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  Streets of Bridgeton  - Reid Street                                   Page1  Page2


Webmaister's grandfather Donald McArthur

Donald McArthur ( born in 1895 died January 1949)
had seven sisters, he was the eight child and the youngest. 

This picture, taken in central Glasgow at the River Clyde,
shows a Tennents steam engine lorry with its four man crew.


Donald is standing extreme right as you view the picture.  

Donald married Mary Whitelaw

Donald and Mary had five Children three of them born in a tenement in 7 Ingram Street Glasgow, as was the norm in those days. Elizabeth born 1922,  Donald born 1924, Grace born 1926, William born 1928 & James (my Da) born 1931.

                          Baby James ...........William, Donald, Grace & Elizabeth
In 1936/38 the family moved to a new house in No.80 Reid Street Bridgeton and lived there happily for many years.
Mary McArthur died at Christmas on the 28th December 1948 sadly a  fortnight later in January 1949 Donald died. With both parents dead young Donald being the oldest child still living in the home took ownership of the house.

I was born in this house then my parents moved to our single-end in 202 Baltic Street
Families who lived up the close then.....80 Reid Street
                         Top Landing   Wright & McArthur
                         1st Landing    Gunn & Fyffe
                         Close              Symington & Moore

80 Reid Street

Young Donald, known as Squire, and his wife Peggy McArthur with their children continued to live there until 1970.  

Footnote: Donald McArthur born 1895 is the webmaster's Granda, his youngest son James born 1931 is the webmaster's faither.


Extract from E-mail 3rd Nov 2002, Anne Calman (nee Merrilees), Oshawa, Canada. (51-60)
"Hi ,,,I have just found this site and I am loving it,,my granny [jessie moore] lived at 80 Reid St as far back as I can remember, I used to go to the barras on a Sunday with her to collect her ménage money, she was also a money lender on a Friday night there was always people at her door paying her, or if they didn't have the money to pay her they would give her blankets or something new that they had, oh the memories. All good ones too, my granny made the best soup, I will be coming back to this site again and again, keep up the good work,  just want to let you know this is a great site....thank you"
Anne, my Da remembers Jessie & Eddie, John & Bobby Moore and a young Jessie & May Moore. Oh and by the way he also says his Maw made the best soup in the close!
Extract from E-mail 4th Nov 2002, Anne Calman (nee Merrilees), Oshawa, Canada. (51-60)
"....another little story about my granny from 80 Reid St, she would never put her money in a bank she thought it was safer in the hoose, she would have it behind pictures and inside the clock on the mantel.  I remember one day I told her the clock had stopped, she jumped of her chair, I think she thought I was going to touch it, that was when I found out she kept her money inside it, she had a wardrobe in the bedroom that was full of stuff people had gave her instead of paying her the money they owed her, oh how I loved my wee granny
Extract from E-mail 7th Nov 2002, Anne Calman (nee Merrilees), Oshawa, Canada. (51-60)
".......boy those pics of Reid St brought a wee tear to my eye, it looked like nobody was living in my granny’s old hoose, there was no curtains up. 
There are 2 dogs buried in that front garden, [2 spaniels]......thanks for the pics...."

Extract from E-mail March 2003, Danny Curran, Glasgow
"...hello Webmaister crackin website , just to let you know when the McArthur's  left 80 Reid St my mum moved into the house top flat right in 1970 . My name is Danny Curran , we stayed there for many a good year ,but have moved away now .  I remember the Moores and the Gunns . Keep up the good work and hope to hear from you   p.s not had computer long not very good at it
Extract from E-mail July 2010, Elaine Bennett, Cumbria, England
Hi , I also remember Jessie Moore . My uncle archie married may, jessies daughter may . They had 4 children vicky, brenda, carrolynne and danny . Sadly archie has passed away . I remember Jessie always seemed to be sitting at her window watching all that was going on . We would be visting my aunt who stayed in the main street and we would be on our way home , Jessie used to say to my mum to come in for a cup of tea ....
Extract from E-mail July 2010, Stephen Fyfe, Glasgow, Scotland
My maw Fyfe lived at 80 Reid Street well remember all the names you quote, Eleanor and billy lived with my maw.







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