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       3rd Glasgow Boys' Brigade 


A social history of the BB in Glasgow
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3rd Glasgow
Company, the Boys Brigade was formed 30 March 1885 attached to Adelaide Place Baptist Church

*In session 1887-1888 the company closed.

*16 Dec 1893 the company re-
formed and was attached to Cedar Street Mission Elgin Place Church

*Session 1898-1899 the compamny was temporarily suspended

*12 Nov 1901 the company re-formed and was attached to Battlefield East Parish Church

*In session 1931-1932 the company church changed to Battlefield East Parish Church

*Session 1997-1998 company closed

The Original 3rd Glasgow Company, the Boys Brigade was formed on 30th March 1885 and was latterly attached to Battlefield East Church of Scotland from the 12th November 1901.
Due to lack of members, the Company ceased to function on 31st August 1997, just short of its Centenary (8th November 2001).
Perhaps the pinnacle of band work in the 3rd Glasgow in the period 1975 to 1994 was reached when they appeared in the National Finals of the British Youth Band Championships at Wembley Arena on the 9th November 1987. They were acclaimed as British Youth Band Champions, the first and only time this title has been out of England. They almost repeated this success in 1988 but on count back were placed second behind the Bristol Unicorns. Their thirteen-minute "Swan Lake" programme was widely acclaimed

Although no longer functioning, the 3rd Glasgow had an active ex-members association, which has been in continuous operation since 1934. Currently they have a mailing list of well over 100.

For more detail on the 3rd Glasgow BB goto this website  
Ian P Ritchie,Captain 3rd Glasgow Company of the Boys Brigade.  May 2001



Wembley Arena
9th November 1987

This video I got from You Tube its absolutely fabulous, the tears were running down my cheeks watching it, brilliant.... well done everyone.

Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture 



Email. July 2008, Bandmaster of 3rd Glasgow, Mr.Barrington R. Barr
Really nice and quite emotional to see 3rd  Glasgow Championship Band on GlescaPals. My name is Barry Barr and I had the honour of being the Bandmaster of 3rd Glasgow during this successful period which spanned over 10 years.


The youngsters certainly worked very hard and the discipline had to be 100% to achieve the standards we had set ourselves. We felt we were getting these great results not just for 3rd Glasgow, but also for our great city where the Boys' Brigade was born. We also had a massive support down South in England where most of our competition work was undertaken !


I tried to get this performance shown on both BBC and STV but I did not even get a reply from them. They only seem to be interested in showing the bad side of youth and no real interest in the positive side.  The 3rd Glasgow are now unfortunately defunct but we have some great memories.  

Barrington R. Barr

Barry, I am delighted you are pleased I have the 3rd Glasgow mentioned on my GlescaPals website and thank you for taking the time to contact me. I stumbled across the 3rd Glasgow video and what a performance
Barry my hearty thanks and congratulations for all you achieved with this Boys' Brigade Band.
Regards, Webmaister


Guestbook, Feb.2009, Adrian, Tongue, Nottingham.
Loved your video of the 3rd Glasgow BB they were the best band ever even when they had their splits. At the 1987 championships I was just behind the field commander it was an awesome show and the Swan Lake the year after. I am now a Company Captain in Nottingham.

Email. Oct.2009, Rev.Neil Glover, Flemington-Hallside Church 

Incredible stuff, to think that that standard was reached by a bunch of teenagers from Glasgow, and the guy in charge looks quite young as well, Neil



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