A Quick Note

by Chris Jones on February 16, 2013

A quick note to say that I’m continuing to add photographs and descriptions to the current Chapters while I’m working on new ones. I’m also endeavouring to reply to as many of your comments as possible. Thank you for visiting and for your interest in Glasgow history.

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Frances Pawley March 14, 2013 at 5:29 am


I found your wonderful site and wondered if anyone on here can help me please. My mother (born 1920) came from Glasgow and I have managed to trace her family there. 168 Gallowgate was the home (and business I believe) of Goldsmiths and Silversmiths – the Craig family – (my great-great-grandparents on my mother’s side). Has anyone any information on them please?

From the 1891/ 1911 Census.

John Craig (died 1911) and his wife Agnes (nee Chalmers) were my GG Grandparents.

John R.
Alexander 1872 – 1917 Unmarried.
Arthur died 1938 Unmarried.

Margaret (My grandmother married Joseph Devine)
Agnes (Dressmaker)

I cannot find any reference to them being Goldsmiths/Silversmiths. Is there any information at all please? Do you have any pictures of the Gallowgate at this time and especially of number 168?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


Tom Benson July 3, 2013 at 12:32 am

Hi Chris,
I am a Creative Writer (ex-soldier, ex-retail manager) and was born in Well Street, off London Road, Bridgeton. I’m presently writing a novel about a modern vigilante who returns to his hometown of Glasgow to serve justice to those that might otherwise escape it.
I live in England these days but it only takes a couple of hours to get to Glasgow and by the time you get out of a car it feels like you never left. The best research is done by committing yourself to actually walking the roads, lanes and parks of the area in question, but occasionally it isn’t possible.
Your site is the best I’ve found for purpose of gaining an insight into origins of place or street names and background to areas. I have few trusted sites in my list but please rest assured that this is now one of them. When I can relate so readily to the information provided, I know I’m onto a good one. Thank you for all your efforts – you have a new fan.

Lynn Patrick July 12, 2013 at 9:19 am


Wonderful images. Is it possible to purchase any of them?


Chris Jones July 14, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Hi Tom,

Thank you for your comment which is much appreciated. Good luck with your novel!


Chris Jones July 14, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Hi Lynn,

The images are from scanned photographs, postcards and lantern slides in my own collection and from those of friends. You are welcome to print out images for your own personal private use. Also, if you wish to acquire source material, you could try eBay, postcard fairs, and possibly specialist vendors in the Glasgow area.

Best wishes,


alan July 15, 2013 at 8:20 am


I have some photos of Glasgow on glass plates (1930s, mostly). Some I can identify, some I can’t. Would this site be the place to ask the community to help? Or is there another one?


Chris Jones July 27, 2013 at 11:02 pm

Hi Alan,

Thank you for your inquiry and I will contact to via email regarding your slides.

Best wishes,


Linda Macleod October 7, 2013 at 7:23 am

Dear Chris,

I am wondering if you could please send me your contact email and telephone number so I can talk to you about a project I am currently working on and the interest we have in your pictures.

Thank you,

Linda Macleod October 7, 2013 at 11:21 pm

Hi Chris,

Sorry to bother you again but we are looking to use one of your pictures of the Clyde as a publicity picture for a concert we are doing and the deadline for print is tomorrow so I’d really like to discuss this with you. Would you be able to contact me?

Many thanks,


Adam Gierasimiuk October 8, 2013 at 3:45 am

Hi Chris,

I’m currently developing an app for Gathering the Voices which collects interviews with holocaust victims who emigrated to Glasgow in the 40s and 50s. http://www.gatheringthevoices.com/

The app will present a fictional story based on elements taken from various interviews from the website. Primarily it will be used to promote that part of Glasgow history with school children and teenagers which means it will be an educational tool, not for commercial use.

Right now, I’m undecided between creating all original artwork or potentially having the option to use some of the photographs found on this website. This collection is an amazing resource and would prove to be a great help in developing the app. Obviously if you want I can put you in contact with Gathering the Voices and I can answer any questions about this project. Is there any license agreement which you would require?

Thank you.


Chris Jones October 12, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Hi Linda,

We have made contact and I also forwarded your message to Graham Lappin and he has been in touch. We hope the picture you selected will prove ideal for your purposes.

Wishing you the best of success in your venture.


Chris Jones October 12, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Hi Adam,

Thank you for your message and for sharing information about your interesting project. I had friends at Mount Florida Primary School who were the sons of refugees. You are welcome to use photographs from this website for your project and there is no licensing agreement.

Best wishes in your venture.


Daniel Groundland October 15, 2013 at 8:07 am

Hello Chris,

I love this website with all the great Glasgow photos, being a Glaswegian myself. I am one of the directors of Mr Harold & Son, a jeweller in the Argyll Arcade.

I was wondering if you have any photos at all of the Arcade in the past 100 years. It would be fantastic if you have any! We had many family stores throughout the past 70 years in the arcade, so any images would be very helpful!

I eagerly await your reply, hopefully with some good news!

Kind regards, Daniel.

Daniel Groundland October 16, 2013 at 7:00 am

Also, here are some names of the family jewellery stores I am looking to find which have been and gone over the past 70 years:

Morris Groundland & Sons
House of Diamonds
James Craig
Mr Harold & Son (still currently here, and have only new images of)

Many thanks, Daniel.

Chris Jones October 19, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Hello Daniel,

Thank you for your comment and request. I wish I had some detailed photos of the interior of the Arcade but so far I have not been able to find any. Have you tried the Mitchell Library or perhaps the local newspapers? There is an early coloured postcard of the Arcade, copies of which appear from time to time on eBay, but it is printed and lacks detail. If I find anything, I will certainly let you know.

Best wishes,


Sian Griffiths October 25, 2013 at 4:40 am

Dear Dr. Jones,

Amberley Publishing are currently looking for new or experienced authors to contribute to our exciting Through Time series of local history books.

In your area we have the following potential title: Glasgow Through Time.

The Through Time concept is a then-and-now picture book, containing around ninety old photographs, each paired with a new photograph in full colour, to show how the same scene, or a related one, has changed over time. Each pair of photographs has a short descriptive caption.

If you know of anyone within your society/museum/institution who might be interested in producing this kind of book for us, please let me know (via my email address), or pass on my contact details.

I can of course supply any further information as required.

Kind regards,
Sian Griffiths

douglas clark January 3, 2014 at 1:36 am

Dear Chris,

Can you put me in touch with whoever is your expert on St Enoch’s Station and the railways?

I am interested in whether the ‘North Briton’ – a named train – may have been diverted there or not.

Best wishes

Douglas Clark

Glen Moore February 6, 2014 at 7:05 am

Love the website! I am the Project Director for an exciting new Malt Distillery and Whisky Museum we are planning on Clydeside. I would love to meet up with you to explain our project and to ascertain if you might be able to assist in historical research?
Kind regards

Chris Jones February 6, 2014 at 11:04 pm

Dear Douglas,

I have posted your message in the event a reader may respond. The “North Briton” was the name of an express train that ran between Leeds City, Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Queen Street stations.

Best wishes,


Chris Jones February 26, 2014 at 10:47 pm

Hi Glen,
I’m glad you like the website and you are welcome to use the material as a resource. I’m presently overseas but expect to be in Glasgow this Summer.
Best wishes,

Jacqueline McKie June 26, 2014 at 4:38 am

Dear Chris,

What a lovely website! I came across your website trying to find historical information related to Burnbank Gardens (G20) which were gifted to Glasgow City Council.

Could you possibly give me advice as to how I find out who gifted these Victorian gardens and where I would find the paperwork?

The Gardens now have conservation status now – and deserve it.

If you can advise Chris I would be terribly grateful. Thanks again for your website – it’s cheered up my day.

Kind regards, Jackie

Barbara Lawrence June 27, 2014 at 9:31 am

Hi Chris,
Thank you for this wonderful site. I’m an author working currently on a book about my British family during WWII. My mother sailed aboard the Warwick Castle on Jan. 15, 1941 for St. John, New Brunswick. I know the ship sailed out of Glasgow, but I can’t figure out which dock she might have left from. Do you have any suggestions, or can you direct me to a source that might know? I know that the passengers left Euston Station, London and, after an 11-hour trip, arrived in Glasgow, probably at Central Station from where they were bussed to a hotel near the docks. My source is a passenger on the same voyage who I located in England. He was only 11 at the time, but has a wonderful memory and has provided lots of detail. He isn’t sure, however, about the name of the dock or the hotel. Any thoughts would be a huge help. Thank you.

Roseanne Norwood June 28, 2014 at 2:12 pm

Hello Chris,

My great-grandmother, Mary Whyte, lived at 579 Dalmarnock Road in Glasgow. In 1891, she emigrated to Baltimore or Boston. I am trying to write a historic novel about her life and am interested in what route she would have taken to get from Dalmarnock to the place where the passenger ship (maybe the Furnessia) would have been docked. Would she likely have gone by boat/ferry, train, cart? Any help with this aspect would be appreciated. Thank you.


Chris Jones July 7, 2014 at 8:24 pm

Hi Barbara,

Thank you for your comment and you’re welcome. You are correct in assuming that a Glasgow-bound passenger train from London Euston would arrive at Glasgow Central Station. The fact that the passengers were bussed to a hotel would rule out the Central Hotel as it is immediately adjacent to the station. Most of the centrally-located hotels in Glasgow are north of the river and so would be more convenient for quays and docks on the North Bank. The Grand Hotel at Charing Cross could have been a possibility and the ship could have sailed from Yorkhill Quay as some of the Anchor Liners had been requisitioned for war service.

The R.M.M.V. Warwick Castle was a Union-Castle liner built by Harland & Wolff in Belfast in 1930 and weighing 20,107 tons. In peacetime, she would sail between Southampton and the Cape but in wartime she was requisitioned for service as a troopship. The Union-Castle Line did not have assigned berths in Glasgow and neither did the Royal Mail Line which owned Union-Castle. One could speculate that the ship might have sailed from Yorkhill Quay on the North Bank or possibly from Prince’s Dock on the South Bank where the Canadian Pacific and Anchor-Donaldson Lines had berthage. Graham Lappin has suggested that you contact Clyde Maritime http://www.clydemaritime.co.uk as they regularly access the port records in the Mitchell Library. Or you could try the Mitchell Library directly.

Crossing the Atlantic in wartime was fraught with danger, both from U-boats and surface raiders. The presence of U-boats had been starkly demonstrated on the very first day of the war when the Anchor-Donaldson liner Athenia was torpedoed and sunk off the coast of Ireland while en route to Canada. The Warwick Castle herself was later torpedoed and sunk off the coast of Portugal in November 1942 when she was en route to the Clyde from Gibraltar.

Wishing you success with your book.


Chris Jones July 7, 2014 at 9:29 pm

Dear Jackie,

Thank you very much for your comment and inquiry. I’m glad you were cheered up. With regard to your question, I think your best bet would be to contact the staff at the Mitchell Library ( Tel. 0141 287-2999, Fax. 0141 287-2815, libraries@glasgowlife.org.uk ). They are a superb source of information and reference material.

Best wishes,


Chris Jones July 8, 2014 at 9:13 pm

Hello Rosanne,

Thank you for your inquiry and for sharing this information about your great grandmother’s emigration. She could certainly could have crossed the Atlantic on the S.S. Furnessia or possibly the S.S. City of Rome which came into service on the Glasgow – New York route in 1891. At that time, both vessels were owned by the Barrow Steam Ship Company but operated by the Anchor Line and so would have been berthed at Stobcross Quay on the North Bank. There is a postcard showing the Anchor Liner S.S. Columbia at Stobcross Quay in the Chapter entitled Sailing Down the Clyde:”Doon the Watter”.

Your great grandmother would have taken some form of transport from her home in Dalmarnock Road to join the ship at Stobcross and may have engaged a carter to transport her luggage in advance. Depending on her financial circumstances she could have travelled with the carter, taken a horse-drawn tram operated by the Glasgow Tramway and Omnibus Company ( with some route changes along the way and some walking ) or possibly hired a cab. The latter would have been the most expensive but also the quickest and most direct way to the docks. A carter would also have taken her to the quayside. She would not have been able to take a Clutha river ferry from Dalmarnock but may have transferred to one further down-river and disembarked at the Stobcross Landing Stage. As you can see, there are many possibilities. She would probably have been accompanied to the quayside by family members and possibly friends who would come to see her safely on board. Do you know if she travelled to New York with other family members?

Good luck with your novel.


Barbara Lawrence July 15, 2014 at 7:31 am

Hi Chris,

Thank you so much for taking the time to help me – and a huge help you have been. I’ll follow up next on your suggestion that I contact clydemaritime as well as the Mitchell Library. I wonder if you might have any photographs of the interior of the Warwick Castle? I would like to be able to describe it more exactly than I can conjure up from guessing!

Congratulations on this terrific site. I appreciate the hard work that makes it possible.


Chris Jones July 19, 2014 at 10:42 pm

Hi Barbara,

You’re welcome and thank you for your comments. I don’t have any photographs of the interior of the Warwick Castle but perhaps you could try the builder, Harland & Wolff, in Belfast. They probably keep records of each ship they have built, including the specifications, floor plans and possibly some photographs of the interior of each vessel when completely fitted out. You could also try tracing the archives of the Union Castle Line as these may include interior and exterior views of the ships they operated. If I think of anything else, I’ll certainly let you know.

Best wishes,


Reids August 1, 2014 at 3:36 am

Hi Chris,
We would like to use one of your images for our website, can you please contact us on 01415637863.
Reids of Milngavie

Chris Jones August 1, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Hello Reids of Milngavie,

Thank you for your interest and you are most welcome to use images for your website. I realize that you have a family connection with Reid & Todd of Sauchiehall Street.

Best wishes,


Kathryn August 2, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Hi Chris,

I was wondering if you knew anything about the history of a couple of Glasgow Streets. I recently found out that some of my ancestors worked as tailors in the late 19th, early 20th Century. They lived on Elderslie Street and St George’s Road. The streets seem to be almost totally modern from what I saw of them so I just wondered a bit about their history.



Chris Jones August 3, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Hi Kathryn,

Thank your for your question. Do you have names and addresses for your ancestors on Elderslie Street and St. George’s Road? With this information, we could pinpoint the locations of their homes. Elderslie Street extended from Dumbarton Road in the South up to Sauchiehall Street, and St. George’s Road extended from Woodlands Road to St. George’s Cross and on to Garscube Cross, as shown in the Ordnance Survey maps of the period.

Best wishes,


Veronica Ferguson December 11, 2014 at 6:40 am

Hi Chris,

I came across your great site while researching historic photographs for an annual report. The report will mark an important anniversary of a Glasgow charity. I wondered if we could have your permission to use some photographs from your site for the backgrounds of some pages in the report. I’d be delighted to give you more information via email if you could let me have your email address?

Many thanks in advance.


Chris Jones December 20, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Hi Veronica,

Thank you for your comment and you are welcome to use any of the photographs from my archive as backgrounds to the pages in your report. If you would like to use material supplied by a contributor then let me know and I will put you in touch with them.

Best wishes with your venture.


Megan Laughlin January 21, 2015 at 6:42 am

Hi Chris,

I was wondering if you could help me. I am trying to source original images for Argyle Street or other retail-focused parts of Glasgow. I need to find the best quality images possible and was hoping you could help.



Chris Jones January 21, 2015 at 8:17 pm

Hi Megan,

Thank you for your inquiry. I’m not sure what time period interests you. If it is the early years of photography then you could try the Mitchell Library. For more recent material, the newspapers may be able to help. Also, there are several books on Glasgow that feature photographs of the main thoroughfares and the sources of these are usually listed at the beginning as part of the acknowledgments. There are several archives. Of course, if you want current images and are living in or near the City then you could always take some high resolution pictures yourself.

Best wishes,


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