history of the BB in Glasgow
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The 61st Glasgow Company, the
Boys Brigade was formed 19 Jan 1887 and
was attached to Calton UP Church
1929-1930 the company's church changed to
Calton Relief Church
In session 1952-1953
the company's church changed to McMillan-Calton
session 1960-1961 the company closed
In session 1973-1974
the company closed
Camp Leven 1955, the 61st Boys
Brigade, Calton, Glasgow joint
summer camp with the 155th
July 2008, Email & photo
from ( GlescaPal weeger) Jack Dougall,
61st. Calton B.B. Summer Camp 1955,
3rd row -1, Jack Dougall, 2, Rab
McLelland, 4, Wullie Spraggan; back row
- 6, Ian (Pitch) Ross, 7 Bert (Spedster)
front row - 8, Ian Hamilton; 2nd row - 3,
Lt.Gavin Innes, 5 Capt. Eddie Hall, 7,Lt.
Actually there were one or two officers
and boys present from a B.B. company
based in Landressy Street, but I can't
remember company number, or names, but almost
all of the guys went to John Street Sen.
Jack the Landressy Street
BB were the 155th,
The 61st. BB operated from a large hall in
Green St.Calton. I think the hall was an
annexe of Macmillan Parish church, which we
were attached to. The church was located in
London Rd.,opposite side from the Barras,
roughly halfway between Green St. and Kent St.
I know all ex B.B. guys think their fitba'
team was the greatest, but at that time we
really were the best in the east -end. We had
a few really excellent players, and although I
definitely wiznae in that category, I remember
scoring at Celtic Park in the final of Glasgow
Battalion five a side tourney, which we won in
'55. It was really very good of Celtic letting
us use the pitch, and we showed our
appreciation by indulging in only very mild
graffiti in the dressing room.
At that time we had a bugle band, and we
played at church parades, I remember my bugle
was stamped U.S. Army Michigan, 1840
something. We had a parade at Leven that year
and I'll never forget the struggle I had to
stay awake during the sermon, which seemed to
last for hours. Those were really happy days,
and I have terrific memories.
Best of all was leaving the
house at about 9-30 Saturday mornings, meeting
my mates and setting off, usually 'doon the
green', for another league match.
Dougall. ( GlescaPal Weeger )
| May 2013, Jack Dougall
can add that Jim Spraggan is on his wee brother
Wullie's left in the B.B. photo.
gratefully received towards the running
A lifetime honour
and timeless photographs on the web