Why Glasgow and Why Me?

by Chris Jones on February 21, 2010

Why Glasgow and why me?  Because I grew up in the city. When you spend virtually all of your formative years in one place, a deep bond is established.  They say you can take the boy out of Glasgow but not Glasgow out of the boy. My first home was a tenement flat on Prospecthill Road in Mount Florida within the sound of the “Hampden Roar”.   I tasted the soil in the back green, made mud pies with my first girlfriend, and went guising at Halloween.   I had my immunizations in Glasgow, went to school in Glasgow where I got belted countless times, was hospitalized in the city, played football and cricket, laughed, cried and fell in love in Glasgow.  I walked and cycled for miles in and around the city, was enrolled in the Life Boys, the Boys’ Brigade and Sunday School, went camping, hill climbing and was out in all weathers from freezing fog to glorious summer days.  I pushed my nose up against shop windows, was carried along by city centre crowds, rode in tramcars and trolleybuses, and sailed “doon the watter”.  I learned life saving with the Glasgow Police at the Gorbals Baths, attended college and university in Glasgow, and spent summers working for the Forestry Commission in the Western Highlands.  All in all, I had a pretty good time (apart from hospital and the beltings).

This website is dedicated to my family who raised me in Glasgow; my parents T. Leslie Jones and Mary Jones, and my big brother Michael.

Mount Florida Public School

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Charlie McDonald July 19, 2010 at 2:17 am

Excellent start to a really wet and dreich Glesga’ Fair Monday holiday. I enjoyed flicking through your site Chris and appreciate what you are trying to do and, like you, I also have a great love of the ‘Toon’ and all those Victorian and Edwardian buildings. I have recently been busy collecting postcards and street scenes of the City centre and have learned a lot today which I never knew before re the streets and buildings that I have known since I was a child. Would you mind very much if I added a link to my Glesga Keelies message board to your excellent site so that our members can share in your love of Glesga’.

Chris Jones July 19, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Yes, Glasgow has the habit of sometimes being wet and dreich but we still love her all the same. Thank you for your interest and kind comments. As you can see, this website is a work in progress. I have just started a sail “Doon the Watter” and it has the making of an odyssey. It would be an honour to be linked to your website Charlie.

Neil McSorley September 25, 2010 at 6:59 am

Hi Chris, I really appreciated your website. The old photographs are superb and bring back some memories for a 68 year old Glaswegian. You may like to try an old website for all sorts of black and white films of Scotland. It’s the Scottish Screen Archives. If you don’t have it, just enter it on Google. Neil McSorley

Chris Jones September 26, 2010 at 10:42 pm

Thank you Neil for your comments. I’m aware of the Scottish Screen Archive website. Maybe I should ask them if I can post some examples of their material.

Elizabeth Young March 12, 2013 at 8:43 am

Dear Chris,

Your Doon the Watter chapter brings back loads of memories, from sailing to Belfast from babyhood and all through the war on the Royal Scotsman and Royal Ulsterman. Then living at Toward from 1945-1960, watching all the shipping, including the QE coming up in her battleship grey to be refiited, and the Aquitania to be broken up, very sad. And of course I could identify all the steamers from a couple of miles distant – going back to Lucy Ashton. But really I have been searching the Doon the Watter as it came up in a search for S.S. Albatross; a three times removed cousin was master at the time he was married in 1887. But despite trawling twice through I haven’t found the reference – can you help? Incidentally, said master had at least two brothers who were also masters of small ships plying on the Clyde.

Elizabeth

Chris Jones March 16, 2013 at 10:29 pm

Hello Elizabeth,

Thank you very much for sharing your fascinating memories and the scenes you witnessed when you were living at Toward. With respect to your inquiry about the S.S. Albatross, it is shown in the foreground of the fourth photograph on Rothesay Dock in the “Doon the Watter” chapter. The paddle tug S. S. Albatross (1878) is on the left and the propeller driven S. S. Osprey (1872) on the right. Both tugs were laid up on the Clyde after completing many years of service with Steel & McCaskill on Lough Foyle.

Best wishes,

Chris

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