A social history of the BB in Glasgow
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|1st Glasgow Boys' Brigade
Glasgow Company, the Boys Brigade was
formed 04 Oct. 1883 attached to College
and Kelvingrove Church
*In session 1927-1928
the company church changed to
Stevenson Memorial UF Church
of the 1st Glasgow Company, Boys' Brigade
taken 9th April 1885.
Kindly sent to me June 2013, Jim
|Following its formation as conceived by
William Smith, the first muster of The Boys'
Brigade took place in the Woodside Mission
Hall of the Free College Church on the 4th of
October 1883. Twenty eight boys paraded under
their Captain and his two Lieutenants the
brothers Hill. Despite doubters, its success
soared, Smiths courage and divine gleam proved
to be on the right lines.
Early in 1885 with five companies building
rapidly, the founder realised the need for
greater organisation and for a clearly defined
constitution to meet the possibilities of the
Boys Brigade becoming a national movement. And
so, at his home at 4 Ann Street on 26 Jan
1885, the historic meeting was called which
constituted itself into the Council of The
Present with the founder were J.R. Hill, J.B.
Hill, J.S. Couper, J.B. Couper, F.P.R.
Ferguson, E.W. Hamlen, and W. Nichol. Sir
William Smith (knighted in 1909) had a
heritage of upright living, firmly disciplined
by exemplary military service. His father was
an officer in the 7th Dragoon Guards.
Since coming as a boy from Thurso to to stay
with his Fraser uncle and aunts at 28 Hamilton
Park Terrace, William Smith always had his
Glasgow home in Hillhead. On 7th May 1914
while in his sixtieth year , he attended a
great display by The Boys Brigade in The
Albert Hall. The following day he collapsed in
his London office and died of a cerebral
hemorrhage two days later.
On the 30th April 1971 the official world
membership of the Boys Brigade amounted to
2013, extract from email, Bill Livingston, Eaglesham
Hi Will,Thanks for the photos of the 1st. Glasgow.
I will pass them on to the 'first' in case they
don't have copies. It's great to hear from
you......all the best to your colleagues at
All the best, Bill.L.
2013, extract from email, Don Munro, Orpington, Kent,
England age 56
my great grandfather is pictured in
the 1885 photo of the 1st Glasgow
company. 2nd row down, 5th from
the left. I'm the 4th Munro in our family to
be involved with the BB.
I was a member & officer in the 3rd Bromley
1st Glasgow Boys Brigade
Company taken in 1913 in Kelvingrove Park
outside the Kelvingrove Art Gallery
BB founder Sir William Smith in the
| One early
innovation was to hold a camp - at the time,
public opinion was aghast at the idea of Boys
camping out in the "wilds"! The first camp by the
1st Glasgow company was held in a building at
Tighnabruach on the Kyles of Bute in 1886.
Camping spread rapidly and camping under canvas
soon became the normal order of the day. Often
camping became looked to as the crowning of the
gratefully received towards the running
A lifetime honour
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