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 Post subject: January 2009
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I was born and raised In the Gorbals at Gorbals Cross to be exact, I came to the states after i had to give my son up for adoption I had no family to help me at the time so was In an unwed mothers home until the birth, that was 50yrs ago, I took care of other peoples children but never have forgot that little boy of mine, I always think each year maybe if I'm real good at xmas I will get to see him again such a childish thing to say I know but that's my xmas wish each year.

Submitted by: Pat Lynch
LA, USA
31/01/08
Email: Glasgopati@aol.com



FAO Joan could you ask your aunt Anne to email me if she wants to Cheers Rab

Submitted by: Rab Smith
Donegal, Irelland
31/01/08
Email: rabgem@blueyonder.co.uk



FAO WEE ECK. I lived in Abbotsford Place, and still have a scar on my nose from the Venny Playground. Swinging on the rope. The celebrities in the jungle have it easy. FAO Betty McCabe, Kathleen Harley, nee Connors, would love to hear how you are.

Submitted by: Rose Doyle
Donegal, Irelland
31/01/08
Email: rosedoyle1@hotmail.com



Lived at 327 crown Street as a boy...went to camden Street school. Would love to hear from any old pals.... cheers ! Alan Munro.

Submitted by: Alan Munro
Falkirk, Scotland
31/01/08
Email: alangmunro@hotmail.com



FAO.Wee Wumman, I too remember my first day at st johns primary, we lived just up the street from it, just before you came to bedford street, Mammy[big irish wumman] took me down to the school, I rember the big iron gates. like yourself, felt realy lost in the big ceowd of weans. at playtime Mammy would bring me a big mug of tea and a piece and jam. ah memorys of so long ago. forgot to mention, it was febuary 1940. Owen D ougan.

Submitted by: Owen Dougan
Glasgow, Scotland
31/01/08
Email: g132yn@bushinternet.com



Hi cliff, before anyone points you in my direction, I have checked out my photos of Gorbals and Herbertson st is among the few streets I dont have a photo of. Sorry I cant help you. Bye for now, norrie

Submitted by: Norman McNamee
Glasgow, Scotland
30/01/08
Email: norman_mcnamee@hotmail.com



I was born in Florence Street in 1947 and went to Camden Street school. Does anyone remember the 'sprays' which came in a big van and were set up in the playground once a month for children who had no bath in the house. If there were too many kids at once then we had to 'double up' in the cubicles. We moved up to Castlemilk in 1956 to a brand new house with a bathroom and a verandah and two bedrooms. We thought we were the bees knees.

Submitted by: Margaret Carroll (Mack)
Glasgow, Scotland
30/01/08
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Is there anyone reading this who left St.Francis in the summer of 1936 and went to the opening of the brand new Crosshill Senior Secondary School? Within a short time it was renamed, to Holyrood Secondary. When the first pupils arrived then,the builders were still at work. Anyone remember? Golden Oldie Michael

Submitted by: Michael
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30/01/08
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FAO Pauline Boyce; I dunno who yer writin tae, but me myself frae the Gorbals an am 77 years old, still live in Glesga up at Shawlands, nae offence but I thought Id anser you, these names ring a bell? Jimmie Boyle, Tarzan Wilson, John Friel, Sloweys, Traynors, Douglas, O,Donnels, Padgy Gallacher, Dochertys, Crossans, I could go on and on and on, not one of these are scots all Irish, in fact I lived in the Gorbals since 1932 until 1978 thats over 40 years so I do know a wee bit about my own folk, I can remember most of the families, I lived in Caley road, Hospital street, and Thistle street, I knew the lot in those days and I am scots my wee maw came from the Calton and my Da came from Cumberland street. Get the chip aff yer shoulders and be real hen, my Grandad told me a few stories as well about the Lynches, Coyles, Mc Grorys, Paddy Doyle, all Irish, I went to Camden street school there were nae gangsters there, or at Abbey place, a few rough wans at Adelphi Terrac! e, but no gangsters or murders. I sincerely hope this helps you and aw tha best Pauline, fae auld Malky.

Submitted by: Lil
Glasgow, Scotland
30/01/08
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FAO Pauline Boyce; I dunno who yer writin tae, but me myself frae the Gorbals an am 77 years old, still live in Glesga up at Shawlands, nae offence but I thought Id anser you, these names ring a bell? Jimmie Boyle, Tarzan Wilson, John Friel, Sloweys, Traynors, Douglas, O,Donnels, Padgy Gallacher, Dochertys, Crossans, I could go on and on and on, not one of these are scots all Irish, in fact I lived in the Gorbals since 1932 until 1978 thats over 40 years so I do know a wee bit about my own folk, I can remember most of the families, I lived in Caley road, Hospital street, and Thistle street, I knew the lot in those days and I am scots my wee maw came from the Calton and my Da came from Cumberland street. Get the chip aff yer shoulders and be real hen, my Grandad told me a few stories as well about the Lynches, Coyles, Mc Grorys, Paddy Doyle, all Irish, I went to Camden street school there were nae gangsters there, or at Abbey place, a few rough wans at Adelphi Terrac! e, but no gangsters or murders. I sincerely hope this helps you and aw tha best Pauline, fae auld Malky.
Submitted by: Auld Malky
Glasgow, Scotland
29/01/08
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F.A.O LOUISE.ross fam. ye menshined ROSCO.am thinkin aboot the guy that hung aboot the coarner croon st n caley rd, if its the same wan heres a wee story fer ye, rosco wis up oan the roof ah the auld bru,n croon st,lookin fer sumthin (if ye no wit a mean) anywie the polis wer also up oan the roof(jist passin by)n they gave chase rosco legged it he jumped fae the bru roof tae the next wan onto the auld hooses, the polis tried the same jump n never made it, the polisman wis hingin oan tae the gutter,shoutin fer help, yer man rosco went bak n gave him a haun oanty the roof, the polisman thanked him fer cumin bak n rescuin him, then polisman cuffed him n jaelt him!!!(fae FLECKY aka james fletcher aka jim the jannie)hope all is well with the famly.
Submitted by: Jim the Jannie
Glasgow, Scotland
29/01/08
Email: jimthejannie@btinternet.com

F.A.O JOSIE MC DONALD aye josie ah remember the sunday school n cavendish st,at night time they ran the band of hope, fer the peeple, tae get a cup a tea, n a peece ah wisnever ootit, wen a wis in belvedere hosp. mr brown used tae visit me n wan time he gave me a wee toaty bible wae pitchers in it, ah wis aboot 6yr auld, wen ah grew up n became a man(aye rite), a wis daen ma caretaker at 341 caledonia rd n the multis, mr walker wis ma next door naybor(cop yer wack fer that wan) peeple ur put n yer life fer a reason. thanx josie fer ra memory.
Submitted by: Jim the Jannie
Glasgow, Scotland
29/01/08
Email: jimthejannie@btinternet.com

F.A.O. Bud Flannigan if you are the Bud that lived on Castlemilk Drive I just wanted to say hello to you. You won't remember me I stayed next door to the Walkers, Wullie and Tosh. You helped to "enliven" me on many occasions. Hope you are doing well. Mick.
Submitted by: Mick Connoly
Glasgow, Scotland
29/01/08
Email: weemick@btinternet.com

FAO Lorraine Traynor. I remember as a wee lassie living opposite your grandparents house in Lawmoor Street. I knew them by sight, and I'm sure your family had a dog. Doe's the name Jo-Jo mean anything to you?
Submitted by: Old Gran
East Kilbride, Scotland
29/01/08
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Anybody remember my family, the blyth lot, we lived at 3 rosyth st, my dad bryan, michael, ally, john, jim(deceased). Just came up for a visit and saddened to see that its nearly all demolished. Managed to get some pics tho.

Submitted by: John Blyth
Northampton, Northants
29/01/09
Email: johnblyth09@aol.com

Ok, it ain't nostalgic, but anyone remember the Adventure Playground between Gorbals St and Abbotsford Place when so much waste ground appeared after tenement demolition? Spent many happy hours on it.

Submitted by: Wee Eck
Port Glasgow, Renfrewshire
29/01/09
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FAO Mrs Pearl Scott: I remember the crisp factory in South Portland St,they would sell you the wee crumbs left at the bottom of the drum,you could get A big bag for tupence, or A wee penny bag, they were so good and so tasty, we used to stand in A queue to get served and make ourselves late for school, when wee got into the class the tacher would smell them straight away and take them from you till home time,;;(pure torture) anyway one day at assembly, it was announced that we were banned from buying these wee chippery bits)as all the wee black bits were not wee burnt bits ,? but mice and rat droppings.;;; I think this was meant to be A deterrent, but it never worked,we continued to poison ourselves for many years,?. Wee Blether.

Submitted by: Wee Blether
Ayrshire, scotland
28/01/09
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Nan Cameron sorry I have not e-mailed you put anything on this site since you sent me the e-mail I am still alive and kicking but the eyes are not so good since my stroke that's why I have deleted your e-mail and also the forms to the Gorbals was saying the wrong command thing is when talking to a computer you cant change your accent dialect or pitch as it' will make a mistake you have to repeat it over and over again and you must place the mouthpiece at a certain point I am getting better at it and more consistent Hope you are well and I was in a miss Bridge class at Camden Street School before I went to strathbungoI am slowly getting back to The normal state of affairs if there is such a thing Hope all is well for you in this New Year ten quid

Submitted by: Ten Quid
Oz
28/01/09
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Many Many years ago, when I was A wee lassie, I attended the wee St John's infants school in Nicholson St.;;;My first memory was standing in the playground, scared and frozen, and wondering why I was there,? most of the other children, were running around screaming, some crying, some just standing there in shock;;; myself included. Eventualy A bell went off and all the kids who were older than us (new starts)stood in lines one behind the other till their teachers came out to hush them quiet. The head teacher was miss Gordon, who played the piano in the playground,and all the children would begin to march holding on to the one in front singing(Poly perkin hold on to my jerkin,?All around the playground and through the doors into the class. Miss Gordon was A lovely lady, who wore A tartan Jacket with A pleated skirt and A fur fox round her neck. My first teacher was Miss Fox, who wore A floral overall she was small and wore glasses, there was A Miss Thornton, who took ! the boys class, I think there was A miss Boyle, and A miss McKendrick.;;; The dinner school was joined on to the school, and we would stand in A queue with our dinner tickets waiting to be seated, the head dinner lady was Miss Swan(small with black hair,) not at all nice to us wee tots who were terrified on our first day at school, there was also A miss Kelly,? who wore her hair in A bun, and two sisters, Agnes and Mary I think,?who were really nice to us. I loved the dinners, mince n' totties, Irish stew, Stew n'doughballs. Puddings were also great,? custard and cake, apple crumble,custard n' dumpling ice cream n' jelly.;;; Well at least it cheered us up after our first terrifying ;;;; First day at school.;;;;;;;Wee BLETHER.

Submitted by: Wee Blether
Ayrshire, Scotland
27/01/09
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Re-Christina Philbin,Your remarkable memory astounds me.We did live in the first door on the left and I remember Jim Halligan,didn`t he have a bad burn mark on his neck.GaGa Habbick had a son George,she was a lovely woman She took me to Leven for my very first holiday.I had cousins called Haxton.My Uncle Jim and Aunt Peggy,they lived two up and had a very large family.They later moved out to the Govan area.As Bob Hope used to sing thanks for the memories Christina, Eddie

Submitted by: Eddie Healy
Merseyside, England
27/01/09
Email: Not Supplied

To Chrstine Philbin Sorry it took so long to answer your last posting. This month has just flown by... You mentioned some names that took me way, way back. I'm 65 so I don't think I knew all of the folk you mentioned as well as you and James did. I remember the Fosters- at least the two girls. The father Tommy died under tragic circumstances and I don't know if Mrs Foster died before that when the girls were young. They had it very hard but seemed to do very well later on in their lives-made of good McNeil St stuff. Remember vaguely, Mrs Clark who was a friend of my Auntie Peggie's who had the wee fruit shop. I think she had a daughter who died of TB but I could be mistaken. My uncle Alan and Aunt Agnes Moffat stayed in that house later on with Annette. Nan,Jean, Helen and son Alan. Remember very vaguely too that a young policeman lived up 64 McNeil St. Now that was something! The polis were not popular in them thar places! Could he have been a Douglas? I can recall 4 generations of the Kennedy's. From Mr Kennedy Seniour to Nancy his daughter in Law who was always scrubbing ! out the house around 1958ish onwards doing the stairs or putting out big washings. Spotless as was many a family then. Nancy had long red hair and quite a character. I was pally with her twin daughters Mari and Audery. Mari's wee daughter was just a toddler when I left the area. Mary Lumsden - quite glamorous in the late 40's... snakeskin platforms/ red lippy and wee smart suits-a pal of my aunt Nettie Moffat before she went to stay in London. Her mother became blind in later years/ her daughter Jacqueline was a pal of my sister Janet Moffat. The Fairs stayed 1st right up at 66 before my Grannie Annie Moffat moved from 3 up 2nd left to their house when they moved. And yes, you are right The Coulters-he was a tailor and she was an invalid for a long amount of years Remember their daughters Jane and May. Jane in turn had Helen and Beth.James Philbin-I think you meant The Vine's -there was a son who suffered from epilepsy. The daughter Nancy had 13 weans and every one was kept as shiny as a new thruppeny bit. I SHOULD KNOW! I was the orginal entrepreneur and made a wee business out of waiting at the closes for the Baptism piece and it was usually a double Jacobs Cream Cracker and a wee bit of money for luck. First of many businesss ventures like organising the backcourt concerts/ diving in heid first tae the wedding scrambles/running round tae Ballater St- cooperative for messages. I'm afraid all the pennies went on sweeties from Murns, pokie hats from McCardles or scrapings from Greasy Peter's-it all caught up with! me in the end................... What members of my family- the Moffats family do you remember best? They are all gone now so I would love to hear of any info. What caught my imagination too Christine, was the folk whom you said were always looking out of the windows facing on to Hayfield St. I keep having this recurrent dream about them trying to figure out who they were. What years are you talking about? I think you said father and daughter? You mentioned who were friendly with the Fosters. Was that the double windows 1 up straight up above the Pig and Whistle or at the corner of of McNeil St /Hayfield ? Maybe the Fair's? Think my grannie moved into their house 1947-58 ish. This is driving me nuts-please help. Love from Rita

Submitted by: Rita Moffat
Glasgow, Scotland
27/01/09
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Hi does anyone remember the Traynor family who stayed in lamoor (not sure of spelling)my granda was paddy Traynor he was a bookies rinner and apparantly stood around gorbals cross waiting for his bookie lines he had 4 sons,George,james,(my late dad)tommy and eddie also thre lassies,mary,margaret,betty.my grandmother was called mary, any info would be great. cheers. lorraine.

Submitted by: Lorraine Hamilton (nee Traynor)
Glasgow, Scotland
27/01/09
Email: Not Supplied

Please could you assist: I'd like help with a Glasgow accent for a character in a short story of mine. He is a doctor who came out to Kenya some twenty years ago. The incident he is recounting is the death of a young colleague. There is not much dialogue that needs a Glasgow accent.I'd very much appreciate it if one of your members could help me. Thank you.

Submitted by: Karen
Kilifi, Kenya
27/01/09
Email: karrenvisser@hotmail.com

FAO: JJ i never went to saint john boscos m8 . i left st bonaventure's and went to st mungos . . but i have some great memories of some of my teachers lol . Mrs sharkey . she was a stunner lol . Mrs smith . god bless her she love to tell us the stories about her hubby being in the SFA. FEW MORE TO . MR GOLDFEDER . not to fond of him . too quick with the belt . .. i lost contact with all my friends from school when i moved away . Andy Crawford . James smith . wee john mccue .Davy Wilson ( though he was more of just a at school friend ) . wee Paul god bless his soul . he died in a house fire . most intelligent kid I've ever knew . he could stay off school miss classes still come top of every exam . oh and Joanna Jordon . . god i had such a crush on her . lmfao .... another friend was big tusky . class above me but when i was a kid he was like a hero . no body messed with him . . last i heard he was in a wheel chair . hurt by one of those stupid air rifles . shame he was some ! footballer . times were different and i dont know if they were better or worse but i dont look back with rose tinted glasses . i guess we all do at our childhood . long days in richmond park . playing football . used to watch clyde train down there . lol . ..

Submitted by: CB
Lisburn, Lisburn
27/01/09
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Would love to hear from tommy taggart from gorbals then ardencraig rd denny burns

Submitted by: Denis Burns
Glasgow, Scotland
26/01/09
Email: dennis.burns@sky.com

Is there anyone out there who has old photos of Herbertson Street? Or do you know where I can find them. Also, my granny - Maggie Phillips - was born at #10, as were here kids. She lived there with her Aunt Lisa (Leezie) up until the late 1940's. She always told me that as a teenager she had a crush on Romolo (Italian lad who worked in the chippy?). Any stories?

Submitted by: Cliff
Falkirk, Scotland
26/01/09
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Pappy? my old friend? you gotta be ? send address ur e mail straight away. Ha ha georgie porgie no messin i used to sing that to, from the best dancer ever in the land Bud.

Submitted by: Bud Flannagan
Colchester, England
26/01/09
Email: Not Supplied

My father Thomas Downie lived at 5 Norfolk st, with his parents John& Mary, he had 2 brothers daniel and Jon and a sister Matilda (Tilly). I would love to here from anyone who remembers them or has photos of that area.

Submitted by: Irwin
South Lyon, USA
26/01/09
Email: hakiirwin@hotmail.com

Does anyone know the lyons from the gorbal?

Submitted by: James Neill
Darlington, England
26/01/09
Email: jimmyneill59@hotmail.co.uk

chick easdon is my uncle tryed to e mail you, my grandad was thomas neill his wife margret was my nannie

Submitted by: James Neill
Darlington, England
26/01/09
Email: jimmyneill59@hotmail.co.uk

Does any one remember the neill/s from surrey st moved to blackburn w/loathian 1962 lettox st.

Submitted by: James Neill
Darlington, England
26/01/09
Email: jimmyneill59@hotmail.co.uk

How shallow are you and how dare you say the gangs from the gorbals were from irish families. They came here and came up against bigotry they could not get a job i was brought up in the gorbals like a lot of families there was good times and bad we came from an irish famly and we never fogot our roots that is the difference we love being irish its in our blood and in our children you do not know the history of the gorbals and the people we are a very proud race we came and from poverty and worked to make a better life for our family when after all the british government for hundreds of years kept the irish and many nations down. Yes i am proud to come from the gorbals i am irish from the gorbals but get a life, not all the gangsters were irish go have a look at all the old news papers and find out who were the bad ones look back in you own history yes i come from the gorbals but my heart is in ireland with my people.

Submitted by: Pauline Boyce
Glasgow, Scotland
25/01/09
Email: pauline.boyce@ntlworld.com

My dads still going strong as all around the gorbals changes his memories are still strong maybe you remember him he was a butcher in crown st and he played the piano in the paragon at matinees good times indeed eddy friel jun
Submitted by: Edward Friel
Glasgow, Scotland
25/01/09
Email: eddyfriel@hotmail.com

Looking for family conections cousins and brothers and sisters familys of Andrew forbes wilson of lanark glasgow. Andrew pollock family. family of Grace millar forbes of bridgeton glasgow Margaret paterson , Jimmy Evans family Also any one knows of william inglis wilson born lanark was living with another family after his mother grace millar forbes wilson died any help in finding him he was born between 1918 and 1924 when sister grace was born also the shaw family. as I have a letter from my father Andrew forbes wilson with these family names in it where he visited before leaving for austrlia also pollock family any family conection that might help.
Submitted by: Brenda Lamb
Kyneton Vic, Australia
25/01/09
Email: charliemaxwell23@hotmail.com

Does anyone remember the Ross family. Maybe Roscoe?
Submitted by: Louise
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24/01/09
Email: mariposa4u@msn.com

From the gorbals i am 63 years old
Submitted by: Joe Brown
Glasgow, Scotland
24/01/09
Email: icemaid25@hotmail.co.uk

Does anybody remember the mormons from america in the gorbals in the 50s? I joined thinking it was a club. I got baptize by them, not telling my mum she found out and she gave them hell and took all the forms and cert. and burnt them, and gave me a good slap.
Submitted by: Robin Hayes
Manchester, England
24/01/09
Email: bombpipe@hotmail.co.uk

FAO, Clare Davidson. Clare, connie duke is my young cousin. she is presently staying in thornliebank (just around the corner from her mum margaret)and now has four kids. I don't have her address handy but if you get in touch with me through the e-mail address below i will get in touch with margaret and forward her address and phone number.
Submitted by: John Mulligan
Dubai, UAE
24/01/09
Email: mull712000@yahoo.co.uk

I lived in waddell str, went to hayfield & adelphi, any one know Brenda Thompson, Ann Williamson. went to the steemie with my grannie, dirty maggies and the corner sweet shop for a penny tray. I was born 1953.does antone know Mr Black and Mr Somerville from Adelphie?
Submitted by: Carole Rae
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23/01/09
Email: Not Supplied

hello im jack atkinson my grandmother grew up and lived in the gorbals her name is marlene murphy she elived on lawmoor street she is trying to find her family ancestry her grandfather and grandmothers names on her there fathers side was denis murphy and mary martin on her mothers side it was thomas kelly and mary cambell if anyone has anything they can help me on my way back in time or any information or knowledge of this family line please please please email me at jack.is.the.one@hotmail.com
Submitted by: Jack Atkinson
Toronto, Canada
23/01/09
Email: jack.is.the.one@hotmail.com

Hi i have been looking for Anne Kerr since I came back from Africa with no luck then I was told by my brother about THE GORBALS SITE Anne if you are on the site at all please contact me love the site its fab. Alice
Submitted by: Alice Alison Buckley (Lyons)
Billingham, England
23/01/09
Email: terrence.buckley@ntlworld.com

Does anyone remember the wee Sunday school in Cavendish St. Teachers were Mr Brown, Mr Walker and Mr Broadley?
Submitted by: Josie MacDonald
Glasgow, Scotland
23/01/09
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F.A.O. Linda Fletcher. I notice the email address that hs been put on with my details is wrong . But if you want to catch up, if you speak to Billy he can get our phone number or email from Tam McGilligan and we cancatch up then hope all is well.
Submitted by: Morag Reilly
Glasgow, Scotland
23/01/09
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Kathleen Connors from Thistle St wonders if anyone remembers her?
Submitted by: Rose Doyle
Donegal, Ireland
21/01/09
Email: rosedoyle1@hotmail.com

I am looking for information about my grandparents rose (mcgougan) & patrick harvey lived in commercial rd or adelphi st 1930
Submitted by: Harvey Bhoys
Glasgow, Scotland
21/01/09
Email: harveybhoys1888@hotmail.com

I would just like to say that I have never been so happy for may years even my beating cancer five times quadruple heart bye pass a stroke that left me partially blind to listen to Baraka Obama inaugural speech has made me a very happy man and I just wish him and his family and the American nation as well as the whole world a very peaceful transition I have never been a fan of the Americans but everybody just like women-- men are also allowed to change their mind and I wish all Gorbals people who have emigrated to America or for that matter anywhere in the world including the Gorbals here's hoping and praying that maybe just maybe they can head for more peaceful and enriching times ahead we in Australia are the lucky country to have a good prime minister who thinks of the sick and the poor as well as the wealthy Kevin Rudd! 10 quid
Submitted by: Ten Quid
Oz
21/01/09
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Grandfather David Cochrane Grey Allan lived in the Gorbals prior to WW1 and was a farrier in the first world war. He was the youngest of 19 kids.immgrated to Canada during the 30's. Married to a Mary Munro one child my father Andrew (Scotty) Allan Must be some relatives out there some where.
Submitted by: Cameron Allan
Fort Nelson, Canada
21/01/09
Email: cam.qwest@northwestel.net

HEY GEORGIE PORGIE!!! I remember you we all do in the Gorbals, we used to sing your song, those were great times I loved them, we sang in the streets, in the playground , you were famous, I am 64 yrs old but Georgie will die with me, actually I am singing the song now as I write this e mail!! Yes Nicholson street that was some place, hey I used to rake the midges there but no luckies! wat was that shop called at the top of the street on the left before you came to Cumberland street??? at the other end I used to buy rainbow ice lolllies from the chip shop, we had some square goes along there to, with the bee hive, the valley and the Dingo, before the yyc All the best DOC.
Submitted by: Pappy Doc
Glasgow, Scotland
22/01/09
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Jim Fyfe's mention of The Doctors Cameron brought back the memory of my Granny taking me to Old Doctor Cameron, as they called him. His surgery, a dark gloomy ground floor establishment, was on the east side of Crown Street, just below Caledonia Road. It was at the beginning of The War. I listened to my Granny talking to the doctor and started to sob. "Whit are ye greetin' fur?" she demanded. "Ah don't want tae get sent away" I sobbed. I had heard the word "Vaccinate" mentioned and took it to mean "Evacuate"! The postscript was that the vaccination became infected which led to a series of other illnesses, resulting in my Father getting compassionate leave. He ended up removing me bodily from Belvedere Hospital "Before yese kill him". He overstayed his leave and.........but that's another story
Submitted by: Davie Graham
Edmonton, Canada
22/01/09
Email: mcscrum@telus.net

Hi there does anybody know the Duke family they lived next to me when I was living in Commercial Court. There was a brother Gary (I think he is a hairdresser) and sister Connie. I would love to get in contact with Connie if anyboby can give me any info on her. I moved to England when I was 8 and have never seen her since.
Submitted by: Clare Davidson
England
22/01/09
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Life is meant to be happy not gay – as a young boy among the great past time’s we had was dreeping off window ledges climbing dykes sliding down old washing houses with their 35 degree sloping roofs made of concrete in our tacky boots walking on the gap between the 6 foot high steel railings with their pointed spike tops .did the authorities think we were still barbarians that they had to erect such barriers between backyards were they made sharp to prevent us attacking our neighbours a lot of old rubbish we gorbals kids if need be would climb over razor wire without a complaint just to kill rats or cats if it took our fancy! 320 lawmoor St was separated by a row of such spikes, one day I had been up the town shopping for new shoes and clothes at the Scottish clothing company called the house of parish a hall where clothes were sold cheap the Taxman paid for them sitting alongside me was a girl from the same class at Camden Street school the embarrassment showed in her red-face as it was well-known girls didn’t get slinky underwear but baggie drawers that looked more like men’s football pants not that boys were treated differently grey hairy suit’s that jagged the bare backside off you as some mammies sold the underwear for fag money after all it was our own skid marks that were left on the trousers and I never knew what underpants were till I went to high school and we changed clothes for sport I was the only one with the bare arse and the wee tiddly when I seen all the other boys with white pants on I thought im in a pxxfters school their all wearing knickers until the gym teacher said half a sixpence were is your undies [I wasn’t ten quid then] I said quickly am not a poof sir shyte! that 6 of the belt was sore how was I too know high school boys wore nickers! Tacky boot’s great for skating on until the studs wore out but mine were brand spanking new and slippy and on top of the washhouse making a dangerous combination! Maw throws ! me down a piece and jam I stood up quickly to catch it how did I get to the Alps so fast I thought as I slid down the shelter towards the spikes! coming to the end of the shelter I seemed to stop in limbo and then fall in slow motion onto the railings with the point entering my rectum fair in the centre sore? FN.PAIN IN THE ARSE! Now maybe some guys may find pleasure in this but my advice to the rest of you REAL GORBALS GUYS is just be happy forget the gay thing and wear underpants never know when you may get caught out! It’s all in my true book that I am not going to publish. ten quid
Submitted by: Ten Quid
Oz
22/01/09
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My Grandfather had a Dairy at the corner of Matheson St and Cumberland St. It was locally known as Andy's (his name was Andrew Hamilton & obviously did not want to get confused with Hamiltons Dairy in the Area as he was a small shop) his step mother also had a grocers shop in Matheson St, Isabelle hamilton ( nee Patrick) Any stories would be brilliant. I have one photograph of the shop.
Submitted by: ANDREA SKINNER
Inverness, Scotland
22/01/09
Email: adgss@tesco.net

This message is for Danny I have tried to email you at dan1b@live.com it is not working. please email me at mariposa4u@msn.com I am looking forward to talking to you. I have left other posts to this page but I don't see them yet maybe it takes a day or so to appear. I check my emails several times a day so I will be waiting.
Submitted by: Louise
Norfolk, USA
22/01/09
Email: mariposa4u@msn.com

Hello all on this site and Happy New Year! I have been posting since 2007 and trying to find any information on Kathleen/Katherine Madden who lived in the Gorbals in the late 1940's until at least 1951. Is there anyone out there who knew the Madden family. I believe that by 1951 the mother was dead but there were at least two sisters and the father living in Hospital Street. Any and all information gratefully recieved. Many thanks and good wishes to all who share their stories here.
Submitted by: Susan
Los Angeles, USA
22/01/09
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Does anyone remember the wee Sunday School in Nicholson St, I enjoyed sitting in there listening to all the wee stories, would also run along the St and round the corner to the Chipshop for a bag of scrapings and a big pickled onion, O'h how life seemed simpler back then ( to us weans anyway Ha Ha Ha )
Submitted by: Agnes Burns ( AMB )
Lake District, UK
21/01/09
Email: agbmu@yahoo.com

FAO Ken/Leeds the chippie was Mollies before Sadies,Mollie was Sadies sister and she took over the chippie beside the Palace in Gorbals St.
Submitted by: Eddie Mac
Glasgow, Scotland
21/01/09
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Hi James Fletcher,I was born in Nicholson St 1948 my Dad died from TB I remember getting X Rays, also my sister and I had to go to Florence St clinic and they stuck these big plasters on our backs it was some kind of test to do with TB, the plaster had to be kept on for quite a while, then you went back to have them removed it, re malt/treacle I loved that stuff and if I could have reached the top shelf where it was kept there would have been none left for anyone else Ha Ha Ha ( AMB )
Submitted by: Agnes Burns ( AMB )
Lake district, UK
21/01/09
Email: agbmu@yahoo.com

I remember taking my Granny to Gorbals steamie, she was blind, we would go to the crisp factory and get a pennies worth of "chippery bits" that is what she called them, they were scrumptious. Her name was Polly Milligan her washing was the whitest in the back court. Pearl Scott.
Submitted by: Mrs Pearl Scott
Alexandria, Scotland
21/01/09
Email: pearl.tom@blueyonder.co.uk

Went to Buchan st school.1947-1953.Lived at 24 Nicholson,near the Clyde.There is a school photo.My friends were Jimmy Oneill,Walter Fitzpatrick,Andy(Gabby) Gabriel.The lassies I knew from school were Jean Valis from Ballater St,and Evelyn Paton from Dunmore St...Great Site,,so full of memories.
Submitted by: J Parker
LA, USA
20/01/09
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Born 230 thistle street glasgow c5 1937.trying to trace relatives for family tree.I left when i was 8/9.Dad was known as Frank and mam was Meg, dad had cousin named mc'grory boxer in 30's.Mam had 4 sisters Nellie Mary Annie and Rose.Dad worked in the kipper trade in North Shields till he retired,I cant remember much except I went to St Francices primary and went home at playtime thinking school was great.Mams maiden name was Thomson
Submitted by: John O'Neil
Whitley Bay, Englanad
20/01/09
Email: johnjo42@talktalk.net

Hi Does anyone remember the Durkin family from Surrey Street around the 1940's?.
Submitted by: Margaret Durkin
Exeter, Devon
20/01/09
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Re-Eddie Healy I remember the Habbicks and the Halligans who lived at the back you lived on the left as you went into the close the mother was called Chick she used to come up to our house in No.47 now and again and always told me my mother and her were born on the same night during a storm. Did she have a daughter Betty? Do you remember the Thorntons low down up the next close they all had white tight curly hair just like their mother remember them always standing at the room window looking out.Think there was someone called Cantly up your stairs and a family called Flockart lived 2 up they had 2 tall daughters looked like models.
Submitted by: Christina Philbin
London
19/01/09
Email: Not Supplied

Just got a wee letter from ten quid, man has he been through the mill , but ah told him cannie keep a good man doon. ah jist wish he wid listen tae me an get himself a ghost writer ti help him wi his book cause ah know the wee man he his a lot of great stories some hard to understand but all true. ah remember the clyde and when yi went owre the swinging bridge there wis a place were you could rent rowing boats we used to think it wis just toffs that did that kind of stuff si wan day me Artie John Mc cue and wan of the twins waited ti the wee man wisnae looking when we all jumped into wan o the boats nearly sunk the bliddy thing as we were awe junping in at wance. so off we go trying to row and nane o us hid efer dun that afore so off we go and the wee man yelling at us calling us all the choice names we headed to were the other bridge wis at the smelly place were all the crap came fae the dixon blazes smelll like sulpher like we knew whit that wis so there we were waving ti every one that wis egging us oan nearly captzicing the boat a hunert times and them bliddy oars they musta wieghed a ton so ma da he came and told us awe ti get oot the boat or the bizzies were going to put us in the nick. We left it and jumped oot of cousr me n tam mcmenemy we fell in and got! soaked plus a skelp oan the napper fae ma da didnay hurt i said nearly greeting . oh and as fur jimmy mcgrory ma sister irene she has a picture wi him and her husband in New York many moons ago. Jim nicol canie chat wi yi oan cosmology but noo cosmatology (hairdressing ) and nails that wis wan of ma many jobs proud of ye laddie , and last but not least Linda tinny were you any relative ti a Pat tinney who was wan o my sister Kathleens pals. Sadly she passed away this last november still greeting about that. so I hope that this will be a great new Year for every one as I know a lot of us need wan best to all DAM
Submitted by: Doris McIntyre
Slo, USA
19/01/09
Email: Not Supplied

The name of the snooker hall was The Globe. 3pence a game for half an hour and some really good players. Yours, Billy McFall.
Submitted by: Willie McFall
Glasgow, Scotland
19/01/09
Email: wmcfall@btopenworld.com

Can anyone please give me infomation on MAUREEN FLYNN a flour worker who lived at 40 Abbotsford place, in 1944 onwards,she gave birth to a son in july of that year, he was later placed in a care home, in Rutherglen his name was John.
Submitted by: John Weston
Birmingham, England
19/01/09
Email: westonjohn65@yahoo.co.uk

hi all looking for a old mate for years by the name ot terry kearns who lived next door to me at 311 thistle st i lost contact with him when i joined the army 1962 let me know please ta
Submitted by: Brian Boyle
Bebington, England
19/01/09
Email: brianboylie@msn.com

Looking for my daughter,louise. I think she might be living in america. if you read this louise, please contact me. hope to hear from you soon danny.
Submitted by: Danny Broadley
Glasgow, Scotland
19/01/09
Email: dan1b@live.com

looking for pal tam campbell,lived in crown st.worked in shipyard in the 70s.
Submitted by: Danny Broadley
Glasgow, Scotland
19/01/09
Email: dan1b@live.com

Hi James Fletcher here (aka Flecky) a wis born 1954 n lived at 248 nicholson st facin Ina Martins fruit shoap,son of Jimmy (aka dad)fletcher n ma maw wee suzie,both passed on,am lookin fer sum info re TB screenin in the gorbals,a rember goan tae Hospital St CLINIC,and in this dark room,which wis then lit up by big giant serch lites, me n aw these other weans,plaid n the middle a the room wie bilding blox n other toyz,we aw ran aboot n wer drawers nae other cais oan,we also hid tae wer these big dark goggles,like welders,ma granny jessie fletcher n aw the other big peeple sat bhind the big lites,efter aw that ma granny wid take me tay her hoose (56 cavendish st)n shovel 2 ladles a malt n trecle doon ma gub,wanted tae throw up,she then gave me an apple tae take the taste away,a wis aboot 5or6yrs auld,ah then ended up in belvedere hosp,fer aboot 6munths,malutrition n kidney trubble,kin anybuddy oot ther get this treatment,or any maws ur grannies rember this?ma doktors rec! ords disnae gie me much info,kin anybuuddy oot ther help thanx. the jannie x.
Submitted by: Jim the jannie
Glasgow, Scotland
19/01/09
Email: jimthejannie@btinternet.com

FAO Peter Thomson the chippie wasn' called mollies it was sadie.s chip shop i also remember the we shop opposite the pen right next to the school and i new your brother stevie and lana your sister lana used to pally around with the whitelock family and stevie used to hang around with james miller he moved to maryhill your granny lived on the ground flour across the road from you i sent you an email but you never answered it so i don't know if you got it
Submitted by: Ken
Leeds, England
19/01/09
Email: Not supplied

I attended St.Bonaventures '68-'71. So many of us walked home in all weathers up the Polmadie Rd to Govanhill and Toryglen and beyond. No buses or cars for us!! Havn't saw Polmadie Rd/Oatlands since '77. Sad to read of so much refurbishment and demolition. But times change. Toodle Pip.
Submitted by: Tam Craigie
Brighton, England
19/01/09
Email: Not supplied

Does anyone know what happened to the kelt familys that lived inthe gorbals 1800's? I came to london in 1900 but the rest of them stayed.
Submitted by: Kelt
Gorbals, Scotland
19/01/09
Email: joannemc06@aol.com

My Grandmother was born in the Gorbals in the 1920's and I am just wondering if anyone has heard of her; a young lass known as Sadie Glenn-Adam (born Sarah Adam) who sung in varity halls in the 1920's (She was referred to as Glasgow's Diana Durbin). Her Mother was called Catherine. Thanks
Submitted by: Catherine
London, England
16/01/09
Email: cat_hun71@hotmail.com

FAO ALICE THOMSON. I DID GO TO ABOTSFORD SCHOOL FROM 1953 till 1960. I LIVED IN BEDFORD ST. AGNES.
Submitted by: Agnes
Glasgow, Scotland
16/01/09
Email: agnesherrity@hotmail.co.uk

Hello everyone from the auld Gorbals this is "Georgey Porgey" peed in the pie, kissed all the girls and made them cry. does anyone remember me, I lived in Nicholson street from 1949 to 1970
Submitted by: George Porgey
Glasgow, Scotland
16/01/09
Email: Not Supplied

I am looking to find out any information on my fathers family who lived in the gorbals for many years. My father sadly passed away in 1987, but he came from a large family. The mum and dad ( my grandparents ) were called Maggie and Joe, and my father - George had many brothers and sisters. Ellen, Joe, Mary, Anne, Madge and John McCauley. I know ny granparents will be long gone and the rest of the family will be well into their 50s - 60s. Maggie cleaned the local chapel. Any info atall would be appreciated! Thanks! Sara
Submitted by: Sara McCauley
Kirkcaldy, Scotland
16/01/09
Email: saramcc1@yahoo.co.uk

Hi Pat Holland,Dr Angus Cameron had his practise in Waddel St before moving up to Crown St. His partners were his Son DrEwan Cameron and Dr James Frame .He also had a daughter also a Doctor,Dr Elizabeth Cameron who spent several years in Africa ( Nyassaland I think )as a Medical Missionary.Dr Angus Cameron lived in Queens Drive up near the Queens Park opposite the recreation ground. Dr A Cameron was our family GP as well as my Father and his siblings who were born and raised at 26 Sandyfaulds St. Dr A Cameron was also the grading Doctor for the MoD prior to the conclusion of the National Service Callup.When I was called up he was the last Doctor I saw and the first words he said was " how is your Mother " .hope this helps Pat, Also would be grateful if anyone has information on the Fyfe's who lived at 26 Sandyfaulds St.
Submitted by: Jim Fyfe
Normanville, Australia
16/01/09
Email: jfyfe@austarnet.com.au

Does anyone remember wee Nellie's in Eglinton Street?
Submitted by: Cathie
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16/01/09
Email: catkan@tiscali.co.uk

Does anyone remeber my Dad - William Purcell or his sisters, Norra, Mena of Francis? They all lived in Sandy Faulds St around 1930 onwards? I would love to give dad a message from anyone who remembers him? Thanks, Lynn
Submitted by: Lynn Clark
Surrey, England
15/01/09
Email: Not Supplied

FAO Kim Purcell, Sorry any emails sent to your address in the forum of 31/12/08 are just bouncing back. Can you confimr your email address? PS Don't want to get your hopes up but Dad isn't in the picture, but happy to email it anyway. Joan (not Jean) Davidson
Submitted by: Joan Douglas (nee Davidson)
Glasgow, Scotland
15/01/09
Email: Not Supplied

to cb in lisburn dont know if you read my last anecdotes about john bosco school between 1976&1980 if you read it you might remember some of the teachers i mentioned in it could you e mail back to the web master and maybe i can look at your memories from those days the gorbals was a great place to live lots of good memories when i lived there from 1964 to 1990 i go back every when i can to see the old place so many changes to it going there in 6 weeks for a long weekend to see my old mates and have a swally of good old tennents lager and seeing the best folk in the world gorbals folk
Submitted by: JJ
Bournemouth, England
15/01/09
Email: Not Supplied

P S: Here we go again ...Why are you picking on Mr craig...I was born of Irish parents,,,But I was born in the gorbals...To "born of irish parents" .Get over it! We are SCOTS ..If you cant deal with it,then ytake your bigotry somewhere else. By the way my parents were Irish catholics.....I know scots are intelligent . lets talk about what I love Im a teacher of astrophysics at cal stae .All you gorbals people are smart....lets talk about cosmology. ha ha.
Submitted by: J Nicol
Emporia, USA
14/01/09
Email: Not Supplied

FAO: Andy Pender. Sorry I dont have any photos of Wannie [141] Surrey St,Andy but I did know your father.Although he was a good bit older than me.I remember him coming up the street, smart as a pin in his army uniform. I knew your aunts Hannah and Betty but Christine was more my age. Surrey boy
Submitted by: Surrey Boy
Glasgow, scotland
14/01/09
Email: Not Supplied

Anybody mind the name of the bakery through the close in Sandyfaulds St coming from Rutherglen Rd there was Tommy Orr's licence grocer a paper shop then this close Jack Seenan's undertaker, Galbraiths then the Pend. They made the rolls at night and you could buy them at the door - one of them doors which was in two halves the top bit waqs open and the bottom bit had a like a counter top. The side wall was part of the back court of the pend close warm in the winter so much that the snow of 1947 had melted back leaving a big gap between the wall and the drift was a great hidey hole 'till the thaw came.
Submitted by: Not Supplied
Not Supplied
14/01/09
Email: Not Supplied

I am still looking for any information about the munros who lived in commercial road.my father was willie munro born in 1920. His father was john munro his mother was mary ann munro nee mckinlay.
Submitted by: Maureen Roberts
Stoke on Trent, England
14/01/09
Email: maureen44roberts@hotmail.com

Would I be right in saying that the chippies in South Portland St., was Mollies, and I can vaguely remember the Tallies on the corner of South Portland St. and Bedford St, I also remember a Keane's in Bedford St., this was in the 50's early 60's, there was also a little shop facing the Pen in Nicholson St, where I used to buy a lucky tattie when I got a penny for running the messages for my granny,used to get thrupence when I ventured all the way to the co-op in Ballater Street and have to remember my grannies divvy number.....BEST DAY'S OF MY LIFE
Submitted by: Peter Thomson
Eyemouth, Scotland
14/01/09
Email: petthomson@aol.com

DOES ANY 1 REMEMBER THE COLLOW FAMILY MY NANA AGNES COLLOW GRANDDAD JOHN COLLOW. UNCLE BILLY COLLOW MUM PATRICIA COLLOW AUNITIE MAGRETTE COLLOW FROM NICKELSON STREET 50S/60S WENT TO Abbotsford PRIMARY
Submitted by: Peter Martin
Scotland
14/01/09
Email: petermartin24@aol.com

Hi Michael McGrory! Yes the 1930's were a particularly good decade for the McGrory's (Johnny & Jimmy). Johnny and Isa (my grandparents) were friends with Benny and Anne Lynch, and I have recently been in touch with Benny's granddaughter via e-mail! Funny how the relationships from the Gorbals seem to last and last! Cheers to all on this brilliant site!
Submitted by: John A McGrory
California, USA
14/01/09
Email: johnmcgrory@yahoo.com

FAO Michael, thank you for the Rankine name, I'll look into it. I know the chaps first name was Jim and his wife was either May or Ellen. I know they had a son and a daughter but can't remember their names as I was only about 5 or 6 when they left St Mungo Halls. But once again thanks. Linda
Submitted by: Linda
Derbyshire, UK
13/01/09
Email: james.sanderson13@ntlworld.com

Mary Pirie's sweetie shop was in Cavendish street Agnes did you go to Abbotsford School? My pal June McFall and I used to go on our way to school if we were lucky enough to have a penny for a dainty or a chocolate whopper.Amelia do you know the name of the drapers shop next to Campbell's the butcher in Cumberland St. It was like something from the 1st war. John and I were trying to remember it Alice.
Submitted by: Alice Thomson (Gray)
Linwood, Paisley
13/01/09
Email: Not Supplied

Hi Susan knew your dad and his sisters from Toryglen
Submitted by: Bill
Toronto, Canada
13/01/09
Email: Not Supplied

looking for anyone who came from hallside st just beside camden st school or maybe your parents.
Submitted by: Anne Hannon
London, England
12/01/09
Email: annehannon@btinternet.com

I remember taking my Granny to Gorbals steamie, she was blind, we would go to the crisp factory and get a pennies worth of "chippery bits" that is what she called them, they were scrumptious. Her name was Polly Milligan her washing was the whitest in the back court. Pearl Scott.
Submitted by: Mrs Pearl Scott
Alexandria, Scotland
12/01/09
Email: pearl.tom@blueyonder.co.uk

HI WAS WONDERING IF ANYONE REMEMBERS ALEX O'BRIAN HE STAYED IN FLORENCE STREET,HE WAS A GOOD FRIEND OF MY DAD'S JUST WONDERING WERE HE IS NOW AND IF HE IS DOING FINE ...CHEERS IAN
Submitted by: Ian
Glasgow, Scotland
12/01/09
Email: julievain@btinternet.com

Name ian
HI eddy, this is from a realy old old codger.i want to wish you a very happy new year.to you and the family. aunty M
Submitted by: Marlene Murphy
Toronto, Canada
11/01/09
Email: maryboyd1051@hotmail.com

I love stories of the old Gorbals lived there when I was 2 but dont remember
Submitted by: JJ
Glasgow, Scotland 
11/01/09
Email: Not Supplied

Hi Mary Kate NY i also lived in Portugal st and remember the Davis family but only sadie and Mick best my older sisters Marie and Margaret will know the family better we stayed at 19 up the chippie close i was a twin but sorry to say she passed away 2 year ago i wonder if you remember us at all our dad was RODDY KENNEDY AND MUM WAS CISSY
Submitted by: Anne Gordon nee Kennedy
Fife, Scotland 
11/01/09
Email: nannageemac@yahoo.co.uk

Looking for descendants of John Dickson and Elizabeth Annan. George Dickson, son, lived in gorbals and had 4 children. His son Hugh Mcmillan Dickson may still have descendants nearby. Would love to hear from them.
Submitted by: Eileen Dickson
Thames, New Zealand
11/01/09
Email: beresanne@xtra.co.nz

hi mary, it is nice to hear from people that knew my family, i was in glasgow for the new year and had a lovely time, i really love glasgow, i have been going there for years,my aunt liz is the only one left now from the davis family,and she is about 83 now but she is doing ok,i will tell her that i have been in touch with you, that will please her,have you been back to glasgow yourself? hope to hear from you again take care pat x
Submitted by: Pat Davis
London, England
10/01/09
Email: Not Supplied

Hi Linda, The caretakers of the St Mungo Halls when I left Moffat Street in 1950 were Mr&Mrs Rankine, with a daughter nicknamed "Beenie" (Robina ? ). That was probably an earlier family than you recall. I thought perchance it could be of use. Michael
Submitted by: Michael
Not Supplied
10/01/09
Email: Not Supplied

FAO. John McGrory. Hi, I remember the days of Johnny McGrory, the boxing champ, and the other well-known sportsman Jimmy Mc Grory, the Celtic footballer, They were around about the same time. I saw both in action in the newsreels of the time, in the Paragon, the BB's or the Crownie cinemas. Maybe because they are namesakes I recall them, I'd be a twelve year 0ld then, living in Moffat street, Hutchesontown. Golden Oldie. MMG.
Submitted by: Michael McGrory
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10/01/09
Email: Not Supplied

Does anyone know the Broadley's I am looking for Daniel?
Submitted by: Louise
Norfolk, VA, USA
10/01/09
Email: mariposa4u@msn.com

Hello there old timer....I lived in Crown Street as a boy, went to Camden Street Primary. What number Crown Street were you?
Submitted by: Not Supplied
Not Supplied
10/01/09
Email: alangmunro@hotmail.com

Sadly my partner Dennis Fraser passed away in the 10th November 08 he came from Portugal Street and lived in Surrey Street he was proud of the Gorbals he will be sadly missed by all.
Submitted by: Myra Miller
Glasgow, Scotland
10/01/09
Email: myrajigy1@aol.com

JOHN MUIR....lived in Gorbals in the 1940's....was a sailor, probably born around 1923....Any info please email me. Thanks
Submitted by: Helen Beeby
Plymouth, Devon, England
09/01/09
Email: helenrussan55@msn.com

Name
fao jean my aunt vera greer lived in rutherglen road opposite dirty maggie.s in the high back.s on the corner of sandyfaulds street our doctor was in waddel st our dr was james frame his partner,s weae ewan and angus cameron ring any bells happy new year to you and yours
Submitted by: Pat Holland
London, England
09/01/09
Email: patlyonsholland@hotmail.co.uk

Name
F A O of old timer kids go to holyrood secondary school now from the gorbals
Submitted by: Rosetta Connolly
Glasgow, Scotland
09/01/09
Email: xscotsbelle@aol.com

Does anyone remember my mum Alice Maxwell she worked in Templetons carpet factory and my Dad John Murphy (who sadly passed away suddenly in January 2007, 5 weeks after being diagnosed with lung cancer or my Aunty Ann Smart?, Take Care xxx
Submitted by: Linda Tinney
Glasgow, Scotland
09/01/09
Email: WTnny7@aol.com

Hi JIM PATERSON enjoyed your memories of your life in the Gorbals. I lived between Sandyfaulds St. and Moffat St. on Rutherglen Road between Cochrane's and Cockburn the Chemist almost facing Dirty Maggies and our Doctor was in Waddell St. My mother cleaned in Hayfield School and we got our ice cream from the Rainbow Cafe because it was closest. Thanks for the memories.
Submitted by: Jean Fairie
Melbourne, Australia
09/01/09
Email: gorbals@aapt.net.au

Does anyone remember my father, William Erskine, worked in the shipyards, (was a hauder oan for the welders) He had a dovecote, bred pigeons. He was also a boxer, and trained with Benny Lynch. He lived in Surrey Street till about 1956, when we went to live in the Ponderosa in Castlemilk. I would be grateful of any info.
Submitted by: Jean Sneider(nee Erskine)
Glasgow, Scotland
09/01/09
Email: Not Submitted

FAO Eddie Murphy - Don't know if its the same BBC picture, but I remember in the 60's watching a film being shot I think Camden St/Cumberland St/Errol St. One of the actors had to say "Run Jessie, Run Jessie" and then this woman running like mad. I remember it being exciting, the lights on the actors etc. It took ages to film. My pals and I still mimicking the words for days, and then later all going to a neighbours to watch TV to see the finished film
Submitted by: Millie Jordan (nee Rorke)
Busby, Scotland
09/01/09
Email: Not Submitted

F.A.O. Name not submitted. You said you were proud to be Irish are you really then why did ye not put your name to it? I agree with J Nicol, his point is there is too much going on about Irish in the Gorbals it is after all SCOTland, hope you agree. I had a lot of Irish pals in the Gorbals, but lets be honest the majority of them were would be gangsters they formed the Cumbie not scots. I have always said on this site my family of generations came from the Gorbals. but the real gorbals people never get a mention. The true history is never mentioned. All we get is the cumbie and all the gang stories from the past. I also take your point because as I said I had good Irish friends, decent people who worked hard and lived for a few pints on a Sat night. I am a scot and proud I just feel its sad to some of the things that are referred to about the Gorbals as a community it was a hard working one and the people who arrrived from Ireland were good parents but sadly ! they were let down by their siblings. I am sure you now understand J Nicol statement as being non defremental. Good luck. Big Tam Craig
Submitted by: Tam Craig
Glasgow, Scotland
08/01/09
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i went to wee bonny,s in the 60s and then my oldest 3 kid,s went there when they started school, and claire and jaqueline were there when it closed down in 1997. (a think)I would love to hear from anybody that went to wee bonny,s during this time to contact me former pupil,s and teacher,s to arrange a reunion my kids names r michael inglis,jaqueline inglis, claire inglis,emma maguire,shannon maguire i would love to hear from u one an all
Submitted by: Elizabeth Miller (BETTY)
Glasgow, Scotland
08/01/09
Email: bettymiller@hotmail.co.uk

Old Timer: What number Crown Street did you live?
Submitted by: Marion
Canada
08/01/09
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Hi, I'm looking for anyone, who knew the Burke family from Herbertson Street. I'm looking on behalf of my dad Matt. Any stories etc would be great to hear.
Submitted by: donna burke
Glasgow, Scotland
08/01/09
Email: hamill920@yahoo.co.uk

Does anyone remember the St Mungo Halls in the Gorbals, I'm trying to find the name of the couple who looked after it in the early 1960's. They emigrated around 1964/65. Thank you Linda
Submitted by: Linda
Derbyshire, England
08/01/09
Email: harry0monk@aol.com

All the best for this new year to all of you. Bye for now, norrie PS if any of you who lived in Gorbals, I may have photos of your street. Get in touch if you want copies
Submitted by: Norman McNamee
Rutherglen, Scotland
08/01/09
Email: norman_mcnamee@hotmail.com

I once (only once)played snooker in the Gorbals around the mid 50s., (address unknow!?)at the next table the local lads were playing and to chalk their cue they jumped up on the snooker table and stuck it into the ceiling!!!quite a novel method of chalking - anyone got any ideas on the Snooker Hall?.Cheers Bill
Submitted by: Bill Shields
Perth, Australia
07/01/09
Email: garbeta@iinet.net.au

FAO JEAN SEIDER. Yes Jean I remember the crisp factory in South Portland Street. Like you I loved getting a penny bag of hot scraps. I lived in Bedford St., so I did not have far to walk. AW-ra-best-Jean Agnes.
Submitted by: AGNES
Glasgow, Scotland
07/01/09
Email: agnesherrity@hotmail.co.uk

I am searching for information on my nan Mary Folan who lived in Dale Street, around 1910, can anyone tell me any stories about Dale Street please.
Submitted by: Phil Graham
Sussex, England
07/01/09
Email: grahamp600@aol.com

Anyone remember Lizzie Wilson nee Hendren, living in Cleland Lane early to middle 1930s? Children included Tommy, George, Margaret or Peril. Had a 2nd family with Pat O'Hare including Patsy, Sadie and John.
Submitted by: Alison Mills
Northampton, UK
07/01/09
Email: alisonmills@hotmail.com

My grandfather was Johnny McGrory, 1936 British Empire Featherweight Champion...nice to read that some in the Gorbals still remember him.
Submitted by: John McGrory
California, United States
07/01/09
Email: johnmcgrory@yahoo.com

Hi Pat Davis! I knew all the Davis family, Sadie, Mick, Lizzie and John. I think I only remember seeing your Dad Barnet once. My brother Billy, who was a close pal of your Uncle John, passed away in October at age 78. I loved living in Portugal St. I hope literally steps away from Gorbals Cross, Norfolk St and "ower the toon" I hope everyone has a healthy 2009!
Submitted by: Mary Kate
NY, USA
07/01/09
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Regarding the comment from Jack Nicol regarding Glaswegians proud of their Irishness. Well, perhaps you did not know this but many of the people who came from Ireland to the Gorbals were very glad to be there where they could get employment, have their children obtain a decent education and provide for their families in a better way than they could have in Ireland. Remember this was before, during and after WWII. Lots of Irishmen fought for Scotland as well. Also, much like you, or someone close to you, came to the USA for a better life. Aren't you proud to be a SCOT in America??? Stop with the nonsense about the Irish Glaswegians...
Submitted by: Raised by Irish Parents in the Gorbals 
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07/01/09
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Firstly happy new year to you all. My dad past away in 2006 I was born in Surry St no 141 and I was wondering if anybody knew my dad he, was born on 2nd Jan 1935 he had 3 sisters Hannah, Betty and Christine. He married my mum Mary Murphy who lived in 247 Thistle St. any info would be greatful for also if any body has pictures of 141 Surrey St.
Submitted by: Andy Pender
Gosport, England
07/01/09
Email: AndyPender@hotmail.co.uk

A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL ON THE SITE HOPE ITS A GOOD ONE ALL THE BEST ANN
Submitted by: ANN FERGUSON (NEE MCDONAGH)
Glasgow, Scotland
06/01/09
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I Hope everyone had a lovely time. Good luck to 10quid
Submitted by: Rose Doyle
Donegal, Ireland
06/01/09
Email: agnesherrity@hotmail.co.uk

ALL GOOD WISHES TO EVERYBODY FROM THE GORBALS SITE, FOR A HAPPY & HEALTHY 2009. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO MANY MORE GOOD LETTERS FROM EVERYONE. AWE THE BEST. AGNES.
Submitted by: AGNES
Glasgow, Scotland
06/01/09
Email: agnesherrity@hotmail.co.uk

My wife and I originally resided in the old Gorbals [Crown St]. We're retired. I often visit the forum to read the news and was wondering where local kids attend Secondary schools if the Adelphi and John Boscoe are demolished.
Submitted by: Old Timer
Scarborough, England
05/01/09
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Hullo All, i was wondering if any of you old codgers remember sometimes in the early 60 or 61 the BBC used one of the old tennements for a play they were making im sure it was across the road from St Francis primary school gate or am i only dreaming A Happy New Year to everyone Eddie Murphy
Submitted by: Eddie Murphy
Glasgow, Scotland
05/01/09
Email: spudmurphs@ntlworld.com

Happy New Year everyone.
Submitted by: Tina Kerr ( Shields)
Point Pleasant, NJ, USA
05/01/09
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Does anyone remember a crisp factory - might be South Portland Street - about 1956? I remember queuing with my mother for hot crisp ends (halfpennie/farthing?
Submitted by: Jean Sneider
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05/01/09
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FAO Christine Philbin Hope James is alright Christine will tell Bert when I see him. Could have told him yesterday at mass but haven't been into the forum. Bert was also in hospital with his knee but he is great he will tell you himself all about it. Hope you had a good New Year very quiet up here in Glasgow I think it is mostly for the young ones now going over to the Georges Square and listening to all the mad music not like the sing songs people had years ago. Don't think half of them know how to sing and yet they should with the amount of music they listen too HA!HA!
Submitted by: Amelia McKinlay nee Welsh
Glasgow, Scotland
05/01/09
Email: ameliamckinlay@msn.com

Researching for my Dad, he grew up on Hutchseon sq? 1940's-50's My grandfather was called "Bunny" he built fireplaces and played the mandolin, he had a twin brother named Hugh who was a grocer. My Gran was Agnes Ronald nee Collins and my dad is Alan, sisters are Ann, Janice and Irene Ronald. My Dad was a tile cutter? If anyone can remember anything that would be great, Dad is 66 now, and he's the oldest. I think some cousins lived in the area as well from the Collins side. My uncle Hugh married a woman called Ruth and they adopted both of their children. If anyone can help that would be great.
Submitted by: Susan Ronald
Oshawa, Canada
03/01/09
Email: suzyq1998@hotmail.com

Hi, hope everyone had A great christmas, and looking forward to A wonderful new year. Does anyone remember A film that was out around 1960, called The Pit and the Pendullum, when it first came out, it was shown at the Colliseum, Eglinton St. Anyway me and my pal went to see it one night and scared the wits out of ourselves, when we came out it was dark and my pal walked me up to my close still talking about all the scary bits. When she left to go home, I had the dreaded ordeal of walking through my close and passed the door that led to the back/court, this door could never shut properly and always had A gap, and no matter how hard I tried I just couldn't pass that door. Eventualy I had to brave it, so I would take A deep breath and run like the clappers up four steps at A time fumbling in my pocket for my key and sticking it everywhere but in the keyhole, Didn't know keys could turn to rubber?) anyway so glad to be in my safe house at last, I would stand in the lobby trying to calm down before anyone saw the state of me? Deep breath/ casually open the kitchen door/A familiar voice would say, Where were you? A wis it the pictures,Oh aye, wit picture? The Coli, Wit wiz oan? The Pit and the Pendullum Wi yi no scared? WHO ME? NAW, IT WIZ RUBBISH. Wee Blether.
Submitted by: Wee Blether
Ayrshire, Scotland
02/01/09
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A wee nostalgic walk. We lived at 34 Sandyfaulds St (Paterson) Next to the close was Wee Murns (married to Big Davy)- ha'penny drink, penny drink, cigs, fag'n'a match,loafs. Turn right towards Cumberland St. St Francis school gates, big door with a great big bell on the ground, convent/nunnery? Polis box, Cumberland St. Opposite corner Emmy Gibbs Surgery. Across SF street Pend thro to Moffat St (stables, chickens, chickens feet to scare your Ma) Down SF Street thro close hot rolls after leaving the Paragon. Lawlers shop (clay pipes for bubbles) Further down Annie Mulhollands sweetie shop ("d" coupons- 2 ounce "e" coupons 4 ounce) Corner of Rutherglen Road - Dennis Harveys pub. Cross SF street another pub Robes? Ropers? Along Rutherglen Road Curleys - Andys Fish and Chips (Colalukas)- Peggies the Dairies (butter pats, home made potted heid) Bert Crilleys paper shop. Opposite side of R Road Augustine Buchanan Church, wet fish shop (fish heids for the cat) Post Office. Cross Waddell St. Still on R Road Saffers Electrical (charging you accumulators) Scabby Maggies (Health & Effiency magazines!) Hayfield School. Across Hayfield St left and opposite Rainbow Cafe Further on Greasy Peters. Cross Rutherglen road - Hamiltons Dairies, cross Moffat Street along R Road towards SF Street Pub on corner? Shop, probably Paper Shop but sold toys. (I drooled over a wee toy battleship in the window and remember ambushing my Da as he finished his shift at the Co Bakery to show him it.), Galbraiths (or Cochranes, Fruit and Veg shop (my sister Betty worked there) In SF Street I remember Crudens Grocery Shop which changed its name to WeHaveIt Jones's Second hand Furniture shop. I'm sure I have left all sorts out. This was my world till we moved to Castlemilk and I'm sure kids brought up in the schemes will own memories but I'm GLAD and proud I was brought up here. ps Annies a Tallies WAS the best ice cream better than Tommy Malarkey's in Mathieson Street. Happy New Year to all!
Submitted by: Jim Paterson
Leeds, England
02/01/09
Email: jpaterson@talktalk.net


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