| 137th Glasgow BB,
history of the BB in Glasgow
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Company, the Boys Brigade
was formed 06 Nov 1906
and was attached
to Titwood Parish Church.
The Church was built
1893-1895 in Glencairn Drive.
session 1926-1927 the company closed
session 1929-1930 the company
re-started in St. Aiden's
session 1931-1932 the company closed
*In Session 1932-1933
Boys Brigade Company.
Parading outside Mure Memorial Church in
| This photo was
taken at the church Remembrance Day service. The
BB company with its Bugle & Pipe bands would
have paraded to and from the church with all
church members and friends proudly looking on.
In the photograph it is nice to see a war
veteran displaying his medals and all the boys
wearing their poppies.
(A few years later in Jan.2014 the war veteran has
ben identified as Session Clerk, David H Gourlay.)
from email, Drew McDicken, USA
Hi Webmaister ....I am in this
photo second row down 4th from the right, Drew
McDicken. On my right is my best friend
Harry Trew and the wee face back top
right you can just see is Brian Waterson
our other best friend who could not join the
BB as he was a catholic but loved the pipes,
he was not supposed to be in the photo.......
Jimmy Stubbins is the WW1
veteran. It seems like yesterday we
stood for this photo ! Aye
yours Andrew McDicken.
Andrew is the Pipe Major of The Clan
Gordon Highlanders located in Locust Valley,
Long Island, New York, having
honed his piping skills in the BB !
| footnote Webmaister : I
attended the BB for many years in Bridgeton and
we had boys in our company who were RC,
in many areas the local Priest would not allow
the boys to follow their pals into the BB
July 2011 email, Jim Gillan,
Conway South Carolina, USA
I believe that the piper on
the first step on the left with the white cross
belt and standing between the two buglers in
front of him, is my cousin, William
Robertson. He and his brothers were in the
137, Dick was a drummer and might be in
this picture. But I can't find him.
The younger brother Ronald would have joined a
few years after this picture.
William died in 1988 and
Dick is quite ill so I can't get this confirmed
by the. I will be in Glasgow on the 8th of
August 2011 so I will check with Ronald...
Jim Gillan, Conway South Carolina, USA
|Jan. 2014, email,
David P Brown, Fife, Scotland.
Re '137' Boys' Brigade Company
outside Mure Memorial Church c.1952 the person on
the extreme left - not wearing uniform - is David
H Gourlay, Company's Honorary President, and
Session Clerk of Mure Memorial
Church. Unfortunately, Jimmy
Stubbins was not in the photograph.
Maureen Douglas, Brampton, Ontario, Canada,
Came across this photograph by chance
some time ago. My brother, Alex Davie, is
in this, second row from front, third from left.
The small man two to his left is a Mr.Fowlis who
taught the boys to play the bagpipes. I believe
his son William is behind my brother on his right.
who trained as a plumber but then became a
professional drummer, is on the right of the tall
young man centre front.
I knew Harry and Drew, already identified, and
recognize a few others but if I remember their
first names I can't get my memory round their
second names and vice versa. The minister was the
Kinnis (nickname Big Bob) - a really nice
man. He officiated at my wedding in 1962.
Football Team c1958-60, Mure
Memorial Church, Garrowhill
||4 Douglas Kincaid
Ian Auchincloss #
Richard (Dickie) Holmes
||5 Roger Brown
Auchincloss went on to become
captain of the company
2009 extract from email, Aileen F Kincaid
My husband, Douglas Kincaid was
in the 137th BB Garrowhill from an early
age until he died in 1989. I remember
Jimmy Stubbins . He became the caretaker
at the church. Harry Trew married my
friend's sister and went to
2010 extract from email,
there are 2 pictures 1 off the 137th Glasgow Boys Brigade
Company. Parading outside Mure Memorial
Church in Garrowhill cc 1952 (before my
time).and a second picture is of a
football team submitted by the widow of
You may already
have received some emails on the second
picture but I think it was taken in either
1958 or possible 1959 and I think that some
of the missing names are.
Top row -
1 Wilson Dunbar. 3 Willie Gilchrist 5
John Gilchrist 6 Alistair Kerr
Bottom Row - 1
Ian Auchincloss (who was later captain of
the company) 2 Stewart McDermott 3 Willie
Campbell 4 Richard (Dickie) Holmes
.............. Best wishes to the “ 7”
email, David P Brown,
Football Team c.1958-60 - Player 5 is Ian
I was Captain from 1965 to
1969 having been right through the
Company from Life Boys until 1951 when
I joined the BB Company.
email, Willie Green
.... a wee update on football team photo from
137th Boys Brigade Company. The chap on the
front row right (No5) is Roger Brown. Ian Brown
was his younger brother who played in the team
when I played.
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