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199th Glasgow Company, the Boys Brigade was
formed 11 Oct 1924 attached to Morriston
In session 1962-1963
the company's church changed to Cambuslang Old Parish
In session 1978-1979
the company closed
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
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
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
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
row 1.John McKinnon, 2 Russell
Nugent 3 Anna Park 5 Jimmy Jamieson 7 Eddie
regards, Bill & May
Front Row No.1 amended from John McKenna to
2021, Robert Lindsay, Manchester, England.
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.
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
Front Row No.3 amended from Anna Park to Isa
reunite after 52 years - 30
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
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
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.
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
Fergi toasting the haggis and
Bill Nisbet the haggis bearer
(Almost 50 yr gap between
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