About Us

Our History

Over the many years since McGowans was first established in 1895, the company has come to be known as one of the most reputable jewellers in Scotland. Our fourth-generation family business is deeply rooted in the history of Glasgow.


Scotland's Family Jewellers...

Our fourth-generation family business is deeply rooted in the history of Glasgow.

First established in 1895, McGowans began as a market stall in the East End of the city in a location which the world affectionately refers to as “The Barras.”

The term originates from the Victorian era when community tradesmen, including our founder, sold their goods from handcarts or barrows. The Barras became more formalised in the 1920’s with the building of the McIver’s Sheds and the Barrowlands Ballroom.

As the reputation of the McGowans stall continued to grow, so did the need for an established premises. This led to the purchase of our first shop and sewed the seed for our continual development.

Argyll Store Front

Renowned throughout Scotland...

Throughout our history we cemented our reputation as high quality jewellers as ‘McGowans the Engaging People,’ became renowned throughout Scotland.

We now operate from three stores, two of which are in Glasgow’s iconic Argyll Arcade and another is situated in Aberdeen’s busy Union Street. The company is now run by fourth-generation family member, Nicola McCann.

Just as our business has progressed through the generations, many regular customers can say their parents, or even their grandparents, have bought jewellery throughout their lives in McGowans.

Family trade has encountered many changes over the years, in terms of our stock, our relationship with technology, and indeed the numerous refurbishments of the shops themselves.

That said, many aspects of our company are reminiscent of that original stall at the Barras. Our core values of exceptional quality, outstanding value for money and high standards of personal service continue to underpin the work we do every day.