Glasgow Eurowalk 3 – West End Wander (3 or 5km)

Point F - Hughenden Terrace and Lismore House

A story of two families and a Scottish born German Hero involved in the plot to assassinate Hitler …

Hughenden Terrace

Hughenden Terrace street sign

There were two Kiep brothers, Johann Nikolaus Kiep and Johan Carl Kiep, who came to Glasgow from Germany in the late 1800s and ran a timber importing business “Carl Kiep & Brother” in Glasgow.

Johann Nikolaus Kiep was the German Consul in Glasgow until 1914. He lived with his wife Charlotte and their family of five children at Hughenden Terrace. The family returned to Germany when Johann retired from the business. Two sons had already been sent to secondary schooling in Germany and one son, Otto, became a hero of the German Resistance and was associated with those involved in the plot to assassinate Hitler and Otto was due to be involved in the new government if Hitler was removed. Otto died in 1944 due to being caught.

To read more about Otto Kiep – a forgotten hero:

Walter Kiep:

Louis Leisler:

Lismore House Information

Lismore House, overlooking the River Kelvin – photo by R. Rawles

The other brother lived at Lismore House on Kelvin Drive, a Grade B listed detached house. The house is rumoured to have been a dowry to Mrs Kiep. (Note: We have not included Lismore House on our route today but its possible to visit it as it is close to the end point of our walk).

Lismore House
Photos by A. Rawles

Lismore House overlooks a bend in the Kelvin River. The house still contains many period features, including marble fireplaces, German light fittings, wood panelling and carvings. 

115 Kelvin Drive (

I have attempted an excerpt of a family tree for the two families involved:

(Note: I am not entirely sure of the spellings of the names !)

An interesting Thesis – Migrants and Internees – Germans in Glasgow 1864 – 1918 – includes a lot of references to the Kieps (if anyone reads this please send any updates that I can add to this page!)

Migrants and internees : Germans in Glasgow, 1864-1918. – Durham e-Theses
This following document provides further context of the situation at the time of World War 1 for Germans living in Glasgow and includes the interesting sentence “in 1911 about one hundred thousand or 12.3% of Glasgow’s inhabitants had been born outside Scotland. The migrants in Glasgow in 1911 from outside Scotland came mostly from Ireland, England and Wales, the British Colonies and foreign countries such as Italy and the German, Austrian-Hungarian and Russian Empires, including partitioned Poland and the Baltic countries.” Within Our Gates: A New Perspective on Germans in Glasgow during the First World War | Journal of Scottish Historical Studies ( and also mentions Paul Rottenburg (Charlotte’s father?), a chemicals merchant , who had come to Glasgow as a 21-year-old in the 1860s. He headed Leisler, Bock & Co. and was Chairman of the Deutscher Verein from 1893 to 1913. He was President of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce in 1896–1897 and a member of the Conservative Club. When he died in 1929 the Glasgow Herald called him a ‘Notable Glasgow Citizen’ and claimed he had been ‘one of the most devoted and loyal of citizens’.  He also joined with 27 naturalised German business leaders visited Lord Provost Dunlop and subsequently sent him a letter to condemn the sinking of the Lusitania, contributed to the fund for the victims of the Lusitania and renew their oath of allegiance to His Majesty the King. However, most retired quietly from public life.

Walking Route Instructions: From Hughenden Terrace, you may find it easier to follow the route on our route map. First retrace our steps to Westbourne Gardens but this time turn left as you reach the gardens. At the end of the road you will find steps up to right into Great Western Terrace and our next stop!