- Thomas Bishop was born in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, and founded a grocery business that also ran tea rooms in Glasgow.
- The business rivalled the similar and contemporary enterprise of Thomas J. Lipton (1850-1931), both being founded on importing and marketing tea in Glasgow.
- Bishop's firm was named Cooper's after his aunt who lent him money to start the business.
- On his death it became a public company and his son Andrew Henderson Bishop was then Chairman; he also had a passion as an amateur archaeologist (q.v.).
- Having been early pioneers of the supermarket system the company became part of a larger chain, Coopers Fine-Fare, in 1955.
More photos and the story of the what happened to the original tea room and Cooper Grocery store building here.
Portraits of Thomas Bishop and Arthur Bishop:
Portrait of AH BISHOP
Arthur Henderson Bishop (1874 – 1957)
- Combined participation in the family business with a keen interest in amateur archaeology and collecting.
- In his time, he had one of the largest pre-historic collections in Scotland.
- In 1951, the year the University of Glasgow celebrated its quincentenary, Bishop gifted his collection of prehistoric artefacts from Great Britain and the Continent to the Hunterian Museum.
- Following the death of his wife, he moved to Switzerland in 1941 and remained there until his death in 1957
Arthur Bishop also had a famous home, Thornton Hall, and a fondness for curling.
- He moved to Thorntonhall (the town) in 1904 when he bought Thornton Hall, the estate home. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorntonhall
- He laid out extensive gardens and a floodlit curling rink, which was powered by his own plant.
- A.H.Bishop first appears in the minutes of Haremyres Curling Club in 1904 when he paid ten shillings as an occasional member of the Haremyres Curling Club.
- In 1930 he was elected Honorary President of the club which office he held untill 1954.
- The Henderson Bishop has to be the most prestigious ladies curling competition held in Scotland
- Source: Curling Contest -- http://www.bordericerink.co.
- Arthur Bishop was the son of the founder of Cooper & Co. wholesale grocer.
- He married Mary McAlpine in 1897 and set up home at Burncroft.
- In 1904 he bought Thornton Hall where he maintained an interest in pig breeding. The sties were surprisingly close to the house.
- He laid out extensive gardens and a floodlit curling rink, powered by his own plant.
- He extended the railroad station platform and built his own entrance gate. In the sidings he kept a private rail car which could be hurriedly coupled to the Glasgow train.
- In 1939 Bishop sold Thorntonhall and the advent of World War II in 1939 changed Thorntonhall for all time.
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