Miss Cranston's Tea Room

14th September 2017

Sylvia Smith

Glasgow Markets

12th October 2017

Ingrid Shearer

The Dennistoun Palais
A Walk in the Glasgow Necropolis

9th November 2017

Artie Trezise
Gavin McNae

Glasgow Mapping

14th December 2017

John Moore

George Square and its Environs

11th January 2018

Niall Murphy

An Evening for Members
and Friends

8th February 2018

Members' Night

Disappearing Glasgow

8th March 2018

Chris Leslie

The Southern Necropolis -
"Meanderings of the Happy Reaper"

12th April 2018

Colin Mackie

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Old Glasgow Club
14th September 2017

held at Adelaide's, 209 Bath Street, Glasgow

Attendance: 89 attendees. 

Chair: Mr Stuart Little (President) 

Welcome: Mr Little welcomed members and visitors to the first ordinary meeting of the Old Glasgow Club 2017/ 18 session.

Fire drill procedures and housekeeping rules were explained, and all mobile phones were requested to be turned of or silenced.

Mr Little advised that if we were experiencing adverse weather on the date of an Old Glasgow Club ordinary meeting to check with Adelaides on 0141 248 4970. Should the Directors decide to stand down a meeting, Adelaides will be informed and the information will also be posted on Facebook and the Club's Website. 

Apologies: There were apologies from Brian D Henderson, Cameron Low, Joan Low, Gillian McGugan, Cath Wallach, Joyce Thornhill, Aileen Kelly, Alastair Ross, Glen Collie and Shona Crozer. 

Minutes: The minutes of the last ordinary meeting, held on 13th April were approved and proposed by Alison Sannachan and seconded by Maureen Robb.

There were no amendments or matters arising. 

President's Report: Mr Little told us that there was still time to visit this year's history, heritage and archaeology themed Glasgow Doors Open festival featuring buildings, walks and tours, running until the 17th of September. 

Mr Little mentioned one of particular interest, "Woodlands Cottage, The Hidden House" - "Enter an ordinary tenement close and find in the back courts a hidden villa. Woodlands Cottage predates the tenements built around it. Once surrounded by Kale Yards, it's the last surviving dwelling house of rural Woodlands".

It is well worth visiting, and there are tours Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11am, 1pm, 3pm. Duration of the tour is approximately 30 minutes.

We were also told that the photograph of the last tram leaving Ruby Street, shown at April's ordinary meeting has now been safely returned to it's owner. 

Secretary's Report: Mrs McNae wished us all a good evening, and welcomed us back to the start of a new session.

"You may have noticed that there is a different arrangement for the sound system here at Adelaides.

The slides have been running for the last half hour and I don't propose to dwell on them as we are all keen to hear Sylvia's talk about Miss Cranston.But we would like to mention one or two. 

The first being that we were delighted to receive a letter of acceptance to our invitation to Lord Provost Eva Bolander inviting her to become our Honorary President.

Our next slide is about an Extraordinary General Meeting to be held at the beginning of our October meeting. Hopefully you have a notice of this meeting in your possession. This will also be on the website after the meeting this evening." Mrs McNae then asked for our patience for a couple of minutes as she read out the reasons and requirements for our Extraordinary General Meeting.

"If you were at the AGM in May you may have noticed that Stuart kindly agreed to serve for a further year as President.

The Directors have determined to appoint Brian D Henderson as Vice President until the AGM next May. Brian will be appointed President at that meeting. The role of Vice President in any club is, in part, to prepare that person for the role of President, and as Brian has already been President of the Club - albeit some 30 years ago - he was but a boy at the time, we feel he is the perfect person for the job.

Since the appointment of Vice President is in the remit of the Directors of the Club, the first part of the Extraordinary Meeting is a formality required by the Constitution. However, the Club needs to also elect three new Directors.

By Clause 3 of our Constitution - The management of the Club shall be vested in a board of twelve Directors, consisting of President, Past President, Vice President, Secretary, Recording Secretary, Treasurer and six ordinary Directors.

Two of our Directors have decided to stand down during their term of office - Anne White and Ian Frame. When Brian moves to Vice President, that creates a third vacancy, as he is currently a Director.

We are looking for nominations to fill the Directors roles. This involves an additional meeting each month, hopefully bringing new ideas to the table.

Details for the nominations are on the notice of Extraordinary General Meeting.

 Thank you for your patience."

Details for events highlighted in tonight's slides can be found at glasgowlife.org.uk , peoplemakeglasgow.com and whatsonglasgow.co.uk  

Speaker: Mr Little invited tonight's speaker, Sylvia Smith to the stage to give her talk "Miss Cranston's Tea Room Empire".

Sylvia thanked everyone for coming along and said that she wasn't going to just speak about Miss Cranston's empire but also her legacy.

Miss Cranston was born in 1849 at one of the family's hotels in George Square, Glasgow City Centre. Her Dad was initially a baker and pastry maker before branching out into an hotelier. He owned the Crow Hotel, which stood opposite Queen Street Station, and the North British Hotel, which is now the Millennium Hotel.

Catherine (more commonly known as Kate) her four brothers and her Dad were all signed up to the Temperance Movement. The Cranston family (immediate and extended) were noted for their innovative approach to hotel management, and ran a chain of temperance hotels in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London.

Kate's brother, Stuart didn't want to do hotel work so he became a tea merchant and aficionado. Tea had started to become more popular because of the temperance movement. Stuart was eager to educate customers about the different types of tea (he promoted green tea but black tea was more popular). He came up with the idea of installing a few tables and chairs for customers and charging two pence for a cup of tea, and a bit extra for bread and cakes. The tea room concept was now underway, with Stuart's being the first in Scotland, the largest in Britain and the first in the world with air conditioning.

In 1878 Catherine (Kate) decided to join her brother Stuart in the tea room business, and with the practical help of her Aunt and financial help of her Uncle she opened The Crown Tea Rooms at 114 Argyll(e) Street. Kate took the concept to another level, placing great emphasis on the quality of design and decor, cleanliness and on the quality and choice of food. In 1886 she opened a second one at 205 Ingram Street. Initially these tea rooms catered mostly to working men, however, being the astute business woman that she was Kate realised that her male and female customers expected different facilities. The Ingram Street tea room had a large room, a separate smoking room for men and a smaller, quieter room for women.

In 1888 Kate commissioned the Scottish Architect and Designer George Walton to decorate a new smoking room in the Arts and Craft style.

Miss Cranston met Engineer, John Cochrane, who was eight years younger than her, and became happily married to him in 1892. As a wedding gift John gifted her the lease of the entire building at Argyll(e) Street.

Sylvia showed us many wonderful and iconic photographs on the screen. The Cochrane's home, "Hous'hill" at Barrhead, a young (and old) Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Jessie Keppie whom CRM was engaged to, his wife Margaret MacDonald and completed dining and billiard room being just a few of them.

In 1897 Miss Cranston opened another premises at 91-93 Buchanan Street, her third building. It was here that George Walton introduced her to the young architect and designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Walton worked on the decorations and fixtures and Mackintosh provided striking mural decorations for the Ladies Tea Room, the Luncheon Room and the Smoking Gallery. Walton and Mackintosh collaborated again on the premises in Argyll(e) Street in 1898. This time the design roles were reversed, Walton designed the murals and Mackintosh designed the furniture. This marked the appearance of Mackintosh's trademark ladder-back chair.

"Following Walton's departure to London by 1898, it was to Mackintosh that Miss Cranston turned for all future design work". It was to be the start of a working relationship that would span some twenty years. "Subsequent projects included the tea rooms at Ingram Street, the Willow Tea Rooms, the Dutch Kitchen at Argyll(e) Street, and at the Cochrane's home, Hous'hill".

217 Sauchiehall Street was the location for the fourth, and most famous of Miss Cranston's tea rooms, The Willow Tearooms, a four storey building. The name "Sauchiehall" is from "saugh", the Scots word for a willow tree, and "haugh", boggy meadow. Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret MacDonald used this as a starting point for the design theme. Miss Cranston gave them full design control, inside and out, obviously impressed with their work at Ingram Street. Mackintosh redesigned the exterior facade and a range of interior spaces with different functions and decor. The rooms were themed, light for feminine and dark for masculine. The couple designed most other aspects of the tea rooms, including the interior design, and right down to the menus and waitresses uniforms.

There was a ladies tea room to the front of the ground floor, a general lunch room to the back and a tea gallery above it. On the first floor was the "Room de Luxe", a more exclusive ladies room and a panelled billiards and smoking rooms on the second floor for the men.

The "Room de Luxe" proved to be the tear rooms main attraction, even though it cost extra to be there. The ladies enjoyed being in private but they also liked to be seen there. Described at the time as "a fantasy for afternoon tea", the room was luxuriously decorated in a scheme of grey, purple and white. One wall had a fireplace and the other featured the focal point of the room, one of Margaret MacDonald's most famous works, the panel inspired by Rossetti's sonnet, "O Ye, all ye that walk in Willow Wood".

Miss Cranston was astute and forward thinking, making her tea rooms accessible to both women and men. Women in that time could not just wander around willy nilly but it was deemed acceptable for them to frequent the women only rooms in tea rooms. The tea rooms were a popular meeting place with a complete cross-section of Glasgow society.

Sylvia then showed us some more wonderful photographs and illustrations on the screen. A 1915 picture of the Willow 

Tearooms, the iconic ladder back chairs, Room de Luxe, Mackintosh's largest stained glass project for Room de Luxe, Margaret MacDonald's willow wood panel, chandelier containing 860 glass pieces in Room de Luxe and a picture of two waitresses.

There were no further tea rooms opened but Mackintosh continued to design for Miss Cranston, and carried out work on "The Dutch Kitchen" basement conversion in Argyll(e) Street and on redesigns for the rooms in Ingram Street.

When Kate's husband died in 1917, she was so distressed that she literally shut up shop and withdrew from public life. She sold all, her tea rooms, her house, all her Mackintosh and moved to the South Side of Glasgow. When her dementia advanced Miss Cranston moved back to where it all began, The North British Hotel on George Square. She stayed there until her death in 1934.

Although Miss Cranston had sold her tea rooms, they were still being run as tea rooms in the years to come. Daly's department store in Sauchiehall Street incorporated The Willow Tea Rooms into their shop. Argyll(e) Street and Buchanan Street were run by a company called Cranston's Tea Rooms Ltd until they went into liquidation in the 1950s. 

Ingram Street was taken over by Jessie Drummond, a former manager of Miss Cranston's who ran it as a tea room until her retirement. The tea rooms were then taken over by Cooper & Co, an established tea and coffee merchant. It was when Cooper & Co decided to close the premised that a press campaign was launched to preserve the tea rooms and raise awareness of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. They were bought by Glasgow Corporation and used as storage and a gift shop until the early 1970s. The furnishings and fixtures were removed, and after some restoration some were exhibited at Glasgow Kelvingrove Museum for a number of years. 

It was discovered that the two waitresses in the picture were called Mini Harvey and Helen Holmes. The son of one of the ladies had stated that it was considered very, very upmarket if you worked for Miss Cranston in one of her tearooms.

She was a fair and considerate employer who visited each tearoom on a regular basis. 1d per week was deducted from the girls wages to cover potential sickness days off. But, if you were always well you got the deducted money back.

Miss Cranston also made a point of taking on poorer girls from disadvantaged backgrounds. The girls started off in the kitchens as a knife maid, a potato maid. When they excelled they were given recipe cards, and they could eventually work their way up to become cooks.

Miss Cranston was extremely charitable, and when she died in 1934 she left a large portion of her estate to the women and children of Glasgow.

Sylvia told us that although Miss Cranston may have dressed in crinoline style of her Mum's era (1850's) there was nothing old fashioned about her. She was a forward thinking bohemian with an acute business sense, who did much to popularise tea rooms. She was also an important patron of designer and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and artist Margaret MacDonald.

Mr Little thanked Sylvia for her wonderful talk that everyone so obviously enjoyed, even if Mackintosh isn't everyones cup of tea! Between the two of them they certainly made an impact.

Members were invited to ask Sylvia questions.

Q Where was Miss Cranston buried?

A She is buried in Neilston Cemetery, East Renfrewshire.

Q When is the Willow Tea Rooms in Sauchiehall Street re-opening?

A They are planning to open on 7th June 2018, to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Mackintosh's birth. Q Did her three other brothers go into the trade?

A Her three older brothers helped out in the hotel.

Q Did Catherine Cranston have family?

A No, she was too old when she married but she loved children, especially her Nieces.

Q Charles Rennie Mackintosh was engaged to Jessie Keppie then Margaret MacDonald, could you please explain?

A No, sorry, I can't. Jessie also studied at Glasgow School of Art for a couple of years when Charles Rennie Mackintosh was there. Mackintosh was employed by Jessie's brother John at the architectural firm "John Honeyman and Keppie" in 1889. Jessie's brother was very important to her so it appears that John Keppie blocked Mackintosh when he broke off his engagement to Jessie, probably causing him to lose influential friends.

Q Is there a biography available of Miss Cranston? A Yes, there is still one available in the library.

Vote of Thanks: This evenings vote of thanks was given by Past Club President, Alison Sannachan.

Alison welcomed everyone back and agreed with Stuart that tonight's talk was a great start to the new session. "Sylvia, the talk was so interesting with so many great photographs. Miss Cranston would be very impressed if she met her". Alison thanked Sylvia on behalf of the Directors and Members of the Old Glasgow Club. AOCB: None 

Next Directors Meeting - Thursday 5th October, 6.15pm at Hutchesons Grammar School, Beaton Road, Glasgow.

Next Ordinary Meeting - Thursday 12th October, 7.30pm start at Adelaides, 209 Bath Street, Glasgow.

Gaynor Mackinnon / Shona Crozer

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Old Glasgow Club
12th October 2017

held at Adelaide's, 209 Bath Street, Glasgow

Attendance: 79 attendees.

Chair: Mr Stuart Little (President)

Welcome: Mr Little welcomed members and visitors to the October meeting of the Old Glasgow Club.

Fire drill procedures and housekeeping rules were explained, and all mobile phones were requested to be turned off or to


Mr Little advised that if we were experiencing adverse weather conditions on the date of an Old Glasgow Club ordinary

meeting to check with Adelaides on 0141 248 4970. Should the Directors decide to stand down a meeting, Adelaides will

be informed and the information will also be posted on the Club's Website and Facebook page.

EGM: Mr Little reminded us that although we normally have a bit of club business at this time we also have our EGM,

that was called last month.

"The first purpose of the meeting is to appoint Brian D. Henderson as Vice President of the Old Glasgow Club. The Vice-

President and President are elected by the directors of the club from their number and I am happy to report that Brian's

election was unanimous.

Although Brian wasn't able to join us this evening, I would like you to join with me and welcome Brian as our new Vice-

President. Brian will serve as Vice-President until the AGM, at which time he will succeed me as President for the normal two year


Our second point of business is to elect three new Directors to serve until the AGM in May 2018.

Happily we have had three nominations submitted in writing before the closing date of 28th September:

Nomination of Crawford Cassidy - Proposed by John McKnight

Seconded by Margaret Walker

Nomination of Cilla Fisher - Proposed by Gavin McNae

Seconded by Artie Trezise

Nomination of Alison Sannachan - Proposed by Margaret Thom

Seconded by Joyce McNae

Since we have three nominations for three Directors places no vote is required.

Could I ask our three new Directors, Crawford, Cilla and Alison to stand and for you to welcome our three new Directors.

That concludes the EGM."

Apologies: There were apologies from Brian D Henderson, Maureen McRobb, Iain Henderson, Janette Knox, Petrina

Cairns, Jane Collie and Glen Collie.

Minutes: The minutes of the last ordinary meeting, held on the 14th September were approved and proposed by Ian

Frame and seconded by Crawford Cassidy.

There were no amendments or matters arising.

A reminder prompting members who have an email address to sign up to receive their ordinary meeting minutes


President's Report: "And now with the elections, minutes and apologies business completed, we move on to another

piece of Club business.

Due to the type of Club we are, a good many requests are received for information about all sorts of things Glasgow

related. Nowadays these requests tend to come to us via the Club Website or Facebook, and quite often these are easily

answerable but in many cases a bit more in-depth knowledge is required.

The ex-officio post of Club Historian was broached some time ago at a Directors meeting. That is where we look to

someone who has been a member of the club for many years - serving as Secretary, President and Director.

We are delighted to say that Brian Henderson has agreed to take on this role."

Secretary's Report: Mrs McNae advised us of events and happenings of interest in and around Glasgow for the month

of October that had been running on the screen this evening. 

There are Glasgow map brooches costing £6 that would make unique Christmas gifts for sale at the OGC pop-up shop at

the back of the hall.

Looking forward to November's talk from Shearer Candles who are celebrating their 120th Anniversary this year. They

have designed a celebratory candle, limited to 120 pieces, and are generously donating 10% of their sales to The Old

Glasgow Club.

This sessions talks still to come:

November 9th - "120 years of Candlemaking" by Rosey Barnet of Shearer Candles.

December 14th - "Glasgow Mapping" Mapping the City by John Moore.

January 11th - "George Square and its Environs" by Niall Murphy.

February 8th - "An Evening for Members and Friends".

March 8th - "Disappearing Glasgow" A photographic journey by Chris Leslie.

April 12th - "Central Station" by Paul Lyons.

May 10th - AGM at Glasgow City Chambers.

The Mackintosh Festival runs throughout October, celebrating the life of Charles Rennie Mackintosh through a series of

exhibitions, events, workshops, talks and tours in Glasgow. Detailed information can be found at


Glasgow Cathedral Festival runs 8th - 14th October, and is a week of music, art, tours and more based in the Cathedral.

The Festival also features a major retrospective exhibition of the work of Malcom Lochhead, renowned textile artist,

running 9th - 21st October. Information and brochure of events can be found at glasgowcathedral.org

Clydebank Museum is currently running an exhibition showcasing the street photography of acclaimed photographer

David Peat entitled "An Eye on the Street". It includes iconic images captured by David in 1968 of Glasgow communities

and areas being cleared of slums. It runs until October 21st. Opening times and information can be found at west-


Speaker: Mr Little welcomed and introduced tonight's speaker, Ingrid Shearer to give her talk on Glasgow Markets.

Ingrid is an archaeologist and graphics specialist with a particular interest in industrial archaeology and digital design.

Ingrid has also developed projects and public events Weaving Truth With Trust, Raising the Bar and River Patter.

Ingrid thanked everyone for coming along tonight to hear her talk.

Ingrid is part of the team at Northlight Heritage, and it was when working with Wasps Studios on their studio spaces at

The Briggait that her interest in markets was sparked. It got her thinking about how you feed a city, especially a city like


The Glasgow Markets story starts up at the Cathedral in the 1100s when Bishop Jocelyn gains Glasgow a charter from

the King. This gives the right to hold a weekly market, and a very lucrative deal it is for the Church who are in control of it.

By the 1600s the market is taking place three times a week and has moved down High Street a bit, nearer to Glasgow

Cross and is very lucrative.

Ingrid shows us an illustration by artist David Simon based around 1520 of The High Street. They would be growing

vegetables, keeping hens around High Street. There is a regulation element and it is critical. This can be seen from

General Roy's Millitary Survey map, there is one solitary bridge over the Clyde from the Gorbals essentially controlling

what goes into Glasgow. Illustration of a Tron which is a set of giant scales, and where the Trongate got its name from.

Weighing is very important, first in control of the Church and then the Council.

There is a perception that Glasgow didn't grow quickly until the 1800s, but it had actually been growing steadily because

there is a Cathedral and University.

By around the 1600s you see the markets moving out. Fruit and Veg market in the Gallowgate, Flesh market and Grass

market are around the Trongate, with the Linen and Woolen Mill and Fish market at West Port.

Around the same time The Trades House comes into existence. The Fleshers were incorporated in 1580 to regulate the

affairs of those who provided meat for the growing population in Glasgow. And, The Gardeners were incorporated in

1605 to regulate fruit and veg.

The Trades House and the Council are all about show, showing the City's wealth, upholding a look of civic dependability

in the buildings housing the markets. Everything is heavily regulated by them.

Ingrid shows a distribution map of markets from the mid 1700s - 1900s. Where the meat, fruit, veg, herbs, fish and ad

hoc markets are.

The old Meal market in Shuttle Street is the oldest market that we have records for, a market for grain. It was critical that

it was regulated and controlled. It was not the most glamorous of markets but it was one of the most important ones.

Ingrid showed us pictures of the Port Dundas Granary 1927, Meadowside Granary in 1913, 1938 and 1967.

The new Flesh market in terms of appearance and form bespeaks an amphitheatre rather than a public market,

embellished with Iconic pilasters, a circular interior with central well and glazed rotunda. All very grand.

The Fruit market buildings map grows from 1817 in a semi-enclosed market with additions through the 1830s and 1850s.

If you are walking through, and across Albion Street today you can still see the nicely cobbled street.

The Bazaar part of the building housed a number of different market stalls, selling everything from fruit and veg to dairy

produce, books and shoes.

The B listed Glasgow Cheese market was built in 1902, and if you are in Cafe Gandolfi, that's the Cheese market offices.

Actually, quite reserved and classical in style.

Next time you are coming up King Street, this is where the mutton and meat market were.

"The market-places are great ornaments to this city, the fronts being done in a very fine taste, and the gates adorned with

columns of one or other of the orders". Quote from Thomas Pennant in 1769.

Things had needed to change in regard to the overcrowding due to the massive increase in the city's population, the

unsanitary living and working conditions. John Carrick was appointed Glasgow's City Architect 1862-1889 and James Burn Russell, Glasgow's first full time Medical Officer of Health 1872-98. They pulled together a major re-building, re-aligning, widening of the streets, opening

up squares and public spaces to reconstruct the unsanitary dwellings of the old city centre.

In 1865 a delegation from Glasgow went out to Paris to look at Les Halles which was Paris' central fresh food market.

Obviously some sort of inspiration was taken from it when you look at the photograph of the fish market.. In the 1970s the area around the fruit market and fish market were getting very congested, noisy and smelly and it was decided to move to Blochairn in the North of the city. 

The Briggait where the fish market was housed is an A listed building, made up of a series of buildings dating from

different eras. Thinking of the present day interior, we think the trusses are steel, and possibly one of the earliest

examples of steel being used in a roof structure in Scotland, possibly Europe. The Briggait Steeple is part of the original merchant's house built in 1665, the fish market hall 1873, hall 2 1889, hall and corner block 1904 and offices 1914. The Bridgegate Trust was established in 1982 and took on the redundant Briggait Fish Market when there was a demolition order imposed on it.

The Category A-listed building which is described as Scotland's most important surviving market halls was saved, and for

a time in the 1980s was a speciality shopping centre with 50 shops. It never really took off so was closed, with a long

term viable use being sought for it over the next two decades.

Wasps took over the series of spaces in 2001 with phase one being completed in 2009. This refurbishment project

created 45 artist studios and 25 offices for cultural organisations.

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Old Glasgow Club
9th November 2017

held at Adelaide's, 209 Bath Street, Glasgow

Attendance: 76

Chair: Mr Stuart Little (President)

Welcome: Mr Little welcomed members and visitors to the November meeting of the Old Glasgow Club and told us that tonight's speaker, Rosy Barnet from Shearers Candles had cancelled via email this afternoon.....so no candles tonight.

Fire drill procedures and housekeeping rules were explained, and all mobile phones were requested to be turned off or to be silenced.

Mr Little advised that if we were experiencing adverse weather conditions on the day of an Old Glasgow Club ordinary meeting to please check with Adelaides on 0141 248 4970. Should the Directors decide to stand down a meeting, Adelaides will be informed and the information will also be posted on the Club's Website and Facebook page.

Apologies: There were apologies from Maureen McRobb, Ian Frame, John McKnight and Petrina Cairns.

Minutes: The minutes of the last ordinary meeting, held on the 12th October were approved and proposed by Margaret Thom and seconded by Cameron Low

President's Report: There was no President's report but Mr Little wanted to share two upcoming events that are taking place at the Bridgeton Bus Garage (Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust). 

Corpses, Clippies and Light - Saturday 9th December 

"Follow the light on a journey of a thousand lifetimes as heritage and art mesh to create a unique experience.

Corpses, Clippies and Light, a joint production by Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust and The Glasgow School of Art, pierces the dark of winter, warping visitors into a new environment composed of classic buses, video, sound and light reflecting Scotland's transport history".

Pay at the door £7.50 (concessions over 65, under 16 £5) or advance tickets from www.eventbrite.co.uk 

Lobey Dosser in Showdown at Bridgeton Bus Garage - Sunday 10th December 

"The Mighty Fine Theatre Company will be bringing Lobey Dosser an the gang (including Rank Bajin and Fairy Nuff) to life in two pantomime shows in the hall of the Admin Block at the garage. The shows will start at 2pm and 4pm respectively. This will be a family show which will appeal to young and old and will be in-dispersed with the humour and observations of creator Bud Neill. Many will remember the Lobey Dosser cartoons in the Evening Times and the Sunday Mail many years ago. But did you know that Bud Neill was also at one time a Glasgow Corporation bus driver"?

Pay at the door £9.50 (Concessions over 64, under 16 £6) or advance tickets from www.eventbrite.co.uk 

Mr Little invited Vice President, Mr Brian D Henderson to the stage to say a few words:

"Mr President, fellow members and friends of the Old Glasgow Club, Ladies and Gentlemen, may I say firstly how sorry I am that I was unable to attend our recent Extra-Ordinary General Meeting. I would like to thank you all for your very kind support, in my absence.

When I stood before you at the Annual General Meeting, to intimate that the Directors were hoping to have a new VicePresident in office by the AGM of 2018, never did I anticipate, for even a moment, that I myself would have the privilege of being nominated to fill the vacancy. To say that I was overwhelmed to receive this invitation, is very much an understatement, Ladies and Gentlemen.

My history with the club goes back to September 1975, when I became a member, and I was proud to serve as Secretary for ten years from 1978.

The honour of representing our club as President for my first term in office, came with the Annual General Meeting in 1995. It was for me, Ladies and Gentlemen, very much a case of having to "feel the fear - and do it anyway". May I say that it is an achievement which continues to mean such a lot to me.

You have now paid me the compliment of electing me as Vice-President until the next AGM. This gesture I greatly appreciate. Should everything go according to plan, and I am fortunate enough to be elected to the Presidency again next May, I shall do my utmost to serve this club, and to discharge my responsibilities in office to the best of my ability.

Moving on now If I may, please, to the new post of Club Historian. I would like to record how very happy I am to take on the challenge of this new office.

As I mentioned earlier, my involvement with the club goes back many years now, and I hope to be able to bring some degree of knowledge to the new role.

In view of other present commitments, I do see the function developing over the medium to longer term. Although I will, of course hope to address any new and appropriate enquiries which come to the club.

In drawing now to conclusion, Ladies and Gentlemen, may I thank you all again for your support, and your faith in me.

President Stuart, Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you all very much indeed.

Thank you".

Secretary's Report: 

Mrs McNae told us that the Directors would like to stress just how committed they are to reducing the footprint of producing the minutes.

If you don't have access to email or internet and would like a copy of the minutes then please let us know at the front desk and we will organise a hard copy for you.

To ensure we have your email address, please see Niall, Membership Secretary.

Glasgow Map Brooches which would make ideal Christmas gifts, are £6, and available at our pop-up/ information desk at the back of the room.

Shearer Candles, who unfortunately called off at the last minute due to ill health, are kindly donating 10% from the sales of their limited edition 120th birthday candle to the Old Glasgow Club.

Old Glasgow Club ordinary meetings remaining in the 2017/18 session:

December 14th - "Glasgow Mapping" speaker John Moore.

January11th - "George Square and its Environs" speaker Niall Murphy. February 8th - "An Evening for Members and Friends"

March 8th - "Disappearing Glasgow" speaker Chris Leslie. April 12th - "Central Station" speaker Paul Lyons.

Dedication event for a new War Memorial in Highburgh Road is taking place on Sunday 12th November at 2.30pm. The memorial consists of two cast-iron plaques bearing names of congregation members of Dowanhill Church who died in the two world wars.

GFT has launched a monthly dementia friendly cinema programme, Movie Memories. The programme is designed especially for people experiencing early to mid stages of dementia, their carers and / or families. This new programme was launched on Thursday 19th October with the screening of the 1949 Ealing classic Whisky Galore. Information and screening times can be found at glasgowfilm.org GFT and Glasgow Film Festivals:

Accessibility Champion - SCoD Stars Awards 2016.

Innovative Event of the Year for Glasgow Film Festival 2017 - The Drum Scottish Event Awards.

Glasgow Film Festival (21 Feb - 4 March 2018)

Glasgow Short Film Festival (14 - 18 March 2018)

Glasgow Youth Film Festival (28 - 30 September 2018)

Kelvin Hall is marking its 1st birthday since the official re-opening of the iconic building on Saturday 11th November with a fun afternoon of free activities. The event starts a 12 noon and continues until 4pm.

The annual Christmas Charities Fayre, celebrating its 40th anniversary, takes place on 14th November 10am - 5.30pm at Glasgow City Chambers. 

The Glasgow Christmas Lights Switch On takes place on Sunday 19th November in George Square. The event is free with balloted tickets...."but if you huvni had an e-mail frae the cooncil - yir naw gaun".

Applications now open for The Glasgow Santa Dash 5km race in a Santa suit. It takes place on Sunday 10th December, with a 9.30am for 10.00am start time.

Glasgow Council advice for your Christmas Party *book venue *sort outfit *spray tan *download taxi app *pre-book taxi *check last bus/ train time *charge phone *PARTAAAAAYYY.

Next meeting is John Moore "Glasgow Mapping" on the 14th December.

Speaker: Mr Little told us that although there may be no Rosy Barnet to speak to us this evening, we are very fortunate to have talent within our ranks who can, and are willing to pull a talk together at such short notice. Club members Artie Trezise, who you may know from Singing Kettle fame, and our own sound/ lighting wizard Gavin McNae are both going to share some of their knowledge and stories with us tonight. Artie on the Dennistoun/ Dennistoun Palais, and Gavin on the Necropolis, where he gives guided tours.

Artie wished everyone a good evening and told us "I just want to share something with you. Two months ago, I decided I would like to be a guide at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum. I must have been round it 40 times, today I was tested and I passed. Yay!"

"I got back from Kelvingrove about 5pm today and learned that the candle lady couldn't turn up". Artie told us that this is a talk featuring the Dennistoun and the Dennistoun Palais that he has developed for the Glasgow Nomads Club. This is its first outing.

Artie showed us a picture of war time rationing in the form of national dried milk, orange juice and cod liver oil. Most children that lived through this era and beyond can remember drinking the orange juice and being forced to take the cod liver oil.

Tonight's talk is built around a song that is a parody of an overplayed song of the time. Cilla's brother-in-law Carl MaDougall and Ronnie Clark (picture of them on screen) were in George Square in the early hours of the morning, having missed the late-night bus home. They had heard "The Virgin Mary's Boy" once too often that night so decided to re-write it on the back of something. 

A short time after they played it to Cilla's brother Archie who took it and re-wrote parts of it before Hamish Imlach sang it. It became one of Hamish's most requested songs.....

Artie sang it to us

Cod Liver Oil and the Orange Juice

Oot o' the East there came a hard man

Oh oh, a' the way frae Brigton

Ah haw, glory hallelujah

Cod liver oil and the orange juice 

He went intae a pub, an' he cam oot paralytic

Oh oh, lanliq an' cider

Aw haw, what a helluva mixture... Cod liver oil and the orange juice

(Sex rears its ugly head now...)

Does this bus go tae the Dennistoun Palais

I'm looking for a lumber

Ah haw, glory hallelujah

Cod liver oil and the orange juice

(Eyes up the talent...lo and behold)

In the dancin' he met Hairy Mary

Oh oh, the floo'er o' the Gorbals

Ah haw, glory hallelujah

Cod liver oil and the orange juice

(Chats her up....)

Oh noo Mary, are ye dancin'

Naw, naw, it's jist the way ah'm stannin'

Ah haw, glory hallelujah 

Cod liver oil and the orange juice


Oh Mary, yer wan in a million

Oh oh, so's yer chances

Ah haw, glory hallelujah

Cod liver oil and the orange juice

(Rebuffed again)

Well then Mary, can ah run ye hame

Oh oh, ah've got a pair o' sand shoes

Ah haw, yer helluva funny

Cod liver oil and the orange juice

(Never say die)

Doon through the back close an' intae the dunny

It was as for the first time

Ah haw, glory hallelujah

Cod liver oil and the orange juice

Then oot cam her mammy, she's goin' tae the cludgie

Oh oh, ah buggered off sharpish

Ah haw, glory hallelujah

Cod liver oil and the orange juice

Hairy Mary looking for her hard man

Oh oh, he's jined the Foreign Legion

Ah haw, glory hallelujah

Cod liver oil and the orange juice

Then Hairy Mary had a little baby

Oh oh, its faither's in the Army

Ah haw, glory hallelujah

Cod liver oil and the orange juice

"Hamish was an amazing guy. I signed him for Kettle Records, he was off the booze but on something else. The outcome was that I had ten reels of tape to get down to one and a half. My Christmas present that year was a box tape recorder (picture of Revox box recorder). I learned to edit tape, and thanks to that I became an accomplished tape editor".

"Back to the milk, orange juice and cod liver oil, and the Dennistoun Palais".

Artie shows us a picture of another of Glasgow's well known dance halls, the Barrowland, which opened on Christmas Eve 1934. The original Barrowland had a sign of a man pushing a barra. The music stopped in 1958 when the building was largely destroyed by fire, leading to a complete rebuild and a re-opening on Christmas Eve 1960, with a new iconic neon sign. "As you well know that is not the Dennistoun Palais, that's about a 20 minute stagger away!"

This is a picture of Alexander Dennistoun with his family at their home, Golfhill. Alexander employed James Salmon to draw up plans for a private housing and model suburb in the area now known as Dennistoun. Alexander was from a wealthy family who not only had mercantile business but were also involved in the Glasgow Bank, and inherited the house and business when his father died.

When he returned to Glasgow the plans were set in motion, with only part of his plans being realised. It sort of backfired because he had competition from the South and the West of the City, and he hadn't taken into account the prevailing winds that blew pollution that way. Nobody wanted to buy the grand houses planned so they built tenements and churches instead.

The East End Exhibition 1890/91 to raise funds for the People's Palace took place off Duke Street, Dennistoun. On the same site after the exhibition came Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, with the building being converted into a 7,000 seated theatre. It was the sole Scottish venue and ran for 13 weeks from Christmas 1891 and into February 1892.

You can imagine the commotion that Buffalo Bill Cody caused when he went to visit Ibrox and saw a match between Rangers and Queens Park, arriving late, and in full regalia to cause maximum publicity. He sent his deputy to another match, between Celtic and Dumbarton, with Celtic being beaten 0-8.

Their time in Glasgow was not without event. There were problems with alcohol. One of the Native Indians called Charging Thunder (picture of him in full regalia in front of a tenement building) was charged with hitting another member of the show with a club while he was drunk on whisky. This resulted in him being sent to Barlinnie for 30 days.

The show came back in conjunction with the 1903/04 Glasgow East End Industrial Exhibition in April 1904 before touring Scotland. The Exhibition drew some 900,000 plus people but only made a profit of £200. We can only assume that someone was taking the money since they had hoped to increase on the previous Exhibition's takings.

The original Dennistoun Palais opened in 1922 but was destroyed by fire in 1936. It was re-built and re-opened in 1938 (Artie showed photographs of the Denny Pally). It was now the biggest dance hall in Glasgow, with a capacity of 1,800 people. "It wasn't licensed but I am told locally that punters brought in drink". Eventually they changed part of the Pally into a roller disco called Rollerino but it continued to provide memories for Glasgow dancers until 1962. It then became a Fine Fayre supermarket before being turned into flats.

"As you are now doubt aware, Dennistoun has become a popular place to live, up and coming with the Italian Cafes and various restaurants. When I was a student here, I could never imagine sitting in Dennistoun drinking Cappuccino al fresco".

Artie finished with the picture of a sign saying "Are you Dancin" and another chorus of "Cod liver oil and the orange juice".

Stuart thanked Artie for his talk and invited Gavin up to the stage:

Gavin told us "If you were into folk songs in the 1970s you didn't want to be following Artie, and here I am following Artie tonight".

In 1650 the merchants from Merchants House bought the land and used it as a pleasure park, planting Fir trees on the rocky west side which couldn't be developed, earning it the name Fir Park. Fast forward to the early 1800s, and due to pollution, the Scots Firs in the park started to die so the Merchants got together and decided to put it to a different use.

The Merchants House commissioned a feasibility study for forming the Glasgow Necropolis and in 1828 the committee of 

Directors of Lands and Quarries agreed to the proposal, which was now possible because of the passing of the Burials Act (before which the Church had the monopoly on burials). In 1831, a competition for converting the Fir Park into a cemetery was advertised in the newspapers.

Gavin's talk started at the main gates to the Necropolis, situated at the entrance from the Cathedral Precinct. The gates were originally at the western side of the Molindinar Ravine on the Bridge of Sighs (incidentally you can still see the Molindinar burn if you go back behind what was the Great Eastern Hotel). These gates feature a Clipper Ship, the symbol of Merchants house and cost £115 when manufactured at the Edington Foundry.

The gates were refurbished in 2011 at the cost of £14,000. This was enabled when The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis were donated that amount by one of its members.

"You walk down the gates, and you can imagine yourself in this nice glass Victorian hearse. Now, there was a scale of charges. If you were dragged in with your feet it was cheap, by stretcher more expensive, by handcart more expensive again, a couple of mourners even more expensive, so the glass hearse is costing you a fortune. Then there's your mausoleum, payment for stonemasons etc, and you have to go over the Bridge of Sighs (apparently modelled on the Venice Bridge of Sighs).

You are now across the bridge and you are at the semi-circular, at the facade, in your glass hearse. What I normally do on the guided walks is turn left with people, and you see all sorts of symbolism. A shaft that has a broken end means a life cut short. The inverted torch symbolising a life ended, but the burning flame symbolising eternal life and the chance of resurrection."

We are at the Jewish part of the cemetery (always intended to be interdenominational) and the first burial at the Glasgow Necropolis in 1832 was a jeweller called Joseph Levi. The Jewish cemetery was in Edinburgh, and as the Jewish faith requires you to be buried by nightfall the following day he was buried here.

We are going to head up the hill and we pass three memorials to firemen. Gavin likes to tell people that you may think of all the well-to-do mausoleums when you think of the Necropolis but there are ordinary people remembered and buried here too.

Now we are looking at a blocky type of memorial with coins for Corlinda Lee. Corlinda Lee married George Smith, this resulted in two big Gypsy dynasties being joined together. Shortly after their marriage George became the head of ten Gypsy families, resulting in George and Corlinda becoming King and Queen of the Gypsies.

The Victorians loved Gypsies because of their so thought association with the other world. When they were in Perthshire, Queen Victoria stopped and had her palm read by Corlinda. They weren't shy of the publicity and Corlinda read all the well positioned ladies hands. The family organised Gypsy Balls all around the country where people came to see how they lived and dressed and had their palms read. They charged a lot of money for this privilege. George was a bit of a horsey man too, a bit of a character and a smart money man who pre-deceased Corlinda by faking his own death. Corlinda died at New City Road, where the Chinese Supermarket is at the motorway.

The next thing that we look at is the memorial to Professor James Jeffray. He was the Professor of Anatomy at Glasgow University and attracted students to his dissecting rooms, when the study of anatomy was in its infancy. Jeffray was a victim of public agitation regarding procuring corpses from graveyards for use at medical schools. You could say it was outrageous that the Glasgow mob tore his house down when they wrongly accused him of stealing the body of Janet McAlister from the Ramshorn Kirkyard. 

Matthew Clydesdale was a notorious murderer who was sentenced to be hung by his neck and then his insides anatomised. As soon as he was pronounced dead his body was quickly carted up to Professor Jeffray at the Uni and dissected in front of a paying audience, it wasn't everyday that anatomists performed operations on a fresh corpse, and in public view.

Galvanisation, the animation of corpses by means of electric currents was one of the major scientific interests at the time, so can you imagine Clydesdale on the slab, with Jeffray's probing him with electrodes to bring him to life. The story goes that Dr Ure and Professor Jeffray revived him and he sat up, causing much panic and terror in the crowd, resulting in Jeffray having to cut Clydesdale's throat.

There was a theory that this was the story behind Frankenstein, but that's not true because Mary Shelly's book had came out six months before. It is however true that her story was based on a Galvanic experiment.

Further up the hill is the Buchanan Sisters Mausoleum, the only pre-paid mausoleum in the Necropolis. Their father was a very wealthy cotton merchant in Glasgow when he died. His money was left to his three daughters, but there was an issue. Should one of them marry then that man would be head of the family and be in control of the money, so they never married.

They jointly executed a will and their legacy is known as The Buchanan Bequest and it remained substantially as agreed upon even though it had been slightly amended by the last survivor, Elizabeth.

Although the Sisters lived in Kilmarnock they left money to many causes, and money in trust for years to come. At the end of numerous acts of kindness the remaining funds were split between Glasgow Royal Infirmary and the Glasgow Asylum for the blind.

They left £10,000 in trust for Merchants House for their mausoleum to be maintained in order and repair for all time. When the cemetery passed from Merchants House to Glasgow City Council in 1966 it was the responsibility of the Council to administer and maintain it.

With the Buchanan Sisters Mausoleum deteriorating substantially over the last 150 years an appeal was launched in 2011, with work commencing in early 2013.

Gavin ended his talk by telling us that Friends of the Necropolis are involved in guided tours, conserving the Necropolis and fundraising for ongoing restoration work. Glasgow City Council can see that it is attracting tourists from all over so they are now putting a lot of work into it too.

More information on Friends of the Necropolis can be found at glasgownecropolis.org

Gavin invited members and friends to ask himself or Artie any questions:

Q I understand that one of the bands that played at the Palais became the group Marmalade, and later became famous.

    The land you were talking about used to be a cricket ground that wasn't allowed to be built on for 100 years. A Yes. Do you remember their hit "Obladi, Oblada". When I lived in Coupar, Fife, and remember you used to have to order records. On a day I was in the record shop, I remember a local coming in and asking for "Up the Dee, Up the Don". I have no idea what record he was asking for.

Q Gavin, why were people putting money into the Gypsy Corlinda Lee's tomb?

A Cilla, people were crossing her palms with money.

S Club member, Ruairdh Clark told us that in 1973 he was in a student sub-committee, and he and another kidnapped Hamish Imlach for a week. When the week was over and done with they had to hold him above ground by the wrist and ankles for a Press photograph. They then retired to a hostelry where Hamish held court with his guitar etc, the place got so busy. "I knew some interesting characters when I was just a lad".

Vote of Thanks: Tonight's vote of thanks was given by former Club President, Alison Sannachan.

Alison said "we may have initially been disappointed about the Shearers candle talk being cancelled but wasn't that a wonderfully entertaining and educational couple of talks given to us by two of our own members. Thank you Artie and Gavin for filling in at such short notice". Alison invited members to show their appreciation.

AOCB: Tonight's Quiz question was "when was the Glasgow Cenotaph unveiled? The correct answer of 21st May 1924 was given by J McBrechin.

A reminder that club member Artie Trezise is giving his first ever official guided tour of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum this Sunday, 12th November at 2.30pm.

Next Directors Meeting - Thursday 18th January, 6.15pm at Hutchesons Grammar School, Beaton Road, Glasgow.

Next Ordinary Meeting - Thursday 14th December, 7.30pm start at Adelaides, 209 Bath Street, Glasgow.

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Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Old Glasgow Club
14th December 2017

held at Adelaide's, 209 Bath Street, Glasgow

Attendance: 58 attendees.

Chair: Mr Stuart Little (President)

Welcome: Mr Little welcomed members and visitors alike to the December ordinary meeting of the Old Glasgow Club.

Fire drill procedures and housekeeping rules were explained, and all mobile phones were requested to be turned off or


Mr Little advised that if we were experiencing adverse weather conditions on the date of an Old Glasgow Club ordinary

meeting to check with Adelaides directly on 0141 248 4970. Should the Directors decide to stand down a meeting,

Adelaides will have been informed and the information will also be posted on the Club's Facebook page and Website.

Apologies: There were apologies from Anna Forest, Ian Frame, Gaynor MacKinnon, Molly Crichton, Maureen McRobb

and Ruaraidh Clark.

Minutes: The minutes of the last ordinary meeting, held on 9th November were approved and proposed by Ken

Benjamin and seconded by Iain Henderson.

There were no amendments.

Matters Arising - Club Member, Mr Sam Gordon raised the point that he strongly felt that the November minutes were

excessively long at 7 pages. Too long to expect members to read them.

President's Report: None.

Secretary's Report: Mrs Joyce McNae advised us of events and happenings of interest in and around Glasgow for the

month of December that had been running on the screen this evening.

New Merchandise - as well as the map brooches, we now have some brand new OGC logo merchandise available at the

pop-up shop at the back of the hall this evening. The new tea towels, badges and notebooks would make ideal stocking


Movie Memories - the monthly dementia friendly cinema programme at the GFT, designed especially for people

experiencing early to mid stages of dementia, their carers and / or families. Information and screening times can be

found at glasgowfilm.org.

Kelvingrove Museum is beginning preparation for the upcoming "Charles Rennie Mackintosh Making the Glasgow Style"

- Celebrating 150 years of Mackintosh". The exhibition runs from 30th March - 14th August 2018, and will be one of the

key events in the city-wide Mackintosh 2018 programme. Tickets cost £7 and £5 concession, under 16s free, and can

now be booked online at events.glasgowlife.org.uk

Glasgow Christmas Markets are now in full swing. The St Enoch Market is open daily between 10am and 8pm until

December 22nd. And, the George Square Market will be open daily 10am and 10pm until December 29th (closed

Christmas Day).

Glasgow City Council advice for your Christmas Party - *book venue *sort outfit *spray tan *download taxi app *pre-book

taxi *check last bus/ train time *charge phone *PARTAAAAAYYY.

Books at the Botanics - Glasgow's monthly book fair is held every month in the Hopkirk building at the Botanic Gardens.

This months dates are 16th, 17th and 29th December.

"Does anybody watch the Tv programme 'Scot Squad'?! If so, did you see that two of our members, Artie and Cilla were

pulled over for speeding in last weeks episode"!

Old Glasgow Club ordinary meetings remaining in the 2017/ 18 session:

January 11th - "George Square and its Environs" speaker Niall Murphy.

February 8th - "An Evening for Members and Friends"

March 8th - "Disappearing Glasgow" speaker Chris Leslie.

April 12th - "Central Station" speaker Paul Lyons.

Speaker: Mr Little told us that it was his pleasure to introduce tonight's speaker, John Moore, who's talk is called

"Glasgow - Mapping the City".

John thanked the OGC for inviting him to speak this evening, and dedicated his talk to Past President and Librarian of

the club, Mr Bob Dunlop. John told us that he is Collections Manager at Glasgow University Library, and has always had

a passion for maps, most likely because his Dad worked for Ordnance Survey.

"Tonight I want to talk to you about Glasgow - Mapping the City. I have been absolutely astounded about the success that

it has had. I got help from lots of people in the writing of the book. I got phenomenal help from Colin Carter-Campbell,

who gave me two absolutely astounding plans of Possil Park. I've had great good fortune in writing the book, and great

good fortune that people bought it".

"Maps can tell much about a place that traditional histories fail to communicate". The book contains 80 illustrated maps,

but John has chosen to talk to us tonight about the maps that he feels are the most important in the book. "The maps

featured provide fascinating insights into topics such as: the development of the Clyde and its shipbuilding industry, the

villages which were gradually subsumed into the city, how the city was policed, what lies underneath the city streets, the

growth of Glasgow during the Industrial Revolution, the development of transport, the city's green spaces, the health of

Glasgow, Glasgow as a tourist destination, the city as a wartime target, and its regeneration in the 1980s as the host city

of one of the UK's five National Garden Festivals. Together, they present a fascinating insight into how Glasgow has

changed and developed over the last 500 years".

The first map we are shown (also first in book) is one of the surviving manuscript maps drawn by Timothy Pont in 1596,

now held in the National Library of Scotland.It's thought that he, along with his brother mapped a large part of Scotland,

including Glasgow. This is the first map of the burgh, although it is a small sketch on a much larger map. Nearly 1,400

places in Clydesdale are identified. We can see the Cathedral, High Street, Bridgegate and the Saltmarket. It is

increasingly obvious that Pont was not a map maker but a choreographer, describing the landscape, the local gentry,

information reflecting a stable and ordered society.

1753-54 and General Roy's map, or The Military Survey of Scotland. This was begun in 1747 after the 1745 Jacobite

rebellion which ended on the battlefield of Culloden. As you maybe know the Government troops were wrong footed and

were embarrassed by their lack of knowledge of the topography of the Highlands. It grew arms and legs after the

mapping of the Highlands was completed in 1752. At this point it was decided to extend the mapping to include all of

Scotland, working from the Border up. The plan of Glasgow is most likely to have been the work of General Roy as he

was part of the team working on the west hand side of the country.

It is a very basic map of the country and is not very detailed of Glasgow. It was a kind of rush job and really more about

the roads that the military could use for moving troops around. It was never used.

1778 map is a more detailed map of Glasgow by John McArthur. It is the first of the more detailed plans of the city, and

shows the old and the new, including a plan of the rabbit warrens of the old town. Although, its not a very clear depiction

of the Merchant City. At this time Glasgow stretched to Princess Square. Glasgow was small but the map shows how

Glasgow grew, with details of the sawmill, tannery, meat markets, brewery and sugar houses. It was a four sheet map.

1795 map by Thomas Richardson gives a clear impression of a growing road network. It was published when the

turnpike road system was beginning to develop because of increasing trade and travel. Not only are the tolls depicted on

the map, but the key also states clearly the distance from Glasgow Cross to each gentleman's seat (mapmakers needed

funding so it was a form of early advertising, charging gentlemen money to have their seat included on the map), as well

as the mileage of each village from the tolls.

1818 and a plan of the Royal Botanic Gardens that you may not think is that interesting. The University had gardens in

High Street that had been polluted with heavy metal poisoning from the adjacent printers. Botanist Thomas Hopkirk of

Dalbeth was largely instrumental in forming a society intent on establishing a Botanic Gardens. The group gained

support from local figures and within a short period of time £6000 was raised by the issuing of shares.

The University authorities saw this as an answer to their own problems, and agreed to contribute a further £2000, on the

understanding that their students would have access to plant specimens, and that the Professor of Botany would deliver

a series of open lectures each summer. The King heard about this and donated a further £2000, and the gardens receive

a Charter for the creation of the Royal Botanic Institution of Glasgow. William Jackson Hooker, one of the most famous

botanists of the time became chair, later knighted for his services to Glasgow, and first Director of Kew Gardens. He was

destined to make Glasgow a major centre for the study of plants.

1827 is a small coloured map of the beats of the Glasgow police force (established around 20 years before the London

Met). There was concern regarding the increased need to protect and safeguard property, and citizens as Glasgow was

growing faster than any other equivalent city in Western Europe. The population had risen from 77,385 to 202,426 in just

thirty years. The map shows that the police didn't actually venture into the no-go areas. It also features the jail and public

offices on Saltmarket, the infantry barracks off the Gallowgate, the Magdalene Asylum and Tennent's Brewery.

Whether the brewery is mentioned as a source of trouble or inspiration is up to us to decide.

There is a pamphlet that accompanies the map and recommends that police have to look out for idle or suspicious

persons, keep an eye on disorderly houses, ensure that lamps were properly lit, sewer gratings cleared and carts

removed from streets.

1828 is David Smith's 6 sheet map of Glasgow, showing Glasgow as still a relatively small city. Smith waited seven years

before preparing a more compact version. He was a very able surveyor, there is a subliminal message on the map, he

shows extrusions, to show, I think he is saying the city is growing. As early as 1825, Glasgow booksellers and publishers

Walter Wardlaw and John Cunninghame had advertised a new city plan for sale. It is possible that the price was set too

high as nothing more was mentioned for nearly two years before eventually being put on sale for 12/ - plain or 15/ -


1842 is a lovely map by George Martin. You can see that the River Clyde is being widened, the railway link between

Edinburgh and Glasgow was officially opened and there is information about ferries on the map. Overall, the plan pays

particular attention to the city's developing transport network, with detailed descriptions of the growing harbour at

Broomielaw, intended dock proposals and the new harbour at Stobcross.

1844, the mapping of an epidemic on a map originally by Hugh Wilson, engraved in 1830. Apart from the influx of people

there was a spread of diseases such as cholera. Public health was of concern, and this is an early example of statistical

mapping. Dots were put on the map where there was disease, 25% of which was in and around Glasgow Cross.

1852 is Meikleham's map of Glasgow and its hinterland. His maps seem to focus on the growing railway system for what

is becoming a widening metropolitan area. Glasgow is being sold as a tourist attraction, with a growing travel literature

that evolved from them. You can see the harbour and Dunnottar down the Clyde. With the expansion of the railway,

Glasgow was a place you could come to and then travel onwards, to the Trossachs, and down the Clyde. Queen Victoria

was the first monarch since James V to visit the West Coast.

The next map is the first ordnance survey map, the town plan. You can see it in great detail at a scale of 1:500. Glasgow

gets a town plan in 1859 and then the 1890s. It is 1859 before the city starts to knock down the closes in the very

congested centre. Ordnance survey changed the whole focus of maps and they take on a whole new meaning. The next

map is 25 inches to the mile, giving you a parish by parish map.

1884 and a map that showed the battle agains the demon drink. Red dots on the map indicated a pub, there were some

1600 in Glasgow at this time. The map was produced by the YMCA around the time of William Alexander Smith, founder

of the Boys Brigade in the West End of Glasgow and William Collins, the Lord Provost that didn't drink. This map shows

something like 16,000 people being put away for drink related crimes.

1881 and a map of Glasgow's first international exhibition, an overwhelming success, with more than 6 million visitors,

making a profit of some £41,000, enough to build Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery. 1901, and another international

exhibition, this time for a new century. Perhaps not a good time with the death of Queen Victoria in January (Court in

mourning, meaning no visit from the new King, Edward VII) and the ongoing Anglo-Boer war. Although there were

international pavilions from the likes of Holland, Russia, Sweden, Morocco...it was also about local commercial

enterprises and industries, Weir's of Cathcart, Singer sewing machines to name a few. 1938, The Empire Exhibition,

possibly one of the last great exhibitions. It was the most dreadful time to have an exhibition really, Prime Minister

Chamberlain was going to Germany to meet Adolf Hitler, some 60% of the population in Lanarkshire were laid off, and

apparently it rained and rained. Despite this, the King came to visit a couple of times, along with more than 12.5 million


1941, three years after The Empire Exhibition, the Wehrmacht have a map of Glasgow prepared. It is very detailed, with

a key of coloured symbols on the city's industries, roads, railways, bridges, docks, hospitals, barracks and important

public utilities. At a scale of 1:15,000, it would have been of little use to the Luftwaffe but invaluable to the German Army,

had they invaded by land. It is a very interesting map of history.

1945, the Bruce plan of a post-war new Glasgow to combat the social problems of overcrowding and poor-quality

housing. It was a radical plan that would have completely changed the inner city, resulting in the demolition of notable

buildings such as the City Chambers, Central Station, Glasgow School of Art and the Merchant City. Although the plan

was initially approved, a combination of economics, concerns and political influence resulted in the plans being dropped.

The City went with suggestions from the Abercrombie's Clyde Valley Regional Plan of 1949, leading to the creation of

larger style housing estates on the edge of the city, Drumchapel, Easterhouse and Castlemilk.

The last map we are shown is of Hillhead, created by local artists Alasdair Gray and Nichol Wheatley. It was created on

ceramic tiles in 2011, and is at the entrance to Hillhead Subway Station. It is like going back 3000 years, echoing some

of the earliest cartographic depictions painted on walls. It is like a snapshot in time and already it is an historical


We were told that John has the privilege of having Map Librarian as one of his duties at Glasgow University Library. He

wonders what will happen to maps with all the technology, and they are all digital. "Technology is a double edged sword".

The many maps at the Mitchell Library and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow was the whole

reason for him writing this book.

Mr Little thanked John for his wonderful talk, and invited members and visitors to ask John questions.

Q What was the year that the very first map was attempted to be done, and secondly, when were people able to start

buying maps.

A The first surviving map of Glasgow was done by Pont, dated 1596. The Watt family had much to do with the charting

of the Clyde. A whole lot of manuscript maps by John Watt shows a Scotland that we knew existed. He is recorded in

the Burgh Minutes, this could well have been a map of the city but none of them seem to have survived.

Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall, gives lectures of the importance of history, and how we kind of sift through these

nuggets....we have a problem in Scotland, they were thrifty in these times, they would use an earlier map and add to

it, throwing the previous one away. The first printed map was probably 1748. It is only with the production of

Lithography that people could afford maps.

S Vice-President, Brian D. Henderson thanked John for dedicating tonight's talk to Bob Dunlop who has done so much

for the club in his 50 plus year membership. "He is now 85 and in a wheelchair, unable to attend our talks so I will pass

your kind wishes on to him".

Q You said that the military survey maps made after the 1745 uprising were never used. Did General Wade

use these maps for his roads?

A He and Canfield made their maps for the board of ordnance, and they were primarily used for planning where the

barracks were going to be built. The other big thing is we were never actually invaded again on land, there was more

concern regarding coastal defences.

Q Is that a new book you have brought out?

A Yes, it is called 'The Clyde: Mapping the River', and came out in October of this year. The image that was on the

screen earlier is for 'Glasgow:Mapping the City', the book that these maps are taken from.

Q Can I ask you about the 1798 map, with the distances calculated from Glasgow Cross. I remember as a kid looking

at the back of the book to see the distances between places. We had great fun with this, making it into a game that

we played for hours. Who developed that system?

A I think when the Turnpike Roads map was drawn for coach routes, and calculating where to stage the coach stops.

Q Is it true that all measurements are taken from GPO to GPO in cities?

A Yes, it is the usual reference point now, but before GPO started it would have been measured from a centre point.

Q Is there a map of the Garden Festival?

A Yes, there is one in the book - '1988 Glasgow's Garden Festival: a sign of regeneration'.

Vote of Thanks: Tonight's vote of thanks was given by OGC Membership Secretary, Niall Houser.

Niall said "I first bought John's beautifully published book as a gift about 2 years ago, and knew straightaway that we had

to have him at the Club. What a great talk, from medieval maps, to future maps that never happened, and an epic pub

crawl". Niall invited members to show their appreciation.

AOCB: Tonight's Quiz question was "what colour is the clock in Glasgow Central Station for Christmas". The correct

answer was green.

The annual OGC Christmas raffle numbers were drawn, and prizes distributed.

Next Directors Meeting - Thursday 18th January, 6.15pm at Hutchesons Grammar School, Beaton Road, Glasgow.

Next Ordinary Meeting - Thursday 11th January, 7.30pm start at Adelaides, 209 Bath Street, Glasgow.

Close: Mr Little thanked the Directors for donating the prizes for tonight's raffle, and on behalf of himself and Directors,

wished club members, and visitors a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Shona Crozer

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Old Glasgow Club
11th January 2018

held at Adelaide's, 209 Bath Street, Glasgow

Attendance: 68 attendees.

Chair: Mr Stuart LIttle (President).

Welcome: Mr Little welcomed everyone to the first meeting of 2018, especially with it being such a dark and damp
Fire drill procedures and housekeeping rules were explained, and all mobile phones were requested to be turned off or
Mr Little advised that if we were experiencing adverse weather conditions on the date of an Old Glasgow Club ordinary
meeting to check on the club website or Facebook page. Should the Directors decide to stand down a meeting the
information will be available there.

Apologies: There were apologies from Jane Collie, Glen Collie, Colin McCormick, Iain Henderson, Alison Sannachan,
Dorothy Blair and Marion McGuigan.

Minutes: The minutes of the last ordinary meeting, held on 14th December were approved and proposed by Bill
Crawford and seconded by Niall Houser.

There were no amendments or matters arising.

President's Report: None.

Secretary's Report: Club Secretary, Mrs Joyce McNae advised us of events and happenings of interest in and around
Glasgow for the month of January.

For those members that have still to sign up for the electronic delivery of the club minutes, please help us reduce the
footprint of producing the minutes by passing on your email address to Niall, our Membership Secretary.

Our new OGC merchandise along with Glasgow map brooches are for sale at our pop-up shop and information desk at
the back of the hall. The pricing for the new items - tea towels £3.50, notebooks £1.50, bags £4.00, OGC badges £3.00,
OGC pens £1.00 and map badges £6.00.

Old Glasgow Club ordinary meetings remaining in the 2017/ 18 session:
February 8th - "An Evening for Members and Friends"
March 8th - "Disappearing Glasgow" speaker Chris Leslie.
April 12th - "Central Station" speaker Paul Lyons.

Kelvingrove Museum is beginning preparation for the upcoming "Charles Rennie Mackintosh Making the Glasgow Style -
celebrating 150 years of Mackintosh". The exhibition runs from 30th March - 14th August 2018, and will be one of the key
events in the city-wide Mackintosh 2018 programme. Tickets cost £7 and £5 concession, under 16s free. It can now be
booked online at events.glasgowlife.org.uk.

Movie Memories - the monthly dementia friendly cinema programme at the GFT, designed especially for people
experiencing early to mid stages of dementia, their carers and/ or families. Information and screening times can be found
at glasgowfilm.org.

Remember that next months meeting is our "An Evening for Members and Friends". The topic this year is "When the
World Came to Glasgow - Exhibitions and Events over the last 150 years and still to come".

Speaker: Mr Little introduced tonight's speaker, Niall Murphy, and told us that he is the Historic Buildings Officer at
Glasgow City Heritage Trust. Niall is also heavily involved in the heritage of our city and is chair of Pollokshields
Heritage, Planning Convener of Pollokshields Community Council and a member of the Glasgow Urban Design Panel.
He also gives wonderful walking tours that have received Glasgow Doors Open Day excellence awards.

Niall thanked us for inviting him to come along and share his story of George Square :

The Evolution of a Square AcrossThree Centuries.

Niall's involvement began after Glasgow City Council made plans in 2012 temporarily remove the statues for restoration,
with no guarantee that they would return, and spend £15 million on a makeover in time for the Commonwealth Games in

The public and historic bodies were so angry with the controversial proposals which had failed to take into account the
historical legacy of George Square, that GCC were forced to have a Conservation Management Plan done. Niall told us
that he poured over so many plans and tracked the whole evolution of the square over three centuries. His plan ended
up being a book over 200 pages long.

Before the idea of a square the area was part of the lands owned by Hutcheson Hospital, and is shown on Roy's Military
Map of 1755 as rigs of land let out to market gardens.

It actually started off as a rather unattractive boggy space before it was laid out in 1781 according to James Barry's
second new town plans. The plans were for Glasgow to spread out westwards using a grid plan. An idea that the
Merchants brought back from North America after seeing how the grid towns were laid out there.

The area was little more than a muddy space in its formative years. It wasn't until the building of town houses around the
Square in the early 1800s that is was developed with a water fountain and a fence around it, essentially an enclosed
Georgian pleasure garden for the houses.

The first statue to grace the square was Sir John Moore, British Army Officer, born in Glasgow, by John Flaxman in 1819.
There were more statues to grace the square in the following decades:

James Watt - Scottish inventor and engineer, Sir Walter Scott - Scottish poet and novelist (first public monument to him),
Queen Victoria, James Oswald - Liberal politician and one of the first Members of Parliament for Glasgow to be elected
by male voting rights, Sir Robert Peel - Prime Minister and law reformer, Prince Albert, Lord Clyde - Military Leader born
in Glasgow, Dr Thomas Graham - Pioneering Experimental Chemist, Thomas Campbell - Scottish poet, historian and
political commentator, Robert Burns - Scotland's national poet, William Ewart Gladstone - four times Prime Minister.
The real key transformation of the pleasure gardens to civic square came about after a visit to Paris in 1866 by John
Carrick (City Architect), Provost Blackie, Baillie Rayburn and Dr Gairdner, the City's Medical Officer of Health. This
brought about the Glasgow Improvement Act of 1866.

Carrick took inspiration from Place des Vosges, he scraps the idea of the square being a pleasure garden, wants it to be
be more of a grand place, a civic space to take pride in. Very deliberate efforts are taken with the placing of the statues,
placing in groups of like with like, with cross walks and circles of trees round each of the monarchs.
It was all very sophisticated and planned, with the focus of the square initially running North - South before changing to
East - West with the evolving centre of the City.

The next major change to the square comes in 1924 with the unveiling of the Cenotaph, Glasgow's principle monument
to the First World War, designed by John James Burnet. Some of the monuments in the square had to be reconfigured to
accommodate it.

Fast forward to more recent times, to the chopping down of the trees and the laying of the much despised red tarmac in
1998. This was followed by a competition in 2005 to design a cafe in George Square, and another, much more ambitious,
controversial one in 2012 to completely alter the look and use of the space. Both competitions were abandoned due to
their cost and unpopularity with members of the public and professionals alike. A complete lack of respect had been
shown to be given to both the history of the square, and its primary role as a civic space, and not a commercial space as
intended had the rejuvenation gone ahead.

As a civic space George Square has been the scene of protests, political gatherings, celebrations and ceremonies.
Perhaps the most memorable of these was the 1919 Black Friday rally for improved working conditions, attended by
somewhere in the region of 90,000, descending into a riot between protesters and police. This resulted in the
government deploying fully armed troops and tanks into the square and surrounding streets.

Niall finished his talk by showing us photographs of other squares in Europe, and suggesting that we look to the
sympathetically reconstructed Schinkelplatz Square in Berlin to see how it could be done. He feels that a similar
approach could be successfully applied to George Square for somewhere in the region of £8 million, just over half of the
budget for the proposed redesign budget given in the 2012 competition brief.

Further information on Glasgow City Heritage Trust's work can be found at www.glasgowheritage.org.uk and
their social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter.

Members and visitors were invited to ask Niall questions,
Q I was always told that George Square was called after George III but I was told that Queen Street was called after
Queen Charlotte! Where would you have put the Cenotaph?
A If I had free range I would have put it to the north of the square, but I can understand why they put it where they did.
Q Can you tell me what your view is as to the Christmas Pantomime and other things that go on in George Square?
A I think it is trying to do too much and it is a mistake, its eroding the purpose of George Square. There is however
talk of a square at the back of St Enoch for events.
Vote of Thanks: Tonight's vote of thanks was given by OGC Director, Bill Crawford.
"Ladies and Gentlemen, it is lovely to be here tonight, and we are very grateful to Niall Murphy for coming along to talk to
us. George Square since I have been alive has changed its purpose many times. It makes you realise that people that
were here in times gone by were not as silly as people today, especially considering the recent changes. It makes you
wonder if we are improving with age. Mr Murphy has taken us on a journey through the changes of the square, would
you please join with me in thanking him".

AOCB: Tonight's Quiz question was "What's the object on the right of this picture and where's it missing from"?
Niall's talk has inadvertently given us the answer to the quiz - The Crum Fountain at George Square. The winner tonight
was Sharon Macey's.

Next Directors Meeting - Thursday 1st February, 6.15pm at Hutchesons Grammar School, Beaton Road, Glasgow.
Next Ordinary Meeting - Thursday 8th February, 7.30pm start at Adelaides, 209 Bath Street, Glasgow.

Close: Mr Little wished everyone a safe home.

Shona Crozer
Recording Secretary

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Old Glasgow Club
8th February 2018

held at Adelaide's, 209 Bath Street, Glasgow

Attendance: 67 attendees.

Chair: Mr Stuart Little (President)

Welcome: Mr Little welcomed all to the February talk, which started a little earlier than normal. Since tonight's meeting is

our annual evening for members and friends, it is a much more informal night, with a few short talks, and a break in the

middle for refreshments and quiz. Mr Little advised us to listen carefully as the answers to the quiz questions would be in

the talks.

Fire drill procedure and housekeeping rules were explained, all mobile phones were requested to be turned to off or


We were told that there was a change to the procedure should adverse weather cause an Old Glasgow Club ordinary

meeting to be cancelled. As Adelaides is no longer open during the day, members should now check on the Club

Website, Facebook page, or call one of the Directors telephone numbers on the membership card to see if the meeting is

still taking place.

Apologies: There were apologies from Anna Forrest, Sallie Marshall, Freda Graham, Petrina Cairns, Cilla Fisher,

Jane Collie, Margaret Thom, Aileen Kelly, John McKnight and Cath Wallach.

Minutes: The minutes of the last ordinary meeting, held on 11th January were approved and proposed by Niall Houser

and seconded by Crawford Cassidy.

There were no amendments or matters arising.

President's Report: There was no President's report this evening.

Secretary's Report: We were advised of Club business and events of interest taking place in Glasgow for the month of

February by Club Secretary, Mrs Joyce McNae.

Upcoming Old Glasgow Club events and outings:

J.A.S. Memorial Walk on Thursday 24th May - "George Square" with last month's speaker, Niall Murphy.

Summer Outing on Saturday 9th June - Scone Palace outside Perth. Trip costs and more details will be confirmed at the

March meeting.

Tappit Hen Bowling Tournament on Thursday 14th June - will take place at Kelvingrove Bowling Greens. It is a fun night,

free to play, or come along and spectate/ socialise.

Old Glasgow Club ordinary meetings remaining in the 2017/ 18 session:

March 8th - "Disappearing Glasgow" with speaker Chris Leslie.

April 12th - "Central Station" with speaker Paul Lyons.

The new OGC merchandise, along with Glasgow map brooches, were for sale at the pop-up shop and information desk

at the back of the hall. The pricing for the new items - tea towels £3.50, notebooks £1.50, bags £4.00, OGC badges

£3.00, OGC pens £1.00 and map brooches £6.00.

For those members that have still to sign up for the electronic delivery of the club minutes, please help us reduce the

footprint of producing hard copies of the minutes by passing on your email address to Niall, our Membership Secretary.

Kelvingrove Museum is preparing for the upcoming "Charles Rennie Mackintosh Making the Glasgow Style - Celebrating

150 Years of Mackintosh". THe exhibition runs from 30th March until 14th August 2018, and will be one of the key events

in the city-wide Mackintosh 2018 programme. Tickets cost £7 and £5 concession, with under 16s free. It can now be

booked online at events.glasgowlife.org.uk.

Movie Memories - the monthly dementia friendly cinema programme at the GFT, designed especially for people

experiencing early to mid stages of dementia, their carers and/ or families. Information and screening times can be found

at glasgowfilm.org

Speakers: Joyce welcomed everyone and told us the thoughts and ideas that the directors came up with when planning

this informal evening.

“Our first thoughts were of anniversaries. In fact, years ending in an 8 mark the anniversary of a good number of major

events in the life of Glasgow” - The Battle of Langside 1568, Port Glasgow 1668, Opening of the City Chambers 1888,

Exhibitions of 1888 and 1938, Introduction of Electric Trams 1898, first-ever Royal Scottish Variety Performance at the

Alhambra Theatre 1958, Garden Festival 1988, UNESCO City of Music 2008.

“Moving away from anniversaries the ideas still kept coming - don’t think we just have coffee on the first Thursday of the


Glasgow has also been a city that has witnessed major events such as - the Billy Graham Crusade , the Pope’s visit in

1982 & 2010, the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Champions League Final 2002,, UEFA Cup Final 2007, conferences all

over the Scottish Event Campus (formerly known at the Exhibition Centre), Celtic Connections, The Year of Young


“As we all know, Glasgow grew from being a back-water to a Cathedral town with a weekly market and annual fair,

gaining trading rights and a University. Then transforming from a small merchant town into an industrial city, growing

rapidly in size to become the powerhouse of the Scottish economy and the second City of the Empire”.

“By the 1880s fine classical buildings as statements of power, of wealth and of confidence were appearing along fine new


By the end of the century it was also claiming to be the best governed city in Europe. Its cultural life was vibrant and

creative. Its many music halls, theatres and cinemas were packed and its orchestras and choirs gained international reputations”.


“Glasgow Green was the meeting place for political rallies, The Temperance movement and The Suffrage movement -

very topical this week!! The Kelvingrove Art Gallery brought together one of the country’s great art collections, while the

Mitchell Library built up one of the largest public book holdings in Europe”.

All these topics and events were being enthusiastically discussed around the table when we thought - “what about “When

the World came to Glasgow” - this would take in many of our ideas from the Past, the Present and the Future”.

“With so many subjects to cover and not a lot of time, we thought we would break it in to a few sections in the hope of

giving a flavour of “When the World came to Glasgow”.

Our four talks are “Empire and Garden Exhibition” by our President Stuart, “Visitors to Glasgow” by club member Artie,

20 minute refreshment and Quiz interval, “Industry” by club director Crawford and finishing with “2014 Commonwealth

Games” by club director Alison.

We hope you enjoy the evening.

“Empire and Garden Exhibition” - Stuart Little

Stuart showed us many interesting photographs and slides of the Empire Exhibition held at Bellahoustoun Park in

Glasgow, from May to October 1938. Some of which were images that had been donated to the club quite recently.

The Empire Exhibition was a beacon of hope in a city in economic depression with a huge unemployment count as well

as the country being under threat from Nazi Germany. It was a showcase of of cutting edge architecture with Thomas S.

Tait appointed the architect-in-chief. There were 80 Pavilions on the 175 acre site.

The Scottish Avenue promoted Scottish trade with exhibitions dedicated to Scottish brands such as Tennent’s Lager, J &

P Coats Ltd, The Dominion Avenue held Pavilions dedicated to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa. And

the Colonial Avenue that contained exhibits about Malaya, The Wes Indies, Cyprus, Malta, Ceylon and Hong Kong,

among others.

The Exhibition was opened by King George Vi on May 3rd and closed its gates during a cloud burst on Saturday 29th

October. It had been hoped to attract somewhere in the region of 20 million visitors but due to the bad weather and

economic climate it only attracted over 12.5 million visitors in its six month run.

Glasgow Garden Festival was the third of the five National Garden Festivals. It ran between 26th April and the 26th

September 1988, with the official opening by Prince Charles and Princess Diana on the 29th April. It was the first

exhibition of its type to be held in the city since The Empire Exhibition 50 years earlier.

The festival site covered some 120 acres, 17 of them being water. It was the most successful of the five National Garden

Festivals and attracted 4.3 million visitors over 152 days.

We were shown photographs of the former Glasgow Corporation trams that carried visitors along the quayside, the Coca

Cola Rollercoaster, layout map of the area, High Street with its street entertainers and the giant teapot and cup.

Stuart finished by saying that like the 1938 plans, the planned houses on the Garden Festival site did not materialise until

many years after the event.

“Visitors to Glasgow” - Artie Trezise

“We’ve all had visitors! To me they are always astonished and seem to be surprised how it is in Glasgow. I think they

think we all live in bothies so they are shocked, and love the grandness of the Victorian Architecture which we have in


As a newish volunteer guide at Kelvingrove Museum, Artie has met people from all over. As far flung as Argentina, China,

Cambuslang….he particularly liked one Chinese guest who was familiar with Robert Burns but not with David Bowie,

who's song was being playing by the Kelvingrove organist that day.

2015 figures show that Glasgow had 2 million overnight visitors and 20 million day visitors resulting in spends of £482

million and £1 billion, respectively. Total spend of £1.5 billion. By 2023 Glasgow Life’s Plan is for overnight visitors to be

up by 1 million to total 3 million visitors, resulting in an associated spend of £771 million and contribute an additional

6,600 jobs to the local community. Artie thinks that they are going to have to be a bit more imaginative than relying on

“People Make Glasgow” slogan and a bit of marketing…..he mused that perhaps a blockbuster film of his doggie story

might help.

Visit Scotland stated “absolutely phenomenal growth in 2017.” Overseas visitors were up by 14.6% and domestic visitors

by 10% in the months July to September. Visit Scotland think that oversees visits are up mainly due to the “Outlander”

series - a big hit everywhere……a big hit everywhere apart from Scotland. Artie thinks that the weak pound is more than

coincidental in the rise of visitor numbers.

Artie recalls one of his most recent visitors, one with four legs in the shape of a dog. He told us that he has never had an

affinity with dogs. This stretches back to Coupar, Fife, 1967, when the Rev J.K Porteus caught him using his back heel to

a dog that was nipping his ankle. He thinks that he put out a divine call to the canine community, who universally dislike


Artie was left in charge of the dog whilst the two legged visitor was at a business meeting. He went out to put the rubbish

out and the wee dog followed him, and trotted down the road. Panic set in, Artie has to phone his friend Sally at her

business meeting, and it didn’t help that he was shouting for a dog called Tilly, who is actually called Titch!

“There are now 5 of us looking for Titch, Titch is lost in the dear green place, or is it no mean city.” People were texting

their doggy friends, they continually looked on the Facebook page “Lost Dogs Glasgow”. There were reports of sightings

down by the Kelvin. Everyone that was stopped asked if Titch is wearing a dog tag, is it chipped.

As the light faded they took to the car, driving up and down before eventually going back to the house, where Sally

couldn’t settle for worrying about what had happened to her wee friend. Artie is sure that she never slept a wink that


November 15th at 5am and the dog turns up at our back door. Her owner was so excited to see her, and they were all

wondering, where had she been, what did she see, what tale could she tell. 9.15 am, Glasgow Central Station, Sally and

Titch are getting on the London train and Titch doesn’t so much as give Artie a backward glance.

The title of this doggie film could be - “Lost Dog Glasgow -The Tail of a Frightened Canine”

Artie concludes by saying that we really need to think about whether we want to encourage more visitors to visit

Glasgow. Many other tourist destinations have strong views about visitors ruining their communities, Barcelona are

complaining of having some 8 million visitors per year……”Lets be careful.”

Interval and Quiz - A 20 minute break was taken for some tea, coffee and juice, which was served with some delicious

baking, kindly made and donated by OGC Directors Colin and Gaynor.

Quiz questions and answers for those of you that are still wondering -

1 When was Glasgow made UNESCO City of Music? Answer - 2008.

2 When was the Battle of Langside? Answer was 1568.

3 Empire Exhibition: Where was the architect Thomas Tait born? Answer - Paisley.

4 Glasgow Garden Festival: How many days was the Garden Festival open? Answer - 152 days.

5 When did the Empire Palace Theatre originally open, in Sauchiehall Street? Answer - 1897.

6 Which other city theatre opened in the same year? Answer - The Old Metropole, Stockwell Street.

7 On what date was the QE2 launched? Answer - 22nd September 1967.

8 What was the name of the North British Loco works? Answer - Atlas & Hyde Park Works.

9 How many countries competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games? Answer - 71 countries.

10 Where will the 2018 Commonwealth Games be held? Answer - Gold Coast, Australia.

“Industry” - Crawford Cassidy

Crawford spent his youth in Govan, a community dominated by shipbuilding. His Uncle was a plumber working on the

ships, his Grandfather a storeman in Stephens and his Aunt a tracer there. And, although Crawford never worked in the

yards, many of his pals did.

“The Govan streets became a mass of dirty boilersuits and greasy caps as the yards “loused” each afternoon. Trams

lined up to carry them to Renfrew, or to Plantation, Gorbals and onwards to the East of the city. Men queued at Govan

Cross Subway to cross under the Clyde to Merkland Street…while on the north side of the river a similar mass of men

made their way south to Govan.”

In these days all the Clyde yards and suppliers were busy. Heads of major shipping lines like Cunnard, Royal Navy top

brass came to discuss possible orders. There were liners, cargo ships and naval vessels, ships of all shapes and sizes

were Clyde built.

But there was more to Glasgow than shipping. In Springburn, North of the city was North British Loco, building steam

trains that went to South African Railways, New Zealand Railways, Canada, South America, France, Spain, Egypt,

Palestine and so the list goes on.

In the East End there was Beardmore’s and Parkhead Forge, with Parkhead employing some 20,000 people at one time.

Nearby, in Dalmarnock, William Arrol founded his company in 1873, where initially they specialised in bridge building.

Among their most well known structures are the Forth Rail Bridge and Tower Bridge, London, both world famous


East of Dalmarnock there was Stewart and Lloyds tube works, a nationwide company with factories in Birmingham and

other cities in England.

Crawford’s talk was accompanied by many interesting photographs of Govan ships on stocks/ launch, men ‘lousing’ from

the yards, trams, aerial view of Weirs plant, liners on the Clyde, Beardmore taxi, Beardmore forge, Forth Bridge, Tower

Bridge, aerial view of Tollcross works and the iconic Titan Crane.

Crawford told us that this was a very personalised set of memories that were far from comprehensive and apologises for

any omissions or errors.

“2014 Commonwealth Games” - Alison Sannachan

Alison introduced herself by saying, “you may notice from my uniform tonight that I participated in the Games. No, not as

an athlete but as one of more than 15,000 Clyde-siders who volunteered at the Games.”

In 2007 Glasgow was selected over Abuja, Nigeria as the host of the 20th Commonwealth Games (previously known as

the British Empire Games). The Games took place from the 23rd July to 3rd August 2014.

Much planning of new infrastructure, venues and athlete accommodation began. There was the major construction of the

Athletes Village to house 8000 athletes and delegates on the banks of the Clyde at Dalmarnock, the Emirates Arena

where the Badminton was played, and the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome where the Track Cycling events took place.

Other existing venues across the city were used. Ibrox for the Rugby Sevens, Hampbden for start and finish of the

Marathon, the SECC for Wrestling, Judo and Boxing and Kelvingrove Park for Bowls (which has also been the venue for

some years for that well known, and sought after trophy, our own Tappit Hen).

Glasgow Green became the gathering point for visitors and locals alike, along with Merchant City and George Square,

where the official Commonwealth Games logo was situated.

And, of course the official mascot of The Games, Clyde, obviously after the river and based upon a Scottish Thistle. 25

life size figures of Clyde were dotted around the city, providing great photo opportunities. He proved to be very popular,

along with the ‘People Make Glasgow’ slogan. And appeared on bags, mugs, tea towels, key rings and t-shirts. Over

50,000 Clyde cuddly toys were sold.

During the Games nearly 3.5 million people passed through Central Station, 171,000 attended the Rugby Sevens at

Ibrox (a record breaking number for the sport), over 500,000 visited the Live Zone at Glasgow Green and 1.2 million

tickets were sold.

The Scots medal tally was a record breaking 53 - 19 Gold, 15 Silver and 19 Bronze.

The City looked amazing in the unprecedented glorious sunshine and the spectacular opening ceremony took place at

Celtic Park on 23rd July with Susan Boyle, John Barrowman and Rod Stewart to name a few stars that were there.

The Parade of Nations with India leading as the previous hosts of the Games, the Scottish Terriers allocated to each

country in their smart coats, winning everyones hearts….and, of course, the dancing Teacakes certainly had everyone


The closing ceremony took place at Hampden Park on 3rd August and included Kylie Minogue, Lulu and Deacon Blue.

Glasgow 2014 Chairman, Lord Smith of Kelvin paid tribute to the athletes who “gave it their all’ and the Clyde-siders

whom he de described as the “lifeblood” of the Games. He also praised the city itself by saying, “We’ve welcomed the

world to our dear green place and it has been an experience we will never forget. Thank you Glasgow, and thank you

Scotland. You’ve done us proud.”

Alison finished by saying that we can do it all again in August this year when we host the European Championships from

the 2nd to the 12th August. She urged us to get the sun cream ready in hope that the sun will shine for us again.

Vote of Thanks: Stuart thanked Joyce, Artie, Crawford and Alison for all the work and research that had gone in to their

talks tonight. Thanks were also given to Colin and Gaynor for their delicious home-baking, and the the rest of the

Directors for their behind the scenes help.

The winning table was No 9, at the front of the hall. It was impressive that they got so many of the answers correct

considering that there were, unwittingly, two trick questions in the quiz that weren’t mentioned in the talks.

AOCB: Stuart told us that he would like to mention Clydebank Museum with its permanent exhibitions on Shipbuilding,

Singer sewing machines and Fine Art. On show are a series of works by the artist David Mitchell who's was

commissioned to record aspects of Clydebank that were undergoing great change in the 1970s.

For those of us that might be interested, there are volunteering opportunities at the museum.

More information can be found at west-dunbarton.gov.uk

To finish the evening on a sad note, the Club have received notification of the death of one of our long time members,

Moyra Robertson, who passed away in November of last year.

Next Directors Meeting - Thursday 1st March, 6.15pm at Hutchesons Grammar School, Beaton Road, Glasgow.

Next Ordinary Meeting - Thursday 8th March, 7.30pm start at Adelaides, 209 Bath Street, Glasgow.

Shona Crozer

Recording Secretary

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Old Glasgow Club
8th March 2018

held at Adelaide's, 209 Bath Street, Glasgow

Attendance: 87 attendees.

Chair: President, Mr Stuart Little.

Welcome: Mr Little welcomed members and visitors to the March evening, reflected that he was glad the meeting was
tonight and not last week when we had an abundance of snow.
Fire drill procedure and housekeeping rules were explained, with all mobile phones requested to be turned off or
Weather Check - as intimated previously, there has been a change to the procedure should adverse weather cause an
Old Glasgow Club Ordinary Meeting to be cancelled. Since Adelaides is no longer open during the day, members
should now check on the Club Website, Facebook page, or call one of the Directors telephone numbers printed on the
membership card to see if the meeting is going ahead.

Apologies: There were apologies from Ken Benjamin, Jane Collie, Glen Collie, Artie Trezise, Petrina Cairns,
Marion McGuigan, Isobel Muldownie, Joan MacKenzie and Dorothy Blair.

Minutes: The minutes of the last ordinary meeting, held on the 8th February were approved and proposed by Joyce
McNae and seconded by Alison Sannachan. There were no amendments.

Matters arising - Vice-President, Mr Brian D. Henderson requested to take the microphone to raise some points of
interest from the February meeting.
President Little gave his permission for Mr Henderson to take the microphone.
OGC member, Mr Jim Russell indicated to Mr Henderson that he thought this information would be more appropriate at
the end of tonight’s meeting.

President’s Report: There was no President’s report this evening.

Secretary’s Report:
A large majority of our members have signed up to have the club minutes delivered electronically. Could we kindly ask
those of you that haven’t yet to please do so, helping us reduce the footprint of producing hard copies. Please pass
your details on to Niall, our Membership Secretary.

The new OGC merchandise, along with Glasgow map brooches, were for sale at the pop-up shop and information desk
at the back of the hall. The pricing for the new items - tea towels £3.50, notebooks £1.50, bags £4.00, OGC badges
£3.00, OGC pens £1.00 and map brooches £6.00.

Upcoming Old Glasgow Club events and outings:
J.A.S Memorial Walk on Thursday 24th May - “George Square and its Environs” with January’s speaker, Niall Murphy.
Summer Outing on Saturday 9th June - Scone Palace outside Perth. Entrance to the Palace and Coach cost is £25.40
or £24.00 for concessions. Coach will leave Mount Florida Bowling Club at 9.30am, with a second pick up on Cochrane
St (side of City Chambers) at 10.00am.
Tappit Hen Bowling Tournament on Thursday 14th June - will take place at Kelvingrove Bowling Greens. It is a fun
night, free to play, or just come along for the chat and to spectate.

Old Glasgow Club meetings remaining in the 2017/ 2018 session:
April 12th - “Central Station” with speaker Paul Lyons.
May 10th - Old Glasgow Club AGM at Glasgow City Chambers.

Quite fitting that the statue of Mary Barbour was unveiled in Govan today on International Women's Day. Maria Fyfe,
chair of “Remember Mary Barbour”, along with Catriona Burness gave a talk to the club in September 2016.

What is known locally as “The Last Tenement”, Gorbals Street is an historical tenement that was home to the British
Linen Bank. Designed by the architects John Salmon & Son in 1894, The A-listed building has lain empty and isolated
for the last three decades. Plans have recently been announced that it will be transformed into six mid-market flats and
a ground floor commercial unit.

Langside 450: Fundraising Ceilidh - Featuring the Hallanshankers, Friday 9th March, 7.30 - 11.00pm at Finn’s Place,
Langside Church, 167 Lenard Rd, G42 9QU. Tickets £10 each on www.eventbrite.co.uk
This is one of a series of commemorative events being held to mark the 450th anniversary of the Battle of Langside.

Maryhill Park, Windows Wonderland takes place on Saturday 10th March, 6.30 - 9.00pm. What is it - Window
Wanderland is an evening arts trail, where people in a small neighbourhood decorate and light up their windows, inviting
neighbours and the wider community to wander the streets and look at their home-made exhibition.

Kelvingrove Museum is preparing for the upcoming “Charles Rennie Mackintosh Making the Glasgow Style -
Celebrating 150 Years of Mackintosh”. The exhibition runs from 30th March until 14th August 2018, and it will be one of
the key events in the city-wide Mackintosh 2018 programme. Tickets cost £7 and £5 concession, with under 16s free. It
can now be booked online at events.glasgowlife.org.uk

Movie Memories - the monthly dementia friendly cinema programme at the GFT, designed especially for people
experiencing early to mid stages of dementia, their cares and/ or families. Information and screening times can be found
at glasgowfilm.org

Mrs McNae finished by telling us about a BBC4 programme called “The Secret History of our Streets”. We were
recommended to watch last nights episode about Duke Street on catch up Tv, if we got the chance.

Speaker: President Little introduced tonight’s speaker, Chris Leslie, who is a Glaswegian photographer and film maker.

Disappearing Glasgow”,

Chris thanked us for inviting him to give this talk and opened with a quote from Glasgow City Council in 2006 -
“The skyline of Glasgow is set to be radically transformed, as swathes of high-rise tower blocks make way for
thousands of new homes across the city. Glasgow is enjoying a real renaissance. We’re delivering on better housing
and we have regained our sense of ambition. This is an announcement that looks to the future and we are determined
we will not repeat the mistakes of the past.”

Glasgow has the highest percentage of high-rise flats in the U.K. The city has lost 35% of them since the GCC
announcement in 2006.

Chris started this project as part of his MA in Documentary Photography, 2007. He was all set for a return trip to
somewhere edgy and photojournalist friendly, possibly Rwanda or Bosnia. Glasgow at this point won the bid to host the
Commonwealth Games, and the East End, where he lives was to be ‘transformed’. Living close to where all the action
was to take place, Chris decided that perhaps Glasgow could be the edgy photojournalist city he was looking for.
The initial idea had been to do this as his final project for his MA, but Chris has continued, and continued it for the last
eight years. It was self-initiated, self funded, and because of this he was not controlled by editorial.

He looked at six areas of Glasgow: Red Road, Gallowgate, Oatlands, Plean St., Dalmarnock and Sighthill. These were
the starting point.

Chris wrote, “And so my journey began, wandering the desert lands of Dalmarnock as it awaited the green shoots of
recovery. I revisited Red Road and delved into its underground and overground. I photographed workmen rolling the
explosives that would exterminate the blocks at Sighthill, set up overnight time-lapses in the partially demolished flats
at Plean Street, and jumped security fences to stalk the abandoned tenements of the Oatlands.”

It wasn’t just the changing Glasgow skyline that was of interest to Chris, it was the human story too. “In the process of
taking these photographs I interviewed hundreds of former and current residents to gather their input and knowledge,
their personal archives and their memories. I couldn’t have made this journey or told this story without them.”

We were told about some memorable residents. Jamal, a failed Iraqi asylum seeker, who stayed as the only inhabitant
of one of the Red Road flats for eight months. In Dalmarnock, Chris documented the entire story of Margaret Jaconelli
and her family, who had lived alone in the dereliction of Ardenlea St for five years, after the other residents had moved
or been rehoused.

Chris showed us many powerful and haunting images, the underground complex at Red Road, a painter and decorators
living room at Sighthill, flats that have been soft stripped (all moveable objects taken out), crowds waiting on the
building coming down, the pile of girders left when it has, to name a few. We were told that everything that we had seen
in the photographs tonight has disappeared in the last eight years.

Chris hopes that by doing this book and films that it gives an insight into the city that he loves, that it captures the last
moments of the condemned and disappearing schemes, and adds to the ongoing debates around the ‘regeneration’ of
the city.

The book came out at the end of 2016 and as of December 2017, has sold out. At present it is also out of print as the
publisher went into liquidation.

You may not be able to get your hands on a copy of the book, but you can follow Chris’ multi-media journey at
disappearing-glasgow.com. You will be able to view the photo book, read about his project and purchase prints.

The audience were invited to ask Chris questions:
Q Hi Chris, were the Council aware of your project, and did they have an opinion?
A No! Because I wasn’t financed by anyone, and it was my project, it really wasn't that interesting to them, nor was
Margaret’s story!
Q Chris, that was a very interesting talk. When the first of the high rise flats were first built, how many flats in total when
all the flats were finished?
A The subsidies for building them from the UK Government ended in 1967, so that was the peak of it. I have no idea
how many flats in total, I would need to Google that information.
Q Chris, what do you think the answer to the housing problem is?
A These areas to the north of the city are like a desert, they need about 200,000 people to come back to the city. You
need to build more social housing, any being built at the moment are built through partners. North Lanarkshire
Council announced before Christmas that they are going to demolish all the high-rise flats when there is no reason
to. There’s a vendetta against the high-rise flat, celebrating the death of social housing isn’t that clever.
Q You say they are going to demolish them all but they are working through the Maryhill high-rise flats, and they seem
to be doing a wonderful job, so it is a bit of a contradiction.
A Those flats were supposed to be coming down but the architects are working with the community directly, imagining
it back to the beginning, asking what their needs and wants are. Happened at Ibrox, it is now aimed at mid market.
* Land is expensive, the idea was to clear the social problems, they thought that bringing the buildings down would
clear the drug problems.
* That was a really interesting talk Chris, a walk down memory lane for me. I have to give a shout out, me and my
sisters lived in the Red Road flats. The pictures that you see at the end were not like the happiness that I remember.
I remember a great sense of community, everyone looking out for each other.
Q I was wondering why nobody thought of demolishing the flats down until the sixth floor and keeping the first six
A I think again it is like wiping the slate clean, demolish them and magically the social problems vanish. It was more
what the buildings stood for, they were despised.
* I wonder about the Moss Heights flats, they are a success with a mixture of asylum seekers and native Glaswegians
living there.
Q All the flats are successful in the south and west end of the city, the wealthiest parts but not in the east of the city.
They needed to invest in schools, jobs, there was no investment in the east, no industry left, just the people.
Q What happened to Jamal?
A A lawyer struck a deal with the Home Office for Jamal to have one year in Cardonald without being harassed. He
changed his mobile number frequently, so I have no idea whether he is still here, or whether he was deported back
to Iraq.

Vote of Thanks: Tonight’s vote of thanks was given by Membership Secretary, NIall Houser.
“Just before I give the vote of thanks, I have to clear my mental image of Alison at the bingo in Red Road flats!
I first saw Chris’s ‘Disappearing Glasgow’ exhibition at The Lighthouse, Mitchell Lane early 2017. If you haven’t already,
you must make a point of seeing his films, they are brilliant. The photographs are stunning and to see the flats from that
angle has been thoroughly interesting to us all. A very complicated story as to how it came to that, the people, the
council, told brilliantly. We asked Chris about a year and a half ago if he could give this talk, we got the impression he
thought we were mad for asking.
Could I ask you to join with me and thank Chris for coming along this evening to give this wonderful talk.”

AOCB: N.B. Points of interest raised by Vice-President, Mr Brian. D. Henderson from the last ordinary meeting.

“I thought our members and friends, might be interested in the following arising from the quiz last month:
The Empire Palace Theatre 1897 was on the site of the 1874 Gaiety. The former closed in 1930, was extended along
Sauchiehall Street and re-opened in 1931 as The Empire. The doors were finally closed in March 1963.
The old Metropole Theatre, also 1897 was on the site of the Old Scotia. Arthur Jefferson was the Managing Director
from 1905. His son, Stan’s first stage appearance was at the Old Panopticon, Trongate, in 1906, who later became, of
course, “Stan Laurel” of “Laurel and Hardy” fame. Alex Frutin was running the theatre when a disastrous fire occurred in
The late Jimmy Logan subsequently bought the “Old Empress” at St George’s Cross, and re-opened it as the “New
Metropole”. The building is now flats.”
On a point of order, the Vice-President apologised to Mr Russell, and the President, for having inadvertently raised an
issue arising from the minutes of the last meeting, at an inappropriate juncture.

Next Directors Meeting - Thursday 15th March, 6.15pm at Hutcheson Grammar School, Beaton Road, Glasgow.
Next Ordinary Meeting - Thursday 12th April, 7.30pm start at Adelaides, 209 Bath Street, Glasgow.

Mr Little thanked everyone for attending this evening and wished all a safe home.

Shona Crozer
Recording Secretary

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Old Glasgow Club
12th April 2018

held at Adelaide's, 209 Bath Street, Glasgow

Attendance: 88 attendees.

Chair: President, Mr Stuart Little.

Welcome: President Little welcomed members and visitors to the April meeting, although he reflected that it felt more

like October outside.

We were informed that out scheduled speaker, Paul Lyons, who was going to talk to us about Central Station, has had

to pull out due to ill health. Paul was wished a speedy recovery.

Fortunately for us, the equally fabulous speaker, Colin Mackie agreed to stand in at the last minute to give his talk on

the Southern Necropolis - “Further Mental Meanderings with the Happy Reaper”.

Fire drill procedure and housekeeping rules were explained, with all mobile phones requested to be silenced or turned


Weather Check - as intimated previously, there has been a change to procedure should adverse weather cause an Old

Glasgow Club Ordinary Meeting to be cancelled. Because Adelaides is no longer open during the day, members should

now check on the OGC Website, Facebook page, or call one of the Directors numbers that are printed on the

membership card to check if the scheduled meeting is going ahead.

Apologies: There were apologies from Jane Collie, Glen Collie, Sylvia Smith, Marion McGuigan, Cathy Wallach and

Anne White.

Minutes: The minutes of the last ordinary meeting, held on the 8th March were approved and proposed by Joan Wylie

and seconded by Iain Henderson. There were no amendments or matters arising.

President’s Report: There was no President’s report.

Secretary’s Report:

Mrs Joyce McNae reminded us of the upcoming Old Glasgow Club events and outings:

J.A.S Memorial Walk on Thursday 24th May - “George Square and its Environs” with January’s speaker, Niall Murphy.

Meeting towards the centre of George Square at 6.00pm.

Summer Outing on Saturday 9th June - Scone Palace, outside Perth. Entrance to the Palace and Coach cost is £25.40

or £24.00 for concessions. Coach will leave Mount Florida Bowling Club at 9.30am, with a second pick up on Cochrane

Street (at the side of City Chambers) at 10.00am.

There is no High Tea booked this year, we will however be stopping in Bridge of Allan on the way back to Glasgow,

allowing plenty of time for dinner and refreshments.

Tappit Hen Bowling Tournament on Thursday 14th June - will take place at Kelvingrove Bowling Greens.

It is a fun night, free to play, or just come along for a chat. There will be an optional supper at Baffo Pizza and Birra on

Argyle Street afterwards, payment directly to the restaurant.

Old Glasgow Club AGM on Thursday 10th May, 7pm start at Glasgow City Chambers. We were reminded to access

the Chambers via Cochrane Street, and to bring our membership cards along as proof of identity.

Mr Niall Houser, Membership Secretary informed us that the membership forms for the 2018/19 session, along with the

AGM letter had been issued tonight. And, if members hadn’t received them already, then please see him on the way


Niall pointed out that there were two new sections to the membership form this year:

One is the offer of Gift Aid by simply ticking the appropriate box. Donating through Gift Aid, if you are a UK tax payer,

means the Club is entitled to an extra £5 on top of the £20 membership fee. This is entirely optional.

The second new section is in order for the club to comply with legislation and the new Data Protection rules, we require

you to give us permission confirming that we can contact you. Again, this is entirely optional.

Niall also told us that we would be voting for amendments to the Constitution of the Club at this years AGM. It was

decided at the last Directors meeting that some points of the Constitution were no longer relevant and require to be


Niall thanked us for listening and handed back to Joyce for events and happenings around Glasgow.

Mitchell Open Tours - Thursday 7th, 12th, 29th June and Thursday 12th, 17th and 26th July.

A tour behind the scenes of the famous Mitchell Library between 2.30pm - 3.30pm on the above dates.

Since places are limited it is essential that you pre-book at glasgowlife.org.uk

Langside 450 - A series of commemorative events are being held to mark the 450th Anniversary of the Battle of

Langside. They are really keen for volunteers to help between 11th-14th May in Queens Park.

More information can be found on their Facebook page and https://langside450.inhouse.scot

Govanhill Housing Association - have a series of activities and events celebrating the history of the Samaritans Hospital

that kick off with a major history and heritage project exploring the building’s past. More information at govanhillha.org

“Charles Rennie Mackintosh Making the Glasgow Style - Celebrating 150 Years of Mackintosh” - This exhibition is now

on at Kelvingrove Museum, runs until 14th August and is one of the key events in the city-wide Mackintosh 2018

programme. Tickets cost £7 and £5 concession, with under 16s free. It can be booked online at


Film Extras Open Casting In Glasgow - Registration Day - 15th April. Film and Tv extras agency, ‘Universal Extras’,

whose recent credits include Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Justice League, Kingman, The Golden Circle and Paddington 2

are holding a registration day for film extras in Glasgow!

To register your interest of becoming an extra go to www.universalextras.co.uk and click ‘register as an extra’.

Talk - President Little wished the planned speaker for tonight, Paul Lyons (Central Station) a speedy recovery and

thanked Colin Mackie for standing in at short notice to give his talk on the Southern Necropolis. “If you have been a

regular to the OGC over the years, you will be familiar with him and his entertaining talks, his last being November 2015.

Colin thanked the OGC for inviting him to revisit the club and update us on what is happening at the Southern


It is the 30th Anniversary of Colin’s involvement with the Southern Necropolis. An interest that was inspired by his

history and guidance teacher, Charlotte Hutt at Adelphi Secondary School in the Gorbals. Charlotte may have resided in

the West End but she had a passion for the history of the Gorbals.

The Southern Necropolis - The Past and Pioneering Project was started by Charlotte Hutt in 1988.

“At that time the graveyard was sadly neglected, the stones were falling into bits and it if wasn’t recorded then, it should

have probably become unrecordable in the future. With this in mind, the project was to focus on preserving the rich

history within it, and at least bring it back into peoples memory”. Quote by Charlotte Hutt.

To coincide with the 1990 City of Culture celebrations, funding was given to a group of young researchers to record the

memorial stones, amass information on the lives of those buried there and produce a computer database.

The cemetery is 21 acres in size with around 250,000 people buried in the many lairs. It was established in 1839, with

the first burial taking place in 1840. There are three sections, the Central (opened in 1840), Eastern (opened in 1846),

and the larger Western section which was opened in 1850. The entrance is via the grand gatehouse, which was built to

the designs of Glasgow Architect Charles Wilson, who also designed Rutherglen Town Hall.

Colin showed us many interesting photographs and drawings of the cemetery, Charles Wilson gate house, Oatlands

House, which used to stand where the roundabout outside the cemetery is, original documents, newspaper coverage of

the Crarae Quarry disaster in 1886, Alexander Greek Thomson monument, Colin and Elsie getting married in July 2015,

weekly litter pick ups, Sunday history walks to name a few.

The Southern Necropolis, the present and the future :

There is currently quite extensive restoration work going on with the back walls which were falling over. The stones have

been taken out and are being meticulously replaced.

The Alexander Greek Thomson Circle has been completed. It consists of a stone circle with a cherry tree in the middle,

seeds sown around it and plants put in to attract butterflies and bees. There is a plaque saying “This tree and circle area

are both dedicated to the memory and work of Glasgow Architect Alexander Greek Thomson”.

Friends of Southern Necropolis have recently launched “Resurrecting & Preserving History Project”, giving them the

opportunity to link up with local primary schools, delivering a set of unique educational sessions that cover various

aspects of the curriculum.

“We have introduced the pupils to the history and characters of the cemetery, the various monuments and their

inscriptions, and included on site visits for a History Walk and Litter Pickup to promote the environmental importance of

the Southern Necropolis. Through the project we have also promoted and raised the profile of the cemetery via visits to local libraries,

community/history groups, and regular tours for visitors interested in the heritage trail within the three sections. We are

also continuing to research and help record various historical archives preserving the story of the Southern Necropolis.

Our recent Heritage Lottery funding received in September 2017, runs out at the end of May and we would really

appreciate any support towards carrying out the project for another year”.

Colin also advised that any volunteers are welcome to help with the weekly litter pick ups!

We were given a question and answer session entitled “Dead or? No Dead”, with Colin asking on the spot questions to

the audience. All answers had been given in the talk.

1 Name three different causes of death linked at the Southern Necropolis? Smallpox, TB and Cholera.

2 Monuments and Symbolisms? Angel of death, skull and crossbones and Dove.

3 Do you know where Greek Thomson was born, and how much did his headstone cost? Balfron - £16,000.

4 Who were the two gentlemen who founded the Southern Necropolis? Archibald Edmiston and Colin Sharp McLaws.

Colin thanked us for listening and ended his talk by telling us, “Southern Necropolis, there is life in the city of the dead”.

More history, information and a link to the Go Fund Me page for the Resurrecting & Preserving History Project can be

found at southernnecropolis.co.uk

President Stuart Little thanked Colin for his entertaining and educational talk, and invited the audience to ask Colin


Q What is the stone with the musical instrument on it?

A It is the gravestone of William Miller, the author of ‘Wee Willie Winkie’.

Q I would like to congratulate you on your 30 years of association with the Southern Necropolis, Colin. Do you maintain

the tombstones?

A No, we don’t physically touch the stones themselves and it is down to the lair holders to maintain them. A lot of the

stones are not able to be put back up because the original pins in them would not be able to support them. Where

possible the fallen stones have been laid flat with the inscriptions face up. It is all about safety as these stones are

very heavy.

Q Colin, the men that are working around the Southern Necropolis just now, is it the walls they are working on?

A Yes, the trees at the back were pushing the walls over. They took the stones out, numbered them, and are putting

them back in.

Q What is the general state of the headstones now?

A It is just your luck. If the headstone is sandstone then it has probably worn away with the elements, better chance of

it being more intact if it is granite.

Q A small point. When you were talking about the gates, were you talking about funding for the gates. I'm asking

because I wondered if you had applied to Historic Scotland, and others like it.

A The gates are the least of our worries just now and we would need about £1,500,000 to restore. We got to the short

list of the Prince of Wales Buildings at Risk fund.

Vote of Thanks: Tonight’s vote of thanks was given by club member, Artie Trezise.

Artie thanked Colin for his unbelievable enthusiasm and dedication to the Southern Necropolis and told him how

appreciative we were for rearranging his time table to fit us in at short notice. Artie asked us to join him in showing our

thanks to Colin for his wonderful talk.

AOCB: None.

Next Directors Meeting - to be confirmed.

Next Ordinary Meeting - Thursday 13th September, 7.30pm start at Adelaides, 209 Bath Street, Glasgow.

Close: Mr Little stated “this is my last ordinary meeting as President. It has been an interesting three years, it has been

nerve wracking, and no, it doesn’t get any better. Thank you all for coming, have a great Summer and we look forward

to seeing you at the September meeting”.

Shona Crozer - Recording Secretary

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Old Glasgow Club
10th May 2018

held at Glasgow City Chambers

Attendance There were 36 members in attendance.   

Chair   President Stuart Little welcomed members to the 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Old Glasgow Club, gave a fire/ safety announcement, requested that all mobile phones to be silenced or switched off and asked members to use the microphones if they wished to comment.  

President Little informed us of the recent loss of a very dear and long time friend to the Old Glasgow Club in Marion McGuigan. “Sam and I brought her to the club meetings where she always sat at the front. She enjoyed spending time with “her boys”, although I am not sure how accurate she was with that description! It was great to see that the club was well represented at Marion’s funeral, which was held at Knightswood Congregational Church”.  

Apologies   There were apologies from Jane Collie, Glen Collie, John McKnight, Iain Henderson, Anne White and Roisin McGroarty.  

Minutes   The Minutes of the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Old Glasgow Club were circulated and approved by Sam Gordon and seconded by Margaret Walker. There were no amendments.   

Matters Arising   The proposed amendments to the constitution of the Old Glasgow Club that members were advised of at the April Ordinary Meeting were circulated and discussed. The proposed changes were shown in red and the deletions were shown in red but struck through.  

1 Last part of paragraph to be taken out.

2 No change.

3 The last sentence to be taken out.

4a Middle of paragraph to be taken out and last part added.

4b New paragraph to be added.

5 To stay the same.

6 To stay the same.

7 To stay the same.

8 To stay the same.

9 To stay the same.

10 The E of EGM to be taken out.

11 Secretary and Treasurer to be changed to Office Bearers.

12 To stay the same.

13 To stay the same.

14 Address being taken out and contact details and Membership added before Secretary in the paragraph. 15a To stay the same.

15b To stay the same.

16 To stay the same.

Gavin McNae raised a concern regarding no 14 (members changing their contact details shall advise the Membership Secretary of such alteration) in the light of the new General Data Protection Regulation. Whether it was appropriate to hold these details.

Niall Houser, Membership Secretary replied, “even if we are not completely comfortable with it, we now have to give you the option to receive contact from us. I think if somebody has joined the club and agreed to be contacted then there is no conflict on our part”.

The motion and amendments were approved and carried forward.

Proposed - Ken Benjamin

Seconded - Gavin McNae

President’s Report   President Little informed us that he was coming to the end of his three year tenure (one year extra) he’d like to reflect over the last year. It started with Miss Cranston’s Tea Room Empire and ended with a talk on the Southern Necropolis.  

Two meetings were changed at the last minute due to reasons out with our control. Thankfully we had people who could bring their talks forward and for that we are very grateful.

We were informed that Marion McGuigan’s granddaughter, Kirsty Macfarlane is currently working on a documentary series by STV Productions about Glasgow Central Station and the Grand Central Hotel.

Kirsty is looking for stories of people who have used and worked in the station or the hotel, including memories and anecdotes. We were told that if anyone had anything they would like to share that they could get Kirsty’s contact details from our Secretary, Joyce McNae.

President Little ended his report by thanking his fellow Directors for their encouragement and help over the past three years and to all our members and visitors who attend the meetings.


Secretary’s Report  Mrs Joyce McNae told us that we should all have an AGM pack containing the Minutes of the 2017 AGM,   

Hon. Secretary Report, Membership Secretary Report, Recording Secretary, Hon Treasurer Report and the updated Syllabus for the 2018- 2019 session.

Mrs McNae said that further to the Secretary’s Report a new version of the Constitution will be available to members at the start of the 2018-2019 session.

Membership Secretary’s Report   The club membership stands at 121 for the 2017-2018 session, this number includes 9 life members.  

Past-President Sam Gordon raised the point that there were still 9 life members included in the membership numbers, the same number as when he was Membership Secretary.

There are four, perhaps five that could be accounted for, President Brian D. Henderson, Bob Dunlop, Murray Blair, Liz Smith and perhaps Joy Blair.

Mr Gordon stated that the other four or five should be contacted once and for all, and that it was ridiculous that it hadn’t been classified before now.

Membership Secretary, Niall Houser, said that he was willing to send a letter out but that it would need to be carefully worded as he didn’t want anyone to feel harassed. Niall also said that it could be raised at the next Directors Meeting as to the suitable wording of the letter.

This was unanimously agreed by the Directors.

Treasurer’s Report  Mrs Margaret Thom circulated the Club accounts for the year ending 31st March 2018 and asked if anyone would like to ask any questions relating to the accounts.  

The accounts were found to be in good order and had been examined by Jim Gibson and Gillian McGugan. The adoption of the report was proposed by Artie Trezise and seconded by Cathy Wallach.

Librarian’s Report

Librarian Report Mrs Anna Forrest’s report circulated at the 2015 AGM still stands.

To access the Club’s Library please contact Carol Parry directly. Her contact details are printed on the back of the new membership card.

Election of Office Bearers

Retiring President Little handed the chain of office over to incoming President, Brian D. Henderson and wished him all the very best for his term of office.

President Henderson thanked us all very much for the privilege of being elected and gave a special thank you to Mr Little, who had willingly stayed on for another year when we had no Vice-President. 

President Henderson then proceeded with the election of office bearers.

Vice-President Crawford Cassidy Proposed: Brian Henderson

                                                                                                                             Seconded: Ken Benjamin

Hon. Secretary Joyce McNae Proposed: Cilla Fisher

                                                                                                                             Seconded: Crawford Cassidy

Treasurer Margaret Thom Proposed: Gavin McNae

                                                                                                                             Seconded: Colin McCormick

Recording Secretary Shona Crozer Proposed: Ian Frame

                                                                                                                             Seconded: Robert Watt

Two additional people who cannot be forgotten are Niall Houser, Membership Secretary and Anna Forrest, the Librarian, for all their hard work.

Moving on to Directors. Bill Crawford, Alison Sannachan and Crawford Cassidy are all due to stand down. Bill has finished his three year tenure, Alison her one year tenure and Crawford because he is now our Vice-President. Cilla has kindly agreed to be re-elected.

Cilla Fisher Proposed: Gavin McNae

                                                                                                                              Seconded: Ken Benjamin

Colin McCormick 3rd year of 3 year tenure

Gaynor Mackinnon 2nd year of 3 year tenure

Appointment of Examiners

                                                                      Jim Gibson Proposed: Colin McCormick

                                                                                                                               Seconded: Sam Gordon

                                                                      Gillian McGugan Proposed: Gaynor Mackinnon

                                                                                                                               Seconded: Stuart Little

President Henderson extended the Club’s gratitude to the Accounts Examiners for all their time and hard work.

AOCB  In his capacity as Club Historian, President Henderson had been looking through the Club transactions for the mid 1930’s; with the Glasgow Herald, the Govan Press of 1923, and the passage of later years playing their part. He hoped all would become clear when he shared it with us.  

“It is 10 January 1935 and Mrs Agnes McLaren Lockhart, Director, is giving a very thought provoking lecture to the members. Mrs McLaren Lockhart would go on to become our first lady President at the AGM in 1947.

Quoting from Lord Lytton (who was, I understand, a 19th century Baronet, with a reputation as a poet)

-“Time as it is cannot stay...nor again as it was can it be”- she goes on to mourn the loss to the city of, in particular, St Enoch Church with its steeple, nine years earlier in 1926; the club, along with other antiquarians societies, sent a memorial to the Corporation as early as December 1923, protesting against the proposed demolition.

The Glasgow Herald was reporting on 24 January, 1924 (we were shown a photograph of St Enoch Church), “we print above a photograph of St Enoch Church, situated in the business centre of Glasgow, an edifice which it has been decided to remove in order to provide improved traffic facilities in one of the busiest parts of the city.

Agreement was reached some time ago between the Corporation and the Presbytery of Glasgow for the removal of the building. The Presbytery agreeing to accept £36,500 for the purpose of erecting a new church in a residential part of the


Since this agreement was reached the Archaeological Society of Glasgow and the Old Glasgow Club have made requests to the Corporation that when the church comes to be demolished that the steeple should be retained. The Corporation have agreed to consider these requests. In any case two or three years must elapse before the proposed alterations in St Enoch Square can be carried through”.

Efforts of the Club are unfortunately not successful, and a farewell service arranged by the Club, in cooperation with the Glasgow Presbytery is held in the church on Sunday 1 February, 1925.

The Herald comments that “efforts are being made to have the steeple preserved”, along with The Daily Record and Mail on Monday February 2, 1925.

This, sadly, does not come to pass; the steeple itself is brought down in February/March the following year. We were shown a photograph which The Glasgow Herald titled “The Last of a City Kirk”, Friday February 26, 1926 published (a rather atmospheric view with St Enoch Station and Hotel in the background).

Moving on, Mrs McLaren Lockhart asks rhetorically:

“While it has been necessary that the slum areas of Glasgow should be demolished and cleared and the dwellers rehoused, was there any valid necessity at all to have demolished at the same time historic buildings which had nothing of the slum about them, and which were the most magnificent and interesting features of old Glasgow”.

I wonder what she would have made of the comprehensive development areas of the 1960’s - and of the mass clearances in Laurieston, Gorbals for example; with the loss of so many listed buildings.

In my own time as Secretary, the Club did object to the demolition of Queens Park Terrace in 1980; and to the proposed motorway undercarriage which was mooted for Glasgow Green. There was also the suggestion that the Caledonia Road Church shell should be transferred, stone by stone, to the top of Buchanan Street to form the hub of the new Royal Concert Hall; this, of course, did not happen.

Despite all the many negatives around the city’s past, which Mrs McLaren Lockhart berates, she highlights many positives too, including the saving of the historic Tolbooth Steeple at Glasgow Cross in 1921, thanks to the efforts of Sir Thomas Paxton, Lord Provost and Honorary President, and the Club’s Directors; and she concludes her address with the following challenge:

“Other hands your work doth carry

Other lips record your story

Others yet, will join in the throng

The history of Glasgow must go on”.

In this vein, ladies and gentlemen, the Govan Press, held at the Mitchell Library, has recently provided a glimpse of living club and city history as noted by Police Superintendent John Ord, father of Mrs McLaren Lockhart, who was himself President from 1922 to 1924:

Mr Ord, in proposing a Vote of Thanks to the Lord Provost Matthew W Montgomery, a Chairman at a Club meeting in December 1923 (NB, meeting actually held on 8th November 1923 - per OGC Transactions 1923/24) remarks that it is the first time in the club’s history that an ordinary member has been elected to the office of Lord Provost; it seems that Lord Provost Montgomery is both an ordinary and honorary member of the Club.

In drawing now rapidly to a close, ladies and gentlemen, most, if not all of us will be familiar with the Hielan’ Man’s Umbrella in Argyle Street, under Central Station.

But does anyone know where the Highland Man’s Hill is? This is apparently Garnethill - as revealed by Mr R Lockhart Bryden, former Curator of Kelvingrove Art Galleries and Museum, in a lecture presented on 9 December 1937...”in 1667 the Highland Host, brought from Athole to overawe the Covenanters, was for a time encamped on “The Highlandman’s Hill” afterwards known as Garnethill.”

So there you have it, ladies and gentlemen, another little piece of the tapestry which is our city’s history.

And to quote again, and finally, the concluding words of Mrs McLaren Lockhart, from the mists of time, in January 1935: “Other hands your work doth carry

Other lips record your story

Others yet, will join in the throng

The history of Glasgow must go on”

Thank you all, very much indeed. Thank you”.

Club member, Mr Bill Crawford, told us that he after the sad ending to the city centre St Enoch Church, he would like to cheer us up a wee bit. The congregation was successfully split up into two parts, St Enoch’s Hogganfield, Riddrie, and Kelvinhaugh Church, Yorkhill Street. And while Kelvinhaugh Church might have been demolished around 1963, St Enoch’s Hogganfield is still going strong today.

Summer Social Events

President Henderson read out club events happening over the Summer months.

24th May: J.A.S. Wilson Memorial Walk.

The J.A.S. Memorial Walk is to George Square on Thursday 24th May. Niall Murphy, Deputy Director Glasgow City Heritage Trust, who spoke to the Club in January about George Square; meet in the square at 6.00pm.

9th June: Summer Outing.

Summer Outing is to Scone Palace on Saturday 9th June, cost is £25.40 for the coach and admission, £24 concession. We will stop in Bridge of Allan on the homeward journey. Due to the good and varied choice of restaurants High Tea has not been booked this year.

The coach will leave from outside Mount Florida Bowling Club at 9.30am and Cochrane Street at 10.00am. Returning to Glasgow at approximately 8.00pm.

14th June: Tappit Hen Bowling Tournament.

This event is for bowlers, non-bowlers and spectators alike; the emphasis is on fun.

Meet at Kelvingrove Bowling Greens on Thursday 14th June at 6.15pm.

Afterwards, for those who wish, we will repair to Baffo in Argyle Street for a reasonably priced supper. The bowling part of the evening is free - supper should be paid directly to the restaurant.

Close President Henderson thanked everyone for attending the AGM and looked forward to seeing us all at the new session on September 13th for the talk by Jim Mearns on The Antonine Wall.

Shona Crozer

Recording Secretary