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 Post subject: February 2012
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Hi Everyone :). Does anyone remember me? :) It's Ali. I was studying in St. John's Primary school In Glasgow 1997-99, primary 1 and 2 and then me and my family moved back to Iran! I only remember my classmates first name!! Phillip, John, Remone, Shauna, Abby, Roshin, Victoria, and of course Mrs. Reily our kind and beautiful teacher :)). I hope someone finds me, I'm really looking forward to contact anyone of you guys!!! :D Couldn't find any of you in Facebook either!!! Cheers Mates :D!!!!





Submitted by: Ali Masnavi
Tehran, Iran
29/02/12
Email: SpyDa13@rocketmail.com




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Quoted: "Betty Quinn im glad i found you ive been wondering about you for ages ..Dying to hear from you my mum and dad have passed away now im a granmother to 6 now Linda had one Carol had one Robert has 3 get in touch.

I to would like to find oot any rellies to me on the McGarryside . My grandfather was John McGarrymarried to CathyHislop my mother was Cathie McGarry and her sister was Betty McGarry would like to get in touch with youguys and if any-one has a picture of my grandfather "





Submitted by: Irene Dumbreck
Toronto, Canada
29/02/12
Email: scotch_lassie@hotmail.com




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Quoted: "Hiya Rita Moffat, ye brought a wee tear drop to my eye, I am glad you enjoyed my post. The most important thing about the Gorbals is no matter how bad the conditions, our wee Maws did their best by us, doon to the steamie, getting the messages, washing all the wanes making dinners , thats why when someone says anything about the Gorbals it gets me upset, they do not know how lucky they were to be brought up with such fine people, as for those people who only spent a bit of their life there well is the garden full of roses on the other side? I say to them, it cant be can it, cause they still write in here ha ha bless them. Anyway Rita I hope your putting your feet up and enjoying your life because you deserve it, I get out and about myself I get free passes and I have been to Inverness , Edinburgh, Pitlochry, places I had never been to before, its great meeting different people, but all said and done I love to get back to ma ain wee comfy flat in Glasgow. Nice to talk to you Rita you look after yourself."




Submitted by: Georgie Porgie
Glasgow, Scotland
28/02/12
Email: Not Supplied




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Quoted: "I was asked by an old army pal who stayed across from the Corporation Bus Depot next to the Plaza and McNees. He stays in New Zealand now. Last week at Scots get together over there a question was asked ,Why were the bus colours green and white or something like that .Was there a reason , Alec Alum ex Warwick /Nicholson St. Buchan St. Adelphi Terrace 1960 /1963."



Submitted by: Alexander I. Alum
Cumbernauld, Scotland
28/02/12
Email: stal1151rsg@yahoo.co.uk




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I was wondering anyone remembers the Hi Hi Bar in Crown Street? I used to live across the street from it in the late 60's.



Submitted by: Danni
Eask Kilbride, Scotland
28/02/12
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F.A.O. Isobel Lamont - Did you get the email I sent regarding Thistle Street? Bye for now, Norrie.


Submitted by: Norman McNamee
Glasgow, Scotland
25/02/12
Email: norman_mcnamee@hotmail.com




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F.A.O. Norman McNamee - sorry I did not recieve your email, not even on scam mail. Can you resend it? Ta.







Submitted by: Isobel Lamont
Bristol, England
24/02/12
Email: lamontisobel@yahoo.co.uk




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Hi I'm trying to get any info. on an old Frankie Gallagher from Partick who went to Canada. Send me an email with any info. Thanks, Harry Campbell







Submitted by: Harry Campbell
Co. Durham, England
24/02/12
Email: harryinthecastle@hotmail.co.uk




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Quoted: "Hi Rita, good to see you back on the site again. I see you mentioned fern cakes, I haven't thought about them for years but I was up in Glasgow last week and was in Aulds the bakers and there were all sorts of cakes I'd forgotten about,snowballs,french cakes,and my favourite empire biscuits to mention a few.We came back to England with the car filled with well~fired rolls,proper potato scones,black pudding and real square sausage also beef olives you don't see down here,cost us a fortune and no doubt another few pounds on.On another note I've notices some anecdotes are saying how bad things were in the old Gorbals. As a child living there I can only remember the great times we had ,the great games we played and no fear of playing out when it was dark,life seemed to be one long summer for us children. No doubt the adults struggled day to day but we were all in the same boat and didn't know any different. Maybe we were lucky as our dad always worked and our mum was a great homekeeper and all the neighbours helped each other.I remember my mum every time she made soup I had to take a pot down to a family in the close whose father was to ill to work,unlike nowadays Gorbals people looked after each other then.Glad to see your peerie's still spinning Rita and long may it do so."






Submitted by: Cathie
Blackpool, England
24/02/12
Email: Not Supplied




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Quoted: "decided 2 have a look at the place i grew up i went 2 st lukes 1973 1981 then john bosco stayed in the dampies played football in the rosie great childhood chipper"






Submitted by: John McManus
Glasgow, Scotland
24/02/12
Email: emma_mcmanus@hotmail.co.uk




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I was wondering if anyone who visits The Mitchell Library could do me a huge favour and check names on the voters roll for 13 Thistle Street, Glasgow around 1945. Many thanks.





Submitted by: Jackie
Aberdeen, Scotland
24/02/12
Email: jackiemclaughlan@hotmail.com




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Quoted: "so sad jack to hear your story i will never forget the gorbals because i sit hear and thank god for the poverty i knew for the simple reason i am so rich not in money but for what i have a lottery win could not bye me all the love family and friends i have who mostly come from the gorbals"






Submitted by: Betty McIsaac
Glasgow, Scotland
23/02/12
Email: Not Supplied




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Hi Everyone. I'm researching the Gorbals in the 1920's. Have read No Mean City and various other books but would be interested to hear of any real stories, people, events of the time that may have been passed down. Thanks very much indeed. www.ronniemackintosh.co.uk





Submitted by: Ronnie Mackintosh
Edinburgh, Scotland
22/02/12
Email: r_mackintosh@sky.com




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Quoted: "I remember my ma used to put her teeth in a cup of water and puter them on the ledge of her window and they fell over into the back. The man at the bottom found them and took them to the police office and when my ma found out she went "aff her heid" When she went into get them the police brought out a tray and said take your pick she maintained they weren't her teeth. Amelia"




Submitted by: Amelia McKinlay
Glasgow, Scotland
22/02/12
Email: ameliamckinlay@msn.com




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Re. the false teeth, I found that hilarious TQ will have had a new set by now, does the Aussies give you free prescriptions? Hows Doris? dont think Im going back to the States, the ankle injury I got over there has a long rehab to go, maybe one day love.



Submitted by: Sam The Coach
Paisley, Scotland
22/02/12
Email: Not Supplied




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I lived at Coburg Street and would like to contact childhood friends in the late 60's and early 70's - Cathy Barton, Louisa Jones, Maggie McDougal, Gloria Park, Theresa Heinz/Hines, Danny Greer, David Carnichan, Mick Bogue, Maria Tambourini, Gary Brown, Andy Donnachie, and anyone who remembers my brothers Roy, Allan, James, David and my sisters, Norma and Rita. Please do get in contact. Many thanks.


Submitted by: Sylvia Williams
England
22/02/12
Email: s.williams7@hotmail.co.uk




-------------------------------------------------------Quoted: "A big hello to Ann from Canada ah think u might know ma cousin Maggie Robinson aka Austin, and Amelia glad u are back....ZFor the person who was asking about the Keenan,s if it is the same family they are in Santa Monica and Orange county.Kathleen ,Christian and a brother David who was a great kicker American soccer..there is a pub called MCabes and they all hang there ......Oh and if it is the same John Swandel nickname swannie did he not die on a bus and hung out with Teddy Martain and j Mclaine \\\ who went to America I heard I think they knew ma brother Artie ...Jim Green , was that your dad that came and lived with me n Ackie in Kearny N.j. his wife was Kathy ??? just think about it we had skate boards before they became big bucks , and ours wir all home made , shyte doon the cuddy brae right into the pailing at the Clyde shyte many a scaby knee from the gravel .and nae bandaids a cloot ti wash the blood then back oot ti play.....Had to laugh cause a few punters got (peturbed ) when they didnaey whaaaant to hear about the abuse ect ect ect was it not world wide what some wimmin put up wi no jist the Gorbals and she was right ... Och so any hoo the noo honest ah really do not speak as ah print and it is just for laughs ...Before ah go did ony o you mend yir nylons wi a long hair oot yir napper ??? best of everything to u awe keep singing n dancing BD DAm"



Submitted by: Doris McIntyre
California, USA
22/02/12
Email: Not Supplied




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Just trying to find old friends but especially relatives. I was born in the Gorbals along Lawmoor Street. M family was large. I believe I had older brothers and sisters - they emigrated to Australia in the early 60s. I was left behind with my younger sister Terry. We were brought up in Clydebank and I never found out we were adopted until 1998. It was a big blow to us both. We have tried tracing our parents but believe they must have passed on by now as they would be over 90 odd. My name is Quinton Armstrong but my real surname is Boyle. My Dad was supposed to have liked music and I think he played the violin or accordion. If anyone on here can be kind enough to contact me even with the remotest information I would be obliged. Red hair runs in the family and we are from Irish stock. Quinton Boyle.




Submitted by: Quinton Boyle
Glasgow, Scotland
21/02/12
Email: Not Supplied




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Has anybody got class photos at John Bosco Secondary School on Cragie Street between 1971-72 and class photos of St. John's primany school in the Gorbals between 1968-69. Could you please e-mail them to me? Thank you.



Submitted by: Anonymous
Glasgow, Scotland
20/02/12
Email: Ardmory147@gmail.com




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F.A.O. Rita - glad to see you back and hope you are keeping well. Amelia.


Submitted by: Amelia McKinlay
Glasgow, Scotland
20/02/12
Email: ameliamckinlay@msn.com




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Quoted: "Hugh Cameron Glad to see you're post on the anecdotes and consider myself one of your friends from yesteryear funny but I don't remember us being at school together, but I do remember playing football for Langside Thistle and it stuck in my memory of you scoring five goals against that dreaded team from tredeston! they wore black-and-white jerseys! 2 of the goals were from diving headers of course they were down to 10 men because the goalkeeper tried to punch me and was sent off! Maybe the next time you are able to go to the Gold Coast you may drop by and see me as I don't travel much any more but believe me I am still a bundle of laugh! The doctors told me I wasn't allowed to drive again but I did! Straight into the back of a car that was parked on the footpath True! you don't believe me just listen you can still hear my wife screaming Fk U Jimmy never mind the cars you are driving me up the wall "no more driving then?" Remember you and anna are welcome any time and I am not laughing or joking -- just a real Gorbals invitation to two real Gorbals folks who are two we prodies who are Celtic daft! And definitely loving it! Tenquid"


Submitted by: Tenquid
Oz
20/02/12
Email: Not Support




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Re, the false teeth story, I remember in the fiftys one of my neighbours used to borrow my aunts false teeth to go out dancing on Saturday nights, years ago I asked my mother what she would like for xmas, she said she would like a new set of teeth but privately made not the ones from the teeth factory, I guess that was the national health ones, so I sent her the money and a few years later she proudly showed me her new set of Wallies.

Submitted by: Jim Coyne
Melbourne, Australia
20/02/12
Email: holyroo@bigpond.net.au




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Hi there, I'm just wondering if any one knew my dad, I've never really met or heard anything from his friends since he died and me and mum just wondered what they are all up to. My daddy was called William Clark (billy clark or clarky) He was from the gorbals and sadly died in 1995 just after his 33rd birthday..I was only 8 and im now 25 and guess im just at the age were I wanna know stories about him other than the family ones. I know my dad had a keen eye for the ladies and this always got him into trouble with me mum (Linda Hamilton) but she was his no1 girl. Well if you know anything please get in touch....x

Submitted by: Jane Clark
Glasgow, Scotland
20/02/12
Email: jaiynie06@btinternet.com




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Hullo again to Christina Philbin; Doris; Ten Quid Cathie from Blackpool; Ronnie Meldrum; Michael McGrory and Amelia. I have not been on the site for ages and was feeling a bit homesick for you all, so here I am with a visit. You could at least have bought me a wee fern cake to go with my tea! Looking through the posts for this year it is easy to spot the themes that come back time and again. You know the one you "AULD YINS " have seen it time after time. Was Gorbals a bad place or was it a good place? Truth be told it was both. I was really taken by Georgie Porgie's glorious tale of his Gorbals childhood. This is the magic of childhood were everything is possible and you can make wonderful memories. Confess I was a big admirer of the customised bogies with the tin taps in all kinds of paterns. Same tin taps from the beer bottles could be pierced a bit of string threaded through and tied at the top of your shoe and there you had it-you could tap dance better than Ginger Rogers any day of the week. I could go on and on about the inventiveness of Gorbals weans and the power of imagination to weave it's own magic carpet. Climb on board if you want to- it's free. Thing is I had a wonderful childhood and treasure that. The flip side was that I was a very unhappy young women trapped in a marriage. But it is to the hot summer days in the sawny park and the ducksy that my mind goes back to. I think they call it selective amnesia! But there you have it wonderful innocent times full of fun and laughter. The other stuff lies buried... My peerie is still spinning Cathie!! Love and good health to you all. Rita

Submitted by: Rita Moffat
Glasgow, Scotland
20/02/12
Email: anneb44@live.ca




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FAO. Curious; False teeth best idea since irn-bru, I think you got my age mixed up with the other geezer who thinks I am the web master. [Edited] Not a bad wedding present but before my time, still curious? [Edited]

Submitted by: John Addison
Glasgow, Scotland
19/02/12
Email: Not Supplied




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I dont know if it's just me but I get -you know what- at people who talk about! Well I'm glad my family dont have to be subject to the poor side of life but I loved my growing up in the Gorbals as a wee lassie I think we all have got better lives by far. My ma raised 9 of us in a single end, black sink, cold water, outside toilet my da was a cooper so he became a drunk but he always gave us our Friday nights chippy and comics. The odd orange but my friends thats all we knew we were all happy and hungry many times, but we all grew up FINE and I have to admit I have wonderful memorys that I hope will stay with me just like I have for Castlemilk, can't go back but thats what made ME, luv Anne

Submitted by: Anne Brannan
St. Catharines, Canada
19/02/12
Email: anneb44@live.ca




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For G.Porgy. I never laughed so much, your article was so down to earth, I think everyone on here should applaud you, what a memory you've got . I remember all of it, now we could do with more stories and people like you (friendly) Good on ye pal. Billy

Submitted by: Billy Malcom
Glasgow, United Kingdom
19/02/12
Email: Not Supplied




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Does anyone remember John Neill who died at Ibrox 1971

Submitted by: James Neill
Darlington, United Kingdom
18/02/12
Email: jneill59@HOTMAIL.CO.UK




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FAO of Isobel Lamont, check your emails, list of tenants has been sent to you, 17-2-12 20:50 Bye for now, Norrie

Submitted by: norman mcnamee
Rutherglen, Scotland
17/02/12
Email: norman_mcnamee@hotmail.com




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Qouted: "F.a.o. J McLean. I can't remember a Irish family. That name at 4 Peebles. I. Know. Somebody that may know. Your kids i think. They are. Older than me. As. For johnny raminsiki. My. Mum was related. Some way to him. My granda also lived in herbertson st. His. Name was jimmy ward he worked in the fish Market for years also my dad. Knew a joe mclean is. He any. Thing. To you. Did your kids go to school. In the gorbals. Also. Do they still live in the. Gorbals bye for now c Barton "

Submitted by: C Barton
Glasgow, Scotland
17/02/12
Email: Ardmory147@gmail.com




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Quoted: "i must admit i was never scared growing up in the gorbals as all the so called tough men never bothered with waens on corners my ma used to make up pieces in jam and wede go to richmond park or glasgow green to the american swings and play as there was 9 of us so it was hard on my ma and when she could we would go for the day on the train to the coast which was a big thing getting pieces ready and a bottle of ginger ha ha and always sweeties for on the train hard times but great times and we grew up on stew mince soup tripe and totties lots of cabbage ma da says its good for you and it fills you up that was the thing in big familys keep them fill luv anne"

Submitted by: Anne Brannan
St. Catharines, Canada
17/02/12
Email: anneb44@live.ca




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M. McCafferty - it is always good to hear the different views of the Gorbals people! I know some appreciate the truth - it is a pity that some take offence when none was intended. I say to you keep telling your story as the truth is always worth hearing. I myself was verbally abused on many occasions by the same people on this site but believe me, it becomes like water off a duck's back and in fact at times enjoyable. Kids from slum conditions in most cases are very happy. Kids in upper class districts at times are very sad. The difference being that kids of the Gorbals in my days had had many pals to play with till late at night getting up to all sorts of mischief but, in saying that, most kids had a strict curfew and the people who take offence are the folks who connect to the story and really believe you're writing about their once upon a time situation. The Gorbals anecdotes is not fiction of anyone's imagination - it is little snippets of some peoples' lives so tell your tale "don't waggle it!" Tenquid


Submitted by: Tenquid
Australia
17/02/12
Email: Not Supplied




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Looking for old pals from Thistle Street between Caledonia Road and Cumberland Street or thereabouts. I went to Camden Street and Strathbungo Schools from 1945 till 1955 and lived in Thistle Street from 1940 till 1964. Have 2 sisters - Margaret and Nan. Thank you.


Submitted by: Hughie Cameron
Melbourne, Australia
16/02/12
Email: nangaga@bigpond.com




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Hi all. Is it true that people in the Gorbals after the war got a set of false teeth for a wedding present or maybe for their 21st birthday? Maybe some of the older members might know, like Tenquid or Big Addy.


Submitted by: Curious
Glasgow, Scotland
16/02/12
Email: Not Supplied




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Amelia, my husband went to St.Lukes and sat next to a John McKinlay. Regards, Marie.




Submitted by: Marie
Hunter Valley, Australia
16/02/12
Email: Not Supplied




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F.A.O. C. Barton - My name is Joe. I used to have a pal called John Clark who lived in Herbertson Street. I am sure Johnny Raminski the safe blower lived there too. I knew him well. You might have known my son John Swandells and Ann my daughter. A big irish family lived on the ground floor of no 4. The Flannagans.




Submitted by: J. McLean
Hull, England
14/02/12
Email: Not Supplied




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In reply to John Bonnars anecdote, I refuse to look back at the 1950's Gorbals with rose-tinted spectacles. I moved to Lawmoor Street at the Caledonia Street end aged 8 in 1955. I had 5 brothers and we lived in a damp one bedroom ground floor tenement. We were poor and we knew it. My father couldn't hold down a job due to his drink problem, and my mother struggled to bring us up. A visit to the local chippy was a treat. I thank my lucky stars my own family never had to endure the hardship I grew up in during my years in Lawmoor Street. Not everybody had the opportunity of a better life down under. As for the old Gorbals, I try to forget it ever existed.



Submitted by: Jack Bowman
East Kilbride, Scotland
13/02/12
Email: Bow505@yahoo.co.uk




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The anecdotes on this forum will always show positive and negative views, but lately I've become dismayed at the replies from Gorbals ex-pats who think it's correct to defend gang-members and accuse people of being bitter due to their unfortunate personal circumctances whilst growing up in the Gorbals. I had two terrible marriages whilst living in the Gorbals during the 70's and 80's and my son was badly scarred through being in the wrong place at the wrong time. His only crime was to be walking along Cumberland Street after midnight!! I'm certainly not bitter, but shake my head in amazement as the stories on here could have come from a ficticious book. My own view of life in Ballater Street and then Norfolk Court would not make for comfortable reading. Not much I can do about that.


Submitted by: M. McCafferty
Glasgow, Scotland
13/02/12
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I was born at 85 Florence Street on April 2 1953, I'm looking for any relatives?

Submitted by: Brian McKinney
Prestwick, United Kingdom
12/02/12
Email: kelbon@hotmail.co.uk




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FAO Gorbals lad Re the boys Guild, I`m going back to the early 60s when I talk about the 2 guys who ran the boys guild :-)

Submitted by: Andy Carberry
Glasgow, United Kingdom
12/02/12
Email: gorbals52@gmail.com




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Fao J. M lean what was your name when you Lived in Peebles I do not remember you my Mums best friend lived in four Peebles St So I played there all the time as a child. It was Such a beautiful well kept Street always wanted to stay there so many memoriies. My granny lived in Herbertson. Street for years. I came from Coburg Street it's so sad. They pulled everything down, The Bedford and The Laurieston is still there. What school did you go to? Do you have any photos also what year? I went to St. Johns Primary in Gorbals, bye. Cathy

Submitted by: C Barton
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
12/02/12
Email: Ardmory147@gmail.com




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Does anyone of the good people of Glasgow remember a Catholic adoption society called St. Marys or St. Catherines I believe it was in either Buchanan Street or Bath Street Glasgow in 1947. I need this information to help my family as my wife now passed on was born adopted from one of these catholic homes. Please help me if you can.

Submitted by: J McNutt
Not Supplied
12/02/12
Email: j.mcnutt519@btinternet.com




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I could not agree more with the post sent in by Georgie Porgy. We all know the living conditions in the Gorbals post war left a lot to be desired. But as children we knew no better and just enjoyed life as it was. When I think of the Gorbals it is about the friends I made and the great people who lived there. Sure we had some ratbags as every city has but the majority were hard working people trying to make the best of their lot in life. I do not see the Gorbals through rose coloured glasses but I see the adults from my childhood as caring people who would band together to help someone in distress.

Submitted by: John Bonar
Melbourne, Australia
12/02/12
Email: jbonar@y7mail.com




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F.A.O. Steve Gould, check your email inbox, I have sent photos of the streets you mentioned Bye for now, Norrie

Submitted by: Norman McNamee
Rutherglen, Scotland
11/02/12
Email: norman_mcnamee@hotmail.com




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Hi I am looking for anyone who might know anything about Robert McCulloch born 1902, Thomas McCulloch born 1904, Catherine McCulloch born 1906, Margaret McCulloch born 1916 and Mary McCulloch born 1917. There was also a sister Rose Ann McCulloch born 1911 she died in 1941, their parents were called Thomas McCulloch born 1882 and Catherine McDonald dont know when she was born but they were married in 21/02/1902, would be grateful for any information C Meek

Submitted by: C Meek
Glasgow, Scotland
11/02/12
Email: Not Supplied




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Hi, hoping anyone remembers my dad Mick Coyne who had three brothers John, David and Jim. My grannie and grandad were Jessie and Michael Coyne. My dad sadly passed away aged 49, 16 years ago just after my granny and just before my grandad. Have lots of fun memories at 305 Caledonia Rd when I was a kid with my twin brother Michael x

Submitted by: Louise Allan
Caterham, United Kingdom
10/02/12
Email: lou.allan@hotmail.com




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I was born in the Gorbals left when I was 12 years old my family went to Australia, I have always missed the place, it has fond memories, everything in life was so pleasant and straight forward, I can still remember playing gories in the school playground I do not suppose they do that any longer, the girls always had skippen ropes everyone always had a smile on their face despite the fact we all came from poor backgrounds. Here in Australia it has some good points, but people here are mostly ex pats English, Scottish and Irish still all trying to prove a point the thing is as they say Theres nae place like Hame. One day I will get up to my hame in Glasgow, it may have changed but I bet its heart is still there, not like here me chummies. Nice to have found this site.

Submitted by: Neil Duggan
Melbourne, Australia
10/02/12
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The name of the licence grocer on Florence and Cumberland St was - Cosgroves

Submitted by: Anna G
East Kilbride, UK
10/02/12
Email: annagray38@gmail.com




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In the 1950's a young woman was killed in a motorbike accident, she had a child. My dad Tommy Rutherford was the father and they were engaged. My dad moved after this. Does anyone remember any of the above. I want to find out what happened to the baby. Please can anyone help!. Thank you.

Submitted by: Annmarie Wilson
Northants, Britain
10/02/12
Email: annmarie1971@ntlworld.com




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The licence grocer at the corner of Florence Street was called Corsgroves

Submitted by: John J
Glasgow, Scotland
09/02/12
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FAO Andy Carberry, The two guys that ran St Luke's Boys Guild from the the late fifties up till it finally closed were Tommy Daly and Billy Wallace. Billy died a long time before Tommy, I know this because Tommy was my cousin, as for the wooden figures Tommy used to make,I also had one, it was of Jimmy Johnstone in full flight and it was very well made. Tommy was a marvellous woodworker and painter and could make almost anything. Those were happy days going to the hall up the lane in Ballater St. Cheers

Submitted by: Frank(WeePammy)Young
Glasgow, Scotland
09/02/12
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Quoted: "when i was up the road for wee fitzy,s funeral,inipped into the pig n whistl and bumped into some old pals,charlie screen,tam paton,and pat yule,it was great to see them lookin so well after all these years"

Submitted by: Pat Holland
London, England
09/02/12
Email: patlyonsholland@hotmail.co.uk




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Quoted: "F.A.O. MARIE U R SO RIGHT - the boss said our whole place cost 3/12 000 pounds (thank u webmaster but were still using sterling untill 1966) u should know different areas cost more or less our block was double the price of up the rocky hills we r on the beach paid off the old place n 1980 still cost $7000 near the same as we paid n the beginning I come from lawmoor st a minutes walk to commercial rd went to the BEEZ never no may no u man I'm 73 hung about Cumberland st as a young man IN DAYS GONE BY tenquid"

Submitted by: Tenquid
Australia
08/02/12
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F.A.O. Marie of Australia - My grannie and aunties all came from 53 down next to the pub and also 63 Commercial Road - it was called the big back because you could cut through it to Lawmoor Street. My husband was also born up the pen in Commercial Road - went to St. Lukes school but when it was all demolished some people went "across the watter" to Carntyne others went up to Carnwadric. Amelia.

Submitted by: Amelia McKinlay nee Welsh
Glasgow, Scotland
08/02/12
Email: ameliamckinlay@msn.com




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Norman McNamee - It was interesting reading what you did. Perhaps you could be kind enough to help me. I lived in 247 Thistle Street in 1949-56. Can you tell me the names of all residents there? I would be most grateful to you.

Submitted by: Isobel Lamont
Bristol, England
08/02/12
Email: lamontisobel@yahoo.com




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Quoted: "from 18 wolseley st and school, 1947/50 calder st. moved to priesthill 1951/56 priesthill,R.A.F.1958,castlemilk58/60married,richmond,surrey uk,till1965,emi;canada1965,onhere today"

Submitted by: James Barclay
Glasgow, Scotland
08/02/12
Email: weejimmys@live.com




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To Catherine Davidson. I am not bitter and my life is good. I simply offered a view of the Gorbals that I experienced to counteract all the other warm and fuzzy tales. To dismiss or diminish spousal abuse or abuse of ANY kind, makes you sound insensitive, shallow and cavalier to say the least. I'm sure there are many women's shelters in California - why don't you visit one and get an up close and personal experience of the damage done to women and their children because of abusive partners. I wonder if you'll leave thinking they are "bitter".

Submitted by: Maura
New York, USA
08/02/12
Email: Not Supplied




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I'm looking for June Bell that used to stay in Castlemilk and worked as a teacher at Croftfoot Primary.


Submitted by: Stephanie
Glasgow, Scotland
08/02/12
Email: stephanie_cox@hotmail.co.uk




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F.A.O. Andy Carberry - I remember a guy called Tam Daly who used to run St Lukes Boys Guild in the early 1970's. He used to make wooden football figures in the guild and sell them off. I've still got one of the figures at home, I don't remember any other guy who helped out.

Submitted by: Gorbals Lad
Glasgow, Scotland
07/02/12
Email: Not Supplied




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I lived in Stiringfauld Pl in the Gorbals for about 15 years. I took the wife out one Saturday night to the Mally Arms, as we walked into the lounge the local singer was killing a classic song "my way" after been served I said to the barmaids "u dont pay him for the murder of that song"? She said "I hope so that's my dad", taxi for Mullen ha ha. Funny but true so come Gorbals folk any funny tales please e- mail them to me thank you. Jim Mullen


Submitted by: Jim Mullen
Glasgow, Scotland
07/02/12
Email: Ardmory147@gmail.com




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Ten Quid The two Record boys were Alex McKim and Vic Conan. Vic could throw the ball from one side of the park to the other. The Record Th. became Langside Th. shortly after I joined. Great to see you back. Shuggy.

Submitted by: Hughie Cameron
Melbourne, Australia
07/02/12
Email: nangaga@bigpond.com




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Does anyone remember the name of the licensed grocer at the corner of Cumberland St and Florence St facing the Moy Bar

Submitted by: T Bowers
Glasgow, Scotland
06/02/12
Email: T_Bowers@talktalk.net




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F.A.O. Dennis Mochan, I have just emailed you the names of all who lived in 17 Thistle St in 1947, I got the names from the voters roll which are in The Mitchell Library.

Submitted by: Norman McNamee
Rutherglen, Scotland
06/02/12
Email: norman_mcnamee@hotmail.com




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Hi. I've never been to Glasgow, but my ancestors are from The Gorbals. My Great Grandparents married in 1891 and lived at 26 McKinlay Street until sometime before the census in 1901, when they moved to Greenock. The same Great Grandmother was born at 75 Surrey Street in 1859. Her parents also lived at 196 Langside Road. I find the history very interesting, and I'm very curious what thier lives would have been like living there between 1850 and 1900. Cheers from Canada.

Submitted by: Steve G
Brampton, Canada
06/02/12
Email: sgould@rogers.com




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Hi there I did stop past last year looking for some help to trace someone. Her name is Helen Downie (I think this is her surname) she would have been born perhaps 1961 and lived in Lawmoor Street. Her mum was called Helen also. She later became friendly with a Helen (maybe Ellen ) Mulholland from Roysth Street. I would appreciate any information, I know the information is very limited but I dont have anything else. Thanks Teresa

Submitted by: Teresa Cameron
Nairn, Scotland
05/02/12
Email: tacam1@live.co.uk




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Jim McLean, sorry I don't remember Carol Mullen. The eccentric music teacher must have been Miss Daly. We got her for music as well.


Submitted by: Josephine Stuksis
Glasgow, Scotland
03/02/12
Email: josephine.stuksis@btopenworld.com




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What a lovely reply from Catherine Davidson who reckons one shouldn't be bitter if one has been on the receiving end of domestic abuse!! I've worked with scores of women who received domestic abuse, and it's not a subject to be swept under the carpet, and the Gorbals post-war had a high percentage of this shameful act. Poverty and squalid housing helped play it's part, but the abundance of corner pubs was a nightmare as many drunks came staggering home, skint, thinking domestic abuse was the answer to lifes problems. Please think twice before condemning defenceless woman.

Submitted by: CK
Glasgow, Scotland
03/02/12
Email: CathKin@google.co.uk




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I catch up on the site about every fortnight as it's great to see all the posts that you understand and can contribute to. The Giblins and the Greens for instance. Chris Green went out with my older sister Marion when we lived in Oatlands. He was a great guy and I met him later in life when he had moved to East Kilbride in the seventies and we palled about occassionally. Jimmy Giblin has a coalmans business and he lived at the top of Scarrel Terrace. Cris had a sister who married Martin Curran from Wolseley Street and I tried to find out where Chris was from one of her postings (I think)about the Curran's years ago but got no reply. I could not rememember where Alice Street was but it rang bells with me and I looked at an old Glasow map. What surprised me was there was a school right to the top at Kilbride Street which wasn't really a street but more of a track at that end. IT shows a school where the chicken factory was at the top of Logan Street and Breahead Street at the other end from Wolseley Street school. Back to Alice Street, it shows another entrance to Bonnies which I do remember. Was it part of an older Bonnies before they built the new one? Incidently I went to nursery school in Braehead Street in a wooden building which was there before they built the new Bonnies. We all had to go to sleep on canvas camp beds for amusement. There's more now I'm in the mood but I'll save it for another day.





Submitted by: Norrie Ross
Bellshill, Scotland
02/02/12
Email: Not Supplied




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F.A.O. Josephine Stuksis - Thanks for replying to my recent anecdote. I can also remember an eccentric female music teacher!! I'd guess all those teachers must have passed away. Do you remember a Carol Mullen?




Submitted by: Jim McLean
Carfin, Scotland
02/02/12
Email: TartanMac@hotmail.com




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F.A.O. Maura from New York - You sound very bitter about growing up in the Gorbals. We all know it was not a bed of roses when we were kids, in fact sometimes it was darn miserable. I also have been to New York and there are streets there that I would not walk after dark. I never got that kind of feeling when I was out and about in the south side, in fact I felt safer there than I would be in New York. I remember on a Saturday the streets were full of drunks, but we never felt afraid.



Submitted by: Catherine Davidson
California, USA
02/02/12
Email: Not Supplied




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F.A.O. Tenquid - If you paid One thousand pounds then you were ripped off as you could buy a 3 bedroom house with indoor toilet for around £2,500. I myself am Australian born but my husband was born at 73 Commerical Road in 1938.

Marie - I put the "£" sign into Tenquid's anecdode. It may have been a dollar sign so my mistake. Apologies, Webmaster.




Submitted by: Marie
Hunter Valley, Australia
02/02/12
Email: Not Supplied




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Cathy Barton, are you related to the Bartons that lived in 54 Norfolk Court? I was a Concierge in that complex and a Cathy was good to us.

Denis Mochan, no bother - I think I can get that information from the Mitchell Library. I have taken a note of it - watch the board for a reply. Bye for now, Norrie.




Submitted by: Norman McNamee
Glasgow, Scotland
02/02/12
Email: norman_mcnamee@hotmail.com




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When I used to skate down Hospital street, Cumberland street and as far as Caledonian road with my "Bogie" made of a plank of wood an orange box, roller skates fitted on the bottom on my plank of wood, my pal would sit inside the orange box, we would spend hours having fun meeting old and young people, we used to put the metal tops of screwtaps on the orange box for decoration, we didnt worry about outside lavies or rats when we raked the midgie bins, life was marvelous new adventures every day, we had the Queens park, Glesga green, Rouken glen, days out at saltcoats, Troon, life was greatI for one would never change a minute of my past life in my beloved Gorbals, Gods own country. When I got aff the Bogie as I grew a bit older, it was doon to the Greens, the Palace or the Bedford or the Coli, then after that winching doon the duneys in the closes, yes there was the cumbie but they were only young boys bored just as they are today, they never bothered me, of course in the early fifties they were not so clever but we all know the villain, now turned good man so you see it was not all bad, I just do not like it when people run down the Gorbals, our maws and Das, did not have a choice, we are all here today writing about our times, most of it is gratifying to read. People who lived there and left when they were young, must miss it because they write in with all their stories, but please stop sending silly stories about damp toilets and tackty boots and toughness, running folk down verbally, thats not the true nature of a Gorbals man, we all lived in conditions that we can now say was not the best but then we didnt give a fart, we knew no better times were hard for the whole of Scotland after the war, so give us a break, I used to chop sticks and make a fire before I went to school every morning about 6-30 am then doon to the dairy for milk and rolls, other days it was porrige ( my favourite). Well old Georgy had happy memories of all the places and the folk good stories, sad stories, romantic, funny but never could say one bad one about the gorbals of course I am being realistic. By the way webbie if your still reading this, sorry to write so much today, another thing if it was not for you webbie we would not have this wonderful place, the Gorbals Anecdotes so thank you Sir or is it Madam.

Submitted by: Georgy Porgie
Glasgow, Scotland
01/02/12
Email: Not Supplied




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Is there anybody that knows an Alex and Margret McFarlane who lived in Naburn Street in 1948, daughter Margaret McFarlane married a chap called Charlie, John McFarlane and Dorothy and Angus McFarlane? I believe Margret and Charlie lived by the football stadium. I am the daughter of Angus McFarlane who is now a grand dad to a little girl. Last known address was Myrtle Street,Glasgow. Wish to get in touch with any of the following above. If anyone knows could you leave a message here please or if you know them ask them to get in touch please. Submitted by: Cally McFarlane.



Submitted by: Cally McFarlane
Glasgow, Scotland
01/02/12
Email: caledonia_18@live.co.uk




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