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A Potted History of Glasgow

12th September 2019

Peter Mortimer

Gifts from Glasgow: Scottish Applied Artwork
at Auction

10th October 2019

Theo Burrell

Some Poems and why I wrote them

14th November 2019

Liz Lochhead

The Singer - the Sound of my Childhood

12th December 2019

Gavin McNae

The Real Beautiful Game - Bingo and
its History

9th January 2020

Paul McGlinchey

An Evening for Members and Friends

13th February 2020

Members' Night

The Glasgow Theatre:
Architectural Heritage over 250 years

12th March 2020

Graeme smith

The Glasgow Lady Artists
and the Suffragettes

9th April 2020

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Old Glasgow Club
12th September 2019

held at Adelaide's, 209 Bath Street, Glasgow

Attendees: 84


Chair: President, Mr Brian D Henderson

Mr Henderson welcomed members and visitors to the first meeting and enrolment night of the 2019-20 session. Following the Safety announcement and request that all mobile phones by switched off, he continued to the Apologies.

Apologies: Cameron Lowe, Joan Lowe, Alastair McFarlane, Jane Collie, Glen Collie, Janette Knox, Isabel Haddow, Arti Trezise.

Minutes: Mr Henderson then asked if there were any amendments to the Minutes of the last ordinary meeting held on 11th April. No one spoke, but Mr Henderson himself had an amendment – a typographical error in the vote of thanks which should have read as “insight”, not “incite” . The Minutes should have read “….insight into such a wonderful institution….” Acceptance of the Minutes was then proposed by Margaret Thom, seconded by Ruaraidh Clark.


President’s Report: Mr Henderson recently visited Bob Dunlop - Past President, former Honorary President, Recording

Secretary and Librarian – who does not now enjoyed good health.. He also reported on Maureen Smith, a former Club Treasurer, who has been unwell. She is now recovering and Mr Henderson asked the meeting to join with him in hoping she will be back among us soon.

Moving on to his “Living History” theme, Mr Henderson reported that there had not been a club meeting in September 1919. His

“Living History” experience centred instead on three Glasgow newspapers no longer in existence – the Bulletin (sister paper to the Glasgow Herald and Evening Times), which existed from 1915 till 1960; the Evening News (incorporating the “Evening Star” and “Glasgow News”) which published from 1877 until 1957: and thirdly the Evening Citizen, published from 1864 until 1974.

Mr Henderson then called on Mrs Joyce McNae, Club Secretary, to give her report.


Secretary’s Report: Club Secretary, Joyce McNae began by welcoming members to a new session of the club. As there had been amendments to the Constitution she advised that copies of the revised version were available from Colin McCormick at the enrolment desk where copies of a new leaflet to publicise the club could also be picked up.

Joyce went on to summarise this winter’s programme before recapping on this summer’s events. Starting with a very successful evening at the Botanic Gardens for the JAS Wilson Memorial Walk. This should have been followed by the Tappit Hen bowling tournament but this had to be cancelled due to the weather.

 She then reviewed events in Glasgow before handing back to the President.

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Speaker: Peter Mortimer is a past Club President, serving in 2000 to 2001, when .he wrote the foreword to the handbook produced to mark that special occasion. Mr Mortimer has also written a number of books on Glasgow and is a very busy man.

Peter began by saying it was a pleasure to be back at the club where he had spent many hours enjoying the history of this wonderful city of ours. The title of his talk was “A Potted History of Glasgow” which was the title of an essay he wrote for the centenary handbook.

He started by speaking about the discovery of Bronze Age remains discovered in the Mount Vernon area in 1928. Iron Age relics have been found in the Queens Park and in that area Medieval pottery and evidence of Roman presence. There is the Roman Baths in Bearsden and the Antonine Wall nearby.


Mr Mortimer then spoke of the arrival of Christianity with Kentigern and the establishment of Glasgow Cathedral and the small communities in that area, followed by the creation of the university, based originally at the cathedral.

Moving on to the “Tobacco Lords”, he explained that while large amounts were imported from the Americas to Glasgow most of it was then exported to Europe at great profit to those who traded in it.


Some time later James Watt, who was an instrument maker at Glasgow University, invented the condenser for the steam engine and heralded the arrival of mass production and the industrial revolution. Cotton mills sprang up throughout the city.

Iron and steel production saw further development in Glasgow, particularly with the shipyards and ancillary companies. Apart from shipbuilding, in the east end of the city there were companies like Arrols (most famous for the Forth Rail Bridge) and Beardmores, eventually a huge conglomerate. Mr Mortimer also made mention of Templetons, carpetmakers, and the railway engine works in Springburn who exported to all corners of the world.


Glasgow’s population peaked at 1.1 million in the 1930s To feed such numbers all forms of food manufacturers and retailers grew in the city, including Liptons.


To meet the population growth there was a need for housing which saw the creationt of the Glasgow tenement. Getting so many people around the city was another challenge. This led to the building of the Subway and to the development of our famous tram network.

Mr Mortimer also described the growth in department stores before moving on to the school-building programme and provision of public wash-houses and baths. Another municipal provision was public libraries, including the magnificent Mitchell Library.

For entertainment Glasgewians loved their cinemas. At its peak there were something like 120 cinemas in the city, from the plush Odeon in Renfield Street to some of the more humble local halls.


After the Second World War came decanting from the inner city to the peripheral housing schemes - Drumchapel, Pollock, Easterhouse and Castlemilk. Good houses, but without the amenities.


Glasgow in the 50s and 60s was in decline, but then women in Govan began to demand better houses. This led to the refurbishment of tenements in the 70s and 80s. Then came the Garden Festival in 1988, an amazing success, followed two years later by the Glasgow, City of Culture. This change brought about a new attitude in the city and a realisation that we have some great architecture in the city and a desire to keep our heritage and take advantage of it.


Mr Mortimer concluded by describing the 2014 Commonwealth Games as an event he is most proud of, which showed Glasgow in a very good light.


Q. What was the first major material to be recognised as coming from Glasgow?

A. It would have to be Tobacco; then Cotton products. But what we are really best known for are Ships.


Vote of thanks: This was given by Past President Stuart Little.


Quiz: Director Gaynor MacKinnon announced the photograph tonight as the façade of the old Rottenrow Maternity Hospital. She asked Peter to make the draw. There was no name on the slip, but the winner was eventually found.


AOCB: No points were raised at which point, President Brian announced he would be leading a walk in Kinning Park on Saturday 21 September.


He then gave the mic to Peter who listed three walks he would be leading that same weekend.

Closure of meeting: There being no further business, President Henderson closed the meeting by thanking everyone for their attendance.


Next General Meeting: Thursday, 10 October, 7pm for 7.30. Speaker: Theo Burrell “Gifts from Glasgow”


Directors Meeting: Thursday 3 October, 6pm. 26 Queen’s Drive.


Crawford Cassidy,

Acting Recording Secretary


Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Old Glasgow Club
10th October 2019

held at Adelaide's, 209 Bath Street, Glasgow

Minutes will be posted when they are available

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14th November 2019

held at Adelaide's, 209 Bath Street, Glasgow

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12th December 2019

held at Adelaide's, 209 Bath Street, Glasgow

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9th January 2020

held at Adelaide's, 209 Bath Street, Glasgow

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13th February 2020

held at Adelaide's, 209 Bath Street, Glasgow

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12th March 2020

held at Adelaide's, 209 Bath Street, Glasgow
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9th April 2020

held at Adelaide's, 209 Bath Street, Glasgow

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14th May 2020

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