Partick: Glasgow's Girnal

Ian R. Mitchell takes a look at Partick's fascinating history

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Such has been the decline of Scots as the lingua franca in Glasgow that not many people would know what a girnal was. The cosmopolitan nature of the city has produced its own argot, which is expressive and creative, but it contains relatively few Scots words. I was surprised on coming here from Aberdeen to find that people didn't know what a brander was, or a scaffie. This, with my support for the Dons, made me feel quite proud of myself. A century ago, most Glasgow folk would still have known that a girnal was a grain chest and that Partick was the area where was landed and processed most of the city's grain.

Partick's Grain Mills

Partick's western border with the city was the River Kelvin, which falls steeply to the Clyde, and which powered the early granaries along its banks. And where today survives the city's last grain mill. This is owned by Rank Hovis and produces flour for their Duke Street bakery. Timothy Pont's map of Lennox c1600 shows a cluster of mills on the lower river, including Bishop's Mill and a meal mill leased by the city of Glasgow. The incorporation of Glasgow bakers also owned two mills on the river, one called the Bunhouse Mill. Although other works, such as spinning and slit mills used the water power of the Kelvin, it was grain mills which predominated.

Photo: Flour Mill. Large scale industrial flour milling began with the opening of the Scotstoun Mills in the 1840s, though as the Kelvin provided such cheap and efficient power, these were still water-operated, and remained so till the later expansion in the nineteenth century. The Regent Flour mills were built across the Kelvin from the Scotstoun mill in the 1890s. Owned by the SCWS from 1903, this mill made the famous Lofty Peak flour. (The site is now a car park for the Kelvin Hall). This cluster of mills large and small made it logical for the Clyde Navigation Trust to establish its grain depot at Meadowside in Partick in the early 1900s, and until very recently the origin of most material for Glasgow's ubiquitous jeely peece was in the girnals of Partick.

A good place to start an exploration of the area is at the bridge over the Kelvin, built to join Partick with Glasgow in 1877, just west of the Kelvin Hall. One end of the bridge bears the Glasgow coat of arms, the other that of Partick - which appropriately has millstones and a wheatsheaf on its crest. Or at least that what many accounts say; I have never found them, so maybe its another urban myth.The previous bridge lies just to the north and is still open to pedestrians. From here a walk down Bunhouse Road, and right along Old Dumbarton Road brings you to the Wheatsheaf Buildings. Now flats this cameo was built in the 1830s on the site of the original Bishop's Mill, and has delightful wheatsheaf motifs carved on its gables. It operated as a mill till the 1960s, and was water driven till the 1950s.

Photo: The Kelvin Hall. No such new use has been found for the derelict Partick Central station further on, though the land released by demolishing part of the Scotstoun Flour mills is now occcupied by stunning modern flats. Partick is being squeezed between the West End and the Riverside, old and new middle class residential areas. A huge cleared site to the west of Partick Central awaits residential development, as a corridor to connect the riverside to the West End. This was formerly the Partick Foundry and after closure in the 60s became the site of unsightly scrap metal depots. However, back around 1600 this was the site chosen for the building of Partick Castle, a fortified house serving as the country home of George Hutcheson, co-founder of Glasgow Hutcheson's Hospital. Partick Castle was demolished in 1836.

Given its location (West End, University, Kelvingrove Museum etc) and facilities (subway, railway, expressway) Partick has become a classic example of the benefits, or drawbacks depending on your view, of the process of gentrification. It can't be long before the owners of the last operating grain mill realise that they can make a lot more money selling the land for housing than using it to employ millers and make flour. Gentrification promotes de-industrialisation.

Photo: Graveyard. Before heading along Beith Street it is worth visiting Glasgow's smallest graveyard. In amongst some modern housing on Keith Street lies the Quaker burial ground. Surrounded with metal railings, it has no gravestones, but a wooden plaque stating its function.

Society of Friends

Burial Ground

Gifted by

John Purdon 1711

Last used 11-X11-1857

The Quakers gifted the site to Partick, and a part was used for road building-in return for the site being kept in good order (which it appears to be) - and for 1s a year being donated to the Society of Friends. Does the Kooncil still pay the 5p? Apparently Purdon's wife was the first interred in the cemetery, and the family, which was a prominent one in eighteenth century Partick, is commemorated in neighbouring Purdon Street.

The Goat

This area is the heart of the old pre-industrial village of Partick, and Keith Street used to be known as The Goat. The goat in question was not four footed, but an old Scots name for a small burn, one of which ran here. At the north end of The Goat was The Heid o' the Goat, a place where acrobats, quack doctors and religious and political agitators held court. A nineteenth century Partick poet Tom Burns describes the scene,

Though its richt name's in print on a prominent spot
The ane its best kent by is the heid o the Goat
There tradesmen o every class you will find
In guid Doric language expressing their mind

The old cottage buildings here were only demolished in the 1930s, and the Heid o the Goat is now the Comet car park.

Photo: Partick firestation. Along Beith Street are renovated sandstone tenements and some fine new flats, but the most interesting building is the former Partick Fire Station, dating from 1906. This too has been converted to housing though the brick fire tower has been retained as a feature. The building itself is mostly brick built, unusual for Glasgow pre 1914. and also done in an almost Germanic style of architecture; Potsdam rather than Partick. Just beside the fire station at Meadow Road access is gained to the Clydeside cycletrack, which provides a high and traffic free vantage point for further sightseeing.

The whole skyline to the south is dominated by cranes. But not shipyard cranes as would once have been the case, but building cranes, for the riverside here is the site of a multi-million pound redevelopment, dominated by new housing. Partick was never the shipbuilding centre that Govan was, but it did have some important yards. From the cycletrack, looking back towards the Kelvin's mouth, can still be seen the derelict brick and sandstone offices of the Meadowside Shipbuilding Yard, with its central tower in a sort of French renaissance style. Hopefully this will survive redevelopment in some form. One of the early owners of this yard, David Tod, became the first Provost of Partick. The second provost was John White owner of the Scotstoun Mills, showing the tendency in the nineteenth century for local capitalists to exercise almost feudal powers in their locales, as Provosts, MPs JPs etc.

Across the Kelvin mouth lay Inglis' Pointhouse yard, which specialised in paddle steamers, building the current Waverley in 1947, and the one of the same name which it replaced, which was sunk at Dunkirk in 1940. The Maid of the Loch, currently being refurbished as an attraction at the Loch Lomond National Park, was built by Inglis' in 1952, but the yard closed ten years later, ending shipbuilding on the Kelvin.

Between Meadowside and Whiteinch to the west, the Partick riverside was dominated by granaries. Inglis yard had a famous set of sheer legs, 96 feet high that stood till 1965, but they were puny beside the 13 storey brick granary built by the Clyde Navigation Trust in 1911-13, at a cost of ?130,000 (which would not pay for half of one of the flats being constructed on its ruins.) Partick Thistle's move to Maryhill in 1909, after over 30 years in Partick, was occasioned by the purchase of their stadium for construction of the granaries. In 1937 another granary, equally large was built adjacent to the original one, and this Meadowside girnal of Glasgow claimed for a while to be one of the world's largest brick buildings. It gave a curiously re-assuring feeling to see its bulk, and many united in opposition to its destruction, arguing that the granary itself could have been converted to housing. Though the developers successfully argued against this, a significant part of the original construction materials were recycled into the new buildings.

Photo: Hospital building Dunbarton Rd..Whether these new residents will consider themselves Partickonians remains to be seen. The construction of the Clydeside expressway separated Partick from the River Clyde, and it also cut Partick itself asunder. At the Thornwood Roundabout Dumbarton Road disappears under the Expressway, in a maze of flyovers, to re-emerge in the rather forlorn district of Whiteinch. Few people consider it so today, but from its foundation Whiteinch was part of Partick burgh. Very little was found hereabouts till the Barclay Curle shipyard opened in the 1850s, moving from Anderston. Starting with clippers and ending with liners, and building almost everything else in between Barclay Curle was one of Glasgow's finest shipyards, a specialist builder which even managed to operate fully during the 1930s Depression. The yard has been demolished but the marine engine works Barclay Curle built just before World War One remains, with its fine hammer head crane and the (listed) mansard roof enlivening the skyline.


Whiteinch is, at the moment, rather forlorn, with much brown land and many closed shops, but at one time was almost a model village. South of Dumbarton Road were the tenements for the workers in the shipyard, and to the north were rows of modest villas, Gordon Park, built in the 1880s for workers from the Scotstoun estate. These, clustered round the bowling green, now form a conservation area. Cut off from Partick by the expressway, Whiteinch was also cut off from Victoria Park to the north by the same road, which took over a slice of the park itself. A stroll through the park will not only bring you back to Partick proper, but also allow you to see the world-famous Fossil Grove which it contains. Not just one, but a whole stand of fossilised scale trees, over 250 million years old, with their trunk-like roots, excellently preserved. Again though not generally thought of as Partick today Victoria Park was actually laid out by the burgh.

Photo: Thornwood. Thornwood

Renegotiating the over and underpasses of the expressway brings you to the bottom of Thornwood Drive, cursing the negative effects such roads have on urban communities - and on urban pedestrianism. Thornwood has always had the reputation of being the posh part of Partick, and hereabouts reminds me of Dennistoun. Fine red sandstone tenements, well maintained and inhabited by the prosperous and respectable working and lower middle classes. There can be a monotony in respectability but in Thornwood this is broken by some of the best council housing in the city. There are blocks of good municipal housing, and at Crathie Drive a building of exceptional merit and interest which dominates the Thornwood skyline. This is Crathie Court built in 1952, but its art deco features show pre-war design influence in the projecting balconies and lines of porthole windows. Set in well maintained grounds, the building was designed as 88 flats for single people at a time when almost all housing was for the standard nuclear family. In recognition of its importance the building gained a Saltire Award. Crow Road takes us back down to Dumbarton Road, and slightly more scruffy East Partick.

But even here the relentless march of gentrification continues. Up Norval Street off Crow Road generations of Pertick wummen toiled in Tomlinson's factory making cardboard boxes; you could watch then from the passing blue trains at Partick Station. Today its bright pastel exterior and atrium roof proclaim it as The Printworks apartment block.

Riots in Partick, 1875

Moving along Dumbarton Road is a pleasant pedestrian experience, as the line of the street is virtually unbroken and the commercial premises are all occupied and well maintained, in contrast to those in Whiteinch. It was not always so pleasant however, and in 1875 a procession of Irish nationalists on Dumbarton Road was attacked by political opponents, leading to three days of rioting. This was ended only when special constables were sworn in, to support the police in quelling the disturbances. Partick?s other great unrest was in the Rent Strikes of 1915 when the area was one of the strongest in the city for action against profiteering. These struggles were led by the Partick housewives, harrassing the landlords agents with hails of refuse and laying about them with pots and pans. The women in turn were led by I.L.P. member Helen Crawford. The women of Partick appear a fierce brood. A famous nineteenth century Partick lass was Big Rachael, all 6ft 4 inches and 16 stones of her. She worked as a labourer in the Meadowside yard and later as a foreman(person) in a brickworks. In the Riots of 1875 she was enrolled as a special constable.

Before 1914 Partick was a stronghold of Orangeism, especially its shipyards where many had come to work from Ulster; it is not generally recognised that 40% of the city's Irish immigration came from Ulster, and this was largely responsible for bringing the poison of sectarianism to Glasgow. John Paton, in his Proletarian Pilgrimage, writes of his dismay at finding such a phenomenon in Glasgow, so absent in his native Aberdeen. He describes how an ILP propaganda lorry was set ablaze by Orangemen in Partick, and the comrades decided to assert their right of free speech by a march along Dumbarton Road. They were ambushed by well-organised groups emerging from closes to attack the procession, Paton comments,

'We'd no chance at all against them They were tough fellows from the shipyards who enjoyed nothing so much as a good fight. It wasn't a defeat, it was a rout'.

However, even before the war these die hard Tory Orangemen were prepared to listen to socialist speakers, rather than simply attack them. Paton recounts the factory gate meeting at a Whiteinch shipyard (probably Barclay Curle's), addressed by his fellow Aberdonian, Jamie Kessack. Immediately grasping their attention by his opening words,

'Last Sunday I stood on the Custom House steps at Belfast, girdled by the steel of the bayonets of the circle of soldiers who enclosed me.'

Kessack got a "rapt audience and hearty applause at the end." The war and its aftermath seriously weakened, though it did not kill, political Orangeism.

A wee trip off to Dumbarton Road to Burgh Hall Street allows us to take a look at the centre of Partick government from 1852 till 1912. In that latter year an Act of Parliament overturned Partick's wishes to remain independent, and a piper played "Lochaber no More". Would that, a century on, our politicians had the courage to similarly add Glasgow's present periphery to the city. But Partick, Govan and Maryhill were working class areas; Bearsden and Newton Means are not.

Partick Burgh Halls, though well used and being renovated, cannot compete with those of Maryhill and Govan, for example, either in exterior embellishment or interior furnishings. But it certainly had a better view, looking out as it does across the lawns of the West of Scotland Cricket ground to the villas of Partickhill rising beyond. Once a curling pond and bowling green, the site later became the centre of the rather un-Scottish game of cricket, which it remains. It has a place in football history however, in that it hosted the first Scotland England international in 1872. Not only roads and railways can separate social classes, so too can parks, or sports fields, and while at the north end of the cricket ground you are in patrician Partickhill, on the south you are in proletarian Partick. Partick library, which is passed on the right heading back to the Cross, used to have a nice wee exhibition on the history of the area, though it was missing on my last visit.

Glasgow Gaels

Between Gardner Street and Stewartville Street is one of the few cleared areas on Dumbarton Road, where a block of tenements was demolished to make way for a recreation area. This that could be better maintained, and the Friends of Mansfield park are working hard at it. On Stewartville Street, occupying the ground floor of a solid set of tenements built, as it proudly states, by the St. George's Co-operative Society is found the offices of An Commun Ghaidhligand a Gaelic bookshop. It is appropriate that this is located here as Partick has always had a tradition of Gaelic immigrants and Gaelic churches. It is estimated that in Partick and the wider West End of Glasgow there is a greater concentration of Gaelic speakers than anywhere outside Lewis in the Western isles. Though this tradition was swelled by the influx of Gaels to work on various jobs on the Clyde, it goes further back to when Partick was on the drove route into Glasgow from the West Highlands. The drovers came down what is now Crow Road (Crow is from the Gaelic croadh, cattle) and overnighted in Partick before moving into Glasgow. A famous inn, Granny Gibbs, was the destination of these drovers, and lay near the present Thornwood roundabout. This inn was built by her husband in 1796 when droving was at its height, and demolished a century later, when it had ended. Drovers kept their sheep and cattle in her pens, before moving into Glasgow. Her thatched dwelling was commemorated in another of the prolific Partick poets, George Boyce,

The drovers passing east and west
Knew her wee hoose of call
With Highland whisky o the best
She would supply them all.

This tradition of Highland hostelry continues in the pub on the corner of Stewartville Street, the Lismore, which does much to support Gaelic music and culture. The owners have also commissioned a set of fine stained glass windows in the pub, commemorating the Highland Clearances, and showing Highlanders at work. These panels have clearly been influenced by those of Stephen Adam in Maryhill Burgh Halls. Partick's taverns have a long tradition of conviviality. Bunhouse Road is not named after a bakery but after an inn called the Bun and Yill Hoose which formerly stood there. In Strangs Glasgow and its Clubs we read of the Partick Duck Club. This group of Glasgow worthies were mainly from the Trades House, and used to repair to Partick to feast at the Bun Hoose on roast duck and peas, washed down with claret. One of their number was immortalised in the couplet,

The ducks of Partick quack for fear
Crying 'Lord preserve us, there's MacTear!'

The profusion of fat ducks in Partick was due to their feasting on the products and by products of the grain mills on the Kelvin. The old Bunhoose apparently had a lintel dated 1695 over the door, but was demolished in 1849.

Back at the foot of Byres Road we are at Partick Cross. Here is a curious scene. On the one hand good quality red sandstone tenements, and on the other every inch of vacant land being filled with lofts and appartments. On the one hand the spread of up-market restaurants and cafes, on the other the survival of little works, almost sweatshops - and probably the greatest concentration of charity shops in Glasgow. Does this signify a hidden poverty in Partick, or just that the nearby denizens of the more prosperous west-end areas can spot a bargain when they see one? Its worst housing long ago demolished by the expressway Partick does not give out the air of dereliction of certain other inner city working class areas of Glasgow. Its population, which grew form about 5,000 in 1852 to 56,000 in 1912, has declined to about 40,000 today, and is rising again.

Photo: Cottage.The University was never in Partick. But the Western Infirmary, or rather the Anderson College of Medicine as it originally was, did lie within the burgh boundaries, but only just, after the institution was moved from Glasgow in 1889. A dramatic relief by Pittendreich Macgillivray adorns the building, showing doctors performing an operation. He was an Aberdeen artist who did much work in Glasgow. Just within Partick also, and bearing an address in Dumbarton Road, is the curious Tudor Cottage on the north bank of the Kelvin, within Kelvingrove Park. This was an exhibit of model workers' housing from Leverhume's Port Sunlight factory on Merseyside. It was shown at the International Exhibition in Kelvingrove in 1901, and later donated to the city, for use as a park keepers dwelling. This is the last, or first, dwelling in Partick and a good place to end.

In 1912 they played Lochaber no More; such is the rate of change in Partick, as it becomes swallowed up by the West End of Glasgow, that it may soon be Partick No More. Close to the West End, close to the university, close to the Art Gallery, Partick was always that bit different from other working class areas in Glasgow.

Copyright I.R. Mitchell

If you have enjoyed Ian's feature about Partick you may also enjoy: Walks in Glasgow
also BBC Alba Partaig about Gaels in Partick

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I lived at 73 dumbarton road, attended church street school then hyndland senior secondary. Left for Canada in July of 1963. I have fond memories of Partick. Spent lots of time at the swing park.

rena simpson | Wed Sep 17 2014

John Kelly ref Isabel Macargo Hi Anita would love to get in touch with Isabel didn't see your message until yesterday I was on holiday and didn't bring my laptop with me Im in Scotland at the moment staying in thornliebank with my sister going back to Ireland on sunday it would be great to hear from you before I go ' looking forward to hearing from you and chatting about old times goodbye for now John

John Kelly | Fri Jun 20 2014

Anita Neary re: Isabel McCargo. Was hoping to get in touch via email address. It would be nice to catch up.

Stella rhodes née Reynolds | Thu Jun 19 2014

10 Dunaskin st was the birth place of my Husband an his siblings, his mother was born and raised there too her maiden name was Catherine Malone.

Patricia Finnigan | Wed May 21 2014

JOHN kELLY. looking for lsabella mc cargo from fordyce st she still has a letter from you all these years ago and now lives in crookston she sends best wishes to you if you want to get in touch e mail me im her cousin anita regards

anita neary | Tue May 20 2014

hi, just found this wonderful site, am trying to get in touch with the lady who was interested in the Scanlan family from Partick, my mother was born in Purdon st in 1922 her mother Maryanne Gahagan married Owen Scanlan, who was originally from Dundee and had sisters Kate, Anne & cecilia, there where other brothers and sisters that my mother mentioned an uncle Brian Scanlan, cant remember them all, but my mother's sisters where all named after te aunts, she also had a Brother thomas, my mother sadly passed away 7ys ago, but fondly remember all her stories of the good auld days growing up in Partick, I was born at 44 castlebank st, loved being at my granny Scanlans house at 107 Purdon st.

Patricia Finnigan | Tue May 20 2014

My Granfather originated from purdon street partick, he met my grandmother who originated from 35 Byron street where most of her family came from 33, 35 and andother close the O'Connell family were pretty big and my great grandfather was auld pat if anything was wrong with yer wean you wen to him, so O'Connell, McGrail, Carroll, McSherry and Keiller are all my family who were very proud to have come from partick and me being from Drumchapel where they all seemed to moved to, well I'm very proud to say my family came from there too... my dad's from Maryhill my mum said the only good thing that came out of there was the co'r fer partick! '')

Michelle O'Connell | Sun May 18 2014

I was born in Glasgow lived 5 Thurso st. All my family lived Thurso St, the Hendersons, The Wylie's and Aunt & Uncle Susie & Jim Kelly. We moved to Balornock then to Liverpool. Still remember, the mills, The park in Dunaskin Street, th cinemas, the smell in the subway, Kelvingrove Park, the circus & fair. My Mum worked in the Kelvin Hall, Thats how she met my Dad he lived round the corner in Thurso St. I could write a book full of mine, my Mother & family's memories. I am still in Liverpool but miss my birth place so much. Carole Deegan nee Henderson.

carole henderson | Wed May 14 2014

I was born in Glasgow lived 5 Thurso st. All my family lived Thurso St, the Hendersons, The Wylie's and Aunt & Uncle Susie & Jim Kelly. We moved to Balornock then to Liverpool. Still remember, the mills, The park in Dunaskin Street, th cinemas, the smell in the subway, Kelvingrove Park, the circus & fair. My Mum worked in the Kelvin Hall, Thats how she met my Dad he lived round the corner in Thurso St. I could write a book full of mine, my Mother & family's memories. I am still in Liverpool but miss my birth place so much. Carole Deegan nee Henderson.

carole henderson | Wed May 14 2014

can anybody send me a photo of well lane in 1914 now called coopers lane my ancestors ann and william taylor stayed there doing a family tree thankyou so much

margaret thomson | Sun May 11 2014

Tom FERGUSON, of Robertson St, attempted to contact my Grt Grandfather John, or Jack Ferguson, in 1917 but was unable due to the family moving. John (Jack)Robb Ferguson had migrated alone to Australia in 1853/4 and subsequently lost touch with any relations who had remained in Scotland. Some may have gone to Canada or N.Z., but Tom is thought to have stayed in Partick. I am writing the family history and would love to make touch with any relations in order fill the gaps in our knowledge. Thank you.

Keith Ferguson | Wed Apr 23 2014

I lived at 50 Anderson street does any one remember Ellen dairy shop John Harvey LIZZIE MCHUGH SHOP SADIE BENSON.

sadie benson | Sat Apr 19 2014

my dad was leo byrne born in 1940 he lived at 13 halkirk street between merkland and orchard street, could anyone please tell me which primary and secondary school were closest that he might have gone to ta

Paul Byrne | Mon Jan 27 2014

If anyone knew my Dad, Donald Mackay (1941) please let me know. Would love to hear some old stories of his time as a child at the firehalls (Ingram Street and Sandy Road)

Heather (MacKay) Hasilo | Wed Jan 15 2014

My Dad, Donald MacKay, lived at the Ingram Street Firestation as a child, then moved to the old Firestation on Sandy Road, I think it's now called Beith Street? He was born in 1941.

Heather (MacKay) Hasilo | Wed Jan 15 2014

Just found this site through my wee sister and have loved reading the posts brought back lots of great memories. I was brought up at 9 fordyce street Patrick and would like to hear from anyone who lived there from the late 50s to 70s

Stephen (steff) Robertson | Sun Jan 05 2014

Grandmother, Aunt and Uncle lived in the end tennament of Lawrie Street next door to the bowling club. Spent many hours in the 50,s watching the bowls from the 3rd floor apartment and was delighted to see the window briefily on an Alba tv program featuring Partick. Lived in Belfast but came over and spent the summer at Grandma's every year. Talk of the smell of the subway brings it all back and memories of the Fossil Grove, the perriots in the Kelvingrove Park, the indoor zoo in town and the Christmas funfair and circus at the Kelvingrove Hall. Ah great times!!

colin macdonald | Fri Jan 03 2014

First, very happy New Year to all you 'Partickulars' Anybody know the real name? Peter Doherty said 'the smell of the subway'. Unforgettable, quite unique and one that somehow strangely comes back to the nose from time to time. We'd take the subway from Merkland St to Copeland Rd to watch the 'Gers (either that or the Govan Ferry). The subway ride back home was one heck of an experience - I've never known so many people crammed into two carriages (I'm talking about the old beautiful red ones here). Don't suppose elf 'n safety would allow that any more but it was fun for us although sometimes a bit scarey. 'Twas the same for the Govan Ferry. For the Tivoli, we had this thing going: one person would pay to get in then open the fire doors at the back where the rest of us piled in. Saw many a film there, but the ones that stand out are Bonnie & Clyde, Greyfriars Bobby (the original) and Woodstock. You'll probably remember the 'winching booths' up in the balcony; they were a bit out of reach money-wise, but great place to take a special girlfriend when I was feeling a bit flush. Can anyone tell me what became of the Tivoli? It was a really nice picture house and it would be nice to think it was still there. Wishful thinking on my part though, most probably, but does the building still exist?

Jim Francey | Thu Jan 02 2014

just popped on to wish everyone a very happy 2014 when it comes I love this site. lived 35 sandy road partick what wonderful street we had fire station clensing dept and clinic brilliant street growing up rosevale street school keep up the good work running this site and thank you Sylvia xx

sylvia ewings | Tue Dec 31 2013

Any photos of my class of 66 would like to see them my primary teacher was mrs Tierney St. Peter's Linda hossack

Linda hossack | Sun Dec 29 2013

what a great site was born beith st 1953 moved drumchapel,ugh joined fire service lived in partick fire stn remember marcus worked with his dad at west stn a big character,my wife was originally from sandy rd also remember john gardiner opp fraser shop ground floor,next my auntie chrissy gallacher replied to jean petrie lookig for mary reilly. i transferred to east sussex 1980,still have family in partick still visit, thanks

john reilly | Tue Dec 24 2013

My grandfather lived in Partick with his parents and siblings in the late 1800s. My grandfather was Beernard and he had a brother Patrick and sisters Kate, Anne and Cecilia. The family were originally from Sligo and I think the may have stayed in Bridge Street, Partick. The family name is Scanlan and I believe they moved to Dundee, Peep O Day lane , prior to the first world war. Information from anyone who may be familiar with the name would be appreciated. Many Thanks. Kathleen Scanlan

Kathleen Scanlan | Tue Dec 17 2013

Hello to anyone who remembers Murray family from 31 Crawford street. We were friends with McKay family from Sandy road fire station and the McDaids from Beith street. we all went to st Peters school then to st Thomas Aquinas. We all remember happy times out to play with our pals in the summer holidays at the swing park up the Art Galleries on Sundays and raking the middens up in Apsley street and that areas for lucks! Then getting older and boyfriends John McKay,Dick Reed, Ross Thomson who went off with my pal Marie Gillen all part of growing up! Brilliant times we will cherish forever.

DOMENICA MURRAY | Wed Dec 11 2013

Hi I went to St. Peter's in Patrick have fond memories of going to the tivoli picture hall on Saturdays to see Flash Gordon,also going into the subway to get a whiff it had a strange smell,I went to school there in 1968.

Peter doherty | Sun Dec 08 2013

Alexander Bowden You asked for some info about the Greenbank Leather Works. Its address was 450 Dumbarton Road. My family lived next door (448) (my mother was manageress of the office till the works closed down). I think our building belonged to the Thomlinsons (Mr Jack and Mr Rennie, who lived in Bearsden, at that time time as nearly all the people living in the tenement were foremen - Samuel Fraser, Jimmy Grant and my mum. It didn't just produce the famous 'T' ball (the Golden T was used in many internationals, and a great football it was too). The factory also produced cricket balls, hockey balls, quality leather golf bags and quality leather and canvas baggage. John Rodgers, the Captain of the 108th BB and an excellent fellow to boot, was also a foreman in the firm. My kitchen window and back court faced on to the factory - spent a lot of time out there. The back court was a maze of skylights, so a lot of my youth involved learning to cycle by navigating the skylights and playing headers with my friend Cameron Fraser who was Sam Fraser's son. The firm started going down in the seventies and eventually wound up; my mother was one of the last to go after working there for 40 years. It was a sad time for me to see the factory go, considering it was a big exporter of leather goods to the British Empire for many a long year and employed hundreds of people. It's odd in a way, I've tried to find information about the company on the net but haven't come up with much, which is a pity as the firm was very much a part of the industrial landscape of Partick for a long time. It would appear that the original factory has been converted into flats with access from Norval St. But 450 Dumbarton Rd, I can't say as I haven't been back in the city for a long time. One thing that does spring to mind is that the Hayburn ran under the building (hence the name Hayburn St). Hope that is of some help to you. All I can say is that that part of Partick was a vibrant, busy place back in the '60s and The Greenbank Leather Works was an important part of it. Sometimes, I can still smell the leather of all these beautiful goods being manufactured on my doorstep. Cheers Jim

Jim Francey | Tue Dec 03 2013

This is a great site.I was born in 1943 at 11 Laurel Place, Partick and went to Thornwood Primary School then Hyndland Senior Secondary. Left in 1960, joined RAF for 7 years including 3 at Woomera Rocket Range, South Australia. I returned home in 1968 before hitch-hiking back to Australia in 1970. I have lived mostly in the outback working and living with Aboriginal people. I am now living in Morgan,a small village on the River Murray in South Australia.

Bill Redfern | Sat Nov 30 2013

This is a great site.I was born in 1943 at 11 Laurel Place, Partick and went to Thornwood Primary School then Hyndland Senior Secondary. Left in 1960, joined RAF for 7 years including 3 at Woomera Rocket Range, South Australia. I returned home in 1968 before hitch-hiking back to Australia in 1970. I have lived mostly in the outback working and living with Aboriginal people. I am now living in Morgan,a small village on the River Murray in South Australia.

Bill Redfern | Sat Nov 30 2013

I have been trying for years to find Mary Reilly from Rosevale st, who was my best friend in the late 60's when we both worked in the Rosevale bingo.

jean petrie | Sat Nov 23 2013

This page brought back so much memories when I was young and went to rosevale st. school. Living in Italy for 40 years now. It would be great to hear from my old school pals.

jean petrie | Sat Nov 23 2013

Hi Iam doing my family tree iam looking to find info out on my great aunt mary alexander forrester she was married and changed to McColl and then to sanderson, i was told her grand daughter ran the yarrows cafe in about 1968 mary sanderson stayed in annisland cresent in the 1960s 1970s,she grew up in partick i think it was 5 white street or 35 crawford street she was my grandfathers sister she also had brothers henry william hary alexander and sisters jane ethel elizabeth my grand father was born in 1903 to parents jane mcvay and alexander forrester , alexander went on to marry my grandmother thomasina gray she died in 1929 at age 24 and he went back to sea so we dont know what happend to him they had a son born in 1925 alexander forrester aka sany who is my dad he was a boxer from 44 castlebank street he was brought up by his granny mary helen gray and his aunts lucy gray they had a wee tabacco/sweetshop on dumbarton road near the library if anyone has any info on the forresters please feel free to contact me mary forrester

mary forrester | Tue Nov 12 2013

Hi, like many others here, I'm researching my family history and one of the things I'd like to find out is if are any descendants of my great grandparents who lived in Kelvin Street - now Keith Street - in Partick. The family name is McKenna. My grandfather's name was James and he was the youngest (I think). I know that he had a brother Henry who married an Annie Kennedy and they lived in Dowanhill Street with their children John, Thomas, Nellie and Annie. My grandfather also had brothers named John and Thomas and a sister Margaret. If anyone can remember any McKenna family in Partick, I'd really appreciate hearing from you. Many thanks Karen

Karen | Wed Nov 06 2013

Hi all, I am writing an article about British Footballs and would love to hear from anybody who could talk about Thomlinson's Greenbank Leather Works and the associated area/culture. Many Thanks

Alexander Bowden | Thu Oct 31 2013

thanks to this wonderful site I got in contact with denise Weiss united states who found my dads letters and poems when he was stationed in nj during 2 world war2 denise is now a special member of our family she was clearing out her granmothers house who moved to the states from paisley when she found these poems her comments are further up the page, I come on this page, and love reading all the story about wonderful partick I was born 35 sandy road right across from the fire station in wonderful days gone by rosevale street schoo, lhamilton cresent, love going back to my childhood wonderful times queens coronation where we all got a mug and a tin of toffees what wonderful memories I have of partick xx

sylvia ewings | Mon Oct 28 2013

For Moira Munro I enjoyed reading your post so much. Particularly, your memories of Hyndland Primary and Senior Secondary, places we both shared. "Wee Peem" was Mr Ferguson and he was my English teacher (didn't know he taught History as well). Mr Brown, the English teacher went by the nickname "The Vamp" if my memory serves me well. My Latin teacher was Mr Claude Brownlie. I remember walking back from Whiteinch baths one evening and we bumped into him and got talking. I said "What would you do if someone attacked you?" and he pulled out a knife, which I suppose was the Ghurka knife another poster mentioned. He was pals with a maths teacher whose name I can't remember and we used to see them regularly in 'The Byre' of a Friday night. Teachers have got to let off a bit of steam, like the rest of us, particularly after trying to teach Latin to people like me. Still, he was one of favourite teachers. Another English teacher I recall vividly was 'Maisie' McDonald. My goodness, Shakespeare was never so good as whgen we were learning with her. She was beautiful (and I think she knew it) and used to sit on one of the front desks rather than behind her chair wearing a slightly miniskirt, which were all the rage back then of course. The headmaster at that time was Frank Gillespie, and I was often up in fron of him for dogging school and things. He was a great man, and when I left school to join the Merchant Navy he gave me a great reference and told me to take care with 'the ladies of the night'. One of his bits of advice I went on to ignore! But he was a great headmaster. In fact, my nmum was called up to his office after one of my various dogging offences and he told her that I had the ability to go on to do a PhD; I consider that one of the greatest compliments of my life. The names of the teachers escape me now, but I remember Mr McIvor, the maths teachers and another excellent fellow. "Dirty Dick" rings a bell but I didn't have him as a teacher - I had a somewhat plump lady Art teacher whose name I just can't remember. But I wasn't much good at art at that time, hence part of the dogging. Another thing I remember was the whole school walking up to services in a church on Hyndland Road - that was the opportunity for 'The Great Escape" down one of the lanes - good memories. Your name rings a bell Moira, do you remember me and were we in some of the same classes? I have great memories of Hyndland. In the primary school my teacher was Miss (Mrs?) Moffat, a lovely lady. At the secoindary school my pals included Ricky Cardo, Timothy French, Davie Campbell, Ralph Nugent, Alister McDonald (Tool), Davie Walker, Jimmy Souter. Among the girls I remember were Elisabath Beith, Caroline Grant and Edith Flemming. At Hyndland Primary my sweetheart was Mary Mullen. But, your name rings a bell - the thing is I don't have my old school photos here (they are with my cousin for safekeeping) but I'll be seeing her again soon so I'll dig them up and put names to faces. Perchance, do you remember me? Whatever, it was lovely to read your post. Hyndland was a very special school. Do you remember going down to the YMCA (I think) building in Peel St for lunch? I used to help the school meals driver unload the big urns of food, and can remember going down into the basement for some fun and a bit of winching. Ah, dem were de days!

Jim Francey | Wed Oct 23 2013

My grandfather (Thomas Workman Hamilton)was born Queen Street Parcitk August 29th 1916 his mothers name was Margaret Hamilton and she was a fleshers assistant. Father was not mentioned i presume she was unmarried. If anyone has any info that would help with a search about her that would be helpful.

KK | Mon Oct 14 2013

So excited to find this site. I lived at 10 Fordyce St Partick from 1936 until 1946. went to Dowanhill School, then Hyndland Senior Secondary.My best friends on the Street were Ellen Brown at number 14. Ellen came from a big family,and I used to have lots of fun learning how to dance in her kitchen and her brother in charge of the record player. and especially when she asked me to spend the night. Mary, Agnes, Ellen and I slept on the couch bed and her two brothers slept in the recess, and two other brothers in two pull out beds at the side of the window. .and baby Anne slept in the cot in the kitchen Ellen married Bill Daly from Dumbarton. My other friend was Rosemary Canning whom I had the pleasure of meeting again in Connectict. My school friends were Frieda Woodburn whom I met at a party again in Canada and we remained very close until she died in her early sixties of Breast cancer..I remember Joyce Denny, and Ellen McConnell from Chancelor St. I also met up,with Jim Douglas in Florida at the Scottish American Club in Dunedin Florida who lived in Chancelor St also and was a good friend of Ellen and Joyce. It is a small world after all. In closing I must mention Speirs Dance Hall where we all lined up to get in on a Saturday night. I think that is where my mind goes to most of all. fifteen, and thinking you are all grown up.I will always love Partick, and everyone that passed through my life while living there. Hope someone out there remembers me, and will hear from them. Ina . L

Ina Dale/Orr | Wed Oct 09 2013

Lived in Fordyce St. 1946 -1970 Went to St Pwters and then the Aquinas Hello to anybody who remembers me

John donachie | Fri Sep 13 2013

I found this site by chance today when I was looking up old street songs. I too went to Hyndland Primary and Hydland Senior Secondary (as it was called then). I remember a few of my teachers namely Mr Bowman ("Bowman the Roman" as he was nick-named) who taught Latin. Mr Brown I remember as an English Teacher, my History teacher we called "Wee Peem" but I can't remember his proper name. An Art teacher nicknamed "Dirty Dick" - again can't remember his name. I wish I could go back in time knowing what I know now - I would have paid a lot more attention for sure! Spent my teenage years walking between cafes in Byres Road - The Cosy Neuk, The Continental, University Cafe and another one down a bit from The Cosy Neuk and across the road. Can't remember the name. Oh Happy Days !!

Moira Munro | Wed Sep 04 2013

This is going back a way but my Aunt Rose and Uncle Felix Kelly lived at 13 White Street. Felix worked at the shipyards. I believe Rose's parents and others in the Quinless family lived in Downanhill Street. Rose died in 1981 and Felix a couple of years afer but I would love to hear from anyone who may remember or have stories about the Kelly or Quinless families

Veronica Evans | Thu Aug 22 2013

I went to Thornwood Primary in 1947 then to Hyndland Senior Secondary in 1954. Remember so may things (now) about those two schools. Woodbine Willies wee tin shed at Thornwood, DeMarco's ice cream factory, the SIZE of the playgrounds at Thornwood. My mother had a wee café on Dumbarton Road just round the corner from Thornwood Drive. Seen a previous note on forum about teachers at both schools: Mr Tait at Thornwood (lovely man); Mr McIver, Mr Brown ('Amo, Amas, Amat' - and as an ex-Ghurka he used to sometimes bring his kukri to school..!), and does anyone remember Mr Ross the science teacher? Another lovely man. Actually met him some years ago..!!! when I went back to Hyndland on a visit. Still wore the old black gown. And, do you know, I even had coffee and bickies in the Headmaster's study this time. Yikes! And another thing, the still had the old 'tin' dinner containers AND the old two-wheeled doubled-ended cart we used to take the containers to the kitchen. Sadly, the old open quadrangle is covered over now, it's a posh cafeteria. How things change, eh? Other memories of Partick? - nearly getting run over by a train in the tunnel (I was only eight!), and running across the tops of the midden walls. Fell off one in Rosevale Street and landed on spiked railings. Not a happy 12-year-old bunny that time. Right, that'll have to do it for now. Happy reading, hopefully ....

Bill Dick | Tue Aug 20 2013


DOMENICA MURRAY | Mon Aug 05 2013

Came from Ireland 1953? lived at 31 Crawford street till 1963. Three sisters Mary, Frances, Conceta and brother Patrick. Grandfather wee Italian man lived on top floor was barber. does anyone remember us. eg Patsy McDade, Dick Reid, Ross Thompson, Alex Allardyce. I worked in Continental Café for a couple of years when clyde tunnel was being constructed.

DOMENICA MURRAY | Sat Aug 03 2013

Doing my family tree would like to know if anyone has any information on my dads family his name was alexander forrester he stayed with his granny mary helen gray she had 6 daughters thomasina mary isabelle alice jeanie lucy my father was called sany and he was a boxer round about 1945 they moved to beith street where they lived up until 1964 also my dads fathers family came from crawford street his name was alexander forrester and mothers name.was jane mcvay they had a daughter mary alexander forrester there was a robert forrester henery forrester john forrester harry forrester and jeanie forrester if anyone has any info please contact me mary helen forrester thanks

mary forrestee | Wed Jul 31 2013

would like to find out if there is some history about Cross Park, Partick. My great, great grandfather once owned it - William Lang - founder of Lang's restaurant, Queen's |st. GlasgowWould like to know when it was sold to the city, and when torn down.

robert bruce lang | Mon Jul 29 2013

Can anyone help me please, My dad was born at 14 Rosevale St in 1922,his name was James William Hall, he was a housepainter. Him and my mum were married in 1953 he had been married before. His parents were John Joseph Hall and Sarah Jane Hall. Sarah Jane had been married before and her previous married name was Wright My Uncle John Wright was born in 1907 he lived at 21 Sandy Rd. He was a House Painter. He married Jeannie Wilson and they had 2 or 3 sons I think. His son was also called John Wright. I know my Uncle John belonged to the Orange Lodge. I would love to contact any remaining members of his family, so if this rings any bells please would you be good enough to contact me. I am 61 now but as a young girl I visited 21 Sandy Rd all the time. I would be so grateful if anyone can help. many thanks.

Betty Housham | Wed Jul 17 2013

hi i was trying to get in contacted with denise regarding my grandfather john a ewingsim silyas neice.thankyou for your posting.tracy

tracy jane ewings mcneil | Fri May 31 2013

hi I am trying to get in touch with denice paton Weiss who post ed near the top of the page I think she is looking for john ewings from sandy road partick please get in touch with me Sylvia ewings

sylvia ewings | Thu May 30 2013

My grandfather was born in 1933 and lived at 2 Thorn St until the 1960's his parents Annie nee Watson and Robert Brown had a green grocers shop on thorn street on the corner of Dumbarton rd (no.689-699ish). he remembers the Walkers who stayed one up from him. If anyone remembers him or has any information about his parents I'd love to know more about them!

on behalf of Robert Brown | Fri Apr 05 2013

I lived at 234 Dumbarton Road until 1948. I went to St. Peters as did all my aunts and uncles. I have been back many times and have often thought of the friends I knew. Does anyone remember the McNallys from Hyndland St and Dumbarton Road?

Marie Mc Nally | Mon Apr 01 2013

Hello! I've inherited some of my grandmother's papers and amongst them were letters and poems written to her from a John A. Ewings that lived on 24 Crawford St. in Partick, Glasgow during WWII. Her name was Thomasina MacGeachie Paton, originally of Paisley/Glasgow, but she along with my grandfather, moved to the States in the 1920's. During WWII, when Mr. Ewings (Big Johnny was his nickname) was stationed in Philadephia, Pa., he used to eat in my grandmother's fish and chips restaurant called, 'The Bluebell'. While there, he would write these beautiful poems addressing his love for his wife, Pearl, his wee son of 7 mths., his family and Scotland. I heard stories growing up that his merchant ship had been torpedoed but I haven't been able to find out any information about him, his ship or his family and I would love to return these poems to them. I know he lived with his family at 24 Crawford St. in 1943 and 1945 but I think he died before 1946 and the house was sold soon after. Any information about him, the family and their location would be greatly appreciated.

denise paton weiss | Fri Mar 08 2013

Lived in vine st Moved todrumchapel

Bert davidson | Sun Feb 24 2013

Hi i am looking for any information, photos,old stories etc on St Peters Primary school chancellor st partick.As from August this year St Peters will no longer exsist as a school as we are merging with Notre Dame primary school.So any information good or bad would be of a great help to us..I myself went to ST peters as did both my mum,dad and for all this is a sad time of our schools history

HELEN CUSKER | Sun Feb 17 2013

My Fathers name was Joseph Phillips and was the eldest of seven children. His family moved to White street Partick around 1916 any info would be appreciated.

Geraldine Price | Sun Feb 17 2013

I was delighted to come across this site and to read all the contributions from Partickonians and their relations. I was born in 1939 at 107 Purdon St but 6 years later my parents moved us to 44 Castlebank st.I started work in Duncan's Foundry just 200 yards along the road heading East. Nadia my friends and I you could say lived in the Criterion Cafe and spent most of our money on the Juke Box in there. Most of my friends came from Walker st and we were regulars at the F&F ballroom om Saturday Sunday nights. Just needed to acknowledge the site as I have no valuable contribution to make at the moment but love the stories from others.

john henry | Fri Jan 11 2013

Enjoyed reading on the site great memories came rushing back. james

James Mackenzie | Wed Dec 05 2012

I was born at 37 Mansfield st partick in 1936 I lived on Byres rd for some time and then moved to 22 gardner st I went to St Peters in Stewartville st then to St Pauls in Whiteinch. The pals i used to knock around with were mostly from the fordyce st area and we would meet in a little Italian Cafe near the bottom of Hyndland st. I think the owners name was Jean Neuesby , she made the most delicious coffee and we would spend hours over our coffee, but if the shop was busy she would eject us and you dare not complain or you were banned for a week. the friends i knocked around with were John Reynolds, James Mc Grotty, James Gilmore,Moira McKinney, Isabell Mc Cargo Kathleen Meickle,there were lots more but those are the ones i can remember we didnt have much but we enjoyed ourselves I moved to Ireland in 1953 and lost touch with everyone. If any of the people i mentioned above are still around i would love to here from them. I am in glasgow on holidays at the moment and have been visiting all the old places and i am glad to see that partick hasnt changed too much. looking forward to hearing from some of my old pals.

John Kelly | Thu Nov 15 2012

'Andy, I went to Thornwood and Hydland too, starting in '61. Haha ... I had to laugh ... I am sure that 'Mr Peem' you refer to was actually Mr Ferguson! Great wee fella who, like most of my teachers, I only grew to appreciate all too late.

Iain | Mon Sep 24 2012

Lived at 18 Byron St Partick !944to1960 Went to Thornwood School 49 to 56.My teachers were Mrs Mccormick and Mr Tait Hyndland senior secondary 56 to 59 teachers were Mr Welsh, Mr McIvor Mr Brown Mr Peem Mrs. Duncanson Mr Stirling. Can remember some class mates. Billy Mckinnon Drew Greenwood Julia Henderson, Ronnie Hume,Jean McDonald,Remember the plot where we would sledge or sit on a bit of tin,The wee pie shop at the bottom of Thornwood Drive next to Jack Sharps where we got our footballs blown up. Left in 1969 and now live in Canada

James Anderson (Andy) | Wed Aug 22 2012

partick glasgow search for my fathers big sister elizabeth shipton born 1916 married john connor 16th june 1933 / divorced 1951 , elizabeth connor had 5 children, childrens names , john connor born june 1936 ann murphy connor born june 1934 mary connor bornjune 1930 patrick joseph connor born june 1938 elizabeth connor born jan 1943 there iz no sign of elizabeth shipton / connor death, could be still alive all the connor children were named after elizabeths wee brothers and sisters , do you come from elizabeth shipton / connor, do you come from granny margaret shipton born 1894 never married , i have found who the father iz of elizabeth shipton connor born 1916 im elizabrth shipton born 1955 to joseph patrick shipton born 1919, elizabeth connor wee brother, please contact me /

lizzy dawson | Tue Aug 14 2012

I'm writing on behalf of my uncle Albert mcgirr lived in Walkerst Partick, he immagrated to Australia over 50 years ago + comes home every few years ,he worked at Blythswood shipbuilding from 1951 to 1962 he would love to hear from to friends Tam Mckinley+george sloan, any info would be greatly appreciated, you can contact me on my email address, he would love to know what became off them , thanks Lucy Hamilton

Lucy Hamilton | Sun Aug 05 2012

I'm writing on behalf of my uncle Albert mcgirr lived in Walkerst Partick, he immagrated to Australia over 50 years ago + comes home every few years ,he worked at Blythswood shipbuilding from 1951 to 1962 he would love to hear from to friends Tam Mckinley+george sloan, any info would be greatly appreciated, you can contact me on my email address, he would love to know what became off them , thanks Lucy Hamilton

Lucy Hamilton | Sun Aug 05 2012

I'm writing on behalf of my uncle Albert mcgirr lived in Walkerst Partick, he immagrated to Australia over 50 years ago + comes home every few years ,he worked at Blythswood shipbuilding from 1951 to 1962 he would love to hear from to friends Tam Mckinley+george sloan, any info would be greatly appreciated, you can contact me on my email address, he would love to know what became off them , thanks Lucy Hamilton

Lucy Hamilton | Sun Aug 05 2012

does anyone remember betty barclays restaurant on the corner of byres road in the 60s i was her nephew

peter elliott | Wed Jun 20 2012

I am looking for Mary McGuigan who worked at birrells factory in 1952. Contact Jean Anderson through grandsons email .

Jean anderson | Tue Jun 19 2012

does anybody know where any of my cousins of the Kerr family of 5 Thurso St. partick are. There was Kitty, William, Jim, Steven and Bobby.They moved to Pollok around 1950 and then the East end I believe.

frank logan | Wed Jun 13 2012

My grandmother, Margaret Allison Hamilton was born at 31 Merkland St to Charlotte Isabella Clark & David Hamilton. There were 9 kids born there, the last with Charlotte's 2nd spouse, Thomas Downie. I'm trying to locate any Hamilton descendants.

Cathy Grubb | Thu Jun 07 2012

My nana BERYL MACDONALD(NEE) now McGuinness. She went to Rosevale primary, Partick then Hamilton Crescent, she is 75. She would love to hear from Shona Glass who was married in Merkland street or from anyone else who remembers her. My nanas mum was well known Susie MacDonald who worked on the boats.

Charlene brady | Sun May 27 2012

I was born at 118 Castlebank Street Partick in September 1945. Lived on the first floor room and kitchen with 2 brothers James and Brian and two sisters Kathleen and Maureen and Mammy Peggy and old man Big Willie (or Bill). Moved to Drumchapel (the posh bit - Drumry Road) in 1956. Brilliant! 3 bedrooms. A bath. Indoor toilet (as opposed to ona the freezing staircase) Luxury!!!

Frank McNeilly | Sat May 19 2012

My name is Juan Campos. I am the author of a book: "N?ufragos de Anta?o" on XIXth century shipwrecks in Galicia, NW Spain. One of them was the TRINACRIA Anchor line, Capt Murray was 31 and lived at 40, Dumbarton Rd. Partick. I am preparing a second edition and would be grateful for any information about him.

Juan Campos | Tue May 15 2012

I am currently ghost writing a book for someone who grew up in Partick. The childhood is only part of the book, but to give a good background of Partick and that area of Glasgow I would like to speak to somebody with good knowledge of the area in the years between 1960 - 1975. History of economic factors, particularly the poorer communities. If you have any useful information or could speak with me it would be much appreciated.

M Huggins | Sun May 06 2012

Does anybody know what became of the Coia family who had a cafe opposite the Western infirmary on Dumbarton road, Partick in the 40s and 50s.

frank logan | Wed May 02 2012

Just found this site by accident, I was living in Thornwood and went to Thornwood primary school till about 1974/5, I remember getting sent with a tub on a Sunday for ice cream from the factory just opposite Thornwood Primary, also remember the old railway tunnels before the motorway was built, spent many days daring each other to go through them,

Janice Mcgill | Thu Apr 26 2012

1942 38 Gullain st. Christine Burke Born 1942. Moved 1965 Brothers: Bill Dave Huey. Pop: Harry Burke. Worked on the anchor line as a gaffer. Worked in the gate house on weekends Mum: Chrissy Scott worked as a house cleaner for those that had money. All kids went to Church st school Bill Burke married Mattie Ranken in 1952 Huey married Cathy Laird David married marrie Tracey Margaret Watson was/is my best friend lived on Purden street. Had a mutual freind named Jane schooled? Used to go up the toon to the lecarno dance hall and went to the f&s dance hall All went to Anderson st Sunday school Huey had a friend named Huey Stromboli. Chrissy Scott had a friend called Mary Derrick (husband Peter Derrick). They stayed in the same close. (singalane?) Remember the Steamie, DeMarco's, picture houses ( partick, rosevile, trivolli) There was a dairy downstairs owned/run by Mary and Eddie . And a sweet shop next to the dairy and two pubs. Used to roller skate on anderson street, go to the high back, and go to the swing park. Had a bull terrier named Judy that would get out and steal stuff from the (vegetable store) and the owner would come over and Chrissy would have to pay for what the dog stole. David Burke and Peter Derrick where friends? Used to play cricket in " the back"

Bill flippen | Sat Mar 24 2012

I also was born in Partick (Rosevale St) and my grandparents and their parents before them lived in Chancellor Street. I am trying to find out about the Dolan Family from Chancellor Street. Any news would be great. I went to St Peters primary where my dad took a movie of the kids making their first communion in 1958 (I think). Any info would be great. Many thanks.

Margaret Dolan | Tue Mar 20 2012

Can anyone tell me whereabouts in Partick that Thorn Street was (is?)

Margaret Corse nee Foster | Sun Feb 19 2012

hi does anyone remember the mcgirr family who stayed at 8 walker street partick,my mum maureen was born there 1937 with her family brothers jim albert fred and her sister lucy,my grandad was willie and my gran jane mcxgirr nee doonan,would love too hear from anyone who remembers them,thanks lucyxx

lucyhamilton | Wed Feb 01 2012

Further to my previous comment the family at no 9 were the megackens( hope this reads correctly my computer defaulted to the last spelling)I remember a francis,Patricia,and I believe a Thomas does anyone remember them?

Christine nee totten | Wed Jan 11 2012

Fantastic website! I lived at 7 Mansfield street (now mansfield park) from 1946 to 1953 when my family moved to Northampton where my father had secured employment. I went to downhill school. My best memories are kelvin grove park the art galleries the freedom of being allowed to go to these places with my younger sister Patricia. And going to a little park that we called bumble bee park it was near our school. I remember going on the ferry to a magical place lit up with fairy lights and a waterfall going over a large barrel it was late when we got home but it was a magical place . I visited the university cafe a few years ago I loved it as it was just the same as I remembered. Not such a good memory was sharing a toilet on the floor below ours with lots of other families.or the mice that we always seemed to have. I remember the McFadden family that lived at no 9 and a girl called nancy who lived in a big flat on the corner of Dumbarton rd and Mansfield st . I will definitely be looking at this site again

Christine nee totten | Wed Jan 11 2012

I am trying to trace my aunt,Gertie O'Malley(maiden name Kane)born abt 1930, she was married to my uncle Johnny O'Malley who was from mayo in ireland but went to work in Glasgow where he met and married Gertie they had no children. Johnny died in 1968 and is buried in Glasgow.I Have not seen gertie since the late 1970 and I am now trying to locate her, from what I remember she was from Partick. All help or direction would be appreciated. Jimmy 0'Malley,Dublin, Ireland.

Jimmy O\'Malley | Sat Jan 07 2012

I am now in contact with Elizabeth Campbell nee Grindley who is now in Canada so thanks to this site for that Perhaps Sandra Brand Hilda Docherty Elspeth Scott Katherine Jackson. Brian Davidson David Wilson will get in contact too who were also in Miss Naismith's class at Thornwood primary school

estherre keeling nee stirling | Fri Jan 06 2012

My family lived at 9 Walker Street. My grandad was Hugh Crawford and my Granny was Lizzie Taggart. They had 5 children, Hughie,Johnny, Jimmy, Jeannie and Mary My parents were Hufhie Crawford and Christina McIntyre.Does anyone remember them.

Jean Callander nee Crawford | Thu Dec 29 2011

Does anyone remember Jimmy Gallagher or Watty McDonald one had a wee scrappy business and the other done coal brickets...remember running up and down the tennements with the side knocked out of a friut box and 12ish brickets could fit in. Jimmy had a stable for his horse next to a blacksmiths on Sandy Road (think it was called that) and I remember the storm of 66 when the chimney collapsed next to Sandy Road, was only a wee boy at the time but lots of fond memories

James Davidson | Wed Nov 30 2011

Congrats on a great website! I am desperately trying to trace my lost Gardner family of Glasgow. My grandfather James Allan Gardner was born in 1889 at 31 Lumsden Stree, Finnieston. His parents were James Gardner and Mary Allan Scott. My grandfather had three older sisters, Jeanie Allan Gardner born 1884 and twins Julie Allan Gardner and Mary Allan Gardner born 1886. My grandfather worked as a naval draughtman in the John Brown Shipyard before he joined the British Army in the First World War as a sapper in the Royal Engineers. He lost touch with all his Clydebank family after he joined the army and I am extremely keen to find any living descendants. Apart from 31 Lumsden Street, I have three other addresses for my Gardner family - 22 Church Street in Partick, 9 Park Street in Kelvinhaugh, 239 Glasgow Road in Clydebank. My great grandfather also worked at the John Brown's Shipyard, he was employed as a clerk there, and I think the family home at no. 239 Glasgow Road was almost opposite the shipyard gates. I would be most appreciative of any help in tracking down my Gardner family. I live in Kent, England. Here's hoping...!

dawn holloway-reeves | Mon Oct 31 2011

for the record there were 5 cinemas in partick the standard, the western known as the ranch because it always showed cowboy films, one in vine st.? the rosevale and the tiv. others nearby were the victoria and the odeon in whiteinch,the salon and the grosvenor in hillhead and the kelvin just past the kelvin hall

frank logan | Tue Sep 20 2011

hi im frank logan born 5 thurso st. partick in 1936 lived there till 1950 and have very fond memories.There was always a vitality and excitement which made you want to get up early to see what was happening. names i remember well are evlyn corrigan next door,my cousin kitty kerr, jack dennison,peter and tommy kilpatrick who now sings under the name of tommy scott,dorothy macdonald, john tait and many more.I now live in east kilbride but visit partick every week. I have great memories of the park the art galleries,kelvin hall, coias cafe (and the beautiful daughter maria) oh and i forgot the great lucky middens on byres rd.ha ha. also street concerts and bonfire nights.I would love to hear from anybody, miss you.

frank logan | Mon Sep 19 2011

Hi, I am Australian, born and bred. However, my maternal grandparents were both living in Partick when they were married in 1914, hence my interest in the area. In answer to Karen McKinlay, I looked in the telephone directory for Coogee,Sydney, which does have a beach.There is an R Dougan living at 64 Bream St,Coogee,NSW,2034. I also looked for Coogee Beach in WA, and there were 12 sites, none of which were at Coogee Beach. Hope this may help. Cheers.

Margaret Mitchell | Sun Sep 11 2011

Should have mentioned they are all from Partick , some still live there.

Karen McKinlay | Sat Sep 10 2011

I am trying to locate cousin's in Australia? My family are called Dougan. There is Anne (my mother), Billy, Robert, Betty & Jean. They are all still living. I hear so much about my family's uncle Bobby who was a a great footballer / coach. He has 2 daughters who live in Kujee Beach , Australia. I have tried to find them on Facebook but no luck. If anybody has any information on my great uncle it would be much appreciatted. My son would love to hear his stories as he is a very keen footballer himself. Thanks. x

Karen McKinlay | Sat Sep 10 2011

went to thornwood school in 1954to1960. Have very fond memories of playing in the back courts, on the dykes and on top of old washhouses. lived at 777 Dumbarton road. with my wee brother Alan

robertson enrica | Mon Sep 05 2011

does anyone have photographs of Walker Street pre 1955

bert wilkie | Wed Aug 10 2011

I have just found this site after being referred to it through Scotfamtree and seen your post,I was born at 9 Walker Street. Partick in 1944.we also had a single end for my Mum,Dad, my big sister Jean and my wee sister Rita,How we all lived there I dont know we all slept in the recess double bed except my wee sister who was in a cot outside the curtains. I too went to Church Street School but only for a year,my friends here in London don,t believe that we used an abacus for counting and a slate and chalk for writing,I remember getting put in a cot for a wee sleep in the afternoon,my late mum said I started there in 1948.We left Walker Street in late 1949 and moved to a beautiful brand new apartment in Pollok with our own rooms and an inside toilet,kitchen,front room I remember it seemed like heaven,it was a great place to grow up,lots of open spaces and green fields,but I remember Partick very fondly

bert wilkie | Wed Aug 10 2011

I would love to have a school photo showing myself at Thornwood School in the early 1940s. My parents never purchased any although I remember the class posing for them. Does anyone know if the school has a collection of old photos?

Margaret Corse nee Foster | Thu Aug 04 2011

There are a couple of queries on our discussion forum about Partick. Wonder if anyone here can help? You'll find a link to discussion forum at top bar of home page. Thanks and thanks for all your comments, Pat

Pat Byrne | Wed Jul 27 2011

dear Elizabeth Grindley who saw this interesting site and sent me an email and sent me her email address and a corrected on .I replied to both of them but after several tries an even returning my replies to the sender they failed so Liz now Campbell if you see this ,Please get in touch again Both Betty Turtle and I do remember you . Estherre Keeling

estherre keeling nee stirling | Sat Jul 09 2011

Jim Francey mentions Carradale St. My granny lived at number 2 Carradale St. and I was very disappointed to see it no longer exists.

Margaret Corse nee Foster | Wed Jun 22 2011

Very pleasant surprise to come across your sight. I was born in Partick in 1953 on Dumbarton Road, right across from the Rosevale Picture House. Father and mothers' sides both came from the Rosevale St, Carradale St area. I went to Hyndland Primary then Hyndland Secondary, leaving in 1970. That part of Dumbarton Road was a pretty good place back then, nice shops like Hoeys, Clydesdale Records, Massey's, a nice florist, and even a deli at the corner of Crow Rd. The Co-op in Crow Road was a good shop too; I used to work for Mr Broadfoot, the manager, delivering groceries. Does anyone remember a shop next to the Methodist Church, Paloxy's; and old shop that sold old army gear like parkas and flying jackets? Ah, the stuff of the sixties! Someone mentioned Jimmy Gallagher earlier; he delivered our coal and it was always a big treat for me when he took me out on his round during the school holidays. I haven't been back to Partick for many years, so my memories still have the sound of rivetting from the yards running through them. If anyone remembers me or my folks, I'd be glad to hear from them.

Jim Francey | Tue Jun 21 2011

i went to thornwood primary school 1958 and lived in partick until 1969 lived in byron street grandmothers name mc sherry grandfathers name o connell grandmother lived in cooperswell street pawn close anyone remember them

frances burke | Tue Jun 07 2011

I was born at 3 Stewartville Street but moved to 23 Apsley Street at an early age and I lived there until 1950 when we moved to Canada. I went to Thornwood Primary then Hyndland Secondary. I have an older sister Edith and a younger sister Linda. I don't remember the names of many school chums but do remember Jack Glancy who lived at 2 Kildonan Drive. He went to a Catholic School and his Dad was a bookmaker. Any chance he's out there reading this? I also remember the last chum I spoke to before leaving for Canada the next day was a redheaded boy called Colin.

Margaret Corse nee Foster | Sun May 22 2011

Way back in 1953, when I was but 8 years old, they held a big party in a yard in Anderson Street to celebrate the Queen's Coronation. There was a professional (Newspaper?) photographer with a big camera on a tripod. I saw one of the pictures and I was the shy wee wain at the very back. I would dearly a copy of that photograph. Does anyone have photographs from that event that I could have copied? TIA

Margaret Bull (nee)Johnson | Wed May 18 2011

I lived at 43 Anderson St with my grandfather, Sanny Ewart, my mother Jeannie Johnson (Nee Ewart), brothers Raymond and Lawrence and my big sister Emily. How we all fitted into our wee single end, beggars belief. We were poor but didn't know it. I have many happy memories of my childhood growing up in Partick and was thrilled to log on to this website reading all your letters took me right back. I too played in the high backs down the barges and roller skated down Purdon St I went to Church St primary school and then to Hamilton Crescent leaving there on Friday 1960, age 15. I starting work on the Monday at Thomlinsons at the bottom Crow Road stitching footballs by hand. Then at Birrell's sweet factory at Anniesland Cross. I often wonder what became of my pals especially Margaret Wilson from Maryhill. I'd love to hear from anyone who remembers me or any of the Johnson and Ewart families.

Margaret Bull nee Johnson | Tue May 17 2011

I lived at 43 Anderson St with my grandfather, Sanny Ewart, my mother Jeannie Johnson (Nee Ewart), brothers Raymond and Lawrence and my big sister Emily. How we all fitted into our wee single end, beggars belief. We were poor but didn't know it. I have many happy memories of my childhood growing up in Partick and was thrilled to log on to this website reading all your letters took me right back. I too played in the high backs down the barges and roller skated down Purdon St I went to Church St primary school and then to Hamilton Crescent leaving there on Friday 1960, age 15. I starting work on the Monday at Thomlinsons at the bottom Crow Road stitching footballs by hand. Then at Birrell's sweet factory at Anniesland Cross. I often wonder what became of my pals especially Margaret Wilson from Maryhill. I'd love to hear from anyone who remembers me or any of the Johnson and Ewart families.

Margaret Bull nee Johnson | Tue May 17 2011

I am trying to find out what happened to my great grandfather John Morrison who had a grocer shop in Partick in the 1920's and apparently up and left for America when his wife Mary died and left behind 4 children, my grandmother being the eldest at 16 yrs can any one help me please?

Kim Drowley | Mon May 16 2011

Im 53 next month and remember Partick very well as a child. My Nana & Pop (Jimmy Cadoo) lived in Castlebank St and I remember the wee pub on the corner they drank in, used to get the bag of plain crisps with a wee bag of salt in it. Remember Frasers on the corner of Beith St were we lived. Near the firestation There was a stables next to a blacksmiths and I still remember the horses being shoed. I use to shuffle bags of coal for Jimmy Gallacher and also worked for Watty McDonald deliverin coal brickets all round Partick. I went to church St Primary school near where the tennaments were damaged in a storm in the sixties. Does anyone remember my Pop, Jimmy Cadoo, had 3 daughters Christine,Edna and Janette. What a brilliant site, loads of memories flooding back.

James Davidson | Thu May 12 2011

I have visited a site that gives the old and new names for Glasgow (incl Partick) streets but I can find no mention of Parker St where my grandfather died at #4. Does anyone have information about this street and why it is not included on the above mentioned list ? Thanks

Helen | Sun Apr 24 2011

Can anyone give me information on Kelvin works in old glasgow or the manufacturer D. Mellis.

caroline | Mon Apr 11 2011

I was born and brought up in Partick at the corner of Peel street and Dumbarton Rd. Went to Hyndland Primary and then Hyndland Secondary between 1969-74. Maiden name was Donaldson. Partick was a great shopping centre in those days. You could buy a penny cone from Celino's in Merkland St., a threepenny poke of chips from the fab chippy also in Merkland St., get an orange jubilee from Barnie's on Dumbarton rd( just opposite Fortrose St), Newspaper from McArthurs on Dumbarton Rd ( run by two sisters for whom time had stood still!) Telfers..when it used to be a fish shop. I could go on and on. We would sometimes play "round the bombsies" behind the Salvation Army building in Peel st.

Ann Biggerstaff ( nee Donaldso | Mon Apr 04 2011

trying to trace morrison family who lived in white street patrick in 1950-1960's would love to hear any info

frank | Fri Mar 04 2011

trying to trace morrison family lived in patrick area white street i think would love to hear from anyone who knew them .

frank | Thu Mar 03 2011

I am researching the Hammond /Totten family tree. I know that both families lived in Partick My Great grand parents on the Totten side lived at152 Castlebank Street Partick 1847 and 13 Douglas street Partick 1916,and my great grand parents on the Hammond side lived at 8 Mansfield Street Partick 1932. If anyone remembers my family or can help me with my tree please get in touch. Thanks

Tabitha Hammond | Sun Jan 23 2011

Re cinemas in Partick,when I was young, there was also The Standard in Dumbarton Rd. opp Church St., and the Hillhead salon-

irene patterson | Mon Jan 17 2011

picture houses in partick Grovenor at top of Byres Road Roseval at top of rosevale street tivoli at Crow road and Wester at partick cross These are the only ones i can think of from the 1950 hope its helpful

patricia ryan nee kelly | Sat Jan 15 2011

My grandfather, Hugh Beaton, was born at 81 Merkland St, Partick in 1895. Charles Carrigan and his family also lived at that address about that time. My grandfather named one of his daughters Catherine Carrigan, and I am wondering what the connection is. Any ideas out there?

Tricia | Sat Dec 18 2010

Does anybody remember the Mitchell family who lived in Crawford Street? in particular Marion Mitchell who died aged 18 years in 1947/48. Marion had a baby girl who was put into care, also named Marion , I am the daughter of that baby and would dearly love to hear from anyone who knew the Mitchell family or who knew or went to school with Marion.

karen clark | Fri Nov 26 2010

hi, I was born in 1942, and from birth until about 2 yrs old lived at 60 Partick Bridge St. with my mother and father,Nellie (nee Mcluskey) and Alex - who worked for the Clyde Navigation Trust as a crane driver. We then moved "Up the Brae" to no.18, opposite The Springwell Tavern. I went to Church St.primary School, I have a class photo of Miss Craigs class from 1952. I then went to Hyndland S.Sec. My aunt and uncle Annie and Joe Duncanson lived at 30 Partick Bridge street. I went to The Girls Guildry and Sunday School at Old Partick Parish Church. I well remember going "up the jumps"Pat Roller's column in The Record always had some kid breaking their leg at the jumps! playing in The plantation, going down the docks, the Govan ferry 1/2d,fare, and asking the man if we could go for free,The Criterion Cafe, the Art Galleries on a sunday afternoon, lots of families and so many memories. I hope this has been of help and interest to someone, and if you are interested in photographs of Partick I recommend "Partick Remembered" and "Bygone Partick", both published by Stenlake Publishing Ltd.Catrine, I go back to Partick now after 40 yrs away and I still have such a feeling for the place, Sad or what!

irene patterson | Sun Nov 21 2010

I have fond memories of my taking me and my brother to the ctiterion cafe on dumbarton rd, we used to get hot diluted orange juice and my mum would traet herself to a frothy coffee ( a real treat in the mid 60's). i remember a fantastic juke box and can almost hear now "the big O", jim reaves, the beatles all blasting out. Fond memories indead!!

jim kane | Fri Oct 22 2010

i lived at 44 crawford st with my three brothers and five sisters jim john ian colleen sylvia margaret we had a great time growing up we then moved to drumchapel

margaret morgan | Thu Oct 21 2010

On doing my family tree, I have discovered that my paternal grandfather once stayed in Sutherland Terrace, which is sadly no longer there. Does anyone have any photos of the terrace?

Brenda | Tue Oct 19 2010

Some of you might enjoy the BBC Alba Programme about 'Gaels in Partick' you can find it if you do a search for: gaels in partick bbc alba iplayer or see link above at the bottom of Ian's feature.

Pat Byrne | Tue Oct 19 2010

hi folks, delighted to find this site brings back very fond memories of being brought up in stewartville street top of the hill big irish family and we were never bored making our own carts from old prams or jumping the dikes in the yard and for the girls bouncing a ball up the big wall in st peters school yard ..ahh them were the days ..i remember very well the dentist mr abercrombie where we all had to go at some time and the criterion were i thought my older brother billy was treating me to a big slap up breaky only to tell me to run after ordering ...i should have known and he still doesnt spend ha ha ..and the storm queen were we were lucky enough to enjoy a meal over the xmas to celebrate a birthday ...all the great memories just wish i could remember more.. pat

pat | Sun Oct 17 2010

Ive lived in the Partick area all my life (34 years), as have most of my family - first Hyndland, then Partickhill and now Broomhill. Amongst my memories of shops etc....the toy shop 'Birrs' (i think it was called!) - that had some great stuff that was very hard to find elsewhere - it was always an event going there as a kid to get the latest Star Wars toys! Alot of the shops that i remember survived until fairly recently - i.e. Telfers the fruit stall, Partick Sports, Army and Navy, Hoeys, Woolworths, Celinos in Merkland Street. Also, earlier in the thread, Nadia mentioned her links to the Criterion Cafe - i have very fond memories of it. It was often a Sunday treat to get a tub from there - and i maintain that the ice-cream was possibly the best ive ever had to this day! My friends dad knew the owner (whom i think was called Bruno), sometimes he'd give us a little bit extra, which was great hehe. As far as i remember, the logo has been reproduced faithfully in the new pub/restaurant in Dumbarton Road, which is nice to see. Thinking about all these great old shops (rose tinted perhaps), has me torn about the current state of Partick.

Andy | Tue Oct 12 2010

i was born down at the bottom of Crawford street next to the bridge and lived there for 11yrs b4 moving to the Drum.I remember wee Bunty (wae the limp) who delivered milk from the battery milk float and Auld John who ran the stables in Beith St.Jimmy the coalman is another who springs to mind .Went to Rosevale St school and had Miss Hoggan as teacher and was terrified of Mr Wright who rumour had it soaked his belt in vinegar at night (can still feel the sting ) when he dished it out when we came late Mr Ross was Janny and i was pals with the Courtneys (Jimmy ,Alan ,(flash ) and later on William who lived in nr 40 crawford st Growing up there were the best days of my life .

g.mitchell | Sun Oct 03 2010

Nadia I remember your family cafe from my younger days, however, do not have any stories other than buying ice cream. You may like to know though that a Criterion Cafe has been resurrected this week. It is situated between Apsley St and Exeter Drive, as far as I can recall the signage is exactly as your family cafe

Tom Horn | Wed Sep 22 2010

Nadia I remember your family cafe from my younger days, however, do not have any stories other than buying ice cream. You may like to know though that a Criterion Cafe has been resurrected this week. It is situated between Apsley St and Exeter Drive, as far as I can recall the signage is exactly as your family cafe

Tom Horn | Wed Sep 22 2010

My parents and then my brother had the Criterion Cafe in Dumbarton Road a few doors down from the F&F Bingo Hall. Does anyone have any memories they can share? Would love to hear your stories, thanks Nadia

Nadia | Thu Sep 09 2010

Sorry meant to say that mum and dad were both born in 1940 and it was no. 27 Kennoway Drive my mum lived at!

Lynne | Wed Sep 08 2010

My mum was Irene Speedie of 26 or 28 Kennoway Drive. Her sisters were Anne and Celia. She married my dad Joe Black and they lived all their married life in Thornwood Drive. They attended Thornwood Primary and Hyndland Secondary.

Lynne | Wed Sep 08 2010

I forgot to leave my email addressin my entry on April 2010

estherre keeling nee stirling | Fri Jul 23 2010

Hi, all from Partick (Hyndland, Thornwood. Broomhill) fantastic websight. Went to Thornwood Primary, 1948, Hyndland, 1954, still in Scotland, (Central) but love to read all about Partick where I grew up, Byres Road my teenage years, mum worked in Diggens, practically lived in Continental Cafe, Hot peas and Bovril. Wish I could meet all my old Friends. Loved BEING THERE !!!!!

Margaret Black | Fri Jul 02 2010

robert carter was my next door neighbour and his mum millie

stuart mcdonald | Sat Jun 12 2010

I have just found this sight and spent the last hour reading it.I lived in Burgh Hall Street before moving to Drumchapel. I attended Hyland Primary then Hamilton Cresent. My eldest brother went to Balshagry. The memories brought back reaing the e-mails, Tivoli picures, Whiteinch park and baths, Sundays walking to Kelvingrove Park & The Art Gallery and so much more. My family name was Shaw, dad played football, my brothers were John(Jack), Jim, Hugh and me Margaret. Any chance anyone remembes us? An uncle lived at 30 Merkland St., I remember the Pawn shop there and I think there was a fishmonger My Gr.Pa Stewart worked on the docks and we used to go across on the ferry to Goven where he and my Gr. Ma lived. I immigrated to Australia in 1961 with my husband John Wilcher

Margaret Wilcher (Shaw) | Sat May 22 2010

Iwas born at 28 Kennoway Drive Partick lived there till 1966 this was almost in the country as there were allotments all the way over Thornwood Drive to Brommhill cross went to Thornwood Primary and then Hyndland S.S. would like to here from any that remember those years esp Robrt Carter from 29

Bobby Allardyce | Thu May 20 2010

I was interested to see an entry from Jack Insch regarding Medwyn Street and his family. His mother is my cousin and we had many happy holidays together at Caverhill.His grandfather Jack Livingston is a legend among us as we understand that he built a model of the Royal Yacht Britannia. It would be nice to hear from Jack. James Price.

James Price | Wed May 12 2010

looking for details on Isabell McGugan Arthur and her parents William and Margaret. The Arthurs lived on Craford Street in Partick. I believe William died in 1931. Margaret emigrated to Canada at the end of the war with her daughter and her son in law. Iabell appreas to have been born in 1923. Also looking for Thomas and Margaret Evans from Clyde Street(Now Sandy Road)

hayley | Fri May 07 2010

I lived in Partick from 1945_68 Our house was in 24 Byron Street I went to thornwood primary school.going on to hyndland senior mother was the Rosevale Cinema cashier. Among my pals at school were Sandra Brand Catherine Jackson Elizabeth Grindley.I remember Billy Smith Billy Wilson Ian Downie Brian Jackson Charlie Simpson took me to the first school dance at Thornwood school. all the pupils helped to decorate the hall Miss Naismith was our class's last teacher befor we moved up to our secondary schools do any of you remember the big ginger headed policeman who directed the traffic at Partick Cross? and the blue policebox or tardis at the crossIf there is anyone out there who remembers me then I'd like to here from you

estherre keeling nee stirling | Mon Apr 26 2010

We are hosting a photo exhibition based on the theme 'I love Partick'. We are looking for loans or copies of pictures of partick old and new to display in the venue. The exhibition is running through May and June and all photos will be returned with or thanks. If anyone has any photos they wish to lend, could they please contact the Big Mouth Cafe on 0141 337 7023 or visit us at 167 Dumbarton Road. Thanks Anne

Anne Carey | Thu Apr 08 2010

Forgot to leave my email,

Ann-Marie Thorburn | Mon Feb 22 2010

Hi All, am trying to trace some of my mums friends from Partick. Her name was Bessie Hardy, lived at 10 Dunaskin st,her mothers name was Margaret McGhee. Her father drowned in an accident before she was born.She lived a lot with her Gran, Alice Hardy at 16 Dunaskin st. She was born in 1938 and went to St Gerards School in Govan.She has asked me to mention the; Gourley, Speirs,McEwans, Tutty's and the Coyles. Get in touch if you remember my mum, she and my dad live in Balloch now. Thanks, x

Ann-Marie Thorburn | Mon Feb 22 2010

i was born and brought up in thornwood.. attended thornwood primary school n later hyndland sec i still live nearby is it just me or is partick the only place that people think back with romantic notions about the place it was interesting reading the comments and i would like to say cheers to all past and present partick punters

stuart mcdonald | Mon Feb 15 2010

Does anyone have photos of teh Criterion Cafe they could scan and post or maybe you'veseen a photo online could you point me in the direction of it. Thanks in advance

Dexter St. Clair | Tue Feb 09 2010

stayed in patick fire station 1959-1977 drove van for demarco's 1976/77 for Adrian.lost contact with most poeple but feel free to contact me if you know me.

Marcus Kane | Fri Jan 29 2010

Help My wife and i stayed in 28 Kildonan Drive, Partick from 1959 till 1962. We attended Newton Place Church in Dumbarton Road and my son Stewart was baptised in this Church in 1961. Now doing family History and would like, if possible, a foto of Chuch. Would pay for foto. Bert Gamble,7 Cairnie Place, Whitburn, West Lothian, EH47 8HZ

Robert Gamble | Sun Jan 17 2010

does anybody remember the mcgirrs who lived in walker st partick

helen mcgirr | Fri Jan 15 2010

Brought up in 10 dunaskin street with mum.Mary dad Jimmy and brother Jim McCafferty. Went to Anderston st nursery then Church st school. Mum was from a large family and all the sisters worked in Glasgow Uni. Aunties in Purdon st, White st, anderston st, Hyndland st, Stuartville st and their maiden names were Gibson.Mum worked in the dairy in Crow rd.I have photos of the toners knunx duff! Used to go to the steamy in my pram loaded up with washing on top and we weans got our baths in the steamie also as we only had an outside loo no baths just the odd scrub down in the sink. My brother would take me to the ABC minors on a saturday morning, it was a treat to go with our glass dish to the Criterion cafe for ice cream(now the site of the bingo)or the university cafe.

Marie Trott | Tue Jan 05 2010

My, my, the memories ! I was born in Muirpark St. in 1953, and lived there until about 1966. Went to Partick Primary & Hyndland Senior Secondary schools. In the '70s I moved to the North of Scotland and thereafter to Norway, where I now live and work.

J. Derek Riddell | Wed Dec 09 2009

i was born 35 sandy road i went to rosevale st school, then hamilton cresent i remember playing in the fire station the swing park down the barges goven ferry, and playing in clensing dep would be good to here from anyone who remembers me

sylvia ewings | Sat Dec 05 2009

My Mothers family was raised on Partick Bridge Street. My grandparets were Joseph and Mary Breslin. I was born 1947, and emigrated with my parents to California in 1953 at age 6. My mother was Cathie Breslin, and father was John Frati. His father once owned fish/n/chip shop on Partick Bridge Street. My father worked for DeMarco's factory making macaroom bars, and my mother worked at the hospital near Kelvigrove Park. anyone know us?

josephine murphy | Fri Nov 13 2009

MY great grandparents were Christopher Bermingham and Alice Nee Fallen. they lived in 48 kelvin street, partick. Christopher was a police officer and they lost four children in infancy. they were married in St Peters, hyndland street, 1901. they went on to have another seven children. Their son Joseph was knocked down and killed by a tram. Any information would be greatly appreciated, I am trying to build a big picture of what life was like for them and my granmother Julia Bermingham.

LINDA KELLY | Fri Nov 13 2009

My father John Kennedy grew up in Thornwood Gardens and went to Thornwood primary school around 1931-3, he remembers Thornwood as working class not posh, maybe its all relative! I am now writing a book about the Kennedys of Glasgow, if anyone is interested please get in touch. Iain Kennedy

Iain Kennedy | Thu Nov 12 2009

I lived in Gardner Street, Partick from 1946-1971 with my family. I went to Hyndland Primary and secondary and played football for Stewartville.I was affectionately known as "Mousey" to my friends.I have been trying to remember the name of the cinema which was in either Vine Street or Anderson Street without success. Any ideas anyone?

William Neill | Sat Oct 24 2009

I am Mary Reilly. I lived in Rosevale Street and went to school there, as well as Hyndland Senior Secondary. I remember Ian Gracie and John Lock.Does anyone remember the Reilly's or Welsh's of Rosevale St Partick?

Mary Reilly | Thu Oct 22 2009

My father (jim Kane) was a fireman and our family lived in patick fire station. We lived there throughout the 60's and 70's and i would love to hear from anyone who lived there at that time. I'm particularly interested to find out if any photographs exist as i have so few. Thanks

jim kane | Mon Sep 21 2009

I was born in Partick in 1942. I would be interested in hearing from anyone who knew the Dempsey family living at 1, Fortrose Street, Partick, up to around 1960. Thank you.

Robert Morrison | Sun Sep 20 2009

Hi I was born at 80 Castlebank street Partick, building long gone, just wo ndering if anyone has photos of the street from 1960 i was born november 1963 at 80 Castlebank Street karen

karen sweeney | Fri Sep 18 2009

Hello does anyone remember my Grandad James Byrne lived at 77 Merkland street 1920's,30's on his marriage certificate it mentions an Agnes Byrne as a witness? who was she any help would great Thanks Paul

Paul Byrne | Sun Aug 30 2009

my dad now 83 was joiner on the clyde tunnel,we all lived at number 1 merkland street we went to rosevale street primary scholl then sent to byres road.I then then went to balshagary school until i left for england. My Mother Helen carruthers passedaway 3 years ago does anybody remember me or my brother tom,sisters lorraine and janette. the old days on ther dumbarton road were great does anybody rember Cathy auld the hendersons,Ian Gracie or the rennicks

andrew carruthers | Sun Jul 26 2009

i lived in beith st fire station with my firefighter dad brian stanton, my mum alexandra stanton (nee wallace)and my sister julia may. my parents were married in london in 1960 and moved to glasgow in 1961.i was born in mum died not long after i was born and dad died in 1973.i went to sandyford nursery. does anyone remember us. because my parents died when i was so young i was passed from home to home and ive never known anything about my family. if anyone has any photos of the firestation or firemen at this time or knows anything about my family, i would be delighted and extremely grateful if you could contact me. many thanks for reading.

laura wallace | Mon Jul 13 2009

i lived in beith st fire station with my firefighter dad brian stanton, my mum alexandra stanton (nee wallace)and my sister julia may. my parents were married in london in 1960 and moved to glasgow in 1961.i was born in mum died not long after i was born and dad died in 1973.i went to sandyford nursery. does anyone remember us. because my parents died when i was so young i was passed from home to home and ive never known anything about my family. if anyone has any photos of the firestation or firemen at this time or knows anything about my family, i would be delighted and extremely grateful if you could contact me. many thanks for reading.

laura wallace | Mon Jul 13 2009

Dear Partick,I remember you from the 1970s when I worked as a lorry driver with John Gray(haulage cont) at Sandy lane now gone of course.On the Friday nights before catching the train to Springburn,my neck of the woods,A springburn boy!!Anyway I would visit the Rosevale and have a "couple" It was then called the"Springbock shop!"A cheap wine I think!Myself at the tender teen years did not indulge in this beverage.Truth..PARTICK,A special place..And still is. R.

Ralph | Tue Jun 30 2009

does anybody remember the walkers ,who lived in thorn st inthe 1950's

hugh gourlay | Fri Jun 05 2009

I am looking for information to complete my family tree. I am currently looking for someone of the name of Liam Garvin who lived in Hyndland Street area Partick around 1960's.

Anne Leslie | Mon Jun 01 2009

I was born in Medwyn Street, Whiteinch in 1966. My mother Emma Livingston was born in Medwyn Street in 1939 and my grandfather Jack Livingston was born in Medwyn Street in 1912 and not to forget my sister who was born, guess where, yes you got it, altogether now, Medwyn Street. I wonder if anyone remembers us, any of us, as we as a family moved to Southampton in 1978.

Jack Insch | Thu May 21 2009

Researching family history and would love anyone with a connection to the Austin's who lived in George St, Gordon St and Medwyn Street in Whiteinch partick to get in touch

Jayne McClenaghan | Tue May 19 2009

I found this site by chance and it brought back so many memories. My mother(she's 89) was born in Partick fire station and I used to stay there with my granny and granda every chance I got. We lived at 22 Maule Dr. I went to St Peters and then to Garnethill.We left for San Francisco,USA in 1956, at that time we had lived for a couple of years on Dumbarton Rd above Alexander(?)the tailors.I worked one summer at The city bakery there on Dumbarton Rd.where I used to buy broken biscuits with my wages for my wee brothers and sister.My mothers family were the Burgoynes from Partick and my fathers were the Callaghans from Scotstoun. My pals were Anne Brown from Fordyce St. Florence Connolly from Stewartville St. Bobby Tracy from Sandyford Rd(he moved to Drumchapel)Bridget King and Irene Green form Anderson.Life seemed so much simpler back then. I hope to hear from anyone who was young in Partick in the 40s and 50s.

Ellen Pearson nee Callaghan | Mon May 11 2009

Alexander & His Wife Mary Lived at 2 crawford Street Partick Glasgow Daughter Agnes who was Married to Bellingham , Daughter Margaret M\to Jocko Would like any info on this Family helen

Alexander Taylor & Mary | Wed Apr 22 2009

my great great aunt who was austin was born in 100 george st whiteinch partick in 1891 and her parents were married there in 1888. would love anyinformation on the specific area or the name in the area

Jayne McClenaghan | Sat Apr 11 2009

I used to live on Dumbarton road in the late 60's early 70's. Does anyone remember the "The Storm Queen" a really great pub/restaurant at that time? I was the guy with the guitar who was supposed to draw the customers for big Charlie.Does anyone remember??

Jim Mc Gunigel | Wed Apr 08 2009

My mother Alice Burns(born 1925 - now 83 years old)(she had sisters Frances & Jean brothers Billy and ) and my father Patrick Mclaughlin (born 1927 now deceased)(had a brother Michael) and lived in Partick. My mother went to St Peter's School until 1935 and then to Hyndland School until 1939. They immigrated to South Africa in 1944. My mother would like to know if any friends/ classmates remember them?

Margaret | Wed Apr 01 2009

I was born in Partick in 1945 and returning in August for the first time in 60 years. We lived at 60 Partick Bridge Street - My mother Ina Dolan nee McElvanney lived there all her life until emigrating to Melbourne Aust in 1950. The McElvanneys mostly lived in that area. Mr grandfather John McElvanney used to drive a horse drawn cab before going to work on the docks around 1910. I'm hoping someone remembers the McElvanneys

Doreen Tennant | Sat Mar 14 2009

Hello my dad Leo francis Byrne was born at 13 Halkirk st Partick in 1940,He had a brother called James patrick born in 1930 their mum Mary died in 1945 while giving birth,I dont know if the baby survived, if anyone knew of them it would be great to hear from you thanks Paul

Paul Byrne | Tue Feb 10 2009

Interesting site. I lived on Chancellor St. from 1953 - 1957. Went to Hyndland Primary and Secondary. My mother worked at Birs's. I was the delivery boy for Mitchell's grocer at 9 Hyndland St. My friends and I all supported the Jags, and lived football, and to go to Firhill. We moved to Canada in 1957, to Toronto. I have since travelled to every corner of the world, but still remember Partick with some fondness. Haggis from Gardner's, Pies from Diggins bakery, ahhhh yes.

Alex Hunter | Tue Feb 03 2009

I was born in Beith street 1952. I remember Frasers' sweetie shop opposite our close where you could get four home made "Candy Balls" for a penny. I've never tasted anything like them anywhere else. The recipe for these treats were a close guarded family secret I believe. Kelvingrove Park in the summers were brilliant, we drove the auld Parkies daft. I went to Hamilton Crescent (Balshagray) until 1967. We lived in Gardner Street from 1964 onwards. My brother Alex and I were members of the 26th Scout Group in Dumbarton road. We used to turn up on Friday nights and make things out of sticks,.. great stuff!. We also joined the Salvation Army in Peel street so we could join the band and get a trumpet each.... That never worked out too well..ha-ha! The family moved to Manchester in 1968 never to return. I now live in West Lothian and come through to Partick now and then for a wee "Swally". I'd move back tomorrow if I could. Its truly " Gods Country ".

John Gardner | Sun Feb 01 2009

Iwas brought UP In Partick Hyndland st Moved to Preisthill When i was 15 .Partick was always Home I now live in Canada Im Clikking My Heels There No Place Like Home my Name is Charlotte Collins Happy New Year To All

charlotte | Sun Jan 11 2009

can anyone remember the harvey family who lived in sandyford st,the haugh and then 28 regent moray st, overnewton,they were all dockers.

tommy harvey | Sun Jan 11 2009

Happy memories of 68 Partick Bridge Street where I lived "doon the brae" 1957-1970 till I was 12 -playing in the swing park,playing in the back court and in the old railway.Went to St.Peters School.

Frank Hughes | Tue Dec 30 2008

Barbour, the haulage contractor in Rosevale Street became one of Glasgow's largest hauliers. Duncan barour and his son Bill started with Austin cars converted into small trucks. Impending WW2 saw the Clyde shipyards order book overflowing and the expansion of the Barbour business.Their large fleet of dark blue (mainly American Dodge trucks) became common place on the city streets. Grandson and namesake of the founder Duncan Barbour owned Barbour European, based in Stirlingshire in the 1960's until his death in 2008.

Jim McGee | Wed Dec 03 2008

Trying to find the words to a song my grandfather sang in Medwyn Street in Whiteinch. The neighbours would remember him Alex "Daddler" Aitken. Not sure of the year, probably between 1930 and 1950. The song was about a parcel for McGrory? Anyone heard of this or him. Would love to hear from you.

Elaine O'Neill | Wed Nov 19 2008

I am trying to trace my Grandfather's family. All I know of him is that he was born 1895 in Partick. We was a "home Boy" and sent Canada when he was about 10. He had a successful life and raised a family in Canada. Can anyone help?

Peter Cooper | Thu Nov 06 2008

born in merkland street 1952 went rosevale st school then church street school then balshagary still remember cathy auld Ian Gracie gordon rennick dave douglas I miss the old Partick i hope somebody remembers me

andrew carruthers | Sun Nov 02 2008

I lived in Partick 1940/1941. My Father RN was fatting out HMS Hermione at the Govan shipyards. Mother and I came to stay with him until after the blitz. We lived on the top floor of a tenement block on what recall as Carradale street (?) owned by the Francey family. I attended a nearby school Rosevale street (?) where I was the only English pupil. I wonder if anyone who was there ten might recall a 'foreigner' ? We were made very welcome by marvellous people and to a 9-year old it was fascinating seeing the Clyde every day from our top floor apartment window> I remember visiting Kelvingrove, PossilPark and the great cemetery where John Knox was buried. Modern maps show Rosevale st and Dumbarton Rd but I don't really recognise where we lived. Is it still there or re-developed ? Are my memories correct ?

Tom Gatenby | Sat Oct 18 2008

My great grandfather was a worker in a shipyard in Govan in 1869.His name was David Knox and his father's name was Samuel Knox.He resided at this time in Partick.I am trying to find out which shipyard he worked in.Has anyone any ideas as to how to find this out?I have a photo of him in the drawing office but sadly did not find out from family more about him.

Carol Knox | Tue Oct 14 2008

Does anyone remember my dad, Mr Abercrombie, who was the dentist above Birss's on the corner of Gardiner St and Dumbarton Road for about 25 years from the late 1950's to the 1980's? I remember he used to see a lot of servicemen, and had many patients who came from the islands to see him. He's in his 80's now and enjoys the old times. Eileen

Eileen | Sun Sep 07 2008

Hi i lived in partick until 1988 looking for info on celino's cafe as it was then i now live in USA nyc looking for in fo on the family can anyone help

nicky celino | Sun Aug 31 2008

I noticed a mention of George Boyce (poet) in the history. Can anyone tell me any more about him, or direct me to any other references? George was my Great-Great-Grandfather.

Cameron Walker | Mon Aug 25 2008

I was born in Exeter Drive, Partick in Dec.1935. Went to Thornwood School and then Hyndland Senior Secondary. Some of my pals in early days were John Cross, Tom Wilson, Billy McLellan,,Douglas Aitkenhead. would like to hear from them or about them.

Robert Angus | Mon Aug 11 2008

I lived at 559 Dumbarton Road from 1955 when I was years old to 1963. Went to Thornwood Primary and then to Hyndland Senior Secondary. Left Glasgow in 1963 to move to Whitburn, West Lothian. While in Partick attended Thornwood Primary with Marion Dey, Mary Shill, Esther Duthie, Margaret McNaught, Carol Fulton, Ronald McCloud [Goudie}, Raymond Ellis,Gordon Scobie and Gordon McNeil. Most of us went on to Hyndland and others to Hamilton Crescent school. Remember going to The Rosevale and the Tivoli to "the pictures". Had fun times also at Whiteinch Park on the boats and fishing for minnows - also skating on the pond in winter. Remember going to Whiteinch baths for swimming lessons once a week with my brother Colin and my mother- the big treat going home was going to "the chippie". Used to walk to Kelvingrove Park and The Art Gallery most Sundays - School summer holidays would find us at Kelvingrove Park either roller skating or paddling in the fountain. Then there was the carnival at Kelvin Hall every year and the "carnie kids attending our school while the Carnival was at the Kelvin Hall. I remember my brother screaming in terror on The Maad Mouse - the first roller coaster we ever experienced. I have lived in Ontario Canada since December 1971 - if there is anyone out there that recognises my name I would love to hear from them. Regards, Elizabeth Liebrock nee Callander.

Elizabeth Liebrock nee Calland | Mon Jul 14 2008

Thank you Mr. Mitchell for this delightful insight. My dad's family lived along Dumbarton Road, era 1850+ Dad ended up in South Africa as result of the Boer War and all close contact with our Partick family was lost. I am in possession of family photographs and feel the usual connection to the land of my ancestors dearly. Maybe a Wilson link still survives in Partick? Best Regards, David Wilson, Ottawa.

David Wilson | Sat Jul 12 2008

Greetings from Canada - I lived in Partick from 1955 to 1969 - attended Thornwood Primary and Hyndland Senior Secondary - delighted to find this site - once in a while thoughts go back to younger days,memories of living in Partick and of school friends ie Mary Shill, Esther Duthie, Marion Dey, Margaret McNaught. Often wonder what became of everyone. I moved to Canada in 1971 - married with 2 sons and work in Social Work. Would be delghted to hear from anyone.

Elizabeth Liebrock nee Calland | Thu Jul 03 2008

I lived in Thornwood Drive for my final year in Glasgow uni over 1995-6. My room window faced west so having the sun coming through at 4 am in June was interesting for someone from south Wales. Other memories include an Orange march processing down the road and switching the TV on after the entire street cheered as Scotland were awarded a penalty against England in Euro 96. Everyone remembers what happened after the penalty missed. Great goal though and I don't even like football. I visited Glasgow last year and had forgotten how big the city is and how long Argyle Street is. Unfortunately I cannot forget the awful winter of that year, slab grey for weeks. But equally the spring early summer of 1992 when I lived in Hyndland was a stunning 6 weeks or so of beautiful weather. The late summer of 96 was also unforgetably lovely too. Maybe I 'll come back one day to stay.

Mark Cooke | Tue May 06 2008

My father was George Rennie Browne. He was born in the Partick fire station. His Dad, I've been told, drove the first motor driven fire truck in Glasgow. I have some old pictures and I would like more information. My father went to school at St. Mungo's Academy. My father moved to Illinois in the early 1920's. His father died before his Mom and her 4 boys moved to America.

Amy Petrusa | Tue Apr 01 2008

My father was George Rennie Browne. He was born in the Partick fire station. His Dad, I've been told, drove the first motor driven fire truck in Glasgow. I have some old pictures and I would like more information. My father went to school at St. Mungo's Academy. My father moved to Illinois in the early 1920's. His father died before his Mom and her 4 boys moved to America.

Amy Petrusa | Tue Apr 01 2008

I would like a photo of Northinch St, Whiteinch, Glasgow, before 1955. I was born there 53 years ago, but my parent's tennement house was demolished to make way for the Clyde Tunnel. I would like to stand on the spot where number 38 Northinch St stood. I moved to Drumchapel months after I was born, but Whiteinch is where I am from.

Gavin Goff | Tue Apr 01 2008

i lived in rosevale street partick until 1969. when i was 8 i moved to mother was isabel carmichael nee carter my father was john (hoagy) originaly from whiteinch my mother was from the mac donald family i beleive they were a well known family in partick my aunt mary ramsay was the manageress in city bakeries in merkland st for years does anyone remember any of my family

maria paterson | Wed Mar 12 2008

Someone was asking about India Street, Partick. (Sorry, can't make sense of what email address belongs to whom or I'd have emailed). India Street is now the part of Chancellor Street which is on west side of Hyndland Street. Colin Cox

COLIN COX | Tue Feb 05 2008

Looking for Robert Woodrow Lewis born aprox. 1892, married Sarah Sept 4, 1914. John Bryson Lewis was born at Kennedy Drive Nov.6, 1920. I am searching for Robert Lewis' grave. He died aprx. 1923. Can anyone help? Thank you

barbara lewis | Mon Jan 21 2008

Hi My grandfather Patrick McSherry was the coalman in Partick around about 1930 with his horse and cart also my other grandfather Andrew Irvine was the manager of the Thornwood pub in Partick when it was refurbished in the 30's with that bright yellow frontage

Andrew Irvine | Thu Dec 13 2007

In 1934 my mother was born in Stobhill Hospital. Her family lived firstly at 1 Queen Street, Partick then moved to 16 Dock Street. Does anyone have any connection to or know anything about these streets? I'd love some information.

Elizabeth-Anne Ponting | Tue Oct 23 2007

Found this site by chance.My gran and Papa stayed at 36 Merkland Street in Partick from the 30s till late 50s. Jean and Alec (Sanny) Wilson.They had daughters Margaret,Betty Jean,Sandra,Stella and Linda.They went to Rosevale school then Hyndland Secondary School.My gran worked in Decemonis cafe and my papa worked for Sloans Dairies.My grans best pal was May Massey.I have heard wonderful stories all my life about Partick and went up to visit with all the family a couple of years ago,it was a fantastic day.We saw where the pawnshop was and the F&F ballroom was.Does anyone remember our family ? My gran is still alive and is now 93.

Carole McConnachie | Thu Oct 11 2007

Hi, From the 1901 census records, I have relatives that stayed at Muirhead Street, Partick, which has since been renamed. Does anyone know what it is called now? Thanks

Harry Maclean | Tue Oct 09 2007

Looking for Ray/Ray's from Partick. My gggrandfather John Ray married in 1885 in St Peters Church Bridge Street Partick & resided in Anderson Street. He was a policeman at one point & was actually born in India.

cc | Sat Sep 22 2007

this is a message for jean ann mc donald i lived in partick and my dad was friends with a james garvin who owned stables in anderson street and he used to take me there when i was small 6 7 years old my name was annette watters my dad tony it has to be the same stable as it was the only one i am now years old

annette hunter | Sun Sep 09 2007

Can any one tell me if the old houses at George Street are still standing, my kin folk came from this Street in Partick. Does anyone have any old photos of this Street which could be scanned and sent to me as an e-mail attatchment. George Street is now called Medwyn Street I think !!

Billy | Sat Sep 08 2007

Can anyone tell me the name of the canon at the Glasgow Cathedral who in the time of Keir Hardie et al was the Catholic Director of Youth Activities? I think his name was O'Leary. I'm sure he went on to become a priest at the presbytery in St Partick's. I'd love to know more about this guy, apparently he was also mixed up with the Irish priest who used the Vatican as a means of smuggling jews from danger. Ta in advance, and from Australia

ocosgrove | Thu Aug 02 2007

My gran was born in 112 West Hozier street( which later became Beith street)in 1901. Her name was Mary Black and she married Charles McLaughlin in St Pauls March 1920.She would still go to the Rosevale bar on a Saturday night until she passed away in 1976.Jessie Tweedie was someone she would meet there. She went to Hamilton Crescent school as I did myself and now my grandson is there although its now Hyndland primary. She used to go to dances in Partick Burgh hall as a young woman 1918/19. Does anyone have any photos of around that time? I have no photos of her as a young woman. My Papa was a riveter on the Clyde and was also a shoemaker for Lens who still have a store in Byres Road. I work in Los Angeles and New York although I still have a home in Glasgow and the days spent as a child in Whiteinch/Partick were the best days of my life.

Sheena Leggat | Mon May 14 2007

Hi Partick Folks I lived on Patick Bridge Street by Partick Cross went to School at St Peters on Stewartville St I remember the De Marcos Ices but forget the location.My Dad delivered milk in Patick was known to all as Charlie the Milkman I was thinking about a trip over there (from California)but most of my history has been obliterated Tenament and high school (St Pauls) long gone I 'm not sure I'd reconize the old Burgh I left in 1957.

Joseph D Quinn | Thu May 10 2007

Does any one know if there was a crash between hyndland and thornwood when the partickhill train used to run on the partickhill line.

Janey | Thu Apr 12 2007

i was brought up in partick went to school at downhill pr hyndland pr and hyndland sec although im 33 i have seen a lot of changes over the years though not all are nice ones my family are all from partick my dad had stables in anderson st along with my grandfather most partickonians will know my family i love to hear the stories of the auld days and i also went to the steamie though its use was not as great in the 80s as years gone bye i love partick and all the history it holds for my family.

jean-ann | Sat Apr 07 2007

We found a Census entry of 1901 for an ancestor: terrible writing: seems to be for India Street, Partick. But we can't find any street of that name in Partick even before streets were renamed. Any ideas? Also, what non-denomational school would someone living in Mansefield street have gone to?

Moira Fleming | Thu Mar 29 2007

Oh and my children also went to Thornwood Primary school. I used to live in Thornwood drive and have fond memories of walking along dumbarton road. I had moved to scotland from The Hasimaite Kingdom Of Jordan it was so new to and liberating to me.

shaheen | Thu Mar 22 2007

I used to live in Partick in 1990. Can anyone tell me what the term "Getting off at Partick "means and where it originated from.Thanks

shaheen | Thu Mar 22 2007

My parents met and lived in Partick back in the 60's (Beith Street)and have great memories. I'm trying to track any information about the church they got married in. I think it was on Rosevale Street and called St Brides. They were married in 1967. If anyone has any info please let me know. I still have relatives in Partick (Thornwood Drive) and love visiting.

F Macdonald | Sun Mar 11 2007

Do you live in Partick or have you lived in Partick in the past? What do you think about housing, community, shops, transport, schools, the social scene? I?d like to hear from you. I?m a researcher working with Glasgow University Oxfam UK Poverty Programme and Westgap (West Glasgow Against Poverty) investigating the socio-economic changes occurring in Partick. I want to document contemporary working class lives. Partick, like many other areas is becoming increasingly socially mixed with new modern housing developments and the decline of traditional industries. I?m interested in how people live, how it?s changed from the past and how residents see their area and their community. There is very little research on those people living in poverty in socially mixed areas and the impacts ? positive or negative - which regeneration polices can have on the community when put into practice on the ground. I?m looking to talk to a wide variety of people about their experiences of living in Partick. I would like to hear diverse range of life stories and views. If you, or you know of someone who would, have time to spare, we can meet and chat over tea, coffee or a pint (all costs covered). Please contact me.

kirsteen | Mon Feb 19 2007

I was born and lived at 30 Anderson St. in Partick. Ther was a whole bunch of us , Grandparents Aunts ,uncles & cousins all lived on the same street. We went to St Peters schools. It was a treat to get ice-cream from De Marco's and to get sweeties at Emma's or Stewarts. I loved to go to the steemie with my mum. My cousin lived on Purdon st. where the pawn shop was. I loved the high back.I loved to lie in bed and listen to the people coming home from their dates or whatever and they would wistle a song on there way.My grandparents owned the firewood merchants place on Rosevale st.we used to play at the park on Beith st.Do you remember the workie, it seemed to go so high.I have so many wonderful memories of Partick , and this was such a great site. I will be checking in quite often now.

Marion Sylvia (nee Derrick) | Thu Feb 15 2007

Partick Central Ticket Office was fully demolished by supermarket giant Tesco on 28 January 2007. Tesco have not yet secured planning application for their store on the site. Pictures of demolition and newspaper coverage available on request! Visit to learn more...

Samer Bagaeen | Mon Feb 05 2007

Woked as an apprentice joiner at duncan barbour 1949 to 1955 they were at rosevale st anyone remember that company

john donaldson | Sun Feb 04 2007

R.I.P Partick Central Station (189?-2007)

Joel Shaver | Fri Feb 02 2007

thanks to this website it has helped me with my uni studies, i have lived in partick for 15 years and went to hndland primary and secondary, its a great place to live. thanks x

louisa | Wed Nov 29 2006

I was born in Glasgow and lived in 31 Dowanhill Street, Partick until about 1960 when I moved to Bishop Auckland, Country Durham and then to Brisbane, Australia. Is it likely that any of your readers would remdmber me and if so would like to make contact. Findlay McKechnie

findlay mckechnie | Fri Nov 10 2006

I was born in Glasgow and lived in 31 Dowanhill Street, Partick until about 1960 when I moved to Bishop Auckland, Country Durham and then to Brisbane, Australia. Is it likely that any of your readers would remdmber me and if so would like to make contact. Findlay McKechnie

findlay mckechnie | Fri Nov 10 2006

I found this site by chance and was fascinated by the comments of former residents of Partick. I wonder if anyone who knew me when I lived in Partick would remember me. I lived with my grandmother, Kate Hannah, at 31 Dowanhill Street, and left to work in newspapers in England around 1960. I now live in Brisbane, Australia.

findlay mckechnie | Fri Nov 10 2006

My father was born in Partick 1925 South Street.Malcolm McElhinney. His parants were John McElhinney,Mary Cowan both lived in Gairbraid Street in 1901 If anyone can help me i would be very greatful. And your siye is GREAT keep up the good work.

Aileen Haggarty | Thu Oct 12 2006

My father, John Boyce (Jack) was born in 66 Merkland Street in 1918 and lived his childhood years in poverty. His siblings were, Lizzie, Ellen and Tom. Does anyone remember them? Later he married and we lived at 649 Dunbarton Road. I attended Thornwood Primary until we left for Cumbernauld in 1966. I can recall playing in the "plots" - waste ground in front of the school which may have been the remains of a city farm - you may know better. I still visit Partick and hope some day to live there again.

Jim Boyce | Wed Sep 20 2006

does anyone have any more information or pictures relating to de marcos ice cream in partick i would be most grateful

diane de marco | Tue Sep 19 2006

excellent site for memorys ,can remember going up the cross park to play football and the tivoli picture house, left Partick in 1974,but not in spirit.

DO'Donnell | Mon Aug 07 2006

Many thanks to all those who contacted me with information on the Purdon family of Partick. I have learned a lot! Thanks to Ian Mitchell as well for the detailed history of Partick. Raymond Reitsma

Raymond Reitsma | Thu Jul 27 2006

I had family ancestors living at Rosevale, Dumbarton Road in 1860; does anyone know anything about this ?house? Thanking you Margaret Hepburn Australia

Margaret Hepburn | Thu Jul 20 2006

I was brought up in beith st. went to rosevale primary,my gran went to the steamie every thursday, beside the library,i remember the iron bridge,the blacksmiths,the cattle waiting in the sidings,swing park,bowling green,and the stables for ross's dairies, and i left in 1975.

DONALD GILLESPIE | Thu Jun 22 2006

This write up is wonderful. My father (Alexander) and uncle (john) grow up on Purdon Street near the baths. My grandfather owned a bakery in the 30's(ish). It's interesting to have met another Purdon here in Vancouver who says his origin is Purdon Street yet I still can't make any connection. I did however track down family in Boston, USA who were connected. I was last in Scotloand in 2005 to show my Canadian wife her new family background. However, I couldn't tell her exactly who was buried in the grave site as I don't know where they fit on the family tree.

Alistair Purdon | Fri Jun 16 2006

Greetings from Canada! My great great grandmother, Margaret Purdon (1827-1901) was born in Partick, Scotland. She married John Murdoch Paterson, of Rutherglen. Can anyone tell me which branch of the Purdon family she belonged to? Where can I find out more information about her family? Thanks, Raymond

Raymond Reitsma | Tue May 30 2006

My Grandparents, James and Elizabeth Dick, and their family of 4 boys, John, Allan, James, and Robert, left Partick in 1923 and emigrated to Dunedin, New Zealand. My three children have just travelled to Glasgow to get a feeling of where their descendants came from and found that the original home was still standing. The address at 3 Crow Road is now occupied by a Dental Surgery of Dr L F Galbraith. Colin Dick

Colin Dick | Wed Apr 05 2006

I lived in Partick from 1923 to 1934 in Dumbarton road. My father had a fishsoupper shop called Nicoletti and brothers. Anyone remeber? Now i live in italy with my daughter .... sorry for my english .. bye to my beloved glasgow

ede | Fri Mar 17 2006

Aint it great,all the people who remember THE OLD PARTICK. I left Crawford Steet in 1963 and have lived and worked in many places but will never forget Rosevale st Primary & Hyndland Schools. 71st. BB De-Marcos The Govan ferry,Shoogly Caurs footie in the ''Whiteinch Park '' Daddies coming home from the Yards Wally Closes (Posh people) Partick Thistle Kelvin Hall and The Art Galleries on a Sunday etc etc When one looks back those really were the happy days never to be forgotten

Tom (Tommy) Webb | Mon Nov 21 2005

I lived in 474, Dumbarton Road. Went to Thornwood School, bought ice lollies from DeMarco's on the way to and from said school. Went to Hyndland (an' they made me wear a school bunnet.......for a day! an' I threw it away) Ran about with wee Ronnie Watt, Andy Murray, big Angus Ross (who's faither wus a polisman)and Dennis Walker. 108th BB and hot Vimto in a wee cafe across from Balshagry school after. Miss Partick a lot and had great times there. All the best to all there. (Especially wee Jeanie Urquart who's brother George I met in South Africa 30 years later.) Sandy Kelman

Sandy Kelman | Sat Nov 05 2005

Left Gardner St. Partick 48 years ago. Been back a few times. Is there anybody left that I knew? Bill Purdon, are you the same guy I went to school with, Allan Glens? Anybody else still around?

Bill or Billy or Willie MURPHY | Fri Sep 23 2005

My mother was born in Castlebank st Partick in 1935,my gparents were William &Helen Love,nee Duffy. If anybody knows anything at all of this family, It would be greatly appreciated, as to date I have not been able to learn anything of my Scottish family. I beleive my grandfather may of worked at the docks.

Tracy | Tue Aug 23 2005

i found a old a old falogon when clearing a building in clydebank it was from a company called j&w denholm botanical brewers of 29 crow road partick i would be very greatfull if u had any information on this company as i have family who live their and came from partick cross and rossevale st if you would be so kind to pass any information on

brewboy | Tue Aug 16 2005

I feel that had you actually visited Partick in recent years, you would find that Mansfield Park lies between Hyndland Street and Mansfield Street and that the Lis More is at the corner of Mansfield Street.

Bill Priest | Tue Apr 12 2005

Thanks for the information, there is so much great history in Glasgow. Can anybody tell me more about the former Partick Central Station, now labelled Partick Central Auction? Is it listed? Who actually owns it at the moment? What of these plans to build a supermarket in the area?

Alastair Johnson | Thu Mar 10 2005

Regarding your comments about the Partick Coat of Arms - a colleague of mind has a photo of the said object on the bridge and comparison with the coat of Arms shows it does indeed have a wheatsheaf and two millstones at its top.

Sarah | Tue Mar 08 2005

Hi Jim and Pat, Just thought I would let you both know that since my email was published regarding PARTICK, I have received numerous emails from people regarding PARTICK in the old days. Many thank's once again for publishing my letter to you. Cate

cate | Sat Feb 05 2005

Our School is by Loch Ness and in the recent storms a tree, over 100 years old, was blown down in the wood next to our playground. In the roots of the tree was found an old bottle with the name J. W. Trotter & Co, Peel Lane, Partick. We have all been trying to find out more about the history of this fascinating find but with no luck. Can anyone help?

e birss | Thu Feb 03 2005

i had the pleasure of visiting glasgow a couple of years ago. i looked for an adress 20 byron st partick (the home early in the 1900's of my grandmother's brother, david kyle) and found a toyota dealership. it's the only clue i have to that side of the family as all are gone now. would anyone hear be able to point me in the right direction? thanks, bill

riverbendbill | Mon Jan 31 2005

It was great to read of the history of a neighborhood I lived in for the first four years of my life at 15 Apsley Street.My dad was getting his PhD at Glasgow University before he,my mother and I moved to America. My brother, William Michael Purdon, who sent me this article,and I will be visiting next year with our families. We will look for the cemetary donated by the Purdons so long ago and other sites you have written about so well. Thank you. It was good to see our family name in print!There are very few Purdons in America!

Anne Purdon Bennett | Wed Oct 13 2004

What a well written article. I am a descendent of the Purdon's in Partick. My Great-Grandfather, Abraham Purdon was a business owner, Purdon Carriers I believe, and provided delivery services via teams of Clydesdales. I was last in Scotland visiting my Grandmother Annie Purdon, who lived at 15 Apsley Street, and many other relatives in Glasgow, Ayr and surrounding areas. My Grandfather, William Andrew Purdon, served proudly in the Seaforth Highlander Regiment and I am seeking further information about this regiment as well as my Great Grandfathers business in Glasgow. Our extended family is planning a trip next summer to visit family and friends...I'll be sharing your article with everyone....thanks!

William Michael Purdon | Wed Oct 13 2004

I left Partick in 1964 when I was 20. Iand have many happy memories of growing up in Apsley Street and the community spirit that existed then. From photos I see many of the tenements are now once again a wonderful colour. Does anyone have copies of photos taken at the Coronation street party in Apsley Street/Ardery Street?

Carroll Parras | Thu Aug 12 2004

I was very interested to read the history of Partick in the WEB SITE . I was born in Rosevale St. and for many years lived at 314 Dumbarton Rd. and Stewartville St. Partick Currently I live in Bradley Stoke South Gloucester shire but my memories of Partick in the 1930 to 1960 is still quite vivid

ERNEST ROBERTSON | Fri Jun 25 2004

I have read all the new news about Partick and I truly hope that the name and the title PARTICK will not be lost in the name of 'A FEW POUNDS MORE'. Partick was only a small village when it first appeared, then a royal burgh, but again for a "FEW POUNDS MORE" lost to progess. Life around the mill in Partick and in Dunaskin Street (was also known as Newton Street) was something children of today would not know or understand. I should know I had hundreds of stories told to me by my great grandmother. We all lived there(Dunaskin St/Church Street and the mill) in two rows of tenements now gone. I guess not too many people know that Dunaskin (Newton St) was built on a grave yard. Not the small grave yard mentioned in the newsletter here. I remember going down to the factors office to pay my great gran's rent and looking at the rent book and seeing a name and city and country as to who owned the buildings then. From New York, USA. Sorry this is such a long email but when I see and hear what has been happening to the people I knew and their accommodation it must be very frightening for the old people that are left with only memories. regards Cate.

cate | Tue Jun 22 2004

It would appear that the area once ocupied by Partick Central is to soon become a Supermarket. The council circulated a letter recently asking for objections to be made in writing.

shuttle534 | Mon Jun 07 2004

The significance of the Scotland v England game in 1872 is much enhanced by pointing out that it was the first football international played anywhere in the World ( the result was not so excitng, being 0-0). Well done for a great site.

Bill Kidd | Tue Jun 01 2004

Mr Mitchell seems to have confused Stewartville Street with what is actually Mansfield Street. Mansfield Park is surrounded by four streets: Chancellor Street, Mansfield (not Strewartville) Street, Dumbarton Road and Hyndland Street. An Commun Ghaidhlg is of course on Mansfield Street (not Stewartville Street)and the Lismore Pub is on the corner of Dumbarton Road and Mansfield Street (rather than Stewartville Street. Stewartville Street is two blocks further west of Mansfield Street.

Angus Macleod | Thu May 20 2004

left partick 50 years ago, very pleased to read of modern developments.

jgardner600 | Mon May 17 2004

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