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 Post subject: January 2008
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Just found web site and thought perhaps someone could help. My g/mother Annie Elvin and her sisters were born in Glasgow around 1890. Strange thing is, they were BOARDED out in 1901, to a butcher, Daniel Scoular, Mathieson Street, Glasgow. Can anyone tell me, was that a normal thing to happen to children then and does anyone know the reasons why this happened? They (the 3 girls) were only 10, 6 and 3 years of age. Would be grateful if anyone can help with this, thanks, Carol. Can be emailed: cgjohnston@iprimus.com.au

Submitted by: Carol Johnston
Queensland, Australia
31/01/08
Email: cgjohnston@iprimus.com.au
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Just thinking aloud Glasgow style and browsing the excellent posts. I raised a quiet chuckle on one post. The term "I used to drink with him" was the phrase I laughed at. You just don`t hear many people use that phrase now. My Dad has hundreds of aquaintences and they are mainly guys he "used to drink with". In his lifetime he has frequented many "shoaps". That`s a laugh too aint it? How does a pub become a "shoap". When asking directions in Glasgow the Landmarks were usually Pubs were`nt they? Didn`t matter what.. you would always be told that a place was just by Baxters or The Corona Etc. Then there was the emphasis on "The Quarter Gill".........that Holy Grail of measurement. "Och that Shoaps crap!.......it`s only a fifth"..lol. Then comes that other peculiarity; Calling Shoaps by their Auld name ten years after they have changed.lol. Many Many years ago their was a Landmark coming down from Castlemilk back into the Gorbals that strangely enough wasn`t a Pub....Barries Garage!! I bet a few remember it because twenty years after it`s demise they were still calling it Barries Garage!! Alex

Submitted by: Alex Bowie
Paisley, Renfrewshire
31/01/08
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F.A.O. Tam Craig (CRAIGIE) Did your Granny live in Eglinton St Just plain Nosey hahahaha

Submitted by: Isabella Henriques
Rotherham, Englang
31/01/08
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Hey you lot in Aus, T Q lost his lungs in the hospital if found please return to rightful owner. whit happened now whit dae yi hiv tae dae noo to keep well? Auld biddy that was sound advice that you gave to young Ryan, ah hope he does something other wise its the bobby or nick fur him and it is not like it was years ago, every one kinda knew each other from the sooside ti Blackhill, but again it is the same in the nick wee cleeks watching out for each other so does he want to end up and spending years in the nick and let me tell you something else PEOPLE NEVER FORGET AND MAKE SNIDE REMARKS WHEN YOU DO DO SOME GOOD WITH YOUR LIFE. Why do you think a lot of the boys left when they were 18 or younger and all seems to have went well but it dont come easy, so you think ma lad and gies awe some thing we can brag aboot so use your cavesa (napper) comprenti capich or you will be in more shyte than ever best to you and make it work. Cheers ti all dam PS TQ I still laugh at the belly dancer she must be good to snag a very smart man, Dam

Submitted by: Doris Austin (aka McIntyre)
Slo, USA
31/01/08
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To tam graig...havind read your negative patter to wee wumman and about the irish and the real gorbals story i think your mother should have advised you "Don't ever talk!" harry

Submitted by: Harry Mann
Glasgow, Scotland
31/01/08
Email: haryymann@yahoo.co.uk
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To tam graig...you seem to be picking on wee wumman for no reason and if you are up front why don't you put your e-mail instead of hiding behind an anonymous facade? I have read The Real Gorbals Story and it it is great read and I should know as i teach literature at Glasgow University! I haven't read a tome about the 1960s gorbals that is better..now Mr Craig if you fancy having a go at writing your version in 20 interesting chapters with more than 100,000 entertaining words in proper English (i notice you spelt whisky wrong and used the irish version... whiskey) which you think people will buy worldwide i will certainly look at the manuscript for you..but so far i can see nothing in your gorbals live communication that suggests unlike, colin macfarlane, you could write a best selling book. j.mcdonald

Submitted by: University Lecturer
Glasgow, Scotland
31/01/08
Email: j.mcdonald@yahoo.co.uk
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FAO: Anne McDonald (Johnston) I liked your joke about the single fish; How about these; Pat and Mick arrive in the Gorbals in 1950, they were best mates, then suddenly Pat disappears, ten years later they meet up in the Square peg, Mick says Pat where have you been? He says I have been locked up for laughter, Mick says your still as thick as ever, you cant get locked up for 10 years for laughing, write it down for me, Pat writes it down slowly, M a n s l a u g h t e r.

Submitted by: Billy Malcolm
Glasgow, Scotland
31/01/08
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Hi wee Wummin too, I lived at the other side of the road from Greasy Peter's that you got your scraps from. Do you remember the Rainbow Cafe along from that at the corner of Moffat St? I got attacked in there once when I was waiting for my pokey hat. Big fella came in grabbed my wee face and twisted it in his big paw. Think that's what's funny about me today.

Submitted by: Jean Fairie
Melbourne, Australia
31/01/08
Email: gorbals@aapt.net.au
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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, Scotland
30/01/08
Email: splashlee@hotmail.co.uk
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FAO: Theresa Salleh dont you mind of me i used to live on mathieson st, i hung around rosemary douglas for years we went st francis she lived up pawn close on cumberland st three up. Nice family tried to get in touch but if you go on this site i'll look for you luv anne.

Submitted by: A O.Neill
St.Catherines, Canada
30/01/08
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Havin bin brought up in Caley Road then Lawmoor Street I know life in the Gorbals Havin been brought up in Caley road alongside the Broons, Roberts, Slooys, then we moved to Lawmoor street all in I lived in the Gorbals for 40 years so I knew a thing or two, kept myself to myself but always enjoyed the warmth of the people, used to drink in Bonnington Bar, and the Hi Hi and Teachers in Cumberland street. I havent moved too far away but life has never been the same especially in a near dry area! Just a wee pointer to everyone who has read the book from Colin M. its just a made up version from someone trying to make a fast buck, to which I have no problem, but My heart will never leave the gorbals, so C.M try living there for forty years before you write your next book then it might be more realistic. I am sure some folk might enjoy it but as a gorbals men me and my brothers agree its not real as you say, its not from the heart and misses out loads of real issues, maybe you will get it right next time, I mean son you only went to school there and went to Pontypridd? Aw the best Iain

Submitted by: Iain Cleary
Govanhill, Glasgow
30/01/08
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To Ten Quid Oh, but it's great to have you back-a wee bit like a relative who went off to war and against all the odds has returned hale and hearty. There must be hundreds of folk who visit this website who missed your patter. Great to be popular is it no? Plenty of freens aroon ye tae wish all the bad stuff away. Keep well and if they aliens even try and visit you again we will all gang up and get the polis tae them. WELCOME HOME! Regards Wee Wummin Too

Submitted by: Wee Wummin Too
Glasgow, Scotland
30/01/08
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Aye Davie, Feng Shui and Sun Yat Sen he was a long time deid when you ran roon the block an the coal in the bed pits me in mind how we used tae get the coal man tae deliver by hingin a folded sheet o' newspaper oot the windae an' your ain coalman knew, if ah mind right Jimmy Jackson wis ours an see that aul' grate we hid a New Gem think it wis wish ah hid it noo bloody great thing a wee nest on the right, big oven on the the other side an' aw the tap wis fur cooking oh an' there wis a couple o'wee swing oot things near the grate fur sittin' pots an kettles on, the oven opened by pittin' yir fit on a brass pedal doon the bottom, black lead an brasso, the stove wis in the faur corner fae the front door next tae that wis the windae wi cupboards underneath then turnin' the corner wis the black jawbox wi a brass swan neck tap then the coal bunker, efter that wis a sideboard which took ye up tae the lobby door alang the wa facin' the windae wis the hole in the wa bed where a! ' first saw the light o' day alang side that wis the cot an doon the wa facin' the bunker wis a wardrobe wi the table in front next tae whit wis wan o' they chairs that folded oot in tae a bed, big hoose EH! Stair heid lavvy "There's somebody in" we were lucky only the four o'us lived there, flitted away 1951 day before 11th birthday but ended back there same hoose steyin' wi an auntie. Did ye ever light the washoose fire? efter stampin' yer wey in tae scare aff the vermin...Stories we've aw millions o' them,think wan o' ma favourites wis the time the chemist decided tae move across the street fae the corner o' Sandy an' Cumby intae the shop vacated by Paddy Lawlor the undertaker jist doon fae Galbraiths fur some reason best known tae themselves they got the weans tae help. needna tell ye there were weans covered in bandages, powder an you name it fur weeks tae come body sure they didnae sell anything fur a long time it wis aw free about the streets, Emmie Gibb the doctor moved intae their shop puir sowl hid this wee convertible car damn weans wrecked it, wis the only car aboot. Enough by the way anon is whit comes up if ye don't pit anything on the form an yer man whit dis the business wi yir tale passes it.

Submitted by: Anonymous
30/01/08
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I wid like ti thank my cousin HUGH in canada fer leadin aff any prayers that were said on my behalf as they were most welcome i was atheist but now find myself a true agnostic after my experiance n i will say a PRAYER for u all ---especially that wee bampot RYAN! -- ten quid

Submitted by: Ten Quid
Oz
29/01/08
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TEN QUID MAN HIV YOU BEEN PUT THROUGH THE MANGLE OCH AND WOW, SEE AH SAID YI CANNIE KEEP A GOOD MAN DOWN. I have woke up twice when they were operation on me, and the last one was wan o them bliddy Colonostophy if that is how yi spell it, I looked up and said hey hey hey ur yi digging for gold and saw right up ma ain deaf n dumm hmmmn didnae look to bad then I was out of it. So now you will be a new man in a couple of weeks but dont be going mad I bet you are no a wee fat man eftr awe that awe that has happened to you. I hope Betty has been holding up through all this. Good Glesga lassie. And that was considerate of your cousin to let us know what was going on wi yi. Ah think wee wummin and a few others including me we sure were concerned so listen ya wee b----- dont be scaring the you know whit oot o us. Tommy said yir lucky am no jealous all you have been doing is saying cannie even send him a flewr or at least a card. It seems a lot of people have that done but naebidy tells you about the pain, oh am fine the noo, just like hiving a bairn worst pain in the world trying to pass a water melon well almost ten minutes efter yi forget all of what it caused when you see the wee thing that caused it Agggggg push push, you effin push folks, have been known to say. Is it no awful when they cut into your leg and that is quite a scar all them bliddy years now you hiv scars to match the bionic man. So again as always great to hear fae yi So keep up the good work, and dont be chasing them young burds or Betty she will be sticking the gon and dunnet oan yir napper stay hale n herty and welcome back you have been missed. All the best to all on this page and prayers do get answered some times Dam.

Submitted by: Doris Austin (aka McIntyre)
Slo, USA
29/01/08
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FAO Marion Smith, it was me who put the notice about Mabel Elliott, 17 Thistle St. She Was My Mother, her mother lived there as well. The Mabel Elliott i refer to died in 1950 from TB i was 4 years of age, i have written to your web address saying that you might have the wrong address but with a bit of thought it could possibly be her mother you are referring to, she was born about the date you are referring to although i do not know if she had any connection with Bolton. Dennis Mochan

Submitted by: Dennis Mochan
Rochester Kent, England
29/01/08
Email: dmx123@fsmail.net
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Message tae KENNY WARREN. I've txt a friend who's in contact with Danny Fullertons family and passed yir message on as soon as a hear i'll let you know. It may take time as Danny's sister Marie passed away a couple of weeks ago.

Submitted by: Francie Connolly
Hertford, England
29/01/08
Email: francie1888@aol.com
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FAO young Ryan. Your note to the site has been worrying me on and off for days and this made me watch the Dispatch Programme last night on "Gang Warfare and What Makes Kids Kill?". I was really shocked to see that the "gang culture" in Glasgow and the UK has not only grown but seems to be the only way a young boy/man can get from one end of the city to the other before meeting up with trouble and even potential death. Little wonder you are in a gang Ryan - you need to protect yourself! This is indeed a very sad sign of the times, not only in Gorbals but throughout the UK. I feel so sorry and afraid for our society. Ryan, you and others like you need to think hard and seek advice on how you can avoid being dragged into this way of life. I believe there are youth workers who were ex gang members who can help. Good luck and keep safe! Old Glasgow Biddy!

Submitted by: Glasgow Biddy
Brighton, England
29/01/08
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I have looked through every year and loved reading all the ancedotes, but i am amazed i havent seen one name i recognise, i was brought up in cavendish street 1943-1965 does anyone out there remember Antone from cavendish street? I went to st johns school the our ladys in kinning park.

Submitted by: Pat Carmichael
Brisbane, Australia
29/01/08
Email: carghe@bigpond.com.au
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Wee Wummin, I have read the book, you might think its a great book, but who are you are you the author because we dont know your name, us Gorbals people are the salt of the earth, nobody can touch them for their patter, and when I was young everyone was a friend, I never liked football much until I was about 15, some weeks I would be in the Jungle, and other weeks I would be at Copeland road, religion didnt bother us we all hung about together, it was different if you went into a different part of Glasgow, so you see My name is on every letter I send in, because its nice to know who your talking to surely? Thats always the way unless you have something to hide, so if you want respect and some good friends dont be shy tell us your name, and then we can talk properly. You mentioned ten quid, I know who he is he has a legitimate reason believe me, and I like the man and so does everyone on this site. My maw always told me "Dont ever talk to strangers".

Submitted by: Tam Craig
Tollcross, Glasgow
29/01/08
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Hi that's great news about mr ten Q, we will still say our pray's for him. Just to remind anybody that can remember my dad barney davis or my mum mary connelly, i would love to hear from you. Sanny did you see my message on the site i sent you? Take care pat, great news about mr tenQ.

Submitted by: Pat Davis
Islington, London
28/01/08
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DAM hi ther hid ti go away fer a wee while ma wee grandaughter wanted ti know wit this buildin wis so on the 23-12-07 i took her n BETTY tae it n everyone wis singin in prayin in a wis givin it laldy hid ti be the loudest ye no the first time ma granwean hid been in a church she is only 5, hons in the air wavein i said "no its no paradise near it but not quite the same yi kin sing we are the champions when we get hame" o she is the pride o ma life so here am shoutin out the hymes makin up for lost time when awe of a sudden a wis grabbed by the middle o ma chest in whift aff ti some space ship woke up wi tubes stickin oot o every orifice- some enjoyable but most definatly not! efter a few weeks i heard them say yer well enough ti operate on [hid some bug called septiseamia snuck in when i got the byle op [21-12-07] so doon ti the deep depths o this strange craft i wis transported wi lots o folks dressed like they were ready ti rob a bank instead it wid be me that wis ge! ttin robbed wi a big lite above talk aboot day lite robbery these guys talked aboot everythin from me bein hard ti put under ti buyin property i could hear everythin n the pain wis jist indescribable i tried ti open ma eyes ma mouth but couldny NOW THERES SOMETHIN! so the wife said! but no good they jist went aboot cuttin ma leg from ankle ti groin n gave me a quad bye pass noo if u are wan o the very few who do wake up in the anesthesiologist world he must be told!!! WHEN BEFORE OR EFTER!!! shit gettin yer heart squashed isney fun n when yer paralized ever tried movin then n thru awe the pain they stick a big mask on yer mug breathin fer yi both lungs hiv gone! were? a dont no !a came in wi them but these space monkies hiv some strange ideas "collapsed indeed they were ok before they zapped me in the church" n wift me aff ti this strange place full o nice wumin [thats weird ]efter weeks or months not sure yet they let me go but not before i gave them my credit card when on! return of same it floated in the air we were awe jumpin up n doon ti catch it! bein so empty i think it wis filled wi hellium "why am i still so sore" i asked the gorgeous girls who gave me a reciept "that will ease off as u pay the REST of the bill" HUH! TEN QUID PS. if any u suffer from anesthesias awareness u must tell the doc so as they can put u deeper to sleep its my 4th time simply wake up dureing an operation 2 of the ops i watched on the tv and it wisney star track either this is awe true n well documented!

Submitted by: Ten Quid
Oz
29/01/08
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Can anyone help me contact relatives of the late Danny Fullerton who was a friend of mine? I have been away from Glasgow and just found out about Danny my close friend in 1976 Kenny.

Submitted by: Kenny Warren
Toryglen, Glasgow
28/01/08
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To Craigie/Tam Craig I did not mean to be distasteful, just like you I was voicing an opinion-and I know that you appreciate that right. If you look back on all the comments about Colin's book you will see it has been enjoyed by many. The question whether he was born in Gorbals or not is of no real significance, as there is is plenty of evidence from people on the site that knew him from his childhood in the Gorbals. There is plenty of proof there. What really matters is that the book is enjoyable, funny and sad. I think that if you read it you wouldn't fail to be impressed and celebrate that it was written by someone who clearly knew all of the glories and pitfalls of being brought up in Gorbals- I hope you agree that it was a privilage to have that background. As to my real name- well I think that is my business. What is good enough for our brother Ten Quid, and many others on the site who prefer to use a "monicker" is good enough for me. I know where I was born and bred and don't feel the need to prove it to anyone. Read the book as I said and let us know what you think. Look forward to your comments. Wee Wummin Too

Submitted by: Wee Wummin Too
Glasgow, Scotland
28/01/08
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T.Q is fine, out of hospital and doing well. He'll be back soon, so hang in there the prayers worked!

Submitted by: Hughie
N.F Ontario, Canada
27/01/08
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I wish to contact person who lived at 17 thistle st gorbals whose mother was Mabel Elliott who died in 1950 to acertain if mabel came form Bolton lancs and was she born in 1909.

Submitted by: Mrs Marian Smith
Whittle Le Woods Chorley, England
27/01/08
Email: marian.smith@blueyonder.co.uk
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Does anyone remember my mother, she was born in Glasgow about 1928, in or around the Gorbals area I believe, her name before marriage was Jean McCurdy Rowling, I am try to trace any living relatives. Thanks. I believe she was an evacuee during the war, and I believe she went to the Baxter estate (aye, Baxters of Baxters Soup fame !!)

Submitted by: George Wheatman
Stirling, Scotland
26/01/08
Email: wheatmag@blueyonder.co.uk
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CORRECTION TO MY LAST POST.....its Mae Matheson and NOT Mary Matheson looking for Mary Boyle.

Submitted by: Tommy Boyle
Leicestershire, England
26/01/08
Email: thomasboil@tiscali.co.uk
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Some wee glesga jokes to cheer you up, I was in Bar-l when I met this sad lonely prisoner, he was in his cell. Two skeletons meet at Gorbals x one said to the other Ges a leny a fiver, the other said "sorry Im skint" Wee man goes into the clelland bar, his wife has just kicked him out the hoose, hes only got enough money for a half pint cider, the barman says to him hey Billy would you like a glass of whiskey, he said definately, this went on for about an hour an billys sozzled, he said to the barman, who keeps buying me the whiskey, the barman says see that guy over there he says he was in your class at school, Billy looks round an says definately no way, there was naebody in my class with a moustashe. I suppose you all have heard enuff but let me know if you want some more.

Submitted by: Billy Malcolm
Easterhouse, Glasgow
26/01/08
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I would like to say thank you to the people who run this website. We left the gorbals in 1965 and migrated to Australia, My mum wanted a better life for me and my sister, we have been living in Australia for 42 years and have in the last 3 weeks found that we have a brother still living in Glasgow that we did not know about. He was for whatever reason put up for adoption, he contacted the Glasgow anecdotes and put a message on the website asking for any information regarding us, this was spotted by my cousin and one thing led to another, and to make a long story short we are now all together and very happy. Most of this is due to the people who read your webpage, I remember the people of the Gorbals being tough because of their circumstances but I also remember people would do anything for friends, my mother and grandmother always said that if you made a friend in the gorbals then you made one for life. To all who read and those that work on this web page, but especially to the Glaswegians from the Gorbals I hope 2008 is going to be as happy as ours has. Cheers from a gorbals boy living in Australia

Submitted by: David Niehus
Kyabram, Australia
26/01/08
Email: davidniehus@yahoo.com.au
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FAO: Anne Johnston (McDonald) in answer to your letter dated 24th you said a lot of people like the glesga talk. I do believe they do, but my letter was to the ones who don't, which I believe is many of the readers of this page. As for telling us to lighten up, my light has never been off! Agnes

Submitted by: Agnes
Glasgow, Scotland
25/01/08
Email: agnesherrity@hotmail.co.uk
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Hi Anne - your joke was good! But I still don't need to read in the "Glesga accent" - nice enough and proud enough to be able to speak and hear it. It seems to me that it must be a bit of a chore to actually write in this way??

Submitted by: Glasgow Biddy
Brighton, UK
25/01/08
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Any Saint Bonnies pals out there from 1957 to around 59 60?

Submitted by: Marie
USA
25/01/08
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Hi Rosemary Douglas its Anne O'Neill again. How you doing i would love to get in touch with you love anne xxxxxx

Submitted by: Anne O'Neill
St Catherines, Canada
25/01/08
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To Roger Birch and Grace Macluskey...you must have got me mixed up with another colin macfarlane (as there are quite a few about) as i was born in glasgow in 1955 and lived the first 17 years if my life in the gorbals ....to grace...aye it was wee peter yir brother. Your father was a bit of a character...remember he had that big van which he always parked in thistle street? col

Submitted by: Colin MacFarlane
Glasgow, UK
25/01/08
Email: colinmacuk@yahoo.com
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I was very happy the other day when I saw Jon Boy on the site because he is one of my relatives our family havent seen in years but as yet he has not been in touch with me. My gut feeling is that this a fictious character like all the others who dont put a name to their letter, i hope this can be made legal as people with no names can be anybody just messin around us decent folk put our name to our emails, what have you minority got to hide? Im choked because Jon Boy means the world to our family, he lost his mother when he was very young and we are his only family we have tried so hard to trace him, so please out there use your own names and most of all be honest to all the other folk, thanks for keeping this a great place to talk and find genuine friends thanks Archie Thompson

Submitted by: Archie Thompson
Castlemilk, Glasgow
25/01/08
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To Agnes and Glasgow biddy. Lighten up ladies. Some of us like the "Glesga Accent" 'cos it gie's us a wee laugh and good memories. Wee Glesga joke...100 Glaswegians were asked in a survey to name a fish beginning with the letter "S" 98% said single! A' Ra Best.

Submitted by: Anne Johnston (McDonald) Clydebank, Scotland
25/01/08
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Does anyone remember Bobby Ray from the gorbals he was born 1942? If u do I would love to hear from u.

Submitted by: Elizabeth Terry
25/01/08
Email: kiltedbeth1@yahoo.com
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I placed an ad on the site on 5th january o8 looking for my husbands birth mother or her family, and 1 week later we found out that he also has a gran, 2 sisters a big brother, and loads of aunt, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces and he is in contact with them all in australia and glasgow. I would just like to thank this site for bringing my husband Ian and his extended family together as he has been accepted with the warmest love and care by all involved. It has been a rollercoaster few weeks but this has made so many people happy and complete. I would just like to thank the person how runs this site for making my husband and his family very very happy i would also like to say if anyone is trying to trace any members of there family keep trying and never give up hope kind regards julie bain.

Submitted by: Julie Bain
Bathgate, Scotland
24/01/08
Email: julievain@btinternet.com
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Ryan if you don't change your ways you will be dead or some innocent boy or girl in the wrong place at the wrong time. Think about this, only you can change your ways. Please do it before its too late, I take it your family is worried sick?

Submitted by: Sonny
Glasgow, Scotland
24/01/08
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FAO: Willie Henry - Re Chicke Burke. I tried to email you but it failed. If you email "linziburke@btinternet.com
that should get you in touch with the Burke family. Young Matt posted a message on gorbals live on the 19/09/2007. If you scroll down 2007 you can check it out. I hope this info helps. Regards, Owen Dougan.

Submitted by: Owen Dougan
Glasgow, Scotland
24/01/08
Email: g132yn@bushinternet.com
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Hi Hughie, thanks for letting us know how Mr ten quid is, we all miss him, and of course his stories haha! Tell him to get well soon and we will all be saying a prayer for him, thanks pat.

Submitted by: Pat Davis
Islington, London
24/01/08
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Hi read Colins book its brought back so many memories we stayed facing the Brit pub, and the boy in the book playing football with a sling on his leg is my brother. My uncle ran the shebeen in Hospital St. So thanks colin.

Submitted by: GMCC
Glasgow, Scotland
24/01/08
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FAO Jon Boy - there was only one Jon Boy in the Gorbals I knew and he is my cousin, can you tell me your surname, as I havent seen Jon Boy for over ten years I heard he was living in Shettleson.

Submitted by: Archie
Castlemilk, Glasgow
24/01/08
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Hi Jean Logan/Duffy, hope to hear from you soon, we have done a lot of travelling around, we are now in Tennessee, would be nice to hear from you. I had a school picture, loaned it to someone but did not get it back. Hope to hear from you.

Submitted by: Jean Rae/Lynch
Church Hill TN, USA
24/01/08
Email: niaroo@embarqmail.com
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I am doing this as a favour for a lady who contacted my aunt so please lets make her day....Mary Matheson nee Munroe is trying to find a Mary Boyle who she used to babysit. Marys mother and father were Violet and John Boyle who lived in Househillmuir rd Househillwood Glasgow in the 50s, John her father had 2 brothers James and Andrew. Andrew married Molly Logan. So if anybody can help and make this ladys day please contact me. Many thanks from Tommy Boyle.

Submitted by: Tommy Boyle
Leicestershire, England
23/01/08
Email: thomasboil@tiscali.co.uk
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For Colin Mac, Colin my name is Stephen Mullan and i was an old school pal of your younger brother Ross. We went to st lukes together and where in the same class, we sometimes went to the gorbals swimming baths on saturdays, my family were originally from mathieson street then waddell court. Moved away from the gorbals not long after my father died, i was twelve, i periodically returned to catch up with old pals, i can remember travelling by bus to your house in crown street to see ross, what a surprise, your family had just moved away. The front door was wide open and i could see in, total empty, thats when a neighbour told me you had moved, but didnt tell me where to. I remember it very well, i was fourteen years old and the year was 1972. Say hello to ross for me, Regards Stephen Mullan.

Submitted by: Stephen Mullan
Stirlingshire, Scotland
23/01/08
Email: csmullan@aol.com
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FAO AGNES HERRITY: Thanks for your note and I am glad that someone agrees with me. As you can see from the note from the young man, Ryan, if we continue to "brag" about the past then it will come back to haunt us. Would be interested to know if young Ryan's parents were in any Glasgow gangs? In any case, get out of the gang, get yourself an education - that's what life and it's many pleasures are made of, not knives, drugs etc. In ten years time, your notes to this forum will be to brag about your success and not your scars! Good luck!

Submitted by: Glasgow Biddy
Brighton, England
23/01/08
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I asked the woman at the Mitchell Library if she had a copy of Colin Macfarlane's The Real Gorbals Story she said she had plenty but they were all on loan. She then printed me out the Glasgow Library list and at nearly every library it was on loan or you had to check the shelf to see if a copy had been returned yet. But it was interesting to note that one library -Dennistoun had its copy nicked!

Submitted by: Johnny Boy
Glasgow, UK
23/01/08
Email: johnnyboy@yahoo.com
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FAO Ryan whyte - gangs its a mugs game!

Submitted by: Rosetta Connolly
Glasgow, Scotland
23/01/08
Email: xscotsbelle@aol.com
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Whatever was the outcome to this question posted on your web site in November? I keep looking for an answer but maybe it has not been decided yet? Lived in the Gorbals from 1937 to 1957 and attended St. Francis School and Church. I pray that it will be opened again as a House of Worship for the many people who would love to attend Mass there again. Please keep me posted on the outcome.

Submitted by: Margaret Burgdorf (McGettigan)
Westfield NJ, USA
23/01/08
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John Boy - I dont know Tam Craig and what he's saying, but I have a school photo of Colin and me when we were six years old, he moved to Glasgow after that. I am wondering what the big deal is here? My maw and his were best mates and I'm happy for him.

Submitted by: Roger Birch
Kent, England
22/01/08
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Hello Ryan White, do yi no read all the stories we have been sending and whit the message is - GANGS are for chumps, so knock the gang rubbish. I did not realise that young men were still calling themselves Cumbie. I thought that died a death not kept on and on. As for the scars, how do you expect to work looking like a thug? Get to school or anything, surely you can think that you will be a better man. So, Ryan ah know ah sound like yir mammy but you need to find a mentor or someone who can educate you and gangs fighting is just plain stupid, infact if TQ was up to it he would probably gie ye a swift kick up the carsie. So, Ryan get a grip and get a life, no one needs to prove themselves by chibbing each other up. Best for the future DAM.

Submitted by: Doris Austin (aka McIntyre)
Slo, USA
22/01/08
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Like "Anon" I remember the Brush Business on Caledonia Road between Mathieson St. and Sandyfaulds St., and the smell of the tar they used to embed the bristles into the wooden heads. I once raced a kid from that close. The prize was a chinese bank note of a high denomination, It had Sun Yat Sen's likeness on it and was worth bugger-all. Someone had offered it as a prize. The race route was Cally Rd. Mathie, Cumberland St. and back via Sandyfaulds St. I can't remember my opponent's name, maybe "Anon" does? How about the name of the lassie who lost her leg while playing Ba' against a "Baffle Wall" that collapsed on her? How about The Wright brothers, not Orville and Wilbur, but Archie and Jimmy, who lived in our close and whose past time was taking a pail of coal to bed, in their ground floor kitchen, in our close Using a flashlight, they tried to pick of the rats that emerged at night, by battering them with lumps of coal. This was before television. Other names from that block, and era, were Jackie barnes, John Bagan, John ferla, Stan Manning, Ned Pullins, Allan Scott, and not to forget Mathew Taylor, who lived three up, above the dairy. His mother could not pronounce his name, which begged the question. She would shout "Mahew, Mahew, come up fur yer dinner" I suspect that "Anon" was not of that war time generation (Why "Anon" even a nome de plume like Ten Quid's is more practical?) NOTE: For those of yese who wurny there, Baffle Walls were built across the front of all closes, about five feet out from the close entrance. These prevented a bomb blast from going up the close. The closes themselves were reinforced with tubular scaffolding, or wooden beams, and used as auxillary Air Raid Shelters. The Baffle Walls were a sort of World war Two Feng Shui.

Submitted by: David Graham
Edmonton, Canada
22/01/08
Email: mcscrum@telus.net
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Hi Hughie thanks for the update on TQ as we all miss his patter and wee stories. So tell him a big hug from Doris and I wont bother him with e-mails till he is on his feet (no pun) and I know that will be in no time, cannie keep a good man doon. gem of the day, dont be ashamed of making mistakes. Very few things are accomplished on the first try. A mistake is proof that you had enough confidence to try and do something, and that is what a lot of us folks have done Forged ahead. So hope all is hale and hearty with all and doing what makes you happy. best DAM

Submitted by: Doris Austin (aka McIntyre)
Slo, USA
22/01/08
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Hi Colin McFarlane. I also have read your book and it was brilliant. I was born and brought up in the Gorbals, bedford St. I have read the messages from people who feel they have to put you down at every turn, when you have told them the truth. What else do they want, your blood? Agnes

Submitted by: Agnes
Glasgow, Scotland
22/01/08
Email: agnesherrity@hotmail.co.uk
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FAO Glasgow Biddy. I agree with everything you said in your message about people who write in Glesga accent and the ones who only speak about what gangs they were in and what they got up to. Yes, it gets boring after a while. Agnes

Submitted by: Agnes
Glasgow, Scotland
22/01/08
Email: agnesherrity@hotmail.co.uk
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Would love some information on my Grandfather. His name was George Milroy. He grew up in the Gorbals in the 1930's before going into the navy. I have been told he was a great boxer.

Submitted by: George McGivern
Sydney, Australia
22/01/08
Email: wopajulz@optusnet.com.au
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First time on this site, I hope I can find a few old friends that went to Abbotsford Place school or Strathbungo during 1960 to 66, a few names Helen Walker, Isabel Green, Margaret Mirelees, Henry Young, hope you are out there or someone who knows you this is a wonderful idea thank you to the organisers of this site Lizzie Burns

Submitted by: Liz Burns
Medway Towns, England
22/01/08
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Hello, I am a young man from Caley Rd in the Gorbals and am very interested in people who lived in the Gorbals in past years. I am only 20 years but youth and knowledge is power. I've been in gangs since I was fifteen and now have a lot of scars to bare, sometimes fighting for cumbie rules my life and wonder if I'm going to be alive or dead. So, if anyone who was in the razor gangs in the old days would like to contact me I would be interested to chat about how life was like for you.

Submitted by: Ryan Whyte
Glasgow, Scotland
21/01/08
Email: whytie_2007@hotmail.com
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My name is Jean Logan Duffy I was born in 14 Camden St Gorbals. I have two sisters and one brother, I went to Camden St School and then to Adelphi Sec. Looking for any old school photos as I don't have any and will be 70 years old this year. Would like to hear from anybody who knows me. Loved reading all the stories about the old days, great memories. So all the best to all who know me and my husband Mick.

Submitted by: Jean Duffy (nee Logan)
Glasgow, Scotland
21/01/08
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Just to clarify I couldn't stop laughing when someone claimed that I really came from fort william...my mother was rushed to hospital from 134 crown street gorbals on dec 19 1955 and i was born at the southern general...a few days later we were back in our tenement at crown street...as i say in the book we lived there from 1955 until 1972...so put that in your pipe and smoke it! Many thanks to all those worldwide who have given a positive feedback to the real gorbals story.

Submitted by: Colin Mac
Glasgow, UK
21/01/08
Email: colinmacuk@yahoo.com
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Hi Doris, it is Pat Davis here, have you heard how Mr TQ is? I have been looking on the site most days to see if anyone has heard from him, i hope he is ok, i hope he can let us know that he is. Anyway take care, Pat.

Submitted by: Pat Davis
Islington, London
21/01/08
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Theresa Reville of London is trying to get in touch with Malcolm Byran, she knew him down in london and was sure he came from the gorbals area. Anyone with information please get in touch.

Submitted by: William Kelly
Glasgow, Scotland
21/01/08
Email: william@kelly3161.fslife.co.uk
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TO CHERYL DEARIE (posted in 2007) Please contact me at the email address re Billy.

Submitted by: Hugh Australia
21/01/08
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Email: success@powerup.com.au I am trying to find Thomas Warren or his family. He was married to Agnes Thomson and had two kids David and Anne if anybody knows them could they please contact me.

Submitted by: David Niehus
Melbourne, Australia
21/01/08
Email: davidniehus@yahoo.com
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Lived in Oatlands in late sixties for a few years and got to know a lot of people in that time, both from Gorbals and Oatlands. Some really nice, some quite the opposite but that's life. The tiresome thing about this forum is the urge that most people have - to write with a "Glesga Accent" which is awful, and brag about the criminals and hard men they knew. I would love to read more of the anecdotes and how life has turned around for the people of Gorbals and Oatlands, not continuous bragging about the past - puts me off.

Submitted by: Glasgow Biddy
Brighton, England
20/01/08
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The Real Gorbals story had me laughing for days...lovely feel good book and don't let some of the jealous comments get you down colin!

Submitted by: Janie Moir
Bristol, UK
19/01/08
Email: janemoir@yahoo.com
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Further to Tam Craig's message regarding Colin MacFarlane. Just to clarify if you look at the photos in the Real Gorbals Story...especially the one just inside...you will see macfarlane and the rest of the gorbals boys on a horse wagon with jimmy wray and frank macelhone...to say macfarlane is not a real gorbals boy is to say monkey's don't like bananas! johnny

Submitted by: John Boy
Glasgow, Scotland
19/01/08
Email: johnboy@yahoo.com
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Re: Mochans, Harry, John & Bridget I am Moira Mochan - daughter of John Thomas Mochan - please contact if required.

Submitted by: Moira Mochan
Queensland, Australia
19/01/08
Email: moiraa52@hotmail.com
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Hi I am looking for chicke burkes wife thay lived in the gorbals herbertson st all the best willie

Submitted by: Willie Henry
Perth, Western Australia
19/01/08
Email: willie.henry@bigpond.com.au
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To my nephew Ian Bain. Welcome to our family! I am your mothers youngest brother. Received phone call from glasgow this morning regarding your search for family members. Here we are, looking forward to the opportunity of talking to you. Hope to hear from you soon. Uncle Tom

Submitted by: Thomas Thomson
Penrith N.S.W, Australia
19/01/08
Email: talkin@tpg.com
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.au Hi I'm looking for anybody who has info on the Cassidy's from various streets in the Gorbals from around 1900 to the 1950's. My Dads name was Francis born 1945, his fathers name was Francis married to Eliabeth (Betty) nee McKnight. My grandfathers fathers name was Hugh he married Diana McGuiness and I believe he was killed in the 1st World War. Diana remarried a Cunningham. My dad was an only child and moved to England in the 1950s before returning to Castlemilk in 1971.

Submitted by: Marie Marshall
Grantham, Lincs
18/01/08
Email: marielouiseone@aol.com
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For all you folk who have been asking about my young cousin Ten Quid from Oz he had a triple bypass with all his other problems that's the last thing he needed. He's doing fine i expect to hear from his wife Betty soon. Say a wee prayer for him.

Submitted by: Hughie
Niagra Falls, Canada
18/01/08
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Thanks to John Johnstone for pointing out my real house number to me. Thanks John. Mick.

Submitted by: Mick Connolly
Glasgow, Scotland
18/01/08
Email: weemick@btinternet.com
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Hi, I have just came across this site by chance cos I' looking for a schoolfriend of mine. Her name is Avril McGinley and I think she now stays down in London. She has a brother, well a few brothers, but Miles her bruv also stayed down south. they came from Maryhill originally. If anyone knows them can they get in touch. By the way my Mother came from the Gorbals. Her maiden name was Walsh. Thanks.

Submitted by: Margaret Preston Glasgow, Scotland
18/01/08
Email: maggs01zak@hotmail.com
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Looking for relatives by the name of Goodwillie. My grandfather was John and my Grandmother was Bethia, my family migrated to Australia in 1951. We lived at 110 Camden Street, Hutchesontown Glasgow and our surname was fraser. My parents were Alexander and Jessie Fraser. It would be great to hear from someone with whom I went to school with from 1946 - 1951 at Camden Street School. But I would love to be in contact with family members. Hop someone out there can be of assistance.

Submitted by: Bethia McDonalad Christies Beach, South Australiabr>
18/01/08
Email: bethia66@optusnet.com.au Any one heard from T.Q I e-mailed him, but no answer. Tam Lennie, are you related to the Weirs, or Blacks, hope that I am not being to nosey, and glad that you keep in touch with Smudger. Wee wummin two do you not have pills for your blood pressure? I drink about six cups of tea a day and one coffeee in the morning, I did not know that it raised your blood pressure, thanks fur the information. Hello to all Dam

Submitted by: Doris Austin (aka McIntyre) Slo, USA
18/01/08
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To Wee Wummin, firstly it would be nice if you could reveal yourself, as i am sure you must have a proper name. If you read my articles i simply disagreed with the fact that Colin was saying he came from the gorbals and he didnt a few others have mentioned this too. Everyone on this site is entitled to their opinion thats why i love it, I am sure if you read the daily newspapers there will be lots of articles you either dont like or disagree with thats simply human nature. At the end of the day I have not told any porkie pies, but the truth, I come from the Gorbals as i dont know your name i cant say if you did or not, because no one on the site knows a nameless person, so lets get this into perspective and behave yourself because i dont know how the webmaster allowed your letter with its distastful comments, I repeat I only spoke the truth, bye. Big Tam Craig known as "CRAIGIE"

Submitted by: Tam Craig Tollcross, Glasgow
17/01/08
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Oh Ten Quid we love you true Oh Ten Quid where the ----are you. Hunners and hunners of folk are blue. Run out of rhymes but we will all feel a lot better once we hear from you! Cheers Wee Wummin Too

Submitted by: Wee Wummin Too Glasgow, Scotland
17/01/08
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Are there any McAlpines related to Isabella Paton Ritchie Mcalpine/Thomas McAlpine or any one that could know anything about them, or their daughter Isabella married a butcher david Stuart?

Submitted by: Gillian Perth, Western Australia
17/01/08
Email: gillpatmac1@hotmail.com
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1st let me say Happy 2008 tae all.. tryin tae find oot information aboot me family who lived in PossilPark me granny wis Flora Mcdonald she had 6 wains the youngest Jim (me Da) n Me uncle Willie last I knew stull lived in her hoose. will get the street name aff me brother the next time i talk tae him any help would be well received in the meantime Ta

Submitted by: Shirley (nee) McDonald Ohio, USA
17/01/08
Email: s_mcbrick@hotmail.com
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Colin MacFarlane, thanx for The real Gorbals Story, Great book couldnae put it doon had me in stitches brought back alot of Gorbals memories for me of the good auld days. X

Submitted by: Francie Connolly Hertford, England
16/01/08
Email: francie1888@aol.com
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FAO: Tam Lennie thanks for the info tam i will tell smudge when im up visiting i will give tam ure regards he calls me or my sisters now and again to see how smudge is keeping hes alright but cant speak or walk but still aware of everything else cheers tam

Submitted by: John Johnston Glasgow, Scotland
16/01/08
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Hello to you all again and happy new year. My dad left the Gorbals around the age of 5 or 6 years old, last known address was 132 South Portland st. His name was Thomas John Kilkie but could have been known as Boyle. Can anybody tell me what school he would have attended for the area please?

Submitted by: Tommy Boyle Leicestershire, England
16/01/08
Email: thomasboil@tiscali.co.uk
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Thank you Colin Macfarlane for the great book you wrote i especially enjoyed it as the wee alex you spoke of in your book was a relative and sadly not with us anymore. Thanks for the memories he would have been chuffed to see you mentioned him in your book.

Submitted by: Myra Glasgow, Lanarkshire
16/01/08
Email: myrajigy1@aol.com
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Fao John Johnston I remember smudge well from the fiftys he was always smart well groomed he was more a pal of Tam Boyle Jimmy Boyles brother than Dodgy. I went to a lot of parties in the fiftys way Smudge and Tam Boyle. Smudge was a great guy tell him an old pal Tam Lennie was asking for him and I hope he keeps better all the best.

Submitted by: Tam Lennie Glasgow, Scotland
15/01/08
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Looking for anyone who attended abbotsford school 1960-63, who might have old class photos or who can tell me where to get info on class rolls of that time thanks alex.

Submitted by: Alex Wilkie Dublin, Ireland
15/01/08
Email: bernadettenln@yahoo.ie Hi, Anybody out there from Portugal Street? Any info from 1957/65 would be more than welcome. Please email many thanks

Submitted by: Marie S Falkirk, Stirling
15/01/08
Email: maries_15@hotmail.co.uk
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Hi, my name is stewart. I am researching? writing a book about my mum Ellen currie and her family who where Bricklayers in Glasgow in 1930. My Grandfather William and Great-Grandfather Joseph had a company called "Currie Brickwork". My Grandfather had 5 children, Ellen, Jim, David, Joe and Isabelle. The name of the book is "STEALING MUM". Please feel free to contact me on my e-mail Cheers

Submitted by: Stewart McCulloch Brighton, England (reluctantly)
15/01/08
Email: beyond_london@hotmail.com
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To BIG TAM CRAIG Don't be such a sour puss about Colin not been born in the Gorbals. SO WHIT? Be a real big man and congratulate him on a great book. Wee Wummin too

Submitted by: Wee Wummin Too Glasgow, Scotland
15/01/08
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I would like to thank the person who runs this board for me being allowed to try and trace Blly Hamilton on this board. I was contacted by a lady from this board and she gave me some information. Father and daughter have now been in touch. Norrie Mcnamee, admin Glesgapals

Submitted by: Norman McNamee Rutherglen, Scotland
15/01/08
Email: norman_mcnamee@hotmail.com
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To stevie kirwan - Eddie Trainer had betting shops in the townhead district of glasgow.

Submitted by: Gorbals Bhoy Glasgow, Scotland
15/01/08
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Hi i am looking for a pal who was in korea with me. His name is Eddie Byrne from kinning park, I am fom the gorbals.

Submitted by: Willie Henry Perth wa, Australia
15/01/08
Email: willie.henr@yahoo.com.au The guy yoggie name is Burns.

Submitted by: Sonny Glasgow, Scotland
14/01/08
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Does anybody out there have a bonnies school photo of class 1/1A to 3/2A from 1951 to 1954. some of the boys names were big Wullie McLuskey, Jimmy Haggerty (haggsy), Jake Patterson, John McCue, Tommy McMenemey.

Submitted by: Jimmy O Glasgow, Scotland
14/01/08
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Yoggie i know the family mum and dad died, sister still lives there i think. i dont know if yoggie is still living i will find out for you as soon as i can. Brother lives in hoddam avenue.

Submitted by: Sonny Glasgow, Scotland
14/01/08
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FAO mick connelly i know its you even though you goat the wrang hoose number yours wiz 48 no 49 youve been away to long fae the good old gorbals i can remember you popping up tay see ure maw and da bernie and francie when i wiz a nipper good hearing fae you all the best mick

Submitted by: John Johnston Glasgow, Scotland
14/01/08
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To the lady enquiring about Nan's fish shop it was later known as The Deep Sea and was at the corner of Crown St, and Caledonia Rd.

Submitted by: Nan Cameron (Bell) Glasgow, Scotland
14/01/08
Email: partickbelle@hotmail.co.uk
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I used to live just outside Drymen which is just past Balloch Loch Lomond I moved to the Gorbals and stayed in Hospital street when I was 10 years old but I remember Colin Mac Farlane because his maw and my maw were best friends and I used to go school with him, he left and went to Glasgow when he was about seven or eight yrs old, if you read this Colin you might remember me, I am delighted about your book and I am proud to have known you, my maw passed away but I know she would have been proud of you too, once again congrats Roger stayed next door.

Submitted by: Roger Birch Sittingbourne, Kent Englandbr>
14/01/08
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Hi Sanny, it is good to hear from you, that was my mums brother Tommy, yes his partner was called Ina, it was my cousin Tommy Smith I stayed with, my dads sisters boy, her name is Liz, she is the only one left now, as you know both my uncles and aunt died, and both my mums brothers died, so is my mum. I hope you and your family had a nice Christmas & New Year, I had a lovely time, as I said before I love going to Glasgow and I love to hear all the stories and there have been a few haha, lots of good and not so good haha but I don't mind I love them haha, it was great to hear from you hope to hear from you again take care, Pat, ps hope mr Ten Q is ok.

Submitted by: Pat Davis Islington, London, UK
14/01/08
Email: Not Submitted
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Hello all new members of this website...I am still looking for anyone who remembers Kathleen Madden back in the late 40's early 50's. She had sisters and her father at home although I think her mother had died. She would have been around 17 -18 in 1951.

Submitted by: Susan Los Angeles, USA
14/01/08
Email: Not Submitted
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Colin Macfarlane, you are a real darling! Thanks for your help, I'll be making sure that The Gorbals Library has a copy of your book when I'm in on Monday Alli G.

Submitted by: Allison Galbraith Lanark, Scotland
12/01/08
Email: Not Submitted
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As an ex Gorbalite, and perhaps aimed at the older generation, does anyone have any info on a Glasgow bookie named Eddie Trainer.

Submitted by: Steve Kirwan Beds, UK
12/01/08
Email: stephenkirwan@hotmail.com
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Message for Grace Ross nee Barclay. What a lovely surprise! I've been living here for 16 years but I visit Scotland every year. Let's get in touch by email.

Submitted by: Margaret Taggart California, USA
12/01/08
Email: margarettaggart@yahoo.com
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Hi Eileen, I can only speak for myself, but would love to hear about you and Joe MaGowan that is what it is all about fond memories that you can smile about, so please do. Best to every one DAM

Submitted by: Doris Austin aka McIntyre Slo, USA
12/01/08
Email: Not Submitted
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To Grace Ross from Tommy Taggart. Yes I am the brother of Margaret. I am sending her this website so she can join. If you have an e-mail feel free to send and I will get it to Margaret. She lives close to me in The states but travels to Scotland alot. I called her and she remembers you very well and would like to contact you.

Submitted by: Tommy Taggart Sebastopol, USA
11/01/08
Email: tigobar@aol.com
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Hello Ten Quid are you ok we miss you not the same without your we stories all the best.

Submitted by: Sonny
Glasgow, Scotland
11/01/08
Email: Not Submitted
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I really do not know how to begin this message except to tell you about the death of my brother, Hugh (Shug) McGettigan in October of 2007. He died of Prostate Cancer that had metastisized into his kidneys. This is for all of you men out there (a wee word in your ear) that Prostate Cancer is curable if caught in its early stages. When I questioned his consultant about the use of PSA blood tests for men, I was given this ridiculous answer: The cost would be prohibitive, so in other words, to take you into the hospital and just let you die is cheaper than saving your life!!! Women in Britain on NHS get Mammographies and tests for Cervical cancer and that is paid for by the NHS. Is there anyone out there who can tell me why men are not taken care of for Prostate Cancer? It is just a simple blood test and can save so many lives. My brother was only 68 years old, fun-loving, hard-working and much loved by his children, family and friends. We were born and raised on Sa! ndyfaulds Street and have many great memories about living there. We actually had several good laughs about things we did as children and the fun he had g rowing up while he was on his death bed. So, please men of the Gorbals, get after your councilers and start a protest regarding the simple blood test that could save your lives.

Submitted by: Margaret
Westfield, NJ, USA
11/01/08
Email: glenmornin@aol.com
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Milto, I remember you can you send me your e-mail and we will have a blether, thanks for the information, I knew I was right along, he was not born in the Gorbals, Do you remember John Hossack and archie Bowman, also Henry Young if you know of any of the old Aby boys let me know nice to hear from you Big Tam Craig

Submitted by: Tam Craig
Glasgow, Scotland
11/01/08
Email: Not Submitted
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DO YOU KNOW THIS PERSON He is a old boyfriend of my mum who was amazing to my mum sadly they lost contact because of a incident im doing this for my mum as she does not have access to the internet i have asked my mum a few questions . My mum has a feeling he is dead i really hope not the information i have is stated below Name : John McShane Byrne ( Nickname , Yoggie ) Age : 43 - 44 ( That is a rough guess ) Last Known Address : 15 Arnprior Quad Castlemilk Glasgow Scotland He was Scottish Junior Boxing Champion in the 80's His Family Are : Mother Betty Father polly Sisster's Roseanne and Francis Brother James His Sister Francis worked in a pub in the area and his sister roseanne was married with kids and lived in hamilton Glasgow Thats all the information i have i have been searching but can not find anything Please Help x This information is not for me but for a friend of mine who is desperately looking for this man

Submitted by: Antoinette McLoughlin
co cork, Ireland
10/01/08
Email: missing.ireland@hotmail.com
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A message for Margaret McFadden. Hi Margaret, you wanted to share a web site with 'Andy Carberry's memories of the Gorbals, with photo's of the old tenaments. I have been trying to find it with no luck. Could you give me the web site info please? Thanks.

Submitted by: Ann
Glasgow, Scotland
10/01/08
Email: Not Submitted
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Does any one remember or have any information on Nan's Scotch Fish Restaurant in Crown Street opened about 1939? Also anything on Annie Flood who ran a boarding house in Hospital Street in the 1920's? She would have been in her 40's at the time.

Submitted by: Martha Glen
Fife, Scotland
10/01/08
Email: glenmartha@hotmail.com
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Just discovered this site. My family (father Charlie, mother Isa, sister Sadie and me), the Gibsons, lived at 339 Caledonia Road until 1955 when we left for Arden. My sister and I attended Oatlands Primary School and she later went on to John St. Secondary in Bridgeton. We lived opposite the cemetary and our room window looked onto Gilmour St. and Oatlands Primary School. My father originated from various streets in the Gorbals (Thistle Street, Abbortsford Place, Crown Street)and had 4 brothers, John, Jim, Davie and Ben and 1 sister Marion. Sadly they are all deceased. Enjoyed reading the stores. I never felt I came from a deprived area of the city and this was only pointed out to me by other people that I have come into contact with during my lifetime who came from more affluent areas.

Submitted by: Isabel Nimmo
Falkirk, Scotland
10/01/08
Email: isabel.nimmo@blueyonder.co.uk
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FAO John Munro where abouts in the Gorbals did you live a remember the Careys we lived along fae them in Waddell Crt we were next door tae the Curries an Ka Johnson.

Submitted by: Rosetta Connolly
Glasgow, Scotland
10/01/08
Email: xscotsbelle@aol.com
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Anyone remember Bridie Kelly who lived in Lawmoor St in the 40s and 50s her maw hid a wee fruit shop.

Submitted by: Neil MacLean
Glasgow, Scotland
10/01/08
Email: neil@neilmaclean.wanadoo.co.uk
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How you doing young John Johnstone. I lived at fifty five Waddell Court house forty nine. I knew your Ma & Da well Ca& John. I remember the time you were born and your Ma was running down the street shouting " I got my Boy. all the neighbours were delighted for you and yer maw. I knew Kathleen & Joanne and there was the third lassie Gloria but she was a wee bit younger than me. My da used to send me to the bookies were yer Granda worked at auld Devines at thirty nine Waddell court. Remember you could run right along the two corridirs right to the bookies door. As I did many times with my Da's Line. Your Granda often gave me the money back for my ma as my wee Da had a bit of a problem with the gee gees. As well auld Jimmy knew. My Da Was a Favourites man. That was his line, £5 fav. Naebody ever told Lester Piggot that my Da had backed another horse and he always seemed to get beat more than he won. Any way John nice to hear from you and nice to see your Ma & Da's name up on the board. They threw away the mould when the made Ca Johnston.

Submitted by: Mick
Glasgow, Scotland
10/01/08
Email: weemick@btinternet.com
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Does anyone remember Thomas McFadyen from Bridgeton? He married Jessie Mackie from Calton, His father was called William McFadyen.

Submitted by: William
New York, U.S.A.
09/01/08
Email: wjdupree@yahoo.co.uk
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I'm trying to find my mother her name is Agnes Warren or Thomson she lived at 105 Kidston Street,Gorbals Glasgow then moved to 56 Cavendish Street Gorbals,in 1963. I was born William Warren d.o.b 09/09/1963 at Redlands Hospital Glasgow at 12.05 pm if any information on this person please contact me thanks ...

Submitted by: Ian Bain
Glasgow, Scotland
09/01/08
Email: julievain@btinternet.com
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f.a.o William Warren a remember the Warrens a stiyed at 56 Cavendish St 1 up Fletcher. They stiyed in the close, am sure they imagrated 2 Australia aboot 65/66 hope that helps u in yer search. Jim the jannie good luck.

Submitted by: James Fletcher
Glasgow, Scotland
09/01/08
Email: jimthejannie@btinternet.com
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Hi DAM Your memories of Annie's the tallies got me walking down memory lane yet again. It must be my age I seem to spend one helluva lotta time there. Any ways......... ma thoughts of hoat peas and vinegar we a wee dash pepper goat me salivating. Sometimes though like the ginger beer the vinegar could nip your throat or take your breath away it was soooooo strong. Another treat was the penny worth of scrappings from greasy Peter's. If you stuck your haun in and kinda foraged aboot you sometime got a big fat chip or even a ten times fried fritter. My arteries are furring up with the thought of all that chippy grease! Still, in those days you couldn't afford to be so choosy-food was food and you felt lucky just to have something in your belly. other treats included broken Abernethy biscuits hard Paris buns and thick ootsiders of "cutting bread"( around three or four day old bread) fom the Co-operative SHAN SHOP in Ballater Street. My biggest favourite wiz a thick ootsider toasted ! at the fire, covered in Empire butter and black soot. IF YOU FEEL MY TEETH SINKING INTAE THE CRISPY TOAST, THROUGH TO THE SAFT INSIDE AND THE BUTTER RUNNING DOON MA CHIN. Hiv tae say it wiz mere often that Government margarine gunge. Think it was called Sunbrite???? That's aboot all we hiv tae look forward to noo is it no? EATING- I keep a knife and fork in ma handbag JIST IN CASE......Gone are the days of living life dangerously -it used to be drugs sex and rock and roll. Noo I hiv tae watch I don't hiv mare than wan cup a tea a day or ma blood pressure goes through the roof. Cheers Wee Wummin too

Submitted by: Wee Wummin too
Glasgow, Scotland
09/01/08
Email: Not Submitted
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FAO Pat Davis hi pat I should have mentioned I used to drink with your uncle when he stayed in london about 1973 you said you had two uncles and getting older I get a bit forgetfull anyway Im positive it was tommy and his partner if I can remember her name was Ina Im not sure but I know tommy was related to you and we often spoke about your dad Im glad you had a good time in scotland I also see your cousin (Johns son) must be having a bad time in hollywood as all the script writers are on strike mind you he is worth a few million and like colin mc farlane used his childhood experiences to better himself maybe thers a chance for me and TQ (hope he is OK) Sanny

Submitted by: Sanny
Brighton, UK
08/01/08
Email: Not Submitted
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Glad to hear that Smudger is still around, please tell him I send a big hello. Wonder whits going on wi T Q but knowing him he will come bACK WI his patter. Wee Wummin twa, I thank you for the information, who knows but some how ah dont think so as wee didnae hiv ony James in oor faimly. All Roberts Arthurs Edwards, Leonards. Artie Alton Freddie Andrews that is the Anderson side . Oh and talking about Anderson, ma cousin Maggie she lives in Toronto, she told ma sister Irene that a pal o hers tried to get in touch wi me , sorry hen that ah didnae git back ti ye. It amazes me how many people have lost touch. Just a wee thought remember the bus drivers and conductress , ur yi gettin oan ur aff, and if they spotted ti trying ti run and catch the bus they would speed up then stoap , laughing ah guess yi hid ti dae something fur a laugh. And dragging them prams oan used ti drive me bonkers. Got so did mere walking than oan a bus. Would get ti Glesga Cross and watch a! ll the punters waiting fur their burds, nothing worse than a dizzy goat wan maself wan time talk aboot a big riddy. Then yi hid tae kinda crawl away and hope no one spotted yi , last time, as ah I said that ah wid niver meet some bidy at a corner again stuck ti ma wurd tae.Hi Jack , hope you hid a good new years party, me ah jist sty hame did enough parties ti last me a life time. So again best of health and wealth in everything to all DAM Hope ti hear from T.Q soon

Submitted by: Doris Austin aka McIntyre
Slo, USA

08/01/08
Email: Not Submitted
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Does anyone know of a John Mcshane Byrne who used to, or maybe still does live in Arnprior Quadrant, Castlemilk, Glasgow. I really need to find him. He is my friends dad who she wishes to meet up with but we cant seem to locate him. Please get in contact with me if you know of him or anyone who may do.

Submitted by: Ciara
Aberdeen, Scotland
08/01/08
Email: ciara_92xx@hotmail.com
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If anyone remembers Joe McGowan from 77 Thistle Street, I have to tell you that he passed away quietly in his sleep on 15th November 2007. Before he died he sent me an e-mail to say goodbye and asked me to let everyone who knows him know. I hadn't heard from him for years and when we got in touch about two years ago we corresponded by e-mail, and I met him and his wife when I visited Glasgow. He had a great wit and his e-mails always made me laugh, and I'll certainly miss them. When I was a child he was like a big brother to me and looked after me in the rough and tumble of growing up in the Gorbals. There is more I could tell you about him and the stories he told me, but I don't know if anyone would be interested.

Submitted by: Eileen Allan (nee McCann)
London SW1, United Kingdom
07/01/08
Email: Eallan81142@aol.com
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Hope every one has a great year. And T Q whits happening wi ye, hope everything is going well with the treatment, it is not a easy road My sister Kathleen she used to hing oot wi Pat Tinney and Peggy boyd Pat she was a quiet lassie and I think oor Edward fancied her. Joe funny Tosh was just telling me a wee story aboot him and you , and there was some one else trying to contact you. I see that you are still on the east coast to bliddy cauld there especially were you are BBRRR I will give Tosh yir e-mail as I know you two have a lot ti blether aboot. Ah really jist talk gorbalonian oan the web and tae ma granweans , same as ma ain three toe rags they can speak the Mc Farlan lang wi a American accent it is a trip.Hope every one is well in Snowdon st Water sidest and Benhall st Wonder is Pamies the wee fruit shoap still at the tap o Snowdon st Although I doubt it . And it was Annies the tallies on Ruthergeln rd we used to hing oot at sitting wi a hoat ginger what was that stuff my favourite wis the ginger beer ustd to burn the back o yir throat, and a macallum if yi hid oany money , and the place wid be awe steamed up as if it wis raing yi still kept yir coat oan same as in the pictures you could smell the dampness and steam aff every one. Oh and whit wis that stuff that the big fat man in the bees would spray all over the place oan tap o us as well disinfected us like flies it must have stunk aahhhh breath it in (grin) first time I smelt anything nice and flowery like. Oh well that wis then noo if any one sprays ye yi can sue them lLawyers for everything it is a joke new yi cannie smoke yir fags in the motor wi weans , what is next cin only hiv yir nooky wance a month . Ha Ha Ha although that wont be a problemo for a lot of folk . So again stay hale n hearty as life is jist a perty best to all DAM

Submitted by: Doris Austin aka McIntyre
Slo, USA
07/01/08
Email: Not Submitted
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I have just read Colin Macfarlane's book The Real Gorbals Story...it really cheered me up...at last book has been written about the Gorbals that really does the place justice. It was the best Christmas and New Year present I could have hoped for. Well done Colin you brought a smile to my face for the first time in a long while! No wonder it has been selling out all over the place.

Submitted by: Maggie May
Glasgow, UK
07/01/08
Email: maggiemay@yahoo.com
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Happy New Year to you all! I'm still looking for some anecdotes about living in the Gorbals when the Queen Elizabeth flats were built. What were they like to live in when they were first opened? What was good and what was no so good? Who was it exactly who said folk " were breathing too heavy"!? And on a personal note does anyone have photos of the fire station in Adelphi street or remember a cutler's workshop above it? This was Bobby Brown's, my man's grandpa. Cheers Al Galbraith.

Submitted by: Allison Galbraith
Glasgow, UK
07/01/08
Email: al.story@hotmail.co.uk
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To Allan Paterson Hutchesontown is a district in its own right, (as was Oatlands) and had its own Member of Parliament and City Councillor. It is often however refered to as the Gorbals as the two districts sit side by side and shared the same common history of dire poverty, bad housing conditions and all of the other social and economic issues connected to the Gorbals. Cheers Rita

Submitted by: Rita Moffat
Glasgow, UK
07/01/08
Email: Not Submitted
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To Doris Austin I was doing a wee bit of research in the Rose Garden in Rutherglen Road it has several old graves of Gorbals folk. (though not as many as the big "gravy" in Caledonan Road) I came across a headstone wih the name James Austin who died in 1840. There were other names underneath but I couldn't make them out. I think you may have mentioned that you were visiting Scotland this year if so you might want to have a look- it is the third/fourth headstone on the right as you come into the garden. All the best for 2008-any news of 10 Quid? I see from the site that you are great pals and I enjoy your banter Cheers Wee Wummin too.

Submitted by: Wee Wummin too
Glasgow, UK
07/01/08
Email: Not Submitted
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Hi everyone, hope you all had a geat time at christmas and the new year, I had a lovely time I was in Scotland for 6 days and loved every bit of it, can't wait to read all the stories, Mr Jack Turnbull, Spanny, Fran, S. Duff, hope you all had a great time over the holidays, hope Mr T Q is keeping ok, don't forget anyone that knows my dad Barney Davis or my mum Mary (Connelly) would love to hear from you, take care Pat Davis.

Submitted by: Pat Davis
London, UK
07/01/08
Email: Not Submitted
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Hi Rosemary Douglas, hope you see this message Rosemary, I sent an email to your Daughter Louise. I'm your Pal Theresa Saleh, we used to go around together way back many years ago. I lived in Clelland Street, and then moved to Castlemilk in the late 50's. Would be great to hear from you again. Hope all is well in your world. Take care. Theresa.

Submitted by: Theresa Ramsay
Glasgow, Scotland
07/01/08
Email: t.ramsay1@btinternet.com
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Does anyone remember the story of the baby who had her heart outside her ribbs in 1960. They had an appeal out for the mother known as Theresa Raeburn/Cassidy,She had abandoned her in an Edinburgh hospital.The mother went missing for 22 months and was found in the Gorballs Glasgow. Wondering if anyone remebered that story, and what happened to the mum and baby.

Submitted by: Mark Thompson
Edinburgh, UK
07/01/08
Email: fanctuary@sky.com
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Does anybody remember my granda jimmy smith he worked for martin and isa devine he married my granny wee pat or tish and had my ma ka smith and her two brothers smudger and jackie stayed at 39 waddell court before passing away as i was only a kid and can just barely remember him thanks

Submitted by: John Johnston
Glasgow, UK
06/01/08
Email: johnjo1968@hotmail.co.uk
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FAO Billy Dunn, did you live at 6 Oxford Lane? If so we lived next door to you in the 50s have a photo of the two of us at Girvin in the 50s.

Submitted by: Brian Donovan
Cambridge, Canada
06/01/08
Email: briandonovan@rogers.com
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I am trying to find as many photos as i can of John Bosco Secondary School which was in in Wolesley street in the Oatlands. I am thinkig of starting a website so would love photos of outside the school, any from clubs or trips and especially class pics, If you have any please send them to johnboscogorbals@yahoo.co.uk
please try and name anyone in the pics and include any anecdotes. Thanks in advance for any help and I will obviously let everyone know if I get the site up and running

Submitted by: John Bosco
Glasgow, Scotland
06/01/08
Email: johnboscogorbals@yahoo.co.uk
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i'm the nephew of smudge who moved to london who went about with dodgy gaitons. smudge suffered a stroke some time ago and has lost his speech and cant walk hes in a chair cant dress the way he used but would if he could but still aware of everything going on hes 70 and still going strong back in glasgow now.

Submitted by: John Johnston
Glasgow, Scotland
06/01/08
Email: johnjo@hotmail.co.uk
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Message for Joe MacLean Hi Joe just saw your name come up on this page. Its been a long time. Just to wish you a very Happy New Year. from Jimmy Smyth (Portland)

Submitted by: Jimmy Smyth
Glasgow, Scotland
05/01/08
Email: Not Submitted
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I'm trying to trace my birth mother or her family she used to stay at 105 Kidston Street the Gorbals then moved to 56 Cavendish Street, I was adopted in Sep 1963 her name was Agnes Warren or Thomson if any one knew her or her family could you please please get in touch.

Submitted by: William Warren
Glasgow, Scotland
05/01/08
Email: julievain@btinternet.com
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Can anyone help me find a copy of the ship 1990 from bbc. As I had it on tape my dad used to work in harlands and we used to enjoy watching this before he passed away... I would love to find another copy help please ..... thanks ALEX..

Submitted by: Alex Wilkie
Dublin, Ireland
03/01/08
Email: bernadettenln@yahoo.ie
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Hickman Street Govanhill. Victoria Primary School, has anybody got any class photographs from 1947 up to 1954.

Submitted by: Agnes Merchant
Glasgow, Scotland
03/01/08
Email: agnesmerchant@hotmail.co.uk
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Message for Tommy Taggart Do you have a sister Margaret? If so, I went to school with her and Rena Stark, Helen Milligan, Barbara Mack etc. Is she still in Glasgow?

Submitted by: Grace Ross (nee Barclay)
Glasgow, Scotland
02/01/08
Email: Not Submitted
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Happy New year to you all, please can somebody help me by getting in contact with me if they know a BILLY HAMILTON he was from around the gorbals area I think, he was married to RUTH ADAMS, I think they had a daughter called KAREN and a son called WILLIAM, I'm guessing they have the surname Hamilton also....... there must be somebody out there that knows something about them, I'm 27 yrs old and I'm told that BILLY is my biological FATHER. I dont wish to cause any upset I'm just curious thats all. I'm told that I look very alike to KAREN, so please any info wud be appreiciated. Many thanks. BEST WISHES FOR 2008 TO EACH AND EVERY 1 OF YOU.

Submitted by: Amanda Ferguson
Maidstone, Kent, England
01/01/08
Email: famanda34@yahoo.co.uk
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Happy New Year tae aw ma fellow Gorbalites :) Aw ra best hope 2008 is a good yin xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Submitted by: Francie
Hertford, England
01/01/08
Email: francie1888@aol.com
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