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| The Boys Brigade
13th Oct 2005, 02:42pm
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From: Bishopbriggs, Glasgow
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In 1883 , William Alexander Smith formed The Boys Brigade . He originally came from Pennyland ,in Caithness which overlooks Dunnet Head .
He was just 15 when he travelled south to Glasgow . More to grasp opportunities than from necessity .
Smith came from a breed of Scots that gets the appellation 'solid stock' .His father had been an officer in the Army as had his Grand father before him .The Smith's'of Scotland were the rock foundations of the country. The base material of the 'onward Christian Soldiers 'with God in their hearts and prepared to defend that way of life .
He based the Boys Brigade on a military style Christian soldier .
Thus it was in 1883 , in a little hall in North 'Woodside Road the movement began with just 28 boys . Two night later the number had risen to 59 and the Boys Brigade was under way .
It was at the same time another football club destined to be as famous as Rangers appeared on the scene .It was Celtic.
Every night there was a 'fall-in' parade ,no one was allowed to miss 2 consecutive drills as their meetings were called
As word spread round the high-density Woodside area ,bounded by Garscube Road and Great Western Road ,boys found it a great way of spending time in the company of pals .
When Smith took his idea to Harvard in U S A he was made to realise that if you put a 'five penny cap ' on a boy ,he turned into a soldier .
The Bible was his gun . The uniform made him a part of things .
When Smith tried to start up in Belfast ,the irish wanted the name to be 'The Whiteboys', But after much persuasion the name 'the Boys Brigade .became official .
As it was Church based , not very many Catholic boys bothered to take part ,which is a pity ,I think ,as it might have ended the bigotry across the City .
Most Catholic boys ,like myself , joined the Boy Scouts and were affiliated to a Chapel .but we did everything the Boys Brigade did ,the difference was, we attended our own Catholic Church .
This of course meant, pals or not ,on a Thursday night we each went out separate ways .
The Boys Brigade spiralled to ever increasing numbers ,although , I am not sure if it is as strong today .
Still, among the famous ex-Boys Brigade were such people as :-
Allen Wells , Cameron Sharp , Kenny Dalglish , Ally Mc Coist , Danny McGrain, Ross King , Andy Cameron , Roy Castle . Metropolitan Police Officer , Sir David Mc Nee and Scottish Parliamentarian Sir David Steel .
Notice too . They are all Protestants
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