Down Memory Lane



December 27, 1912

THE body of a man was found lying beside a hedge to the west of Knightswood Farm, immediately beyond the boundary of Greater Glasgow. The body was taken possession of by the Dumbartonshire police and taken to the mortuary at Bearsden, where it lay awaiting identification. It was believed that he had been overcome by the storm on Tuesday night and blown into the hedge. In one of his pockets a slip was found which said “Robert McGregor, carter, 63 Elder Park Street, Govan.”

MR JOSEPH Shillinglaw, who was for 13 or 14 years employed in Ellangowan Paper Mill, Milngavie - acting for some time as manager - received an important appointment in India as manager of the Upper India Couper Paper Mills Company, Lucknow. Mrs Shillinglaw intends to follow him shortly. His mill in India is managed by Europeans, but the native Indians have a large interest in the concern, which has done very well, the Herald reported.


December 25, 1937

THE house to house collection throughout the burgh which was carried out by the Milngavie Spanish Aid Committee made the sum of £26 and 12 shillings. This has been sent in instalments to the committee, which supports and equips British hospitals ministering in Spain. Collectors were unable to return to houses that were empty and anyone who missed out in the collection was asked to send contributions to the committee.

MILNGAVIE, in common with the rest of the country, experienced one of its colder spells for the last 60 years, with severe frost from Friday to Monday. There was a slight fall of snow in the early hours of Tuesday morning, but when the wind changed to the southwest a thaw set in, and rain fell for the greater part of the day. The snow, which had been frozen to the roads and footpaths, gradually melted making paths into rivers of slush and mud which were difficult for pedestrians to walk along.


December 28, 1962

ABOUT 70 bedridden, housebound and lonely old folk had a wonderful Christmas Day because of the kindness of one woman, Mrs Violet Cornell. She entertained them with a Christmas dinner in St Andrew’s Church Hall in Stewart Street, Milngavie. Specially invited guests included Provost R. H. M. Kennedy, Police Judge Buchanan. Mr J. B. Scoular, Mr and Mrs Murray Lyle and Rev R. M. Bisset of St Andrew’s Church who presided and Mrs Bisset.

R.A.S. Scott of North Grange Road, Bearsden, and a member of the 24th Glasgow troop, was one of 30 boys who were chosen to represent Glasgow at the 11th World Scout Jamboree in Greece. The Scottish contingent was due to be 158 strong and were set to travel to the Plain of Marathon, near Athens. The boys gained their places after a two day test of character, personality, scouting ability, personal appearance and behaviour.


December 25, 1987

THE new flats beside Hillfoot Station in Bearsden were going to be about one metre higher than originally proposed. But members of the December planning committee agreed not to ask the developer, Alfred McAlpine, for fresh plans. Chief planning officer Walter Hemfrey explained that as the original heights were not shown on the approved plans, the committee could decide to treat this as additional information and not ask the developer to submit a fresh application.

THE Bearsden based singing group Song Machine, completed a very successful year, the Herald reported, with an interesting engagement. They were asked to perform on the first visit to Scotland of the Venice Simpton Orient Express and sang on three trips. The Orient Express Service started originally in 1883 and Song Machine was singing music of the Edwardian era dressed in the lavish costumes of the period, to entertain the passengers on their luxurious journey.


December 27, 2002

MILNGAVIE Golf Club was criticised over its policy of excluding girls from the bar which junior male members were free to use. Parents urged the club to change its policy of discriminating against girls, after one angry mum found her 12-year-old daughter standing alone in the hallway when she went to collect her. The girl had played golf with the boys and after the game when they went into the main bar to order a snack and watch some TV, she was excluded because of the ‘male only’ policy.

A YOUNG chef won the local heat of the 2003 Future Chef Competition. Ross McHugh (15) beat a host of other hopefuls who gathered in the Glasgow College of Food Technology for the competition. The Bearsden Academy pupil said he was nervous before the competition, but this soon evaporated when he got behind the cooker. He made turkey rolls with gazpacho sauce and patatas bravas.