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       199th Glasgow Boys' Brigade, Cambuslang     c1956

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199th Glasgow
Company, the Boys Brigade was formed 11 Oct 1924 attached to Morriston Church, Cambuslang
In session 1962-1963 the company's church changed to Cambuslang Old Parish

In session 1978-1979 the company closed

Top 1. Alec Griffin
2.  Jackie Yuille
3. s/Sgt. Jim Ferguson 4.  Willie Primrose
4th 1  Alec
2  Davie
3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
3rd 1
2 3 4 5  Bert

6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14  John
2nd 1.Officer
2 3   Jack

4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Officer
1st 1 S/Sgt

2 Officer
3 Officer
4  Officer
5 Officer
6  Rev.
7 Captain
8  Mr.
9.  Officer
10 Officer
11 Officer   
12   S/Sgt



June 2008, extract from messageboard, GlescaPal Ozbill, Aged 72yrs, Australia
This was the 199th Glasgow Boys Brigade attached to the Morriston Church, Cambuslang which was replaced by the new St Andrews church in the town development of the early 1960's.   This photo was taken c1956
My cousin Bill Nisbet (known to the Webmaister) is the officer on the extreme left. I was wondering if the lass in the front row who was the lifeboy leader might be the Captain Jean Black of the present 229th BB.    (Its not, Sept 2017 identified as Isa Park)
I was in the 199th for a couple of years but was unable to regularly attend the church parade on Sunday mornings because of my commitments with the Salvation Army. My cousin Bill tried to intercede with Captain Nugent to give me an exemption as I was attending church, albeit another denomination, but it was no can do.

Many Thanks OzBill its a fabulous photo, I must say the Captain was being a bit strict not allowing you to attend.
I do indeed know your cousin Bill & his wife May who both are elders of St.Andrew's Church in Cambuslang.
Regards, Webmaister  Jun.2008


August 2017, John Brownlie, Cambuslang, Scotland
Three names for you in Row one, No.4 Neil McIntosh, No.9 Frank Riddell,  No.11 Robert  (Bobby) Allison

Sept 2017, Bill Nisbet, East Kilbride, Scotland. ex officer 199th BB
Found some more names for you in the 199th.    Back Row  2. Jackie Yuille  4 Willie Primrose.     
Fourth Row  2 Davie Knox
.      Second row  14 John Porterfield
Front row  1.John McKinnon, 2 Russell Nugent 3 Anna Park 5 Jimmy Jamieson 7 Eddie Nugent (Captain)
Best regards, Bill & May
(March 2021 Front Row No.1 amended from John McKenna to John McKinnon)

March 2021, Robert Lindsay, Manchester, England. age 84.
I have been going through your site and came across the photo of boys brigade Cambuslang .On the forth row extreme left you have named this person JohnMcKenna he is an old school friend of mine still going strong but his name is John McKinnon still lives in Cambuslang he is 85/86 now. Thank you.

March 2021, Jim Ferguson (Fergi), Rutherglen, Scotland. S/Sgt 199th BB, age 82.
I am in top row no.3, S/Sgt and reckon the year this was taken as c1956. Some names to add are:
Top row. 1 Alec Griffen;  4th row. 1 Alec Greenhorn; 3rd row. 5 Bert Russell;  2nd row. 3 Jack Ferguson
1st row. 3 Isa Park NOT Anna,   6 John Ferris ( minister )   8 Mr Mitchell  12. Alistair Hamilton

(March 2021 Front Row No.3 amended from Anna Park to Isa Park)


Cousins reunite after 52 years - 30 Aug.2009

Ozbill (Bill Nisbet  and his cousin Bill Nisbet who he hasn't seen since 1957
right hand Bill Nisbet is in BB photo above, 2nd row no.1

30 Aug.2009 I had the pleasure of meeting Ozbill and his family at his cousin's Bill house in East Kilbride where I took this photo. Ozbill is back hame wi' his wife, son, daughter and son-in-law.
Bill, a family friend, invited us up to his house for the family gathering, PiggeryBrae
(minus Fergi who was ill) provided the music!  It was lovely to meet all the family.

Webmaister Aug.09: What a treasure also finding that my pal Jim Ferguson is in the old BB photo
(top row no.3)   Fergi of course is a member of PiggeryBrae.


 Smashing photo I took in Feb.2005 at, the then named, St.Andrew's Church, Cambuslang Burns Supper.
Fergi toasting the haggis and
Bill Nisbet the haggis bearer 

Almost 50 yr gap between
     these photos)




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