Biography of Thomas Hutcheson
The philanthropic lawyer Thomas Hutcheson (1590-1641) bequeathed £1,000 for the rebuilding of the ruinous buildings at the Old College, and 2,000 marks to employ "ane bibliothecare [librarian]". The librarian was to be appointed by the College authorities and "be the counsall of the burgh of Glasgow" for a period of four years.
Hutcheson's brother George (c1558-1639) endowed Hutchesons' Hospital (built in 1641-1660 on Trongate) as a hospice for "poore aiget decrippit men". Thomas endowed Hutchesons' Grammar School for orphaned and under-privileged boys, which was housed in the Hospital building.