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 Post subject: March 2008
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FAO Mary c Russel i lived at 205 thistle street my brother played with sam whittaker any realation?

Submitted by: Eleanor
Northants, UK
31/03/08
Email: elenor180@btinternet.com
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FAO maurice coyne who posted a message 2003 looking for information on his dad and his relatives. if you can email me i will give you all the info

Submitted by: Eleanor
Northants, UK
31/03/08
Email: elenor180@btinternet.com
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Hi Michael Look forward to your postings-don't apologise for the length of them. I love the shared memories and it keeps folk alive who have gone from us. Your right about the motivation in keeping things decent. You were also very much judged as a women on how early your washing went out in the morning-6am wasn't unusual in the summer as there was always a battle for the washing lines and poles. It was always a way too of diplaying your prized clothes and bed linen. Weans and baby clothes were always a competition-remember two women who battled it out every dry day to show off what dresses their respective daughters wore. One was handy with a sewing machine so she always had two lines full of brightly coloured dresses. Sheets wi holes, and the not so nice stuff were kept for the indoor clothes pulley.One of the biggest crimes for a women was to lose, or be late for the handing over, of the washouse key. Do you remember the art form of fancy squiggles wi pipe clay that some stairs had?! The interior grates you mentioned were a must have -we had one in my grandparents house at 66 Mcneil St. Saved a huge lot of hard work cleaning those big black ranges with the Zebo to blacken them and the long cleek to clean right to the very back of the fire. The advantage of course with the big old fashioned range was that it had a great oven and you could toast your bread and make your soup without any extra fuel costs. Of course being clean wasn't just about being thought respectable, it was an absolute neccessity to keep infection at bay. My mother used to wash my face with a loofah! Chickenpox, scarlet fever etc were killers in those days-not to mention the big killer that TB was. I can recall at least a dozen people whose relatives died with it. I think that the fact that I am still in full time employment at 65 is down to the strong constitution I developed by being exposed to so much bacteria and infection. Waded through big puddles, looked for lucky middens as wel! l as the best of them. Didn't do me any harm as I was scrubbed to within an inch of my life every night-no self respecting bacteria would come near me! You must be a bit of an artist-those grained flush doors were lovely and the envy of all the neighbours! Enough for now send another posting when some fresh memories hit me. Regards to you and yours, Rita

Submitted by: Rita Moffat
Glasgow, Scotland
31/03/08
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Hi Linda (South Africa), I think there are a lot of verses to your poem. We sang this verse when we were kids in the 1930s-1940s. \ "Skinny malinky long legs big banana feet, Went to the pictures and could not get a seat. When he got a seat they put him down the back, Skinny malinky long legs got his money back."

Submitted by: P & J Gibbons
Melbourne, Australia
31/03/08
Email: pandjgibbo@bigpond.com
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Hi, does anybody remember the Padden family who lived at 114 Naburn Street in the Gorbals (not sure when from) my father Thomas Padden was born there in April 1942 and he was one of 7, John, Patrick, Vera, William, Theresa & Mary, their parents were called Patrick & Bridget (they moved to Kerrycroy Avenue in Toryglen many years later). Also my Mother Veronica McOmish who lived with her family in Hospital Street in the Gorbals (115 I think?) she was born in March 1942 (recently deceased) and was one of 8 Alice, Rose, Janice, Cilla, Marje, George & Caroline and their parents were George & Alice McOmish they moved to Hoddam Avenue in Castlemilk many years later, any memories would be interesting. Many Thanks Tracey Smith

Submitted by: Tracey Smith
Middlesbrough, England
31/03/08
Email: traceyt1uk@yahoo.co.uk
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Hi everybody Just came across this site and was wondering if anybody remembers my family.We lived at 157 Moffat st. i think it was the ground floor.My mums name was Peggy (nee Mcgrory)and my dad is Hugh Allan. I was born in May 61 and the family moved to easterhouse just after. My mums cousin and her family took over the house i think they were called Darby or Derby. I would love to hear of anyones stories. Cheers Tommy

Submitted by: Thomas Allan
Glasgow, Scotland
29/03/08
Email: tommy.allan@ntlworld.com
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Can anyone tell me where the Killearn bar was situated, believe it may be Kinning Park and does it still stand? Thanking you all, in anticipation of being able to resolve a longstanding query

Submitted by: GG
Glasgow, Scotland
29/03/08
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Hello Rita. I'm back again. Got a posting together. Instead of pressing send I pressed clear There's nae fule like an-------!!!!! Great stuff. You remembered the flushed doors in 147. My Mother's, my Aunt's and my cousins. It was my handywork, if you can call it that. The one middle on the 1st floor was Aunt Beattie's oldest, Billy. maybe you remember him before he and wife Doris moved away to Easterhouse. He was a musician, been on the boards for a number of years, gave it up and returned to Glasgow..Those doors were done about 1949. They lasted well then. At that time another fad was pulling out the old kitchen range and get a fancy tiled fireplace. And a new gas cooker; white enamelled wi'4 rings & an oven. It was all the rage then. About Mrs Smith cleaning the brasses and aw that-------well, the majority of women ( sorry, Rita. the majority of ladies ) kept the stairs & closes in nice nick. I remember they all took their turn: Washed the stairs right down and out the close. Even the tiles got washed. The pipe clay down the edge of the stairs and alang the edges of the close. Any brasswork was shined. They did their best tae keep the place "Respectable" Anybody that didnae take their turn ( or were late )well, they were "Talked about" Apart from the name South York St being changed to Moffat St. I can recall electricity being put in and daeing away wi'the gas mantles. I can still picture the "Leerie" wi'his pole and wee ladder going round the streets and closes. Before gas we used a type of battery called an accumulator for our wireless. It was simlilar to a car battery in the respect it had to be kept charged-up. So, every now and again that accumulator was taken to a shop ( a cobbler's)in Rutherglen Rd and he charged it for a few pennies. I was too young to know how he did that-----I guess he must have had a generator of some kind. My wife comes from Possil. I don't think Possil ! folk talk about their childhood as we from the gorbals dae. Ears sore yet???? Must go Rita. fae the Golden Oldie

Submitted by: Michael
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29/03/08
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Hello again gorbalonians, does anybody remember the street parties we used to have when 'oor boys'came back from the war? we kids thought it was the best thing since rationing but some of them came back shattered shells of what they were. What about all the other parties we had though? Guy fawkes night and the bonfires with the guy?

Submitted by: Jean Fairie
Melbourne, Australia
29/03/08
Email: gorbals@aapt.net.au
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I'd like to thank all family and friends who attended my Da's (Archie Birrell's) funeral on March 5, 2008 in Dreghorn. He was the best man I have ever known and was loved by all who knew him. He will be missed tremendously by me, his family, and his friends at the King's Arms Hotel in Irvine. God Bless you Da.

Submitted by: Paul Birrell
California, USA
29/03/08
Email: pbirrell@comcast.net
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Wee Wummin Too no u are not the bearer of bad news this drug n drink problem is world wide n until every person n every street n district stands up to the dealers n says not n my backyard or governments decriminalize the use of it maybe just maybe the fascination to try it will disappear but heres what i mean 1988 easterhouse on holiday looking out my inlaws windea when i was told to get away from the windea as a gang of WEANS came roon the corner a car wis parked 1/2 way up the street wi 2 guys in it the dealers selling the drugs to the kids i asked my inlaws to give them a rite goin over the answere u live n oz ache well long before this n oz my young son 12yrs old came home from the beach was hit on the head with a 2x2 bit of wood because he wouldn't buy drugs from a gang telling the polis was useless, in fact they checked me out i told them i will do a job on them myself n went down to this dark street driven my van NEARLY runnin them down just then the polis arrived n seein who the gang was this polis said im not goin over ther that bast. will shoot someone on that the bas. came over tellin the polis i tried to kill them believe me the polis were crapin themselves so i took a baseball bat n chased them into the dark, the polis never made a move so dont bank on help from them until one or both of the things i mentioned happen. It will GET WORSE as every household is experiencing it one way or another hound your MP for more psychiatric hosp. n less prisons psycho wards are more helpful to a junky than a prison were they get the wrong type o drugs we brought these kids into this world the responsibility is ours. if i had my way the death penalty would be introduced for the big dealers but i know that wont happen so LIFE should be LIFE in prison n solitary at that so they cant infect others as i wrote before i wake up under anesthetic i was asked did i take any drugs as this happens to addicts NO! i wonder if telling these folk wid it be ! beneficial as my interpretation of them is cowards to life n death wid it only make them worse. ten quid

Submitted by: Ten Quid
Oz
29/03/08
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FAO: linda the version i remember is skinny malinky long legs big banana feet went to the pictures and couldny find a seat and when the picture started skinny malinky farted skinny malinky long legs big banana feet.try and get a book called the gorbals an illustrated history the photo's of the old gorbals are amazing good luck pat.

Submitted by: Pat Holland
London, England
29/03/08
Email: patlyonsholland@hotmail.co.uk
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Born 1948 Lived in Ballater St. Would love to hear from anyone who knew me, but more, my dad, granded Charlotte Patterson, my grandma who would not acknowledge Catholic grandchildren!

Submitted by: Kathy Hindle (Patterson)
Norwich, England
29/03/08
Email: khindle2@green.esinet.org.uk
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PETER FAE THE RIDGE! tried to email you, im no clued up wi laptops, still learning ha. Thanks for gettin bk to me, i moved away when i was 18, theres not alot of ridges left, im unsure if mick ridge is related to us, mclean i didnt like him that much, or his mum ha ha. I didnt have an alsation, we were poor in those days, it was a mongrel called rex, it went out its self, and howl to get in, it used to go into the foyer,n wait, so someone would press 3, it would go up in the lift himself n bark 2 get in. The old gorbals is gone, i wouldnt know it anymore, i always remember the sign at gorbals cross, the sign for bridgeton, it was scrubed out and said RIDGE, it was there for years after pauls death, i went to holyrood wi tam cadberry, im 35 soon, mum still living, seen andy jordon at the airport, we dont see pauls son either, wee paul, lisa put a stop to that, down to money! usual crap, can mind the bother i used to get into, gettin chased fae a mob fae govanhill, hoping the lift would be at grould level, what a buzz! I'm a taxi driver, picked up a guy chris fae oatlands that knew paul, text him now n then, try n find out any info in this mick ridge thing, my dads brother, big joe ridge(60 odds) still in gorbals, also been in touch wi tam steele, theres just sumething hes not telling me, yet he's the only one who visits his grave often. Sad to see the plaza gone, i had many a allnighters in there after the metro. If only you could turn bk time? well, c ya, annemarie, god bless!

Submitted by: Anne Marie Ridge
Glasgow, scotland
28/03/08
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To Linda Monk Yes, In knew your mother but not that well. She used to visit Jock and Kate-she was related to Jock. Kate was my mother's sister. If you knew her you will remember that she was a case and a half. She was a fishmonger for many years in the old fish market. Wore clogs in her younger years as they were the only footwear that kept your feet dry. Jock was a grafter too and they had 5 boys.Robert, Archie( he immigrated to Aussie in the 60's) James and John& Billy the youngest.He still goes to the Pig and Whistle every Sat night from 6.30ish so he would be a good source of information. Mr Mrs Rankin were the caretakers from St Mungo Co-operative halls. They had a daughter Robina and a son whose name I can't remember. Regards Rita

Submitted by: Rita Moffat
Glasgow, scotland
28/03/08
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I am looking for information possibly a photo of my grandfather James Boyle who was from the gorbals and was a bookie he died at AYR racecourse 1954 Thanks

Submitted by: George Duncan
Glasgow, scotland
28/03/08
Email: george.duncan@sky.com
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For Linda in S.A: Skinny malinkey long legs Big banana feet Went tae the pic-churs Couldnae find a seat When the pic-chur startit Skinny malinkey fartit Skinny malinkey long legs Big banana feet!

Submitted by: Joan
USA
28/03/08
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TEN QUID here to clear a point up i did not live in naburn st. I had relatives ther cousins sonny n anna greatest wee aunty ti walk gods earth aunty jenny n uncle of awe names judy wrote a few bits n bobs mentioning it had pals ther terry pimpy kerr james mulherron deaf guy jocky wilson a sp booky diamonds OR better known diezy but i lived thru the back in lawmoor st n my inlaws hid fruit n wulks fish barras at the corners as long as a pub wis handy paddy cryans bella his maw nelly lizzy n barraland as well hope that clears that up no factor no rent jist plenty friends awera best TEN QUID

Submitted by: Ten Quid
Oz
28/03/08
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Hi Jean Logan, nice to hear from you, yes it's a pitty about the picture, I cant even remember who I loaned it to, so long ago. We live in America now, we both came from the Gorbals,Joe came from Kidson St. we have a daughter,she is married with a daughter and son, it's nice being a grandmother. Hope to here from you again

Submitted by: Jean Rae/Lynch
Tennessee, USA
28/03/08
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Jean Logan, forgot to mention we now live in Tennessee, have been moving around since we retired, lived in Va. Jean

Submitted by: Jean Rae/Lynch
Tennessee, USA
27/03/08
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I came from a family of nine in single end on mathieson st i always remember friday night waiting for ma da to get home my ma was wanting her money as my da was a cooper so he was always half in the bag but he took us to dirty maggies for a comic then some chips to share he says when we turn 15 we can have a full fish supper till then i only got a wee bit usualy the tailit was very hard days awful cold and hungry not all my pal was an only child so i loved to go to her house for my tea and asking my ma to get me somthing to wear out the barras oh i know the gorbals then the big move to a 5 apartment in castlemilk it was great cheers anne

Submitted by: Anne O'Neill
St Catharines, Canada
27/03/08
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Thanks neil for advice im not knocking myself out ha ha but over here its a big deal on the lorne have you heard of jamacia spice girls i work with bring it from scotland from the butcher but they say its hard to get so ill just keep in my thoughts the taste luv anne

Submitted by: Anne O'Neill
St Catharines, Canada
27/03/08
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I would just like to ask if any younger members of the gorbals past and present use this site, i am 40 years old and stayed in the gorbals for a long time i would like to hear from people of similar age and find out what they do and whether they are still in the gorbals.

Submitted by: Gerry Gracie
East Kilbride, Scotland
27/03/08
Email: gerrygracie@blueyonder.co.uk
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FAO B MALCOM. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR MESSAGE.I read a wee poem a long time ago, and I put in letters & cards to family and friends. DON'T LOSE YOUR SENSE OF HUMOUR WHEN YOU ARE GROWING OLD, MIRTH AND FUN AND LAUGHTER ARE GIFTS THAT YOU MUST HOLD, BECAUSE WHEN THE ACHES AND PAINS OF OLD AGE TROUBLE YOU, ITS THAT SENSE OF HUMOUR WHICH WILL HELP TO PULL YOU THROUGH. Thanks again. Agnes.

Submitted by: Agnes
Glasgow, Scotland
27/03/08
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FAO Gerry Gracie. Did you sister Alison ever work at the Thomax factory? I worked there for a while, but hated it and left. Claudette did work there for a couple of years I think? Is it true that the Stirlingfauld flats are going to be taken down in June this year? The gorbals must look so different now. I have not been ther in years. I am coming home for a visit in June and my kids want to see wher I grew up, but I think most of the buildings I knew are no longer there. What about John Bosco and Bonaventures, did they come down?

Submitted by: Tina Kerr (Shields)
Point Pleasant, USA
27/03/08
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FAO Jinky, Great to hear from you! Yes, I did have a brother Peter. He is living in Balarnock now, married with two kids.I moved to New Jersey in 1993. Finally got my head together and went to college over here. Got a degree in maternity nursing. Can you believe it?Never did go to school when I was supposed to. I am married with three children, 14, 12 and 2. I'm afraid I am a traitor, married an American. His grandparents came from Oatlands though. Any advice on an unbearable 14 year old? He is already taller than me, so I don,t have the same power I used to have. What were you doing in Jersey? Heard it is a great place to live. Do you have any kids? What are the others up to?

Submitted by: Tina Kerr (Shields)
Point Pleasant, USA
27/03/08
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Hello again Rita. It's truly amazing. Just a few weeks ago I came on this site by pure chance, and I noticed Moffat St appeared a few times. Then Nos.147 and 157, And then, Mc Neill st.. So, as they say, I got curioser and curioser..Here I am again. I started work in 1939, then added on a part time job as a firewatcher in the Empire Theatre in 1941, which meant I moved out of 147 for nearly 2 years before I was called up in 1943 .When I returned home in 1947 my parents had moved 3 up. Then I left in 1950 to get wed. So, my memories of Moffat St happened from being a 5 year old to 14, that would be around 1929 to 1938/9... I could hardly believe the part about your Granny and Dennis Smith. I was about then. Cos'I remember asking my mother why the Siver Cross pram was cluttering up the lobby....Being naive I thought the pram belonged to Maisie the eldest daughter who had had a baby only a few weeks before!!!! I don't recall the Marrs or Mullens.! My father had been ill for a number of years and Mother worked as a packer in the Co-op McNeill St for some time. Eventually they were given a house at Seath St Govanhill. So, for their few remaining years, they had a bedroom and a bathroom It must have been bliss after waiting so long. Yes, it was sad that Aunt Beattie didn't enjoy her new place very long either. It was strange: Beattie was killed by a car in Prospecthiil Rd.and her sister Annie was mugged in Govanhill, and later died of shock and stress. Lots of things come back when I read of Holmes the butcher, Big Peter's penny bags of scraps, the hot peas and vinegar, the Co-op Shan shop The saturday pictures, the wandering around the Green. I have 3 wee mementos of climbing the dykes and jumping on and off the middens: a scar on my nose and one on each shin. In fact when i had my medical for the services, the scar on the nose was written on my record as a means of recognition if requ! ired. As for that wee house between 147 and 157 I do think it was a the younger girl, Isa ( nee Hutcheson ) who was there in the early 50's. Mr.Hutcheson was a driver in the Co-op. You remember the Rankine's in St Mungo Halls. I think they were still there when I left. Along Rutherglen Rd. near Twomax, was an old unused graveyard It had a high wall and gate, but we managed in and played among the gravestones...That cemetery was tidied-up and then became a Rose Garden. With all the new buildings going up, I wonder if it is still a rose garden. In your day Rita the Lifeguard on the Clyde at the Green would be Ben Parsonage. I can remember the man earlier. It was George Geddes, wearing a beard and whiskers as in Victorian days. A fiercesome figure he was. The weans wouldn't dare go near his boat or his house in the green at the bridge, Your eyes'll be getting weary. Ta Ta Michael

Submitted by: Michael (A golden Very oldie)
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27/03/08
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To Davie Graham, Thanks for the reply, I thought I recalled some street names being changed. it was confusing then: must have been the early 30's,I'd be eight then. Just about old enough to remember. Ta take care Michael.

Submitted by: Michael
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27/03/08
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Ten Quid, so you went to Bogie as well, I have read some your articles, dont ask me why but I thought you were a Bonnies man or Hollyrood, so that was good to hear, that was a hell of a walk why didnt you get the tram. The wee swimming pool as you call it was briliant, I passed my life saving and got a free pass to the Gorbals baths, I used to use it to get into Calder street as well on occasions. Did you ever go up to Haggs road to play Rugby or Fitba, with Mr. Mc Nair, the p.e. teacher? Do you remember Mrs Stevenson the science teacher, I was her pet ha ha. Strathbungo has changed now its a catholic school but the old building in Allison street is still there. Funny thing a few years after I left school I was back in Allison St, just across the road from the school, I stayed the night to in the Polis station, it was only for the night, I got arrested coming back from Hampden, they didnt appreciate my singing,ha ha. Anyway hope to hear from you again, Billy

Submitted by: B Malcolm
Easterhouse, Glasgow
27/03/08
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On reading Dan Campbell's email, my memories of Father Toy surfaced. I was a wee lassie in the 1940's when Father Toy made frequent calls to our house at 201 Thistle Street. My mother had been raised Catholic but became disenchanted with that faith when, among other things, she escaped the wrath of nuns who were about to belt her for being absent from school at the age of 12. She had been home a few weeks helping my gran who suffered from "white leg" after the birth of my uncle, her brother. My mother was summoned to the school office but, on seeing the angry faces (she described them as angry, twisted faces) of the nuns and the tawse in one of their hands, turned and ran down the stairs into the playground, with the nuns in chase. My ma threw her schoolbag over the locked gate and climbed over it to safety. My mother married a non-Catholic - don't think I can call my father a Protestant except that he was always protesting the wrongs of society. Father Toy often came around to see my mother, perhaps wanting to convince her to return to the faith. She always made him a cup of tea and gave him a biscuit, if she had any. I remember eyeing this man in black, Father Toy, who seemed very big to me, and in my child's mind, I thought he was Father Christmas in everyday garb coming to check on the poor folk. I thought he was Santa Claus because of his name, and I wasn't enlightened otherwise until I finally asked why we never got any presents at Christmas even though Santa had visited our house many times. My mother, Carrie Whittaker, turned 90 in June 2007 and now lives in Toryglen. She has lots of Gorbals stories to tell and her memory is very good.

Submitted by: Mary C Russell
California, USA
27/03/08
Email: Not Supplied
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Anyone out there remember me I am from the gorbals, left over thirty years ago, would like to hear from any old friends Jean

Submitted by: Jean Newell
Herts, England
27/03/08
Email: Not Supplied
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ANYONE KNOW A JIM PATON LIVED IN CAMDEN ST THEN CALDER ST LAST KNOW KINGS PARK AVE. MARRIED ISA SON JAMES DAUGHTER LINDA CONTACT ME ANYONE BY MY E MAIL JIMMY

Submitted by: JIMMY EASSON
PRESTON, England
27/03/08
Email: EASSJ@AOL.com
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I wonder if anyone remembers my mum, her name was Helen Millar Broadfoot (known as Ella) and she married Robert Jackson. They were both raised in the Gorbals, my mum was born in South Shamrock Street and lived in Mathieson Street. My dad died in 1960 so I never knew him. Does anyone remember either of them. There's a lady on this site called Rita and I think she's a relative of my mums through Jock and Katie Hawkins. And would anyone remember the name of the couple who were caretakers in the St Mungo Halls in the late 1950's and early 1960's? they emigrated I think to Australia but I don't know their names. They are my Godparents so I'd love to track them down. This is a great site so keep up the wonderful stories. Cheers Linda

Submitted by: Linda Monk
Derbyshire, England
27/03/08
Email: harry0monk@aol.com
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To Michael McGrory Do you remember the families Webster, Marr? John and Nell Webster and their two weans Jim and Betty stayed in the wee hoose sandwiched between 147 and 157 Moffat St that you mentioned. I remember them saying it was very damp. They then moved two up middle in 147 Moffat St and left around 1954 do you remember them? My uncle and aunt Jimmy and Nancy Marr moved from 157 to 3 up middle 147(the house that I eventually got in 1961) this would have been right next door to your mother's house. He was a docker wee fat man they did not have any children. They were the first members of the family to get a tele and we all used to troop around from McNeill St to see it. My Grandfather was a a big Labour supporter and I remember him going ballistic when Sir Winston Churchill came on the tele. The tele was hired from the firm Clydesdale. You paid it for years and years but it never belonged to you. Wee things keep cropping into my head so you haven't heard the last of me yet! Rita

Submitted by: Rita Moffat
Glasgow, Scotland
27/03/08
Email: Not Supplied
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I will never forget standing at the bus stop in Ballater Street with my wee pal Fitzy there were two wee Gorbals wummen waiting for a bus when one pointed across the road and said "you know me Mary I don't talk about anyone but see her she disney feed her weans" classic stuff or what

Submitted by: Pat Holland
London, England
27/03/08
Email: patlyonsholland@hotmail.co.uk
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Colin MacFarlane, you were a right toe rag in your younger years. I found it very interesting where you lived. My aunt lived on Rutherglen Road, across from the park. There was a drycleaning shop on the ground floor and she was one up on the left. My cousin use to work in the shop in the 60's. Betty lived there for many years. I remember one time I was visiting and the drycleaners caught on fire. That caused a lot of excitment. Another time a pair of sisters that lived on Rutherglen Road, near you, died. They were a good age, and it was said when they cleared out the flat money was found stashed in their mattress and there was lots of it. They gave the neighbours the impression they were hard up. I have just finished your book. I had to wait 5 months for the library to get it in.There are a lot of Scots in the area and I am sure they will be happy to know it is now there. My family lived on the other end of Crown Street, where the Admiralty Building is, if it is still there...50 Crown St. In the 50's it was a pile of rubble. My aunt lived across the street at 49 I think it was before the family moved to Rutherglen Rd. Small world.

Submitted by: Marion
Canada
27/03/08
Email: Not Supplied
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Michael McGrory; According to the map "Glasgow 1929" Moffat Street was then named South York Street. When my Granny moved there in 1940 it had become Moffat Street. So the change of name occurred between those dates.

Submitted by: Davie Graham
Edmonton, Canada
27/03/08
Email: mcscrum@telus.net
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I am looking for Margaret Pickering any help Willie?

Submitted by: Willie Henry
Perth W A, Australia
27/03/08
Email: willie.henry@bigpond.com.au
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My name is Anne, I was born in Kidston St, Glasgow, I would just like to thank those people who made it possible for our family to be reunited with our brother William Warren. Thanks to the great people that we were born amongst, we have just met and spent time with a beautiful brother who joined us here in Australia. Thankyou to this site,from our hearts, without your help, we would never have had the opportunity to bring him into the family, where he belongs. To all who responded, we thankyou, to those who enquired, you kept us going. To the people of the Gorbals, the very, very best from us here in Oz. Kindest Regards, Anne Niehus.

Submitted by: Anne Niehus
Corowa, Australia
27/03/08
Email: anne.niehus@yahoo.com.au
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I have read the very moving story of PT JOSEPH HUGHES, RASC. I have read many many stories of the bravery of our soldiers through the years, but to read a story of a brave Gorbals boy, seems more touching. When Joseph was fighting in Hong Kong in 1946 my Dad was fighting in Germany with the Gordon Highlanders, I was lucky my Dad came home to us. I am the mother of two sons who are in the forces. I could not even imagine what it would be like to lose anyone of them, and I hope I never will. Joseph certainly deserved his George Cross. I am going to make a point of going to St Francis centre to look at the memorial plaque for him. Agnes

Submitted by: AGNES
Glasgow, UK
27/03/08
Email: agnesherrity@hotmail.co.uk
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I AM TRYING TO TRACE THE PIRRET FAMILY WHO USED TO STAY IN FLORENCE ST, GORBALS ROUND ABOUT 1962 THERE WAS A MAN CALLED GEORGE PIRRET IN THE FAMILY BUT THAT IS THE ONLY PERSONS NAME I HAVE, ANY INFORMATION WOULD BE A GREAT HELP IN MY QUEST .. THANKS...

Submitted by: Julie Bain
Glasgow, UK
27/03/08
Email: julievain@btinternet.com
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To the Webmaster I would like to say a personal thanks to you for the work you do on this site. It has given me many hours of pleasure and I am sure that the hundreds of people who visited the site are grateful to you. A big Gorbals toast to you-I would raise a glass of the hard stuff but I don't drink!

Submitted by: Rita Moffat
Glasgow, UK
27/03/08
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I read that Agnes & Ten Quid both came from Naburn St and wondered if either of them remember my Mum's family. She was brought up in 128 from 1928 to 1945. Her name is Isa Smith and she had 3 brothers, Tommy, James and Ronnie. Her Granny was Mary Mcfarlane and she lived in 134 as did her Aunt Cathie Cumming. Anyone remember them?

Submitted by: May
Sydney, Australia
27/03/08
Email: riesmar@optusnet.com.au
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That reference to the devil's tree takes me back an' before that somebody wis on aboot the "Pump" which wis jist tae the left o' the gents toilets across frae the Ritz. Devil's Tree ? nae idea how it came aboot widnae mind knowin' but if ye think on it ye'd feel pretty hellish yersel' if ye got the treatment it did, but the pump aye dae I no know that place fell in the bliddy thing oot o' a tree we were up jist beside it mind you ah hid jist dried oot efter hivin' fell in the Clyde on the green side trying tae fish oot a big branch or somethin' an auld man got me oot wi his walkin' stick - hae mind o' ma pals trying tae pull me up but the bank wis too steep an awe a wis daein' wis pullin' oot clods o' grass an the feet were sinkin' further intae the glaur. Anywey hivin' got hauf dried then gettin' wet again we went oan the prowl tae try an' get dry kin mind a lucky midgy wis visited among others then disaster maw got me that pit the hems on gettin' oot fur a while an let me tell ye the wee bum wis loupin' two doin's wan fae her awe the wiy hame then the aul' yin hid his piece o' me when he got hame - did that larn me nut a bit - still bliddy learnin.

Submitted by: Anon
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27/03/08
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'GENTLE' JOHNNY RAMENSKY. My Grandad James Bryden was a prison officer at Barlinnie and (so the family story goes) was sent up to try and talk Ramensky down off the roof. Not sure what he was protesting about that time, but Grandad beat a sensible retreat under threat of having slates hoyed at him. This would probably have been sometime in the 'thirties, as My Mam was a wee'an at the time. She can be contacted through myself, Brian Spink.

Submitted by: Brian Spink
Thirsk, UK
27/03/08
Email: UNITYBS@BTINTERNET.com
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ANNIE PLEASE TAKE MY WORD FOR IT ALL THAT IS IN IT IS SYNTHETIC COLOR AGENT TO MAKE IT MORE ATTRACTIVE LOOKIN' LIKE A WOMAN PUTTIN ON HER LIPSTICK' PRESERVATIVE WHICH YOU ARE BETTER WITH OUT AND BELIEVE ME SALT AND PEPPER YOU CAN USE BREADCRUMBS FOR RUSKS TO BIND THE MIXTURE STOP KNOCKIN YOUR SELF OUT THERES NO BIG SECRET

Submitted by: Neil Maclean
Glasgow, Scotland
27/03/08
Email: neil@neilmaclean.wanadoo.co.uk
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Does anyone have any recollections of the Dick family Elmfoot Street or Rutherglen Road) or the Smith family of Pine Street circa 1920's. And can anyone finish this for me "Skinny Malinky Long Legs big banana feet....... remember this from my childhood and wondered if I learnt it from my mom & dad who left the Gorbals in 1948. I would like any old photo's of the tennements Elmfoot Street or Pine Street, also Photo of Glasgow Royal Infirmary circa 1948. Thanks

Submitted by: Linda
South Africa
27/03/08
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To Michael McGrory my Grandmother Annie Moffat nee Mullen delivered Dennis Smith into the world so we are practically related! She had a very big family but was called on to help with births in those days. Dennis as you know was a late baby and came as a bit of a surprise. Yes, Mrs Smith and your mother were considered ladies-well mannered and kind. That is how I remember them. Mrs Smith always seemed to be dressed even doing the brasses she was immaculate. Satin blouses and wee pearl necklace-she even used to brasso the stud spikes on the bannister. Both sisters had lovely flush doors ,hand grained as was the fashion. Mrs Smith always kept nice windows too with paper fringed blinds and lace half curtains. Isn't it amazing what you remember. It was sad that she died not long after she got a nice house -just next block to me in Myrtylepark. The story goes that Dennis was good to his Mother and had bought her a new suite. Shame she never got to enjoy her house for longer. Will send another posting shortly. Rita continued.. I was chased off the laptop by my son so I will continue my reply to your posting. I do remember Jenny McGregors shop but not the person. Long after another shopkeeper took over we still called it after her. Loved the penny dainties and the ration coupons being held over for 2oz of sweeties. Took me ages to decide what sweets to buy with my weekly thrupenny bit pocket money. Dolly mixttures were a favourite as were soor plumes, candy balls, liquorice straps/bootlaces and Edinburgh rock. Mrs Morrison 157 was a friend of my Aunt Nancy Marr nee Moffat who also lived low down and got my Great Uncles Wee Wull Mullen's house when he died. My uncle Jimmy Marr was a docker and sometimes brought lumps of chocolate home. Not great quality it stuck to the roof of your mouth. It was the kind of stuff used in baking but we did'nt care it was sweet. Don't think that the Mullen's you spoke about were related but who knows. Other memories: the one o'clock whistle from the co-op-a deafening sound at 1 O'clock in the day! The Rainbow Cafe ice cream, hot bovril with a cream cracker at the side and hot peas and vinegar if you were flush. American comics from durty Maggie's in Rutherglen Road. Poor women put up with a lot of stick from the local weans. The Paragon in my day was called the flea pit-supposedly you always came out scratching. But still the same we stood in line for the "first hoose." Loved the cowboy films Roy Rodgers and Hopalong Cassidy. Went to see Roy Rogers and his horse Trigger when they came to Glasgow. The Bowry Boys on a Saturday morning at the Bees picture house were my biggest favourites. Laughed till I thought my belly would burst at Bud Abbot and Lou Costello. Remember too Mr Rankin at St Mungo Halls a wee smart man who took the job very seriously-hazy memories of Robina? his daughter. Memories............

Submitted by: Rita Moffat
Glasgow, Scotland
27/03/08
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I AM TRYING TO TRACE MY FATHER, I WAS GIVEN UP FOR ADOPTION FROM BIRTH IN 1963. MY BIRTH MOTHERS NAME WAS AGNES WARREN OR THOMSON, I WAS TOLD THAT SHE HAD A RELATIONSHIP WITH A GUY KNOWN AS WEE BARNEY, SHE WAS STAYING AT 105 KIDSTON STREET AT THE TIME AROUND 1962 ANY INFORMATION WOULD BE GREAT THANKS ....

Submitted by: Julie Bain
Glasgow, Scotland
27/03/08
Email: julievain@btinternet.com
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Just read some of the latest stories and come on who cares what some people write I dont think anyone should talk about people who are long gone they have families and a lot of people mabe like myself just heard things about people not even knowing them so come on this is a site for people who came from the gorbals and memories not to slag any person, I love as I think most people like to listen to people talk about places and shops and events that happened in the gorbals, you can take the person out of the gorbals but you cant take the gorbals out the person

Submitted by: Pauline Boyce
Glasgow, Scotland
27/03/08
Email: pauline.boyce@ntlworld.com
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Agnes Herrity, I truly enjoy your banter, it has me in stitches, your ganging up on this character that talks like a fermer from Auchenshoggle, we werent taught to speak like that at school, were we? Every part of the Uk has its slang, so we all have to write the same so we can all understand each other yes, My sister in law from America reads this web site and she has to phone me up for a translation ( a wee joke) anyway to be honest if it wasnt for this tq we wouldnt be having a laugh, its all good fun, and who ever he is keeps you going, and I love it, hey its better than watchin Coronation St.

Submitted by: B Malcom
Glasgow, Scotland
27/03/08
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Hello, to all the interesting people on the gorbals page, just got back from new york, froze my bum off, never did get warm till I landed back in C.A. I see ten quid is keeping active on the board, for what he is going through, I for one, dont know were he gets his energy, tough wee you all know what (smile) My sister is doing a lot better, with this new chemo in pill form. And I had her laughing, when I was telling her about the Gorbals page. Doris you were not raised in the Gorbals, oh, I said, how is that? You Artie and Bertha grew up in the Oatlands. Well how come we were one of the poorest in the scheme, them rotten Parish clothes, that even John the Pawn man would not take them. As you can see have to not use any slang, as she talk like she is a bliddy taly American style that is. Were older sister Irene, she cracks up and tells me see you oor Doris I think that you make them all up. Honest ma Da taught me all the words. Oh and all our friends came from the Gorbals. Tosh was telling me when they cleared out the Townhead, Garn gard, all mostly Irish Catholics, it was they were stuck out in the middle of no where, no stores nothing nada, plenty of tattie fields and such. And every one was dirt poor and it was a bit like the Gorbals Only no cars or transportation, Any way here we are. So hope every one is as hale n hearty as they can be. DAM

Submitted by: Doris McIntyre
Slo, Cal
27/03/08
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Hi there Ten Quid Sorry that I took so long to reply to your last posting-I had a few days holiday. Yes you are right the conditions growing up in the Gorbals were tough but isn't that the reason we are able to keep going against the odds? You are a prime example of that-you have definitely used up at least 9 lives! Still, the main thing is you are here to tell the tale. I do remember the bed bugs -they couldnie half jump! Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but I think things have got worse for some people. Housing conditions have improved but drink and drugs make life a misery for too many. If you are working you are taxed to an inch of your life. Back to the auld days.......The cauld was the thing I remember -if you were more than 3 feet away from the fire you were frozen. One of my Aunties had corned beef legs wi sitting up right next to the fire. She wiz a case and a half- quite glam when she went oot with the rouged cheeks, waved hair and cylamen pink lippie with a very pronounced cupids bow. In the house she looked a sight - pipe cleaners in her hair, rolled her garters and stockings doon tae her ankles. As kids we used to huddle around the wee fire set in a corner of the kitchen listening to her tell stories- she didnae half hog the fire. Somefolk couldnie afford coal used to burn any auld thing. Coal briquettes were rubbish but the worst fire I remember was in a house of a wee pal of mine. They were so hard up one freezing cauld night that they piled a load of auld shoes on the fire. Whit a stink from rubber soles! Left gasping from the fumes they hid tae open the windows wide-totally defeated the purpose of trying to keep warm. Glad that Doris is home and well-please send my regards to her. Hope it is not too long before we have her back on the site.

Submitted by: Wee Wummin Too
Glasgow, UK
27/03/08
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I've just come across this site and it's fun to read, although not from the Gorbals (Maryhill)I had fringe contact by taking out a girl from Cumberland St.(the dreaded Sat. night walk up Cumberland St.!) also I served an apprenticeship on the other side of Eglinton St. (A&W Smith's 1955-1960).

Submitted by: Bill Shields
Busselton, Australia
27/03/08
Email: garbeta@iinet.net.au
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Dan Campbell; I was born in the "Hoose" at no 174 Florence Street just next door to the back entrance of Hutchie Gram school, I had friends called Zakovitch, James Kane, Kellys, and the Marr family. I am sure Alex Fergusons granmother stayed there awhile, The cinemas we went to were The Palace, The Greens, The Bedford, The Colliseum then sometimes we would all go to Egliton Toll to the Cinerama. Gorbals street baths was also a favourite place, I used to help my Ma go to the steamie! Yes I loved the dumplings and I managed to find the best place in all the Gorbals, Johnies in Egliton st, right next door to the lane, and across the road from Iain Fairs garage, he gave you a gigantic slice for thrupence. On Easter we woul;d walk all the way to the Queens park to roll our painted boiled eggs down the hill, usually they ended up into the band stands whilst they were playing! I am retired now, I lost my right leg after being knocked over by a car in Union street six years! ago. Thanks for your message Dan it was very heartwarming to hear from you. Father P Devlin

Submitted by: Father P Devlin
Stirling, Scotland
27/03/08
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Hi to Tam Lennie, I remember the tree outside the park in Rutherglen Rd. We also all spat on it and the rumour went around 'oor gang' that if you didn't spit on it you would die before reaching home that day. Needless to say we all spat and it would be left looking like yuk with all the spit running down it. From Australia I wrote to the Town council and asked about the removal of the tree and what had become of it, but sadly received no reply and no one has been able to enlighten me. Your 'maybe' explanation as to where it went is the first one I have heard. Thanks Tam

Submitted by: Jean Fairie
Melbourne, Australia
27/03/08
Email: gorbals@aapt.net.au
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B Malcom in the early 50s I went to Strathbungo I walked down Lawmoor St up Caledonia Rd along Crown St onto Cathcart Rd turned into Calder St onto Strathbungo no bus no cars just jogged it with an old army rucksack full of school books n for the bad weather name Glasgow has I never can remember it raining on any given day the only place I got wet to my memory was in the little swimming pool in the school SURELY IT MUST HIV RAINED! ten quid

Submitted by: TEN QUID
Oz
27/03/08
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Hi Jean Rae it was good to hear from you. Sorry it has been a while to answer you as I am not on the net but my friend is so she is doing this for me. Hope you are keeping well as I am well it is a pity about the school photo as I would have loved a copy of it I still live in the Gorbals it has changed a great deal since the old days. Hope you had a nice time on holiday. Where do you live now and do you have a family. I have 2 sons and a daughter and 2 grandsons all doing well thank god. Well Jean hope to hear from you soon ps I live in the same road that you lived in when you were young. All the best Jean Logan Duffy.

Submitted by: Jean Duffy nee Logan
Glasgow, Scotland
27/03/08
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To Sue Moore in Canada: Thanks Sue for your posting, I can only hope that other Gorbalites on the site will be able to enlighten me, however, your posting has given me some hope, incidently, I have recently made contact with Mary Robinson (she is now living in Rutherglen) but is very poorly but has given some info on the Rahns that may help with my wee mission. Again, thanks Sue, if you want a chat or have any other bits that might help me my e-mail is jimmiller74@blueyonder.co.uk, I would really appreciate it. Regards Jim

Submitted by: Jim Miller
Essex, England
27/03/08
Email: jimmiller74@blueyonder.co.uk
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FAO Tina Shields, Jinky here I remember u from the community centre u have a brother Peter? Gerry is a year older than me don't know much about any of your friends Danny lives in Jersey I was there as well came back hame about 2 years ago still keep in touch with him, Swas and Ginn are doing well also. All the best Tina.

Submitted by: John Johnston
Glasgow, UK
27/03/08
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My mother's name was Anne Ellen Lauder and she lived On Kidston st..she was married to Charles Smith who lived on Camden St. He died in 1945 RAF..I lived with my grannie Gibbons till I went to the states in 49..I have been looking for my father's folks one nephew I'm trying to find is William's son John.. I love and miss Scotland and get back there often. I went to ST.Francis and was always called the rascal cause I had a hard head and was always in trouble..I had a grand childhood stealing rations for sweeties and terroizing every one with my darning needle cause I was so small..plus stealing cigerettes for my pals...I had a hard time adjusting for about a week and I was an instant hit here with my brr and song..Now I'm old and I still love a wee song..

Submitted by: Gina Smith
Indiana, USA
27/03/08
Email: gfaulkner@att.net
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Isabel Robertson Kentallen. Can you please send photos of Camden Street School 1955/63. Never got the last photo 21/07/07, hope you can hlep. Thanks, PS New email address

Submitted by: Peter Blair
Kilmarnock, Scotland
23/03/08
Email: pedro-can@hotmail.co.uk
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hi to kenny warren: don't know if you got my information on the site about tommy's kids, as i haven't got a reply back yet, if you have got any more information please please get in touch my email address is posted on too thanks for your help.

Submitted by: Maggie
Glasgow, Scotland
23/03/08
Email: julievain@btinternet.com
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Joseph Hughes - George Cross 23rd March, 2008 is the 62nd Anniversary of the death of Private Joseph Hughes, R.A.S.C. a Gorbals resident and only nineteen years old, Joseph Hughes was stationed at Lymun Barracks in Hong Kong where he was involved in clearing the aftermath of the war, including landmines. He was driving a 3 ton vehicle carrying ammunition and explosives into the magazine area at the Barracks. As the vehicle was entering the storage area, it started to smoulder and caught fire.Knowing full well that his truck could explode at any moment, Joseph did everything in his power to put out the fire, firstly by trying to remove the burning camouflage netting, then by using fire extinguishers. Unfortunately the truck blew up and two days later Joseph died of his injuries. Joseph was subsequently awarded the George Cross for gallantry and is remembered by those in his regiment and the Hong Kong holiday village which is now situated where Lymun barracks used to be. Here in Glasgow and the Gorbals in particular few have heard of Joseph and his heroism. A plaque containing a replica of the George Cross medal awarded to Joseph Hughes, and a brief summary of his bravery (including photograph) is now hanging inside the entrance (to the right) of the St. Francis Centre, 405 Cumberland Street in the Gorbals area of Glasgow. It is fitting that this should be in the area where Joseph was born and will be a place that people can pay their respects to a brave young soldier who gave his life for so many others. This was made possible by the efforts to have him remembered by Joseph' cousin Irene Finn and with the help of Glasgow City Councillor James Mutter (HUTCHESONTOWN WARD 66) and Mr George Donnachie of the RASC/RCT Association. The following poem was written by Elsa Beattie (elsabeattie@hotmail.com) in memory of a brave young soldier. JOSEPH HUGHES – GEORGE CROSS - FOR A HERO WAS HE - Joseph Hughes gave his life for his Service Corps ‘Brothers’ his the ultimate price to save so many others. Just a lad from the Gorbals how proud we should be of that brave young soldier for a hero was he. His fear and his pain we can only surmise how he must have suffered in his sacrifice. With esteem his name spoken as it always will be by his comrades-in-arms of the RASC. In death then young Joseph his actions rewarded for his gallantry a George Cross awarded. His body lies cold far away, in the earth but let’s bring his soul home to the place of his birth. Each act of remembrance brings Joseph back home to the land of his fathers his spirit will come. So let’s always remember with a thought, or a prayer Joseph Hughes from the Gorbals and his courage so rare. © ELSA J BEATTIE

Submitted by: Elsa Beattie
Glasgow, UK
23/03/08
Email: beattie01@btopenworld.com
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FAO Father Devine - I was born in Florence St and attended St Lukes primary and then on to Hollyrood. We lived at 128 ,just accross from the Ritz baron the corner of Rutherglen Rd and Florence St (or Rose St as was). Does anyone remember the following shops there: Elliots Dairy, Lockies on Rutherglen Rd, jenny barbers wee shop and auld Mrs Lyons paper shop... remember she was as blind as a bat...then there was the Deep Sea chippie and Willie Marx the butchers as well as Galbraiths and Curleys.. all my family stayed in the Gorbals so whenever I got into trouble somebody saw me and let the cat oot the bag!! I have great memories of Knottsies restaurant and the big Clootie dumplings they used to have in the window... sorry but i am slabbering at the thought, my dads family came from 144 Kiddston st..just facing the graveyard and My Grannies house was never empty and the door was never locked.. remember the big cheque keys in those days.. people cared and looked after the old yins! unlike today...we played fitba from dawn till dusk and later, went home and got thrown into an old Zinc bath washed and made ready for school the next day... do you remember on cold nights the extra duvet was your dads heavy coat !!!? But at wkends we would go to the movies...Flash Gordon, Zorro or the Lone Ranger... magic.. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers Florence St as I do ... remember Father Toy....what a man, my mother used to spend hours repairing his cassocks.. he was loved and respected by everyone on the south side.. please get in touch with your mems as it's all we have left of an age gone by.. Pure Magic

Submitted by: Dan Campbell
Glasgow, Scotland
20/03/08
Email: dancam1212@tiscali.co.uk
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I went to Abbotsford place school in the 50s we never wore a uniform, we were all good mates at school and life was laid back and the teachers were excellent, at 12 years old I managed to pass my exams and went to Strathbungo a senior secondry school and my parents managed to get me a school uniform it was such a strange experience, everyone at my new school seemed to have a few boab, and it used to embarass me when I was asked "where do you come from" I said Cumberland street, which was mis read and the reply was "0h Cumbernauld thats a nice place" I never said a word and it made me feel a bit better, no one was looking down on me, at 12 years old I did not know any better, but at fourteen it changed I had all the posh boys eating out my hand and coming to visit me in the Gorbals!! I wish I was still staying in Abbotsford place now!

Submitted by: B Malcom
Glasgow, Scotland
20/03/08
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To Davie Graham. It was strange to see your question about South York St. I lived in Moffat St over a period of 24 years from 1926. Not being sure of my facts, I queried this of another visitor to this site. Do you know of any other of that era? Michael

Submitted by: Michael McGrory
19/03/08
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For Gerry Gracie. Did you ever think you would use the term "Happy days they were"? We are surely getting old. Though seriously, growing up in the Gorbals was the best time ever. We moved to the West End(Partick) in 1986, I was only 16, Partick was a beautiful area but it just didn't have the same "magic". I remember Tracy Kerr and Geri Scott. They both came from Toryglen,is that right? I can't believe you used to go out with Angie Corcoron. I was very good friends with her. She did start to dabble in too much so we drifted apart. Do you know how she is doing now? I hope she is okay. I still can't put a picture to your name. You must have went to school with Jinky, Danny McLean, Swas, Gin and Morty, who was younger. We used to all hang around the community center. Me, Cathy Cunningham, Debbie Hoole, Debbie Callaghan. Any news on anybody?

Submitted by: Tina Kerr (Shields)
Point Pleasant, NJ, U.S.A
19/03/08
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Hi I am trying to get some info on the Crawford family who stayed at 3 Silverfir St in the 1960s their was Mary born about 1940s William her brother her father was also William her mother was Margaret she died in 1963 I would love to hear from anyone who know them thank you.

Submitted by: Big Bell
Glasgow, Scotland
19/03/08
Email: bigbell@btinternet.com
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Anybody out there remember my gran and grandad? Mary Boyle Nee Kilkie and Patrick James Boyle? Last known address was 10 1/2 Eglington st were my grandad died in may of 1946. I have heard my grandad was a bit of a rogue but this is all I know, Mary died in 2001 but I found that out too late.

Submitted by: Tommy Boyle
Leicestershire, England
19/03/08
Email: thomasboil@tiscali.co.uk
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Thanks Neil but the butchers here would not have a clue as all the stuff is prepacked theres got to be more than salt and pepper you ask the butcher in scotland whats in it they hate to tell you ha ha case they break the code of silence on a lorne sausage i'll be watching for you cheers Anne

Submitted by: Anne O'Neill
Ontario, Canada
19/03/08
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Doris hi glad u are home safe n well read the webmasters post they must be CONGRATULATED its about time a stop was put to this nonsense but just a wee bit early for me as i had challenged a person to prove were i had been bad mouthing folks on this great site this person gave me stick n got it printed before the webmaster HAD TO STEP IN!i hiv had nothing but praise n glad tidings from the real gorbals folk n for that i am eternally grateful i use ten quid because i find it has been adding a bit o mystic to my TRUE STORIES although i try to give a twist o fun to them n my real name is on the site with my e-mail but after getting abusive e-mails i changed it n if i unintentionally slagged someone i apologies THEY MUST HIV SAID SOMETHING RELATED TO THE POSTING! i hope all concerned abide by your kind suggestion n again well said TEN QUID

Submitted by: TEN QUID
Oz
19/03/08
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Hello, About the square sliced sausage I just use salt, pepper, ground coriander and bread crumbs all mixed together, add it to the meat mixed with eggs to bind it together, pack it in a rectangular dish, let it set and slice. Hope you enjoy it. Jimmy G

Submitted by: Jimmy G Sarnia
Ont, Canada
19/03/08
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Its Great To Here People Still Remember The Devils Tree In Rutherglen Rd We All Passed By It As Kids On OUR Way To The Ritchie Park We All Spat On It Even The Adults The Story Goes In Auld Gorbals Patter That The Military Took Over The Tree During The War To Supply The R.A.F. With Goggles For There Pilots.

Submitted by: Tam Lennie
Glasgow, Scotland
19/03/08
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Trying to trace the Birth Mother of my partner. The only information that we have,is her name is Anne Sutherland and she was a University student. She may have come from the Blackburn area in Lancashire as that is where my partner was born. His birth name was Michael Ian Sutherland although it was changed by his adoptive parents. We have no information about his birth father as his name has been blacked out on birth certificate. Would be very appreciative of any information no matter how small.

Submitted by: Heather
Lancashire, England
19/03/08
Email: heathershabba@hotmail.co.uk
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FAO Anne O'Neill you were asking about the steamie and Twomax I worked in Twomax when I left school top flat then the second flat was a buttonhole machinist until I got married then went back until I fell pregnant. As for the steamie in Rutherglen road my 2 aunties worked in the hare work in Ballater Street and they had a night booked and all the women who worked in the hare work took their washing as they couldn't go during the day. When they were ready to finish my grannie sent us round with tea or something to eat and then to help them carry the washing home, the patter and banter from the women was great.

Submitted by: Amelia McKinlay
Glasgow, Scotland
19/03/08
Email: ameliamckinlay@msn.com
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Hi I was wondering if anybody remembers my Mum Veronica McOmish who attended Strathbungo School in the middle to late 1950's, probably about 1956 (she was born in March 1942)? She lived in Hospital Street in the Gorbals with her family (No 115 I think?), she was one of 8 siblings I believe her brother George McOmish may have attended the same school a few years later, any information would be gratefully received. Many Thanks Tracey Smith

Submitted by: Tracey Smith
Middlesbrough, England
19/03/08
Email: traceyt1uk@yahoo.co.uk
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In response to Pauline Boyce re the dance hall at South Portland St called the Portland. I remember it well as the guys who used to run it rented a room in my parents house at one time, they were Hugh and John Friel from Donegal. Went there myself many times in 70's. I remember the Shevlin, Paddy and John, the McConalogues, Reillys, McFaddens, Macnamaras, Boyd, ski-dek, Duffys, O'Donnells, Jordans & Gormleys.

Submitted by: Not Supplied
Dublin, Ireland
19/03/08
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Does anyone know of John James Neil Gibson who was brought up in Glasgow nickname bin last address 88 McAslin Street 1935, good at darts joined the navy WW2 married and lived in Sussex till he died, had a brother Robert(Bobby)who lived in Glasgow and a sister Janet nick name Daisy, married name Anderson, died in Glasgow 1978. Does anybody know anything about this family

Submitted by: Sharon Redmond
Wexford, Ireland
19/03/08
Email: charmellebish@hotmail.com
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Rita. Well, Well. Its a small world indeed. Even tho' you are but a laas,you remember my Mother Annie McGrory and her sister Beattie Smith. The Smiths were 1 up right. 6 kids; the oldest Willie born 1924, and the youngest Dennis born 1947. Whilst I was awayin the services my Ma got a move up to the top left ( 3 up, same close ). Luxury indeed, from the single-end to a room and kitchen plus a wee box room ( a two room and kitchen ??? ) And, away from the noisy and windy close!!! So, when I got home after from demob I had a room to myself. Mind you Rita, it was all of 7 feet long and 5 feet wide. A single bed,a wee dresser and my wardrobe was the hooks on the door. My few other possessions were in a box under the bed.. All I needed was an en -suite bathroom!!!!! Now,in the 30's, at 147, 1st left was the Spiers; Ma,Da and, wait for it!-----9 weans. There was 2 bed recesses-----How did they manage???? I do remember them well, ------ cos, at a ! later date my cousin Maisie married a cousin of the speirs', by the name of John Sandison. There was a Mrs White, but she lived1 up left, with 2 boys, Robert and Tommy. Tommy was KIA at Dunkirk 1940. Your description of my auntie Beattie ( Mrs Smith ) is bang-on. My uncle Paddy was fortunate to be always employed for years as a doorman or porter in various hotels with maybe a poor wage, but received many a tip. The Smiths fared pretty well, and my auntie always appeared ladylike with her hats, scarves, gloves etc. I often heard some of the kids "call" after her. Another little memory was my cousin Billy going round to a lady piano teacher for music lesons. That teacher lived in Hayfield St, overlooking our backcourt.. There was a Mrs Morrison ( widow)in 157 low down on the left. She had 2 boys, the eldest was Eddie started work as a vanboy with Pullars of Perth . Many years later, at traffic lights in Glasgow, I saw and spoke to Eddie who was then driving a big! lorry.

Submitted by: Michael McGrory
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18/03/08
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Message from Webmaster, there has been several complaints about people being argumentative and also making false accusations. As we rely wholly on the posts being accurate there may be messages that are not true, we have no control over this. Please note that messages which bad mouth other users of the site will not be published. This site is operated on a voluntary basis and we don't have time to investigate the accuracy of posts as you may have noticed the site is more busy than ever Jim Miller:
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I knew the Rahn family from Naburn St. They were very well thought of. Dick and Mary did a greatjob helping the younger girls. Mary had a very good friend that lived in her building, think her name also was Mary. They had cousins that lived in the Oatlands Mary Roberson (she married George Cook) And I think her brother's name was Alex. Sorry I do not know anything about your Mother. Good luck, and I hope this will help you find what you are looking for.

Submitted by: Sue Moore
Canada 17/03/08
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Hi Anne rosepink is the name o the seasoning if your local butcher makes any other kind of sausage he's sure to have it if not ask him for some seasoning its only a mixture of salt and pepper after all by the way I came fae Govan married a wee lassie fae Lawmoor St hid 4 kids aw born at 286 Lawmoor St finally got a hoose in Pollok when they pulled Lawmoor St doon hope this helps you Neilly Mac

Submitted by: Neil MacLean
Glasgow, Scotland
17/03/08
Email: neil@neilmaclean.wanadoo.co.uk
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My great grandfather Stephen Burns married Mary Kelly in St Francis' church in the Gorbals. Stephen's brother was a champion clog dancer, JG Burns, he lost a leg after being knocked down by a tramcar, and then went on to teach clog dancing with his hands in the clogs, does anybody have any info on this. Also looking for info on Michael Burns who used to run retro clothes shop at Paddy's market. Thanks

Submitted by: Sandra Burns
West Lothian, Scotland
17/03/08
Email: sandera.burns@homecall.co.uk
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FAO KENNY WARREN. I HAVE SOME MORE INFO ON TOMMY WARREN, DOES HE HAVE TWO CHILDREN NAMED DAVID AND ANNE ? THIS IS JUST SOME MORE INFORMATION THAT I HAVE FOUND OUT. IF SO YOU ARE THE FAMILY THAT I AM LOOKING FOR PLEASE GET INCONTACT WITH ME IF MY INFORMATION ADDS UP THANKS

Submitted by: Maggie
Glasgow, Scotland
17/03/08
Email: julievain@btinternet.com
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Funny how things come intae yir heid efter askin' Father for his wee stories aboot folk got tae thinkin' awe this stuff aboot gangs an' the like nooadays sure there were plenty in my day 40's an 50's but naebody bothered ye a barney ootside a pub or anywhere wid stop an' let folk especially wimmin pass by mind ye if ye wanted trouble there wis enough tae go roon an' hoosebreakin' an' the like - taboo, which brings me tae wan I think lookin' back wis hillarious ye'll mind awe hoose doors hid three locks a yale at the tap then doon aboot the middle a big brass plate which hid two keyholes waqn fur the "check" key and the bottom wan wis a bliddy big wan naebody lug that key aboot by the way awe the keys fitted awe the doors 'cept the yale an' that only kept an honest man oot, so tae add extra "security" when ye went oan holiday usually tae stey wi' freens or relations somebody thought the idea o' a steel bar aboot 12" long wi notches cut alang the top this wis fitted tae ! the inside o' the door below the big keyhole an' slid back an' furrit intae a bracket oan the doorpost which ye done by putting a stiff wire aboot 1/8" dia shaped like a question mark through the big keyhole an' catchin' the notches tae slide this across the door intae the bracket oan the doorpost. Great, Terrific only thing wis everbody an' their dug hid this ach ye hiv tae laugh

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17/03/08
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What is rosepink spice that goes in lorne sausage can anyone tell me don't forget I'm in maple leaf country or is it a Scots thing I've never heard of it all butchers try to make a big deal of it so what's in it. Anne

Submitted by: Anne O'Neill
St. Catharines, Canada
17/03/08
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My father Joe O'Neil (born 1931) was born in the Gorbals, one of 7 (8?) brothers and one sister. He went on to play for Aberdeen and famously scored a hatrick against Rangers in 1954 semis (6-0) Anyone remember this branch if my family??

Submitted by: Joe O'Neill
Wales
17/03/08
Email: joeoneil@aol.com
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Does anyone remember twomax and the steamie on rutherglen rd? My ma used to push a pram with her wash in it all the woman used to go they had a laugh i was a wee lassie but it stuck in my mind luv anne

Submitted by: Anne O'Neill
St Catharines, Canada
14/03/08
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Hi Rita. As I guessed there is a "wee" difference, a generation between us. I'm kicking 84. The only Mullens i can remember lived one up in 157, a widow and son who was 3 or 4 yrs older than me. Jackie Fair was one of my pals. He had a sister but the name i can't remember now. If the Fairs had a bathroom they must have been the only ones to be so lucky. My folk had the usual zinc bath that was pulled out from under the hole-in-the Wa' bed!!!! I met Jackie one time around 1945 in a wee pub near an RAF Transit camp. He was Flight engineer and I an air gunner. We had lots to talk about. McNeill St.and Moffat St,naturally, the Gorbals and all our pals, wondering were they all were. I think when I first arrived in the Gorbals, a lot of street names were changed. I think Moffat st.was named South York St. And Ballater St had another name. Or, is age blurring the think box? In the early 30's there was a depression with lots of men out-of work. The fa! mily men lucky enough to hold a job were regarded as "toffs" Two of the lucky ones i recall were Mr Hutcheson of 157, he was a driver in the Cooop garage ( nae tram fares needed !!) and the other man was Mr Rankine, he was the St.Mungo Halls caretaker. Mr Rankine& family lived in a flat in the halls, one-up, thru the wall from the garage. To enter the flat, was thru a wee swing door right on to the stairs. There was a daughter, Robina ( Beenie ) To me 147 & 157, was Moffat St. There was a tenement on the corner of Hayfield St with a close then Mclintock's and another tenement at the corner of Rutherglen Rd, ( with Big Peter's Chippy. Across Rugggy Rd was almost unknown territory. Knew a few faces, but no names. A wee shop at the corner of Hayfield and Moffat Streets was Jenny Mc Gregors. Jenny was still in business when I left for good in July 1950; I wonder if you knew her?? Going across Ballater St towards the river, was the bakery on the right, wi! th the Hot Wall ( that backed the ovens, was great for heating cauld bums and hands), on the left side a factory and only one close at the corner of Adelphi St. In our part, Rita, do you remember the wee and narrow house squeezed between the gables of 147 and 157? Must have been only about nine feet wide. A room and kitchen , from the front street to the back court, and they had their own Lavvy in the back. The other odd house was the wee cottage next to 147, and it had a little front wall with railings and a garden. I llved with my parents in the close at 147, the single-end on the right at the back with a "view" of the midden and the wee washhouse!!!!! The usual haunts then were the Paragon, the Crownie , the Ritz , the flea pit was the Green's near Gorbals X. There was a picture house, I think, somewhere in or around Commercial rd. that accepted the " Jeely Jaurs". There was the time I stood in a queue with Ma & Da in the side street for seats in the "gods" of the Colosseum to see the first talkie, Al Jolsons "Jazz Singer", and later sitting in the cheap seats in the Bedford, at the very front, to see the latest new release "Gone with the Wind" You know the bridge on the way to Bridgeton X ? I can remember the divers going down to get started on the pi! les. Before the present stone bridge, there had been an old green -painted wooden bridge. Many a time I think back: skating in Moffat St. and along Cally Rd. Football on the pitches in the Green...Cycling around the Green, Playing in the outdoor Gym in the Green, The "Ducksie" with the Jaur and Baggies And, I'll never forget over in the drying green watching some of my mother's washing while she went back to the "Steamie" to use the Dryer.. I had better stop Rita, I could rant on & on .Thanks for your memories take care.......I'll Just add on again. Neighbours were: O.Donnell, Speirs, White, Mullen, Burns, Hume, Fair, Hutcheson, Rankine& McLennan. Schoolmates were; Dominic Hastings, Willie Heron, ?Canning, ? Gunn, Jimmy Mc Tague and Lizzy Welsh. Maybe someone will remember. TaTa Rita Michael.

Submitted by: Michael McGrory
Glasgow, scotland
14/03/08
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AULD GLASGOW BIDDY thanx for the compliment of wanting to join the fan club in my youth i used to winch 2 lasses at once [i hiv big lips] in the same close in cumberland st.never tried 3! my present condition im sure 3 would be more than i could handle but just hang in ther at our age one o them may kick the bucket n ten quids yer uncle! but Agnes is my favorite as she went out her way to get another partner Margaret who by the way had the same name as one of the lasses i winched the other was patsy "a gentleman doesn't reveal a ladies name n am nea gentleman" now AULD GLASGOW BIDDY as u hiv 2 unusual names too REAL NAME ELIZABETH n you promise not to tell agnes here it is its not a conundrum it doesnt need to be deciphered its just plain TEN QUID SPELLED T-E-N--Q-U-I-D made up for this forum like lots o folk do but i am really flattered that u want to give me a SWEET glesca kiss but the other 2 just wanted an ordinary glesca kiss which im sure i am capable of returning in kind n remember ladies 2s company 3s a crowed [get rid o Margaret] hiv ti sign aff the wifes here! ten quid

Submitted by: Ten Quid
Oz
14/03/08
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Hello again Elizabeth. I forgot to tell you I met Margaret Green though the Gorbals site. She and I lived up the same close in Bedford St. We have had lots of stories to tell each other. We have not met, because Margaret lives in England, but we have spent many hours e-mailing each other. Ten quid also slaged her off in one of his very boring e-mails. Well Margaret is a lovely person, a hard worker, and a wonderful mother to her son Stuart.I do not understand why Ten- Quid has to be so horrible to people when they have the right to there opinion. I still live near the Gorbals, and spend a lot of time there with people who were born and brought up in the gorbals many years ago, and not one of them ever remember some of the stories he has told. Don't get me wrong Elizabeth I also live in a fantasy! world, like I would like to think i looked like a model, but I dont I look in the mirror think I am beautiful, I am not. What I am is overweight, nearly 60, dye my hair to hide the grey, and swear a lot. But what I am is what you get, no fairy stories, no lies, no trying to be what I am not. I hope you are reading this TEN QUID because people are beginning to sus you out.

Submitted by: Agnes
Glasgow, Scotland
14/03/08
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FAO Ten Quid. I received an e-mail from one of BANDIT ROONEY as you called him relatives. The person was very hurt about the things you said about him. They asked me to make it clear that he was never arrested or went to court. They said he was a pennye ant,( I don't know what that means ) ,but they asked if I could make it clear to anyone who read the things you said about him, that they were untrue, and that he never hurt anybody in his life.This person does not want me to name them, which I will not. It must have been awful to have heard about these terrible thing he was supposed to have done. I will be back in touch with the person who wrote to me to tell them i have passed on THERE message.

Submitted by: Agnes
Glasgow, Scotland
14/03/08
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FAO AULD GLASGOW BIDDY. Hell Elizabeth its was nice to hear from you, I was thinking the same as you. I wonder how many people agree with us about reading a letter that is full of suppose glasgow talk, and don't enjoy readind messages like that, I am as sure as you that there must be more people feel the same. Please readers let us know how you like to read letters. Take care Elizabeth, until next time. Agnes.

Submitted by: Agnes
Glasgow, Scotland
14/03/08
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FAO TEN QUID. I read you came from naburn St. What years did you live there, and what close number? My Dad & Mum lived there at number 128 from 28th May 1946. Who was your factor. My Dad paid 20 shillings and 5pence a month rent, what was yours?

Submitted by: Agnes
Glasgow, Scotland
14/03/08
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Hi pauline (nee shevlin) hauv you goat a bruther called pat a think he plaid st fitba fer abby place a plaid fer cavy way the odonnells paddy porter tony mc andrew (captained middlesboro fc)birrels pat galon ,a too rembr mary purries yer rite wen ye used tae go intae the close tae her hoose door a big blak wan a ded shiny brass nameplate nerly the siz a the door a thot!n the boozer the rising sun a yooz tae take the empty beeries ther wae ther wee stamp oan it thanx fer the memory the jannie

Submitted by: James Fletcher
Glasgow, Scotland
14/03/08
Email: jimthejannie@btinternet.com
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TO MARGARET (CURRAN) BIRRELL WHO LIVED AT 3 BALLATER STREET, YOU WERE LOOKING FOR STELLA McDONOUGH, SHE WAS MY SISTER. SORRY TO TELL YOU MARGARET BUT STELLA DIED ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO. SHE LIVED IN QUITE A FEW PLACES, BUT EVENTUALLY MOVED TO GLENROTHES IN FIFE. I'VE BEEN IN TOUCH WITH YOUR SISTER BRIDIE, I'M AWAY ON HOLIDAY TOMORROW, GET IN TOUCH IN THE GORBALS ANECDOTES AND I'LL WRITE TO YOU AGAIN. I WAS KNOWN AS JACKIE WHEN I LIVED AT NUMBER 3. ALL THE BEST

Submitted by: J McDonough
Burnley, Lancs
14/03/08
Email: perthycottage@hotmail.co.uk
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Maggie Smith: My name is Kenny Warren, my brothers Tommy and Billy live down south, in Greenford Middlesex, Billy since 1972. We are all in our 60s, if its the same people let me know. Our family were from the Gorbals, I have just come back to Glasgow recently. Kenny Warren.

Submitted by: K Warren
Glasgow, Scotland
14/03/08
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Hi neil maclean thanks for responding to me and my sausages lol but what is that rosepink ive never heard of it rusks aye but i want to give it a go as i luv them. I was raised in mathieson st gorbals to a big family so that was our sunday with black pudding ill watch for you to get back cheers anne

Submitted by: Anne O'Neill
St Catharines, Canada
14/03/08
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...Here I am still picking away at it (It will never get better!). There is a complete listing of the Glasgow Street name changes as per the Post Office 1937/38, This is available at www.glasgowguide.co.uk. So I have, at least, narrowed the South York Street to Moffat Street name change, to have occurred between 1929 and 1938. So the name was very new when most of us lived there. Is there anyone still around who remembers otherwise? Remembers Moffat Street being called South York Street?

Submitted by: Davie Graham
Edmonton, Canada
14/03/08
Email: mcscrum@telus.net
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Auld Glasgow Biddy, As Ten Quid says, if you read you will find out his name. I found it very easily but i am not prepared to give it out.

Submitted by: Shirlock Holmes
Baker St, London
14/03/08
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Hi im trying to trace the warrens who came from the gorbals i think there was hughie, billy, tommy and might be kenny? I'm not 100% sure on that one i think they moved to england, middlesbourgh maybe so if anyone has any information on any of these people or even remember anything about them please get in contact thanks maggie

Submitted by: Maggie Smith
Glasgow, Scotland
14/03/08
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St Lukes and Lawmoor Street: I am just checking to see if any the old crowd are still arround Lawmoor Street Between Ballater St and Adelphi Street, we lived at 62 Lawmoore; Lambs Dick Grangier Kell's moffats Sweeney Duddy's Trainer's Smiths Reillys O,Donnells Fitzpatricks Kerrigans Hunters Flynns and many more it would me nice ti here from someone. Thomas Kelly Donnelly

Submitted by: Thomas Kelly Donnelly
Glasgow, Scotland
14/03/08
Email: weecheekyman@msn.com
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Wee Wummin Too living in the gorbals the years u said! u were in a lucky family with someone being employed as i can well remember the word spreading "the parish man is on the loose" he would demand entry to the abode then search the occupants closets for clothes n blankets n such if u had more than u needed like one blanket shared between 4 boys supplemented by using army great coats then u had to make do they gave us a chitty to go to the parish for tackity boots n hairy clothes with the added embarrassment of seeing some of your class mates sitting with faces buried in our hands with shame SHAME WHAT FOR!we were just finished a war and moved to a time of rashioning and did we not pay tax on everything that we bought meager as it was u cant compare us to the young n healthy now as they can even get a phone bill paid and a mobile phone at that rent assistance and live in luxury not a bug infested house my family were brought up in lawmoor st. i dont wish the hardship!, my wee family have had here in oz on anybody like having 3 spine ops. when my kids were very young then cancer 5 times in differrant organs losing 2 grandsons 2 nephews now the latest quad bye pass surgery and managed to pay my way without the help of anybody on this earth except for the good people who said a wee prayer for me the person who suffered most was my wife who i will always be indebted too as they say till death we do part but wee wummin there is always folk who will wrought the system some of them leaders of nations shires and councils to the local social clubs lets hope the ones who need help can get it and i will agree with u its just not happening but it fills me with gladness when i look castlemilk up on Google maps n have a look at the lovely looking place it is now compared to the short time i lived there in 55-56 life is what u make it and the folk u mention wouldn't get embarrassed walking down the street naked awera best to u wee wummin ten quid !

Submitted by: Ten Quid
Oz
14/03/08
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F.A.O TINA SHIELDS. Gerry gracie here stayed in a few parts of the gorbals stirlingfauld place, qe square, norfolk court. I remember your name im sure my sister alison went around with claudette alexander. I also used to go out with angela corcoran and i remember katie cunningham im sure she worked in the fruit shop in the arcade i could be wrong. I went to bosco left in 84 i think i didnt go much regret it now. I went arond with colin livingstone, sean padden, the cairns brothers and at the other end of the gorbals alan pettigrew and john mcgettrick happy days they where.

Submitted by: Gerry Gracie
East Kilbride, Scotland
14/03/08
Email: gerrygracie@blueyonder.co.uk
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Anne O'Neil of St Kates Maple Leaf Country, Type in Lorne Sausage for a search hunners o' them but try the BBC one every bliddy recipe in there Guid Luck Missus jist watch the "waste" line!

Submitted by: Anonymous
14/03/08
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To Michael McGrory It is me again! Memory plays at lot of tricks but this morning I got the numbers in Moffat St right and some of the names you mentioned just popped into my head. From what I remember...... low down left at 147 Moffat St facing out to the Co- operative time house there lived a Mrs white. She died around 1964,65-a friend of mine got her house avery small single end. Then 1 up right lived a Mrs Smith whose husband was Irish and was one of the Parkie's in Richmond park. She had 4 of a family I think, and they all went to posh schools. She was always very neatly dressed and her hair looked as though she had just taken her curlers out. Wore a wee hat when she went out-bare headed women were originally called "hairies." A term used for a female of low/no class. Her door and brasses were polished every day. The doorstep was well scrubbed too. In those your status as a women was judged on those things. There was also a Mrs Mcgrory, (any relation?) who was her sister who lived two up! right. Nice kind lady. At 157 I remember a Mrs Morrison first left low down.My Great Uncle Wull Mullen lived low down in the middle house. As I said before I don't remember my Great Grandfather Mullen but they did share a house as Wull didn't marry. The family used to call him bowly legged-maybe that will help you rememebr him!! He had a black range which my Gran and Auntie Peggie used to polish with Zebo and he made his tea in a wee sootie saucepan. A bit too fond of the whiskie though! I remember him rolling from side to side and bouncing off the tenement walls on his way home from the Pig and Whistle. My Uncle Jimmy McLaughlin and my Auntie Peggie owned the fruit shop in Mcneil St.Just a wee bit along from 66. Do you remember the shop? Hope these bits of memories cheer you-is good to share these things. Rita

Submitted by: Rita Moffat
Glasgow, Scotland
14/03/08
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Your site is wonderful . I have to confess that I am English but had the best luck in the world when I met a Glasgow boy! He grew up in the Gorbals and I loved it too. I worked at Killearn and the Western hospitals and we lived in Simshill until work took us here. I cried for ages as we left and still think of Glasgow as... Home. We visit regularly still and I mourn the razing of the Gorbals every time. Does anyone out there know Joe McDermott of Crown Street I`d love to say to him one morning "Come and see this"

Submitted by: Mary McDermott
East Leake, Leics., UK
14/03/08
Email: mary.mcdermott@btinternet.com
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Gorbals story; I see that some folk out there are finding it difficult to get hold of this new book out on sale by Mr C.macFarlane, I can tell you that I managed to get hold of it quite easy myself but it was not up to my expectations and clearly not true to life as it was in the old gorbals I was from, , please forgive me for sounding negative but it was just not my cup of tea. I hope the author will not be upset by my comments, he has obviously tried hard to capture something of an imagination, it must be very difficult writing a book on a fine old place like the Gorbals and I give you total credit for your efforts. While I am here did anyone remember the Flannagans from Peebles Street? Father P. Devlin.

Submitted by: Father P Devlin
Stirling, Scotland
14/03/08
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Trying to find guys and gals who worked in The Trading Post & Pier 39? Remember wee Donna?

Submitted by: Tommy Devlin
Glasgow, Scotland
14/03/08
Email: t.devlin199@btinternet.com
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To Michael McGrory. You spooked me with your memories of Gorbals-Moffat Street and McNeil St. I was born in 1943 and lived 3 up left in 66 McNeil St. My Grannie and Grandfather Moffat moved in 1947ish with me and my mother Liz into one up right which was the house the Fair family stayed in. They by reputation were a well doing family. The house as you know run directly above the Pig and Whistle. It had a bathroom complete with an old cast iron bath. We thought we were toffs! My mother painted the bath white. Whenever we had a bath the paint stuck to our bums! The Fair family left a lot of stuff in the House, a big sideboard with a mirrowed mantle and lots of Victorian ornaments and vases. Would be worth some money now. Lots of books too and a stamp book filled with stamps which my sister Janet still has! Will check with her to see which family member it belonged to. Also my Great Grandfather Alexander Mullen stayed 3 up Middle at 147? Moffat St with his son William. Known as wee Wull by the family.He moved to low down middle 157? Moffat St.My memory gets a bit confused as to 147 and 157 as I lived in both. It would be great if you remember by Great Grandfather as I have no memory of him, but was told he came from Ireland and was a gentleman. My first house when I got married- a single end, was the house he stayed in. Lets hear more of your memories. Another Golden oldie. Cheers Rita

Submitted by: Rita Moffat
Glasgow, Scotland
14/03/08
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Hi Annie, read your appeal for a recipe for slice sausages 20 lbs of flank beef not over lean as if it is too lean its inclined to make a dry tasteless sausage anyway 20 lbs of beef 12 ounces of rosepink seasoning 3 lbs of rusks for binding 2 pints of water mince your beef add seasoning mix well add water to rusks when absorbed mix in to your meat well then mince once more and then block it in bakin tin or something similar leave to firm up and then slice as needed hope this has been helpful ps the standard recipe is 1 ounce to 2 pounds of meat but i always thought extra 2 ounces to 20 lbs made a tastier sausage best wishes Neilly Mac

Submitted by: Neil MacLean
Glasgow, Scotland
14/03/08
Email: neil@neilmaclean.wanadoo.co.uk
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I am trying to find Billy Warren, Tommy Warren or any one who knew of them or there family they used to stay in the Gorbals but moved away any information would be a great help thanks Maggie.

Submitted by: Maggie Smith
England
14/03/08
Email: Not Supplied
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To James Fletcher the Warrens I knew came from 36 Cavendish St they lived above us my maiden name is Shevlin there was five girls in our family my father was John my mammy is Bridget still living at 96yrs my dad drank in the RISING SON in Abottsford Pl before that called the hole in the wall how is that for a name for a pub also on Abbottsford Place there was a shop called Allexanders they sold every newpaper. To Agnes remember Mary Purries if the shop was closed you went into the close door and nocked the door so desparate for a penny dainty and she opened up, I think she lived there with her mother Jack the fish shop at bottom of Cavendish St my ma sent me for fish at Jacks and I had to go Eglinton St for the chips she did not like his chips we had to fish off Larry Bells butter from a shop in Cumberland St tea from the co op butcher in Cumberland St I think Billy the butcher go shopping for my ma would take you the whole day Gettlins shop I remember the fancy things they had life belts pails and spades for when you went to the beach

Submitted by: Pauline Boyce
Glasgow, Scotland
14/03/08
Email: pauline boyce@ntlworld.com
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Would like to get in touch with an old friend Tommy Boyle who used to live in Matheson St or Waddell St.

Submitted by: cmeek
Glasgow, UK
14/03/08
Email: cmeek.1@ntlworld.com
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I would like to get in touch with Catrina Clark who left a message here in 2003. She wanted information on her father's family (Alexander McDonald Clark). Unfortunately I can't provide this but I do have information on the Kirkwood side of her family. Her Gt Grandfather Alexander Kirkwood had a brother Archie who was my Grandfather.

Submitted by: Irene Melrose
Surrey, UK
14/03/08
Email: Not Supplied
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My Gran was Mary Campbell - she lived at 48 Polmadie Rd, Glasgow - she married Thomas G Monteith (he lived at 104 Port Rd, Glasgow) in 1909 At St Margarets Episcopal Church. Believe they had 1 maybe 2 children (William?) before she left for Australia and he for Canada? She had a brother called Hugh I think - I know there were other siblings - just don't know their names. There must still be Campbell family there - does anyone recall? Regards, Robyn

Submitted by: Robyn Leslie
Sydney, Australia
14/03/08
Email: robyndoughman@yahoo.com.au
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Would like to contact old school friends. Maureen Smith,Donald Robertson,Johnny Adams,Harry Richmond,David Murray who all took the tram from Sandyfaulds street along Ballater street to Bellahouston Academy between 1951 and 1955 hope I find someone from my school days

Submitted by: Tommy Kearney
Toronto, Canada
14/03/08
Email: tamkearney@mail.com
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Hi there Went to Buchan Street 1951/59 then Adelphi have lived in Oz for 37years, would like to e/m past students, Cheers

Submitted by: Jean Doull
Brisbane, Australia
14/03/08
Email: jl_thistle@hotmail.com
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This will by my last try! If there is anyone on this site who remembers the Maddens of 125 Hospital Street or the Mulraneys (South Portland St - or Portugal St???), please respond. I am about to give up. Ten Quid, you seem to know someone who knows everyone....can you help? Dates...late 40's to early 50's. Many thanks to anyone who can help.

Submitted by: Susan
Los Angeles, USA
14/03/08
Email: Not Supplied
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FAO Tam Craig thanks for the message Tam I remember Mick Strain, anyway Tam I wasn't having a go at Colin anyone who write's a book like he has has to be admired its just that we all came from the Gorbals and I like things to be as accurate as possable I have spoke to Colin about this and he agrees I'm right about Tam Marshal I was trying to say is Colin is five years younger than me and a ten year old sees things different from a fifteen year old we may be looking at the same thing but have a differenft take on it know what I mean anyway take care Tam. Pat

Submitted by: Pat Holland
London, England
14/03/08
Email: patlyonsholland@hotmail.co.uk
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FAO Pat Roberts Bennies boats I know it was a Rowing Club but you could hire a row boat and go out on the river you were not to go out of sight of the boathouse which we did on one occasion and went round the bend in the river and he came after us and towed us back and guess who was on the bridge watching this crime unfold only my wee ma screaming wait till you get hame in a tv programe years ago it told you that bennies son took over the boatyard and his main job was fishing bodies out for the polis changing times eh I hope I haven't depressed you pat

Submitted by: Pat Holland
London, England
14/03/08
Email: patlyonsholland@hotmail.co.uk
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Hi just wondering if anyone knows my grandparents? My grandad was William 'Bill' Halbert and my gran was May Halbert but her original name is Gren. They had 5 kids Ian, Carole, Jannette, Billy and Lynda. If anyone knows anything can you please get in touch as it would be great to know. Many thanks.

Submitted by: Brian McGuinn
Glasgow, Scotland
14/03/08
Email: brianmcguinn@hotmail.com
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R.I.P MICK DUKE. Gone but not forgotten. YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE.

Submitted by: Not Supplied
Not Supplied
14/03/08
Email: Not Supplied
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Does anyone know the whereabouts of Jim Brown or Tommy McKenzie who lived in Fauldhouse St. in the 40s 50s there close was oposite the Steamie, I think Jim Brown moved to Castlemilk. Tommy McKenzie had a sister called Jenny.

Submitted by: Robert Mc curley
St Peter Port, Guernsey Channel Islands
14/03/08
Email: weejimmy81@hotmail.com
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My mother's, mother's family were O'Neill's who lived on the Polmadie Road. Her Grandfather was William O'Neill and he emmigrated to America around 1912 with his wife and daughters. Does anyone know if there are any O'Neill's still in the area? If so, could someone contact me.

Submitted by: Seamus Cummins
Hatboro, PA, USA
14/03/08
Email: seamuscummins@gmail.com
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Would like to find Maureen Smith, Donald Robertson, Brian Giles, Johnny Adams who all took the number 7 tram to Bellahouston Academy from around Sandyfaulds street and Ballater St between 1951 and 1955.

Submitted by: Tommy Kearney
Toronto, Canada
14/03/08
Email: tamkearney@mail.com
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F.A.O Tina Shields(kerr) when I stayed in QES I went about with Sean Padden, Colin Livingstone and others from Caley Rd flats stayed in Stirlingfauld place went about with Alan Pettigrew(sadly passed away) and John McGettrick and many others. I went to John Bosco I am 40 been married a couple of times Geri Scott and Tracy Kerr now living in East Kilbride work as an undertaker.ps your name is also familiar where about did you stay??

Submitted by: Gerry Gracie
East Kilbride, Scotland
14/03/08
Email: gerrygracie@blueyonder.co.uk
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Hi All - I don't mean to keep posting (banging on) about this but does anyone have any memories of NABURN STREET in particular: the RAHNs, Richard (Dick), Mary, Betty, Sandra & Mabel........ Their Mum was Alexandrina (Ina) and was said to have passed away when Richard, Mary and the kids lived there...... Ina was also my Mum who had me later (thus she was still alive when she had me in 1955)and the RAHNs are my half Brother & Sisters, although they were not aware of me until the mid 60's as I was born in London and met me although I think my Mum reconciled with my Brother & Sisters when we first came back to Glasgow to visit my Dad's Dad during the 1960's.....but I am still unsure what happened between the time of my Mum leaving Glasgow and going to London (and having me)and coming back to Glasgow.......I know that this might be personal stuff not meant for internet exposure but any bit of information would help me in putting to bed mindful issues about my Mum despite any hard truths that may arise from this posting.......Ten Quid - you were born in NABURN STREET, have you any knowledge?.........This is not meant to be a down-hearted posting, just looking for some answers to some questions regarding Mum's past.......Thanks to any help that may come forth from this posting! .......Jim

Submitted by: Jim Miller
Basildon, England
14/03/08
Email: jimmiller74@blueyonder.co.uk
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For Agnes Herrity and Margaret Green. Hello ladies, I would like to join the club to deliver a sweet "Glasgow Kiss" to our old friend Ten Quid. As he stated to Agnes some time ago, "Agnes if u learn ti read u could easily figure oot ma name " - I am quite certain that me and Agnes are not the only two people who cannot decipher Mr. Ten Quid's conundrum. Anyone else out there who can give we three wee ladies a hint or two? Auld Glasgow Biddy (real name Elizabeth) and not trying to hide from anyone!

Submitted by: AULD GLASGOW BIDDY
BRIGHTON, England
14/03/08
Email: Not Submitted
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There must be still members of the Porter family from South Portland St still living in Glasgow would love to hear from them.

Submitted by: Robert Kerr/Kelly
Malton, England
14/03/08
Email: helenkerr1@btinternet.com
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F.A.O. Amelia Hi there, I remember Letty Armstrong she was a friend of my mum's. Do you remember a Jeanette McShannon who lived at 450 low down? The only family I can think of who lived next to Barney's was a Danny Martin and his mum Alice. His dad was a sailor. There was also a girl called Joan Boyle, who lived up 450, she had a friend in Moffat St called Betty Park. I also recall the Duke brothers, Maurice, John, and James. Do any of these people ring a bell?

Submitted by: Phyllis
Perth, Scotland
14/03/08
Email: Not Supplied
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I came from the Gorbals (No3 Ballater Street) Gorbals Cross - I like too get in touch with Stella Mcdonach Her married name is murray !!

Submitted by: Margaret Curran(Birell)
Glasgow, Scotland
14/03/08
Email: Not Supplied
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Hi Rita Moffat I think I might have written to you before, but anyway, my grannie lived in Moffat St. up the close between Miss Allen's wee sweetie shop and the pub on corner of Rutherglen road. played with one skate up and down moffat st. as my sister had the other one. went through pend when we were catholic to st. Francis chapel but became proddie's when my catholic dad died. Then went to Oatlands and John St. Sec.

Submitted by: Jean Fairie
Melbourne, Australia
07/03/08
Email: gorbals@aapt.net.au
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Thank you so much for inserting my letter, I continue to read articles on the site everyday, its absolutely wonderful, bless you all Father Peter Devlin

Submitted by: Father P Devlin
Stirling, Scotland
07/03/08
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Anne Marie Ridge, just read your post and thats first time seen Pauls name in years, recall what happened to him up flats as well so sad. Wee Craig Mullen his pal was with him at time tried take him in car but sadly was too late. Sorry remind ya such things but it reminded me also Same thing happened to Tam Clark, Pauls big brother. Far to many good peoples lives ruined that way in the gorbals. Am also sure i recall you, did u used have a big alsation dog? When u lived in sandy? i went around there loads with Harky [john harkness} Recall folks like Mark Williams? he lived in 14 used climb up the outside into harkys window in 15 lol Jason Mclean? lol his dog used take him for a walk and his mums still around still big loud blonde last i saw her haha Angela mcfarlane is related to me second cousin or something, she moved away years ago even though she stayed in govanhill most sec school after QE flats, her mum wee dana and her mum big dana are all still around big dana still in the gorbals. And the rest of the connels as well john sandra barbara all doin well last i heard. Also seen a post on here lookin for cathy murray later am sure thats cathy philben married gerry philben, have a boy my age called Gerry as well. Cathy, Wee Dana Dot and loads em from old gorbals worked in the nautical college for decades in the gorbals. PS ann marie is wee mick ridge your wee cousin or something? lol he goes around with some my family, before what happened in the Granite with him, but hes always reminded me of paul was just never sure if they are related. Peter.

Submitted by: Peter
Glasgow, Scotland
07/03/08
Email: highlandery2k_uk@yahoo.com
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Has anyone got the recipe for making a good scotchslice sausage also the name of red spice from butcher that goes in them? Its a big secret hard to get put on line ill be watching love anne

Submitted by: Anne O'Neill
St Catharines, Canada
07/03/08
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Hi Rita. Enjoyed your memories about Moffat St. I lived at 147. But I gather it was a bit before your time; from around 1926 to 1943 : a stint in the RAF till '47: back to 147 and left the area in 1950. I skated up and down Moffat st, Played skate hockey with a walking stick and tin can.. The noise of the tin can drove the neighbours mad. Many an irritated man or woman came out and took away the can, giving us a mouthful, telling what they would do if we were their weans!! There was one old lady, a Mrs Buchanan who lived 3 up, she would open her window and scream at us. We'd scamper off and return again ten minutes later. I remember shoving open the wee swing door to see the time in the co-op garage gatehouse. One of my pals was Jackie Fair. The Fair family lived in McNeil St above the Pig & Whistle...From our single-end, low down facing the back, I could wave across to Jackie across the backcourts. The names, St Mungo Halls, Mclintock's. Big ( Greasy) Peter's, the Co-op bakery, The Green, the Paragon, the E.E's, the Ritz, the Crownie, Rutherglen rd, Sandyfaulds St. Those are but a few I recall when I read some of the stories on this site.. Family names I recall Rita are; White, O'Donnell, Speirs, Smith, all up No.147. Morrison, Hutcheson, Burns and Mullen up 157.. Hume round the corner in Hayfield St and the Fairs in Mc Neill St.. I would imagine they would all have gone when you ! stayed there. Maybe someone out there will see their name and recall the 20's & 30's. Best Wishes Rita Ta Ta. Michael(A Golden Oldie)

Submitted by: Michael McGrory
Glasgow, Scotland
07/03/08
Email: mcgroarym@aol.com
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FAO, TAM CRAIG. Hi TAM THANK YOU FOR YOUR WEE MESSAGE, AYE AS MY DAD USED TO SAY, THERE IS NOTHING QUEERER THAN FOLK, and very true it is to. ALL THE BEST TAM. AGNES

Submitted by: Agnes
Glasgow, Scotland
06/03/08
Email: agnesherrity@hotmail.co.uk
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Margaret Green i dont mind the glesga kiss but DONT EVEN TRY WAN O YER FRENCH KISSES! YUK! IAN McCREANER lived there by the way! i never said agie was not a lady she doesnt act like wan! i said she maybe a man as BIG tam says people use phoney e-mails how they do it only tam kin tell, he says he knows me so he should tell agie and me as i live in an ALICE IN WONDERLAND WORLD, so try smiling at the screen yer face may crack but the feelin is magic TEN QUID

Submitted by: Ten Quid
Oz
06/03/08
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Hey evry1 the site is really good!! wat it is am 25 yrs old and am looking for any relatives i have from my dads side his name is john anderson think his birth date was the 20/10/54 not sure tho!! he had a brother gary anderson and he has 2 daughters also no names tho from wat i know he lived in springburn about 9-10 yrs ago and had 2 other daughters laurie and no idea wat the others name was sori!! been a long time.. am not tryin to trace my father but would like to hear from any other family members oooh my name is ashlee ann anderson born 16/09/82 stobhill hosp and my mothers name is linda naismith (nee) thank you and good luck to every1 xxxx

Submitted by: Ashlee Anderson
Livingston, Glasgow
06/03/08
Email: splashlee@hotmail.co.uk
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Hey just read Colin Macfarlane's book The Real Gorbals Story..tried tae get it in gorbals library, then govanhill then partick but all they were all out on loan! Got wan eventually in the mitchell..i was not disappointed colin brings the old gorbals back to life and i couldn't stop luaghing, neither could my missus. as a boy from florence street i just wish i had written it. In the future this book will be considered a classic - brilliant! thanks for bringing back so many memories colin

Submitted by: Jimmy Birch
Glasgow, Scotland
06/03/08
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To Davie Graham In your last posting you mentioned Twomax being hit with a bomb during the war. The Twomax building is still standing hale and hearty. Wasn't it the church next door to it-St Augustine Buchanan that got hit? Will stand corrected on this. As I said the Twomax building is still standing and was mill before it became a knitwear factory. They don't make clothes there anymore It houses Glasgow City Council Social Work Department. A sign of the times I'm afraid. Has life realy got worse or are people too dependent on the state? There was no Social Workers around when I was growing up in the 40's and 50's. Life was hard but you just got on with it. Nobody wanted the indignity of holding their hands out to "the parish" Now people demand handouts-is there no sense of pride left?

Submitted by: Wee Wummin Too
Glasgow, Scotland
06/03/08
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Amelia McKinley (nee Welsh) hi DORIS is ok she has gone to New YORK to see her family n her sister who is not very well im afraid but maybe a wee prayer like some o you did for me would help "AS SHE NEEDS IT" n Doris goin from the california sun to the snows of "freezyerersaff" any donations of long wooly drawers wid be gratefully excepted remember the parish ones i thot the underpants were balaclavas i got into a fankle trying to put them on my head my maw said "geese them ther fer me!" RIP! RIP! RIP! "OCHE WELL IT COVERS THE IMPORTANT BIT"i was only 7 maw was 37 round the bum n she could swing it n sing too a CURLIES PIE a wee bottle n my lonely maw would give us the ANDREWS SISTERS BUGLE BOY my dad played trumpet n no TV to spoil the fun im glad i met n married a girl similar "BUT SHE KIN COOK" n loves to play her records AMELIA u asked about doris n i went off on a different tangent so has my heart took 3 feet of vein! n think they rapped it round my heart like a ball of string 'WIT DID THEY NEED AWE THAT FOR I HIV AN ENLARGED HEART BUT COME ON NOO THEY SAY ITS MISSING A BEAT" one thing me n my maw never did was miss a beat! jitterbug n sing were has lawmoor street GONE! TEN QUID !

Submitted by: Ten Quid
Oz
05/03/08
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F.A.O. Anne Smith, Hughie & Jackie Cameron are my cousins too.as are you. Your mother was my father's sister and Jackie Cameron sr, was his brother. I heard that Hughie died last year and his son the year before that. You lived next door to Granny Cameron and I used to see you when I went along on a Sunday for my plate of soup. I have a sister Margaret(Mags) and a brother Hughie would you believe they didn't have much imagination in the names dept: Myself i'm called after granny Annie Couper Cameron married name Bell cheers

Submitted by: Nan Cameron (Bell)
Glasgow, Scotland
05/03/08
Email: partickbelle@hotmail.co.uk
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f.a.o pauline boyce a stied at 56 cavendish st rember the warrens who stied n the close, by the way pauline c if ye look doon this page yell c sum a the warrens famly post maybe ye kin contact them tae update them they wer lookin fur peeple who new david etc, wee malky mc sporran sties n the gorbals good tae hear fae ye keep well james fletcher the jannie.

Submitted by: James Fletcher
Glasgow, Scotland
05/03/08
Email: jimthejannie@btinternet.com
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FAO: John Mulligan - hi john seen yer post james fletcher here a remember you n yer sister josephine a stied oan the same landin as yeez wae linda bonnar next door tae me hope u n yer sis r keepin well a went fer yer grandas messages wen a wis a wee boay he stied 2 up a think u n yer famly moved tae mansewood a last seen u at crossmaloof ice skatin late 60s rly 70s a stie n knightswood noo merrit tae linda fer 32yrs av lasted well !! ma lassie vicky 30 who hiz 4 boyz marrit tae robert n sties n crookston ma son barry 27 n partner victoria wae theyr son james n daughter gracie stie at broomhill. dae ye rembr ma bros billy n robert? dae ye rembr the o donnells neilly n smiler? alas wee smiler passed on (wit a fitba player he wiz) n ther sister eileen. wee malky mc sporran still sties n the gorbals,a workt as a skool jannie but injured at work n noo retired dain a wee bit a voluntary work way peeple way alcohol problems n njoyin that well john good tae see u oan the site! hope tae hear fae ye wishin u n urs well the jannie.

Submitted by: James Fletcher
Glasgow, Scotland
05/03/08
Email: jimthejannie@btinternet.com
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F.A.O. Phyliss of Perth I stayed in a room and Kichen at 438 Moffat low down my auntie Maryann MC Alliney I had 2 cousins Robert and Alice they stayed up 450 low down then they got a house up the stair and then when the place was being demolished she got a new house in Braehead St where the Ritz picture house used to be. I remember a John Peebles and his wifes name was Margaret. If I remember my auntie said they had the shop just before you came to the old church. My neighbour was called Letty Armstrong that was her own name, married name was Marley if that rings a bell with you. Then there used to be a woman who stayed next to Barneys pub called mrs Brown she was a lovely person I think she had one daughter.

Submitted by: Amelia McKinlay (nee Welsh)
Glasgow, Scotland
05/03/08
Email: ameliamckinlay@msn.com
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F.A.O. Martyboy I remember Getlins it was if I can remember painted red it sat at the corner next to a lane off Cumberland St the cafe was near it, also Woolfsons. Do you remember the shop in Hospital just aroung the corner from Cumberland Street we would sometimes go there for Gallaghers Warhorse Tobacco as my dad was a miner and chewed it when he was working down the pits. Then there was the chemist at the corner of Gorbals st. and Cumberland St. We lived along the road in Salisbury St.

Submitted by: Amelia McKinlay (nee Welsh)
Glasgow, Scotland
05/03/08
Email: ameliamckinlay@msn.com
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To Davie Graham and Anne Smith. Thanks for your memories of Moffat Street. My memories are like most Gorbalites-some good some bad. My first memories are of the bits of Moffat Street I knew best. The bit near the co-operative garage and St Mungo Halls. I remember, the smooth,smooth surface. Great for roller skating. Shame it was only ever one skate I owned! Then there was the boggies and a dangerous sport- getting a hudgie from the many Co-op vans! St Andrews halls was always a mysterious and magical place for me. Weddings and dances-folk togged out in their finest suits and fancy frocks. Lots of conffetti! My first house when I got married was 157 Moffat Street. A single end, wally close three up. The usual ootside lavvy where you didn't linger as it would freeze the bum off ye! The top bit of the street was facinating to me as a child. Great imaginations we all had when we were wee. I often pondered about Hamiltons Dairy when I was a child. Where were the coos kept? Every Friday my grannie took me through! the pend on her way to confession at St Francis church. I was asked to wate outside as I was brought up as a proddie and she would get hell off my grandfather if he found out. I never did have to wait long though, my grannie was considered a saint and never could have very many sins to talk about. Any other memories folks? PS Where are you Doris Austin? Missing your patter and hope you are well. Rita

Submitted by: Rita Moffat
Glasgow, Scotland
05/03/08
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Hello Tam Craig, long time no see! It must be more than 30 years...remember the times we used to hang around thistle street and gorbals cross and then go to to the rangers games with a bottle of irn bru each as a big treat! And then learning to play the flute at the orange hall in bridgeton! those were tough days but like all gorbals people we got through it. afterwards i joined the merchant navy then moved to australia for a bit but now i am living near glasgow so give me your address or telephone number in tollcross and we'll meet up. anyway. don't worry. i'll try to find you meantime through directory enquiries aw ra best your best pal john.

Submitted by: John MacDonald
Glasgow, Scotland
05/03/08
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TO MARTY BOY I KNOW THE McSHANES FROM 29 HOSPITAL ST; MUTT&EASTER,&5 CHILDREN, JOHN, LETTY, MATTHEW, LINDA, FRANKIE, ROBERT. IM THEIR COUSIN I BORN & LIVED THERE IN 1947.

Submitted by: Robin Hayes
Manchester, Lancashire
05/03/08
Email: bompipe@hotmail.co.uk
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FAO Agnes, It was a pleasure, we are on the same side, but what can we do about it! Yeah they live in a fantasy world, I thought fantasies ended wen you were about five years old ha ha! take care Big Tam

Submitted by: Tam Craig
Tollcross, Glasgow
05/03/08
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FAO: PAULINE BOYCE. I remember Mary Purries very well, I went to Abby school next to it and went in everyday with my penny. She had the biggest trays of penny mix you had ever seen, there was so much you could get for a penny then, it took ages to make up my mind. I remember Mary used to make wee pokes that looked like a cone, and she would fill it up with sherbit by the time it was finished your finger was the colour of the sherbit. It is amazing how just talking about Mary Purries, brings back some wonderful memories. All the best Pauline. Agnes.

Submitted by: Agnes
Glasgow, Scotland
04/03/08
Email: agnesherrity@hotmail.co.uk
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http://gorbals.eveningtimes.co.uk/
This is a new Gorbals website that I found while reading The Evening Times yesterday. Another good site for Gorbals folks. Enjoy.

Submitted by: Margaret Burgdorf (McGettigan)
Westfield New Jersey, USA
04/03/08
Email: Glenmornin@aol.com
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Does anyone remember a nurse Rose Dougherty who lived in Cumberland Street in the Gorbals and was a midwife. She collapsed and died, approx 1953-54, in the Gorbals while on a call.

Submitted by: Anne McLevey
Dartmouth, Canada
04/03/08
Email: mclevey@ns.sympatico.ca
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Just read Colin McFarlanes book about the Gorbals, great read. my wife Anne, lived in the next close to where you stayed, we are a bit older than you, got married in 65 and still together 44 years in august. I lived at 3 Ballater St, up above McKellars pub. We had a big back for football and climbed over a wall to a smaller back for heidy fitba. some of my old friends from there, Pat McHugh, Gerald Wray, Pat Ferry, plus many more. We were out all the time playing, does anyone remember going down to Clyde St, climbing up the cranes and jumping in to the big heaps of sand that were dropped from the ships (not allowed nowadays health and safety) I am 66 now now but still feel 26 must have been all that running up and down the tenement stairs for messages. Does anyone have the backing music for Scotland for Ever. All the best to anyone who knew me, or any old Gorbalonians. Cheers Jackie McDonough

Submitted by: Jack McDonough
Burnley, Lancs
04/03/08
Email: perthycottage@hotmail.co.uk
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Ten Quid , Agnes and I were born up the same close in 20 Bedford Street above the Double Eagle Pub. She is most certainly a Woman and a very nice Woman. So we are both sending you "A Glasgow Kiss".

Submitted by: Margaret Green
Kettering, Northants
03/03/08
Email: margmarstewart@hotmail.com
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Lived at 147 Moffat St. Gorbals from 1926 to 1943. Attended St.Francis & Holyrood Secondary. I can remember some playmates'and schoolmates'names. Would like to make contact if some are around.

Submitted by: Michael McGrory
Glasgow, Scotland
03/03/08
Email: mcgroarym@aol.com
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To david niehus. it was lovely to hear that you'd found your long lost brother through this site and the people who run it must be thrilled. i'm sure I speak for everyone who uses this site when i say that i wish you and your family many years of happiness together, your letter made my day. Best wishes, anne

Submitted by: Anne Johnston (McDonald)
Clydebank, Scotland
03/03/08
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My gran's family came from the Gorbals, and I was wondering if anyone had ever heard of them. I believe they were Irish immigrants originally (which hardly narrows it down, I know!). Their name was Lohan. There was paw, maw and children John, Bill, Ellen (my gran), Boaby, Peter and a youngster Molly who died in infancy. My gran was born in 1915 and went to Sacred Heart school, so they would be living in the Gorbals round about this time. Most of the family eventually moved into surrounding areas (except Bill who ended up in Blackpool), but as far as I know my gran's dad spent the rest of his life in the Gorbals. Ring any bells?

Submitted by: Craig
Glasgow, Scotland
03/03/08
Email: lho6floortsdf@yahoo.co.uk
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Anybody remember getlins shop in cumberland st or mr wolfsons drapers shop or larry bells fishmongers also the mcshanes from hospital st or remes drapers in crown st.

Submitted by: Marty Boy
Glasgow, Scotland
01/03/08
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John Currie got your email that photo certainly has brought the memories flooding back who could forget as a child going to the Paragon matinee after you had got money from the pub returning the beer bottles (they had their own stamp on the bottle) and after the matinee we would be running and falling all over Cumberland street. pretending to be either Roy Rogers on his horse shooting and each other or flying thru the air either as Rocketman, Superman or flash Gordon ha those were the days it must have been great entertainment for the adults standing at the corners watching us and as you said a great place that gave you your values for your future life.

Submitted by: Johnny Boyle
Sydney, Australia
01/03/08
Email: johnboyle45@optusnet.com.au
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Was wondering if anyone could help me with a couple of questions i have about the oatlands??? does anyone know what happened to the two stone pillars at the entrance to richmond park at the bottom of polmadie road? and does anyone know why the grey stone houses on streets like - elmfoot st, logan st and dalmeny st have the living rooms facing the back courts?? thanks

Submitted by: Pat
Glasgow, Scotland
01/03/08
Email: harveybhoy@hotmail.co.uk
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Haven't seen Doris (Dori) Austin on for a wee while hope you are Ok out there in the USA and glad you are still going strong "ten quid" it must be Holmes sausages or Knotts dumpling that you were fed when you were young, or maybe it was "greasy Peters" chips and hot peas. Anyway glad to see you back on again.

Submitted by: Amelia McKinley (nee Welsh)
Glasgow, Scotland
01/03/08
Email: ameliamckinlay@msn.com
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Hi Folks, Does anyone remember the Tominey Family that lived at 438 Moffat Street, also the Peebles Family that lived at 450? I think they may have had a shop but I'm not sure. Any information about them would be good. I remember as a child there was a fight in Barney's Bar which was across the road from us. Think the Cumbie Gang might have been involved in it. What a pure, dead, brilliant site.

Submitted by: Phyllis
Perth, Scotland
01/03/08
Email: katietominey@hotmail.com
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Hi unknown wan yi made me laugh thinkin aboot o they argy bampots runnin aboot half daft on there horses roundin up the coos tae take them tae the knackers yard an sendin them back here thans fer yer answer also enjoy ten quids patter

Submitted by: Neil MacLean
Glasgow, Scotland
01/03/08
Email: neil@neilmaclean.wanadoo.co.uk
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My name is john mulligan my sister is josephine we lived at 56 cavendish st looking for any old photos of cavendish st if anyone can help me please

Submitted by: John Mulligan
Glasgow, Scotland
01/03/08
Email: johnmulligan@talktalk.net
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I would like to thank family and friends of my brother Archie Birrell who died at Crosshouse hospital in Irvine for their kind phone calls. Archie was loved by everyone who know him and will be sorely missed by his family and friends. He was born in the Gorbals he would have been 81 years old on the 2nd May. Thanks again to everyone that have been in touch god bless.

Submitted by: Bridie Taylor
Irvine, Ayrshire
01/03/08
Email: b.talor7@btinternet.com
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Does anyone remember my dad Bobby Cameron from the Gorbals he will be age 66 this year?

Submitted by: Elizabeth
England
01/03/08
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