Ann Laird, who lives in Hyndland, explains her interests lie in the built environment, particularly in the buildings and tenements of the West End of Glasgow.
Life was incredibly hard for most working people in Victorian times and many had to resort to these ‘poorhouse style shelters’ at some time in their lives.
James Ferguson (1818 to 1894) born in Wallacetown, Ayr and James Urie (1828 to 1890) born in Kilmarnock, were emigrants to Melbourne, Australia and made their fortunes there from manufacturing and installing stained glass windows.
Most readers are aware that rationing was an integral part of life in the Second World War and afterwards, but it is less well known that it also occurred in the previous war, though not nearly so stringently and to some extent, voluntarily.
A packed hall turned up to listen to Dr. Irene O’ Brien’s talk on Glasgow City Archives and Family History in October 2014.
This is the report of the talk in November by Colin Dunlop Donald, business editor of the Sunday Herald, and a graduate of Exeter and Cambridge Universities. He has written for newspapers throughout the world, particularly in East Asia where he worked for five years as an associate professor of international relations at Baiko University, Shimonoseki, Japan.