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The Glasgow Necropolis – Gordon’s Last Case


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.

Scots Overseas – Settlement Pioneers in Canada


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.

Photo sleuthing – The Walston album


Although the photos in this album were unnamed, its owner had glued press cuttings of assorted family notices inside the covers – births and marriages at the front, deaths at the back. Unfortunately, they were undated – just a lot of ‘inst.’s and ‘ult.’s relating to the date of publication of the newspaper. Several names […]