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    70th Glasgow Boys' Brigade, Dennistoun


A social history of the BB in Glasgow
 photos and memories preserved on GlescaPals for future generations.

  70th Glasgow
Company, the Boys Brigade was formed 09 June 1887 attached to  Free St.John's Mission & Sabbath School,
                                                                                                                                                                      George St. Glasgow

In session 1897-1898 the company closed

On 03 February 1902 the company reformed at UF St.John's Church Mission
In session 1920-1921 the company closed
  On 01 May 1922 the number was re-allocated 70th Glasgow BB attached to Whitevale UF Church, Dennistoun

  In session 1929-1930 the company's church changed to Whitevale Church, Dennistoun
In session 1960-1961 the company closed
In session 1965-1966  the number was re-allocated 70th Glasgow BB attached to Thornliebank Methodist Church
  In session 1960-1961 the company closed
In session 1974-1975  the number was re-allocated 70th Glasgow BB attached to Gorbals Church of Scotland
  In session 1995-1996 the company closed


Whitevale Church of Scotland, Whitevale Street, Dennistoun, Glasgow
Whitevale Church of Scotland was 100 yards up from the Baths on the other side…….it was adjacent to the lane which still runs between Whitevale Street and Bathgate Street ……… was demolished and on the site now stands Whitevale Medical Group



The 70th Glasgow Boys' Brigade Company from Whitevale Church of Scotland,
Whitevale Street, Dennistoun, Glasgow. 

                                                         At their camp in Kirn, Dunoon in 1955
70th BB
Included among the boys were the McVicar brothers, Ronnie Waugh, Duncan McKellar, Nikki Smith, Jim Merrilees, John Harrison, Sydney Kingsbury, John Thomson, James Mitchell, ? Livingstone, ? Speirs, ? Lockhart.

Company Captain was Dick McAllister.  The photo was taken at Kirn Church of Scotland, church hall and the sun shone brilliantly the whole fortnight, For many of the boys it was their first introduction to a palliasse - not a friendly donkey but a sheet stuffed with straw which became your mattress.  The staple diet seemed to be endless loaves of bread smothered with butter and jam - delicious.



June 2014, post & email, from GlescaPal John Harrison, Bearsden, Glasgow.
Hi Webmaister, what a star you are!!!!!........Thanks for putting 70th Glasgow Company on the map…………..I have a friend who I believe has an older photo of the company which I believe was taken inside Whitevale Baths so I will contact him and get back to you in due course…….looking forward to seeing Thomson Street, Haghill and Whitehill photos on the web site………….exciting stuff…………

In the early sixties I went for an office job in the United Glass Bottle Works, Old Shettleston Road (now houses) adjacent to Shettleston Juniors ground.  When the Personnel Manager …a Mr Trotter….heard that I had been in the 70th Glasgow BB Company (he knew our Captain Dick McAllister) guess what ?????................I got the joab!!!!...............

PS I may have a few other photos old and new of that area which may be of interest………… claim to fame is that Lulu and I lived 50 yards from each other across the back courts and I never knew it until she hit the big time – we were both top floor immediately opposite – she was in Garfield Street and I was in Bathgate Street. Another millionairess/celebrity from Bathgate Street is Michelle Mone (the Bra Queen who appears in your photo of Thomson Street Primary) who lived at no. 64………I was born and “dragged up” in no. 34 (only joking)……….again, many thanks, Wull you have given so many folks so much pleasure…….John




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