"In 1702 the lands of Hillhead were part of great Blythswood Estates. They had been purchased about 1680 by Robert Campbell of Northwoodside, Dean of Guild in Glasgow, second son of Colin Campbell the first Blythswood. Robert's daughter Janet inherited Hillhead at his death in 1694. On her marriage to Thomas Haliburton, advocate, of Dryburgh Abbey, in 1702 she sold Hillhead and Byres of Partick to Andrew Gibson the tenant and removed to her husband's estates in Berwickshire where, in the course of time, she became great-grandmother of Sir Walter Scott by her daughter Barbara marrying Robert Scott." This information is from the historical note in 'A Hillhead Album' by Henry Broughham Morton.
Information about A.E. Pickard from West End school girl Kirsten O'Neill. I think you will enjoy her view of this famous Glasgow eccentric A.E. Pickard Also thanks to those of you who have added your comments and memories of this famous West End eccentric.
Some local history from artist and writer Edward Chisnall: Glasgow West End: Volunteers and All That.
Here are some interesting facts about Lord Kelvin ( William Thomson) sent to me by the artist and writer Edward Chisnall.
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Jim - just to add authority to my comments to you here is what a web search for Kelvinator - still manufactured - says. When I went to the States in the 1950s (just a boy!) peole spoke of Kelvinators the way they spoke of Hoovers...
"Kelvinator is one the world's first manufacturers and pioneers in the refrigerator industry. In 1916 the American company became one of the first in history to produce an automatic refrigerator for the household market. Since 1994 Kelvinator has been a member of the Electrolux family. The Kelvinator name is a tribute to the British scientist who pioneered the principles of refrigeration in 1850. He was the famous physicist William Thomson, founder of the temperature scale, who was knighted Lord Kelvin for his noteworthy scientific accomplishments. It is now more than 85 years since Kelvinator began to forge its reputation of quality. Today Kelvinator is the choice for families who value many good years of service and seeks certainty that they make a sensible choice. As an owner you can be sure that Kelvinator provides functionality and performance over time. Kelvinator household appliances, such as refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners, can be found across hundreds of markets with millions of satisfied customers in many countries."
--David Donald ( d dot donald at GCal dot ac dot uk ) from Scotland on 26.7.2003; 14:10:04 Uhr
The Glasgow underground railway is younger than both the Budapest and London systems.
The first Budapest line was also opened in 1896. See
The London Underground dates from 1863, 1870 or 1885, depending who you listen to. See
Here's some collected history on the Glasgow tube too:
--Jonathan ( jonathan at xoddam dot net ) from Australia but staying in Paisley on 7.2.2002; 21:24:33 Uhr
The original glasgow and west of scotland college of domestic science for young ladies was the building which is now the BBC in queen margaret drive. the song about the 'west end park' might possibly refer to the BBC building and not to the present college. also years ago as part of the diploma in domestic science students had to 'live in' and 'housekeep' at the college for a weekend (in the days when people stayed at home until they got married.)
--Christina Byrne ( c dot byrne at dial dot pipex dot com ) from Scotland on 13.2.2001; 23:08:37 Uhr
Having been brought up in Otago Street I recall seeing A.E. Pickard at the time of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth. A street party was held and in addition an evening party was alos held at the Highlander's Institute. Pickard drove up in his Rolls Royce with his chauffeur in the passenger's seat - he did not have a license at this time. In order to park his car he found a space between two other cars and nosed in and gently hit the car in his front. He then realised that he should reverse which he did and gently hit the car in his rear. After a bit of a stramash he was able to pull the car into the middle of the road and go past the first car with a view to reversing his Rolls into the space. This he did scraping both cars in succession and when he got out of his car he was well pleased with himself. A major achievement! It was then noted that he was wearing a kilt of solid red, white and blue colours!
Enjoyed you wee web corner!
Regards Peter R. McNaughton
--Petr McNaughton ( someone at host dot com ) from Canada (Montreal) on 13.2.2001; 23:07:16 Uhr
The Kelvin Hall and the Art Galleries are both in Argyle Street. Dumbarton Road now starts halfway over Partick Bridge.
William Thomson (Baron Kelvin) and Alexander "Greek" Thoomson have no "p" in their names.
The Glasgow Subway was the second-oldest system.
West End hill are actually drumlins. Hog-back formations built on impacted clay that the retreating glaciers could not force out of the way.
The statues of War and Peace ended up in the Kelvin after the landmine landed in the putting-green on March 18/19, 1941 (Clydebank Blitz). It was the sword of "War" that was exposed during the flood which altered the course of the Kelvin. The statutes had been designed by an Australian sculptor (A Montford)and paid for from the profits of the 1901 International Exhibition at Kelvingrove. The designs were shown to the public at the McLellan Galleries but WWI delayed their erection till 1926. The statues were restored and the bomb damaged bridge repaired in time for the Festival of Britain in 1951.
Park Campus of Caledonian University was used as a Red Cross hospital in WWI, as a branch of Springburn Red Cross hospital (NB Loco hq and restored).
The point of the quoted poem was it was in Kelvinsidese not English.
The Elephant story is not confirmed. Maybe confused with a favourite elephant belonging to the Scottish Zoo in the Cowcaddens (interior still visible). Sir Roger developed must and had to be shot. It was stuffed by a taxidermist in Sauchiehall Street (whose shop windows had to be removed). Sir Roger is on display at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum (the fatal bullet-hole is still visible). Sir Roger stands besides a junior elephant whose name (after a competition) is now Kelvin.
The Scottish Zoo (E H Bostock) was a direct rival of A E Pickard.
--Stanley K Hunter ( StanleyKHunter at compuserve dot com ) from Scotland on 13.2.2001; 23:05:26 Uhr
AE Pickard was very much in evidence when I was in my early teens. He once had a billboard in town (I think it may have been Dundas Street - someone can correct me if I'm wrong!) which advertised land at so much per sq. foot "cheaper than linoleum!" He also had a billboard at the entrance of what I took to be where he lived at the time. It was one of the big houses on the north side of Great Western Road (near the homeopathic hospital) The notice, which faced you on the way into town, said "Good Morning - Going to Work?" Not what you wanted to hear from a millionaire on a Monday morning! I think there may have been another board which you could read on the way back but I can't remember what it said. Maybe someone else will. Definitely an eccentric...there should be more of them!
--Jess Fitzgerald ( jess dot fitzgerald at which dot net ) from Scotland on 13.2.2001; 23:03:31 Uhr
Do you know that the Park campus site of Glasgow Caledonian University was used as a hospital during the first World War? Invalided soldiers were billeted there for rehabilitation. For a long time the ladies toilet had the origional doors where soldiers carved their names.
This was in the early days of what used to be known as the 'Do School', more exactly, The Glasgow and West of Scotland College of Domestic Science and Communication incorporated. This mouthful was changed to The Queen's College, Glasgow and at the request of Her Majesty, the title had to have a capital at The. In the usual Glasgow way this was known as Queens. The once well known song 'the West End park' celebrated the events where students would come done to the Do school building and shout up to the female students in residence there; what is now the staff offices in the consumer studies department. People dont call out anymore! I wonder why?
The song included the lines
" Open your window, the night is beastly dark
the phantoms are singing in the west end park
Open your window your lover now to see...."
A clear invitation to come down to the park and get frightened
--Alex Gardner ( a dot p dot gardner at gcal dot ac dot uk ) from Scotland on 13.2.2001; 23:02:00 Uhr
I was told a very interesting story about the West End one day when a repair man came to fix my tumble drier! Whether you believe the story he told me or not is entirely up to you - either way it's a good wee story.
During the early 1900's the annual Circus used to proudly parade the performing animals through the streets of the West End on their journey to the Kelvin Hall where the Circus was performed.
During one of these parades along Great Western Road at Kelvinbridge, a large elephant collapsed and died. As there was no lifting machinery of any type available in those early years the circus organisers had to think of what to do with this mammoth animal!!!
Part of a turret of the Kelvinbridge was pulled down, and the elephant was pushed over the edge to land next to an underground tunnel.
The elephant was buried and still lies there to this day - covered by flowers and greenery listning to punters from the Big Blue talking loads of pub talk - rubbish!
--Jane Hunter ( jane dot hunter at dtn dot ntl dot com ) from Scotland on 13.2.2001; 23:00:43 Uhr