It contained the photographic record of an exotic journey through the Far East, to Penang, Rangoon, Mandalay, Shanghai, Nikko, Kyoto and Hangchow, returning home to Britain in Spring 1935.
This burial ground was established by the Calton Incorporation of Weavers in 1787. It is also known as the Calton Weavers’ Cemetery though there are folk of many trades buried there. That year the weavers had gone on strike against the undercutting of their wages by cheap imported textiles. The troops were brought in and six of the strikers were shot dead.
Victorian photograph albums were, in the main, the preserve of women.
The portrait however disappeared and has still not been traced.
In 1800, the British parliament passed the Glasgow Police Act, establishing a professional police force for the city. Other Scottish cities and burghs followed suit, but Glasgow can lay claim to having the first modern municipal force.
Cunninghame Combination Poorhouse was built between 1857 and 1858, to the north west of the coastal town of Irvine.
Some years ago, knowing my interest in old photos, a friend had alerted me to a bundle of family papers and photos on eBay.
The proximity of the Royal to the Necropolis resulted in several lairs being dedicated to the hospital nursing staff.
Glasgow’s smallpox outbreak started in April 1950. An Indian seaman, Mussa Ali, had left his ship, the SS Chitral, at Tilbury and travelled to Glasgow. There he fell ill and was admitted to hospital with what turned out to be smallpox, endemic in his country of origin.
The end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815 and the growing industrialisation of the spinning and weaving trades resulted in high unemployment, particularly in Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire. The government saw emigration as the solution, and offered assisted passages to Canada in 1820-1821. Emigration Societies were set up, and the first group arrived in 1820.