thomas Blake Glover became the first non-Japanese person to win the Order of the Rising Sun. His Japanese wife Tsuru inspired the Madame Butterfly story made famous by Puccini's opera.
Sir Thomas Blake Glover & Madame Butterfly

Aberdeen City Council plans to transform Glover House at the Bridge of Don into a visitor attraction and promote economic links between the Granite City and Japan.
Tourist plan for Scottish Samurai house

Fraserburgh Heritage Centre - Thomas Blake Glover

Scotland and Japan celebrate the ‘Scottish Samurai,’ Sir Thomas Glover
Ref:
Date:
2013-07-04 00:00:00.0
Location:
Photographer: