Destruction of Summerhall

EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS MONDAY 4 AUGUST 1879

DESTRUCTIVE FIRE IN SHANDON

Yesterday afternoon, Summerhall House, the property of Mr John Bell, of Messrs Bell & Sons, Glasgow, was almost totally destroyed.

About four o’clock smoke was observed about the roof, and in less than an hour the main house was completely gutted. Mr and Mrs Bell and the servants were in the house at the time, but managed to escape in safety. The greater part of the furniture was got out, but the valuable silver plate presented to Mr Bell by the united fleshers of Glasgow in February 1876, was destroyed.

The property was bought by Mr Bell nearly two years ago at a cost of £5000, and is fully insured. It is not known how the fire originated.

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