by Robert Newbigging. Canada, Aug. 2002
Robert was brought up in Fairbairn Street, Bridgeton, attended Dalmarnock
Extract from e-mail Robert Newbigging, Canada,
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, Ontario, Canada.
Our third son, Graham was born in Montreal."
Extract from e-mail Robert Newbigging, Canada,
"Webmaister. 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 lived."
A single apartment, sink at the
windae, tiled fireplace, pulley furr the washing, 'dining' table, bed
and of course the ootside lavvy ... see below
August 2007 Extract from e-mail Robert Newbigging, Canada
"..Hello again Webmaister I hope all is
well at your end, so to speak.
I 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.
Our 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.
Your site means a lot to a lot of
people all around the world. Keep it up.
All the best"....Robert Newbigging.....(Bobby)....Oakville
August 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 Newbigging, Canada.
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
Rosemary (Morton) Macmillan.
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 father.
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, London,
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 dearly.
My condolences to his family.
Aye Robert's wife Ellenor, died 4 month ago and he never got over her
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 wan.....
A lovely man tae deal with and I was always delighted when he emailed me
his paintings & sketches.
Aye they've pulled mah
building doon !!
Brigton Backcourt &
See Robert's other sketches