Backcourt watercolour by Robert
Newbigging. Canada, Aug. 2002
Robert was brought up in Fairbairn Street,
Bridgeton, attended Dalmarnock
| Extract from
e-mail Robert Newbigging, Canada, April
"I was brought up at
number 17 Fairbairn Street from 1940 until we
moved to East Kilbride in 1955. It was a
real wrench for me. I left all my friends and
was dragged off to EK by my mum.
The headmaster I had at Dalmarnock was
Mr Bain. A very elegant gentleman who spent
time instructing me in drawing in his office.
He seemed to appreciate my basic talents, at
the time and encouraged me very strongly, to
keep at it, and he was right I then went to
John Street from 1952-1955 and had an
excellent teacher there (Mr John Smith.who
eventually went to Hutchie to teach art).
After that I ended up in an art studio and
went to The Glasgow School of Art (evening
classes) for almost 5 years and am still
painting, drawing and anything else that takes
my fancy. I've been in business for 30 years
now and I think it is about time to "just
paint" Also, I am very good at it,
thanks to some of the guidance I had when I
was quite young.
I married Ellenor in 1963, we had our
wedding reception at the Cambus Court Hotel in
Cambuslang. With our two children, Stuart
& Grant we emigrated to Canada in
1966. We have lived here ever since
between Montreal and Toronto but I do come
back every year to see my mum who still lives
in EK aged 88. We live in Oakville,
Our third son, Graham was born in
| Extract from e-mail Robert
Newbigging, Canada, August 2002
I haven't written in quite a time. We have
had a busy and very hot, dry summer
here. I have attached a small
watercolour I am working on at the moment. I
got the reference from Virtual
Mitchell...... I embellished the painting by
adding the pailings, the washing and the
large puddle in the foreground...it is just
as I remember Bridgeton in the late 40's
Aye they've pulled mah
building doon !!
| Webmaister :- "Robert
thanks for this painting ... I am sure it will
stir memories for different people, but for me
it reminds me of the backcourt junction of
Fairbairn Street and Baltic Street, where I
single apartment, sink at the windae, tiled
fireplace, pulley furr the washing, 'dining'
table, bed recess.
and of course the ootside lavvy ... see below
Stairheid lavvy Aug.2003
2007 Extract from e-mail Robert
again Webmaister I hope all is well at
your end, so to speak.
have attached a wee drawing I did recently
before my memory finally goes. It's as I
remember our kitchen in Fairbairn street.
The sink, the pulley ,the interior fire
installed after my dad ripped out the
old fireplace. The bed recess is on
the right and that's me in the mirror on the
wall having a quick smoke..aged about 13..I
quit years ago now.
I really appreciate the website you set up
for me. If you could add this to it that
would be great.
summer has been very, very hot with almost
no rain so my grass is dried up and brown. I
could do with some of your rain.
site means a lot to a lot of people all
around the world. Keep it up.
2007 Extract from messageboard GlescaPal
Ella, New York USA
What talent on
here right enough Webmaister!
Robert does do lovely work, which brings
back memories of times gone by. I loved the
added touch of your song. Very fitting
indeed. Thanks to Robert for sharing his
talent with us on GlescaPals. Ella...
| Feb.2011, Graham
I am very sorry to
pass along this news. On Thursday February
10, my Dad passed away in hospital surround by his
three boys. Unofficially he died of a broken
heart when he recently lost his Ellenor. He
often spoke fondly of GlescaPals.
Sincerely, Graham Newbigging
(Morton) Macmillan. Carluke, Scotland
Just a short e.mail
to say Robert Newbigging died on 10th
February. His wife Ellenor, died in
October of last year. He was a very
talented man and a devoted husband and
| GlescaPal Wilma,
Sorry to hear about
Robert. I don't know how but somehow I missed
seeing his art. His work seems to have a magic
that us Glesca Folk can appreciate. It really
moves you back to that time gone by. My
condolences tae the family and so sorry to hiv
loast anither Pal.
| GlescaPal Ronnie,
The loss of this
very talented gentleman and Glesca Pal,
Webmaister, is indeed very sad news. Hopefully
though, he'll be back in the arms of his
sweetheart Ellenor, who he obviously loved
My condolences to his family.
Aye Robert's wife Ellenor, died 4 month ago
and he never got over her death.
I never met Robert
but we would often email each other, last year
he asked me tae send him a photo and offered
(free) tae sketch a portrait of me, as a thank
you for my wurk oan the GlescaPals website,
sadly I never did get roon tae sending him
A lovely man tae deal with and I was always
delighted when he emailed me his paintings
His memory will live on on GlescaPals. r.i.p. pal.
| Aye they've pulled mah building doon !!