The Assembly Rooms, Ingram Street, March 1833: A Grand Fancy-Dress Ball, under the Patronage of the Duchess of Hamilton & Brandon, and Several Other Distinguished Personages, Will Take Place in the Large Assembly Room, on Tuesday the 12th of March 1833

An advertisement on page three of the Glasgow Herald, on Friday the 8th of March, 1833, informed readers about the forthcoming ball, the Directors of which:


“have thought proper, in order to make the Company more comfortable, and to avoid confusion,

not to issue more than 400 tickets, to be had from Messrs. R. & J. Finlay, 49, Buchanan Street.

No objection will be made to any Lady or Gentleman who may choose to attend in a regular Ball Dress.

N. B. – No mask admitted.

Tickets, 10s. 6d. each for Gentlemen, and 7s. 6d. each for Ladies.

The grand Band of the Royal Exchange Charity Ball will attend on this occasion; independent

of which the Russian Horn Band will perform several new pieces, and some sets of Quadrilles,

never played by them in Glasgow or elsewhere.

Also, Julio Rigondi, a boy of nine years of age, will attend in the same Fancy Dress in which

he will appear at the Fancy Ball this evening  in Edinburgh; and, by his being a perfect Paganini

on the Guitar, there is little doubt that he will afford great gratification to the company.

The List of Directors and Directresses will be found at Mr. Finlay’s, 49, Buchanan Street.

Dancing to commence at Nine o’clock.

Carriages to set down and take up by the north door, entering from South Frederick Street and

departing by South Hanover Street.”


On page four of the Herald, on Friday the 15th of March, the paper published an account of the Ball, which is taken from the city’s Courier newspaper. It is covered elsewhere on this site.