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Author:  thegorbals admin [ Mon Nov 26, 2012 4:44 pm ]
Post subject:  October 2006

Hi Caroline, i sent you an email it keeps coming back, i knew a girl Brenda Phinn we were best friends she stayed in abbotsford pl. then she moved next door to me in 36 cavendish st. She had a sister called lilly and her mother was an american they seemed to be better off than the rest of us. They allwase kept to ther selves they went back to america i think 1960. The father was not american, brenda came home in 1971 she made contact with me she told me she had married an american soldier she must have had family here to come back. I hope this helps you contact me if i can help. I have a photo of brenda she sent me when she left for america. Pauline

Submitted by: Pauline
Glasgow, Scotland
28/10/06
Email: shevlinmayo@btinternet.com
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Nice website. I am looking for any info on John Hartley Kyle Born 1810 marrried to Helen Paterson in Gorbals 19/Dec/1841. This is my gr gr Grandfather. Any info would be deeply appreciated. Thanks, sailing up the Clyde

Submitted by: Randy Kyle
Canada
28/10/06
Email: rgkyle@telus.net
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Can anyone help me find details of the bus collison in Hayfield Street I think in late 60's or 1970? Children were killed. I lived in Hayfield Street then and I remember being at the masses of some of the children. I can still remember the little white coffins. Any help or news sites would be appreciated. Many happy memories of Hayfield street, I cried when we moved.......

Submitted by: Bridgette
England, UK
28/10/06
Email: bridgette7_09@hotmail.com
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I was born in Pine st. Gorbals in 1945. Moved around the corner to 363 Caledonia Rd. have two sisters, Janet & Anne, borther John, am looking for half brother. My father, John Mcbride had another son, don't know the boy's name, he would be approx. 10 years younger than me. His mother was previously a widow with one son (I believe). Have not attempted to get in touch out of respect for my mother. Have thought about this boy for many many years, would like to hear from him.

Submitted by: Rosemary Madden (McBride)
Oshawa, Canada
28/10/06
Email: rmadden@sympatico.ca
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To: Ericwaddell@msn.com You were asking about relatives who lived in the gorbals, Rutherglen Road, I knew Waddells, I think they lived on Rutherglen Road, or just off Rutherglen road, wolsley St. My mother worked with a Hanna Waddell, she had a son robert - we called him Bobby, she worked with ky mother - Annie Mcbride - at the Co-operative Bakery on McNeil St. I don't know where they moved to, so I can't help you there.

Submitted by: Rosemary Madden
Oshawa, Canada
28/10/06
Email: rmadden@sympatico.ca
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To: ameliamckinlay@msn.com I read your e-mail regarding "Genion Violet" it is actually called "Gention Violet" I think that is the correct spelling, I know that my mother had it for "sore mouths". Hope this helps.

Submitted by: Rosemary Madden
Oshawa, Canada
28/10/06
Email: rmadden@sympatico.ca
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To: Eddyfriel@hotmail.com I read your e-mail and wondered if you were related to the Friel's who used to live on Caledonia Road? I can't remember the parents name but they had a son called Frank Friel, I think he had one or two sisters and a brother eddy. Frank died a good number years ago. He had a son John who would be in his mid forty's by now.

Submitted by: Rosemary Madden
Oshawa, Canada
28/10/06
Email: rmadden@sympatico.ca
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Ten Quid. You could try Glasgow health authorities e.g. hospitals, death registrar etc, you may have to use the Freedom Of Information Act (FOI) or another act, I can get the name of the other act if you want, to get at the facts. Using the FOI they are legally obliged to engage with you. If they dont you have rights etc. I agree someone should research this stuff innocent people have doubtlessly suffered here. Stephen H.

Submitted by: Stephen Hendry
Brighton, England
28/10/06
Email: henntsp@yahoo.com
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Lived in snowdon st 1950 would go to the bezzs cinema and the bedford cinema, loved the pictues and the Ritz next to john the pawn,love this site just found it great. Love it!

Submitted by: J Cunningham
Aberdeen, Scotland
28/10/06
Email: maidenstones@btinternet.com
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DIXONS BLAZES wondering how many people living in the shadows of this industry have had relations or themselves have suffered from cancer thru this. Blethering about the CUMBIE i have heard from a few of the 50-60 mob a few have or died from the big C myself i lived and worked there have sufferred cancer of bowel twice, diaghram-byle, duct-liver since 92-06 fractured skull, 3 spine ops, laminectomy fusions now this week I have been told i'm diabetic. All my documents were taken last year to a medical conference in BARCELONA but here is the great feeling more than 3 professors have said the PEOPLE FROM THE GORBALS MUST BE VERY TOUGH, i have often wondered how much of this disease there really was in that area be glad to hear if someone knows the statistics about gorbals folk from around the world was it worse than anywere else or much the same? awera best

Submitted by: Ten Quid
Oz
23/10/06
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The CUMBIE hung around the corner of lawmoor st, cumberland st facing the cop shop. The so called leader 50S-60S went by the name of our most famous boxer LYNCH he lived in florance st. One sunday night after a dance in the communist hall I got jumped on by 2 of the hammer at florence st, yes the cry went out "CUMBIE YA BASS" as 3 guys battled it out with razers and chains. LYNCH jumped in to help me only to get slashed on the hand and his good suit cut in a few places swinging a bike chain as hard as i could, putting one of them in hospital with concusion that caused police involvement a few days later! The funny thing is both of us said the same thing, IT WAS AN ACCIDENT no charges laid but the feuding never ended. Us bampots continued for years until we NEARLY GREW up!

Submitted by: GorbalsJim1
Oz
23/10/06
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I'm still searching for family history. Any relatives of james and catherine robertson my grandparents. They lived in thistle street. Peter and janet cairns my great grandparents they lived in surrey street. Relatives would be coynes, kincaids, cairns and relatives of peter robertson who lived in surry street but moved to bridgeton. Peter cairns my great grandfather was irish, he married janet muir at st johns in 1872, they had a large family and lived in the gorbals.

Submitted by: Tam
London, England
23/10/06
Email: numptynuts9@yahoo.com
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Looking for anyone named Phinn resided in Gorbals circa 1890; william, maurice and eugene worked in the Glasgow fruit market. Any information would be helpful caroline phinn

Submitted by: Caroline Phinn
Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire
23/10/06
Email: J.Mckenzie503@ntlworld.com
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My father's uncle owned an Ironmongers shop on Gorbals St called L.Dale & Black not far from Nicholson St. William Black, any information would be most grateful, on the history of the Black family in Gorbals. Annie McGee Black

Submitted by: George Clark
Perth, Australia
23/10/06
Email: enviropacific@ozemail.com.au
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Does anyone know my Mum Cathy Burrows or my Aunty Jean Burrow. Both have passed away and I dont know of any relatives in Scotland. Their parents were called Tommy and Jeanie Burrows, they lived in a flat in Govan?

Submitted by: Anne Chable
Bourne End, Bucks
23/10/06
Email: annechable@tiscali.co.uk
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F.A.O Alex Alum - Hi Alex I remember you when we were wee boys in nicholson st, always cheery and laughing, do you remember Ham and his brother Egg, peter keenan, alex and austin johnston, leo burns, johnny errol, alex goodwin, jimmy mason? I wished we could go back to those times don't care what anyone says that was oor wee world and it was great!

Submitted by: Trapper
England
23/10/06
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My mums cousins came from the gorbals (i think). They were called MOCHAN there was connie, margaret, harry, frank and there may have been another brother and/or sister but she isn't 100%. Her aunt was called molly but she can't remember her husbands name. Any info on this family would be great. Thanks in advance

Submitted by: Lauren
USA
23/10/06
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Does anyone remember the wee dairy on old rutherglen rd owned by the d'arcys?

Submitted by: Theresa Doran
Glasgow, Scotland
23/10/06
Email: teedy23@hotmail.com
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Remembering old pals from Gorbals school days, Betty Drain, Anne McGettigan, Betty Calaghan.

Submitted by: Nan Kurila (nee Carr)
Northampton, England
23/10/06
Email: nankurila@tiscali.co.uk
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Hello does anyone remember my Dad or members of his family. Their surname was WALTON and I know they lived around Hospital street in the 50's. Also my Mum's family. They were called LAMONT and were at Keltie St near the Bedford Cinema. Carmen Walton

Submitted by: Carmen Walton
Manchester, England
23/10/06
Email: carmen_walton@hotmail.com
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Ref: The Cumbie boys. Since my last message i have had dozens of people e-mailing me about the above subject and other matters. Just to clear up a few points:- 1. by the mid 1960s the cumbie was the most powerful gang in glasgow and was considered to be far more formidable than the carlton tongs. 2.the tiny cumbie hung around outside john the indians shop in crown street, the young young cumbie (the YYC) used mostly saint enoch's square as its base and the caley road cumbie could be seen in pubs all over the gorbals (especially the hi hi bar) talking about things that you wouldn't tell your granny about. in a recent interview actor, comedian, robbie coltraine "Cracker" (who was brought up in nearby rutherglen) said hearing someone shout "cumbie ya bass!" was one of the greatest laxatives around at the time. its all in my book about the gorbals which is out next year. colin

Submitted by: Colin Mac
Pontypridd, UK
16/10/06
Email: colinmacuk@yahoo.com
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FAO: Tam Kennedy, My sister Ann went out with a Jack Whiteside from Ross St. he worked at the Fruit Market and I think he also worked at the Barras. If I remember right he was a real nice person. I think he had a friend called Billy not sure. But that is going away back must have been sometimes in the fifties.

Submitted by: Molly McKay
Glasgow, Scotland
16/10/06
Email: mollysplace2000@aol.com
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My dad and all his family were brought up in cavindish st in the 1900's right thro to the 50s, then whent to pollok tory halliday, hatchet halliday, bud halliday, to mention but a few would love to here from anyone who knew the great site.

Submitted by: William Halliday
Helensburgh, Scotland
16/10/06
Email: william halliday0@aol.com
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My great granfather played for celtic fc : Robert Thomson from 1929-33 he won the scottish cup in 29 and 33, the days of Jimmy McGlory and co I would love to hear from anyone who has information, pictures or even his sons whereabouts in glasgow. His son may or may not be alive now but his name is john thomson.

Submitted by: Lee Dolan
Billingham, Teeside
16/10/06
Email: lee.dolan@pdports.co.uk
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Great site - Frank Ford and I have hooked up thanks to your site, also Thomas Birrell who I worked with in the clyde cold storage in the sixty's.Tthanks for the great job on your site peter.

Submitted by: Peter Diver
Oshawa Ont, Canada
16/10/06
Email: peterdiver@rogers.com
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Does anyone know the whereabouts of a Martin Ward of Priesthill, has brothers Tony and Jim. I last saw him in Toronto with his cousin John McKenna and Joe Quinn, if anybody knows of either id love to hear from them.....Isabel

Submitted by: Isabel Milligan
Vancouver, Canada
16/10/06
Email: coolj421@msn.com
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Looking for old photo's of Salisbury street in the Gorbals from the early 50's anyone help? or email me a pic. thanks Kate

Submitted by: Kate Docherty
Glasgow, Scotland
16/10/06
Email: libramum50@aol.com
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Does anyone remember my dad's family. He was ROBERT WALTON. Also my mum's family (their name was LAMONT) They lived in lots of places in the Gorbals including Lawmoor St, Hospital St, Keltie St. Would love to hear from anyone who does. Carmen Walton

Submitted by: Carmen Walton
Manchester, England
16/10/06
Email: carmen_walton@hotmail.com
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Hi, I am trying to trace my maternal grandmother. My mum was put up for adoption during the second world war in London. The mothers name and residence on the birth certificate was Janet Carlyle Moffat, 66 McNeil St Glasgow. We are not totally sure if this lady wants to be contacted or if she is still alive, but if she is, she has a daughter, two grandaughter and two great grandsons who would very much like to get to know her. Thanks

Submitted by: Sarah Singleton
Oxford, UK
16/10/06
Email: joeandsarahsingleton@btinternet.com
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looking for D.Wilson ftlauderdale request for carrolls of gorbals sent an email which is returned on two occassions please reply email given haggis1530@aol.com 120106

Submitted by: Caroline Phinn
Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire
16/10/06
Email: J.Mckenzie503@ntlworld.com
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Is there anybody out there who stayed near the Caley rd end of Moffat St I was born at 400B in 1942 which was the Pen close that lead into the stable. There was a bookie stood in the pen all day long and the place was always full of punters... Up our close was the Brawleys and the McAteers.

Submitted by: Gerry Dwyer
Livingston, Scotland
16/10/06
Email: gd011e8324@blueyonder.co.uk
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Does anyone remember anyone with the surname Waddell who lived in the gorbals or is there any still living there? This could be as far back as the 1886's and up to the 50's or 60's. I am trying to trace my grandfathers family. Mother Jane Rae, father James Waddell - kids John, James, Mark and Helen. My grandfather left the gorbals round 1920-24. It's not much to go on, but its all i have. Thanks.

Submitted by: Eric Waddell
Arboath, Scotland
16/10/06
Email: Ericwaddell@msn.com
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I was born in Elmfoot st in 44. I went to st bonnies. My grannie and granda lived in Logan st, their names was Mc Creadie. My ma's name was peggy, her sisters names were Raechel and Martha. Her brothers names were John, Jimmy, Tommy and Eddie. My teacher at st bonnies was Miss Docherty, her name still gives me cold shivers doon my back. I played in goal for St.Lukes boys guild. A couple of the boys in the same team were Tam Irvine, Tam Docherty and Tommy Green, what a team we had. I remember the washie in wolsley st and the hot wall where you heated your hands going to school on a cauld morning. My ma and da lived in a room and kitchen and the set in beds that we had me and brother were at one end and my sister slept at the other end. Yes we raked the middens but we were hoping that we could find some woolens to take to the ragman and sell, the money wisney for food you hoped to get enough to take you to the ritz or the paragon or the bees. None of the mothers was scared to let there weans out! for they knew they were safe, we didnt have paedophiles roaming the streets, they would have been murdered. We never had to worry about getting cut by a dirty needle as for women hanging out dirty nappies that is rubbish! A woman took great pride in all their washing and the nappies were brilliantly white hanging on the washing line in the back courts. One year 55 I think st lukes won every trophy that their football teams could enter for. The evening times put a centerfold picture showing all the players and trophies with the headline, "this is the good that comes out of the gorbals". Millets in Argyle St did the same thing in their front window. I like to think that we have all moved on to a better lifestyle now, but I am one kid who will hold his head up high in any far flung corner of the world and say yes I came from the Gorbals and I am very proud to say so!

Submitted by: John Marley
Morecambe, England
07/10/06
arleyjohn@hotmail.co.uk
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Does anybody out there got any information on my grandparents Charlie and Jean Murphy? They had 6 children whose names were Charlie, Michael, Randy, George, Willie and Jessie. They lived in different streets in the Gorbals, these included Mathieson Street, Lawmoor Street, Florence Street and Nicholson Street in the 1940's and 50's. I do not know much about them and would love to know what they were like. Sadly Michael and Randy have both passed away in the past 3 years, also I lived in the Hutchie-E block on Sandiefield Rd from 1973 - 1981, so if anyone out there remembers me or my sisters Theresa and Annie drop us a line on this website. Hope to hear from someone soon.

Submitted by: Caroline Murphy
Glasgow, Scotland
07/10/06
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Mandy From The Gorbals now lives in Birmingham (21st Sept 2006) you asked for info about your dad who served in the Royal Scots Greys - so did I, I sent you 2 emails but no reply please get back to me mandy, Alex.

Submitted by: Alexander I.Alum
Cumbernauld, Scotland
07/10/06
Email: tankman1151@yahoo.co.uk
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I'm trying to find the rest of my dads family, all I know about them is my grandfather was called Thomas Charnock, he had 2 sisters and 2 brothers, there names are Norman, William, Margaret and Dorothy and my great grandfather had a bakery in 1915 in scotland ( clydebank) please help xx

Submitted by: Heidi Charnock
St Austell, Cornwall
07/10/06
Email: heidicharnock1988@hoymail.com
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Hi all you glesga folk I would like to say hello to everyone and ask if anyone knows the whereabouts of the three orphans of the Gorbals. The last time I heard of them was around 1964, they were living around Hospital Street and went to St. Alaphonsis. There names are Winnie, Peter and Francie. Fathers name was Peter Darroch. Please help if you can, thank you.

Submitted by: Harry Steel
Nottingham, UK
07/10/06
Email: harry@msn.cm
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Ref: The cumbie gang. I was a member in the 1960s and at that time the cumbie were the most powerful gang in glasgow and had three sections - the tiny cumbie, the young young cumbie and the caley road cumbie. we all joined up for the old firm matches and had running battles with either the tongs or the derry. "Cumbie Ya Bass" became the most feared slogan heard in glasgow at the time. I have just written a book all about the gorbals. it will be out soon. colin.

Submitted by: Colin Mac
pontypridd, UK
07/10/06
Email: colinmacuk@yahoo.com
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I knew the Pedens, 2 of my brothers hung out with Sammy and Donald Peden. In fact I think Sammy was my brother Pat's best man at his wedding.

Submitted by: Chrisine O'Donnell
Charlotte NC, USA
07/10/06
Email: odee55@aol.com
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My grandfather, Patrick McDermott married an Elizabeth McDermott. They lived in Cumberland street in the second part of the 1800s. Any information please?

Submitted by: McDermott
Glasgow, Scotland
07/10/06
Email: jogrove@blueyonder.co.uk
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Does anyone have any photos of Main Street Gorbals around the 1900/1906? This is where my ancestors lived. Many thanks J Davies.

Submitted by: Jane Davies
Glenrothes, Fife
07/10/06
Email: janedavies5354@hotmail.com
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Anns Fry's the chip shop is now on Crown Street next to somerfield. There is now a sit down area as well.

Submitted by: K
Gorbals, Glasgow
04/10/06
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Hi looking for anyone that new the Birrell's from the Gorbals then castlemilk?

Submitted by: Peter Birrell
East Kilbride, Scotland
04/10/06
Email: peterbirrell27@hotmail.com
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