£150,000 to be spent on Fraserburgh's Scottish Samurai's family home

Glover House in Bridge of Don
Glover House in Bridge of Don

The house of a famous Fraserburgh industrialist known as the Scottish Samurai will have £150,000 spent on the redevelopment of his former family home in Bridge of Don.

Councillors yesterday agreed to spend surplus cash accumulated by The Bridge of Don Trust on Thomas Glover House.

Thomas Blake Glover was a major influence on the industrialisation of Japan after making his name as a merchant in the country in the later part of the 1800's.

Glover House had been a tourist attraction, however since 2012 has fallen into a state of disrepair but now a feasibility study is being carried out to identify a sustainable use for the property.

Aberdeen City Council Finance, Policy and Resources convener Councillor Willie Young said: “We welcome this extra money for Glover House which we recognise is an important part of the history of Aberdeen and the north-east, through the heritage of what Thomas Blake Glover achieved in Japan.

“The cash will be a welcome investment helping to secure the future of Glover House.”