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taggart560 Posted 17th Mar 2018, 12:47pm
  Hello Glasgo Garan...I was at the wee Roch 1953 then up to Blackhill then down to the Big Roch,is the same time you where there.
Glasgow Granny Posted 28th Feb 2018, 11:49am
  Glasgow Granny just found this post where you in my class at the wee Roch.
I have not been on the site for a while. I heard about Nan passing she was a lovely kind soul.
Guest Posted 19th Nov 2017, 09:21pm
  I've only just found this forum about the Garngad . I have enjoyed reading it. I wondered if Glasgow Granny was still around, as, she mentioned me by name in one of her postings smile.gif I remember her well.

*Tommy* Posted 2nd Sep 2017, 10:11pm
I hope you are still in this forum, my mother is Nan Brogan, daughter of Annie and Robbie Brogan, Sarah and Bobby Arrol were her aunt and uncle and she had a brother named Tommy. My mother passed away today and my brother and I are trying to contact extended family ( Reilly, Glen and Arrol). If you can help we would be most grateful. I don't know if I permitted to put contact details on this forum. So if you could post a message to confirm you have read this then we can sort out how to advise of the funeral arrangements in case anyone wishes to attend. Thank you
Flyman Posted 19th Sep 2016, 11:48pm
QUOTE (alibalibee @ 20th Aug 2010, 11:02am) *
Hi everyone

Im new to forum , been doing some family tree research and have discovered that my great great grandfather was married in St rollux church in garngad William Warren. He married a Roseann Donnelly and their address was listed as Mount Pleasant, Garngad Rd - does anyone have any information on this address. What was Mount Pleasant? I have found that it was previously a dairy farm??? The date of their marriage was 31st Oct 1890 - was this a farm at this point? He was an iron grinder and she was a yarn winder - from the street map i came across its likely they worked in the Garngad as well!!

Any information would be gratefully received!


Hi Alison
My great grandparents were William Warren and Rose Ann Donnelly. Its a long shot trying to contact you so long after your post but who knows!
barbiegirl Posted 1st Aug 2014, 01:17pm
  I was conceived at a Hogmany party in 1965 at the Great Western Road high flats in Glasgow. The evening had started in Curlers Bar before Ronnie Gordon an Engineer gave out the invites. 9 months later I was adopted to a family in 1966. My birth dad found out somehow and went to my birth mums door in Drumchapel just hours after I had been given away. His name was Brian (surname unknown). He would have been about 19 back then and only about 5' 4" or 5". A fashionable dresser, and wore a smart green duffel coat. Ronald sadly died a few years ago and I'm unable to get any further information there. Another lady at the party was Joan Watson from Cloan Ave, Drumchapel. She emigrated to Canada and became a nurse. My birth mum has no more information to give. I believe Brian may have been a friend of George Harwood a Painter & Decorator from Pendeen Crescent, Barlanark. He sadly has passed away also. Does this ring a bell with anyone? My real dad knew about me and could never do anything to find me. 47 years on can you help me find him please? I would be very grateful and maybe you could PM me if you have any information. Many thanks.
bigarthur Posted 13th Jun 2014, 10:12am
  I was born in 1950 to parents in Garngad and lived in Tharsis Street for the first
12 years of my life before moving to Cloverbank Street then the Rosemount Street high flats.

My first memories as a child in the area were being taken into Faere’s Café on Royston Road opposite the bottom of Tharsis Street for my Friday treat of a Macallum by my father, then buying my comics from Melly’s newsagents on the road. I also remember McGregors ironmongers, Sinclairs electrical store, Vic’s (?) Chippy, all on the road. There was virtually a pub at every corner which was the way with most areas of Glasgow just after World War 2. I remember taking the empty beer bottles into the family departments of these pubs – Hughes’s, Chic Geatons, The Commando etc for the half penny or penny a bottle. A nice way to supplement your weekly pocket money. I also vaguely remember a bakery which I think was behind Cobden Street and people used to queue up around midnight for the fresh bread and rolls.

I went to the Wee Roch from 1955 – 1961 then to The Mungo – St Mungo’s Academy at the Kennedy Street, then Barony then Parson Street schools.
I remember as I was the only on to pass my “Quallie” (11 plus) among my cronies, I had to go to St Mungo’s and all my pals (who presumably had failed) had to go to the Big Roch and pleading with my mother to let me join my pals. She was a bit more worldly wise and could see the beginning of the 1960’s gang culture starting and the Garngad’s very own Shamrock was forming. She reasoned (correctly) that I should be steered away from the local “tykes”. Anyway I managed to avoid the gang culture and eventually got a job in offices of the nearby St Rollox Railway workshops (The Caley) – there’s a whole book on that factory that could be written about the characters who worked there. Suppose the same could be said about all big factories – the shipyards, steelworks etc..

As a child we used to play beside the Monkland Canal (much to my mother’s concern as I could not swim then), fishing for baggies and eels. When I think back on the state of the water with the occasional dead dog floating by, I’m surprised we never caught a disease ! Must have been Granny Boyle’s cod liver oil and spoons of Virrel. I remember well going to the Saturday matinee in the Carlton for a tanner to watch the serials. Sneaking into the Casino via the fire exit was always an option when we were returning from the Townhead Baths and we were thrown out of many an X-rated film as we were too naive to even check what film was on ! I also remember The Grafton on Parly Road – a real flea pit, even in those days. Will always remember the sign when it closed “Watch this space for the reopening date” which must have been up for donkeys years before it was demolished. Some Saturdays we ventured out east to posh cinematic venues like the Rex and the Vogue in Riddrie, via Ally Park.

The newer housing to the east of Tharsis Street was known locally as the Copperwork as I believe it was built on the site of the old Tharsis copper works. I remember reading the name “Tharsis” (I always had to spell it when giving my address) was after the village of the same name in Spain where the copper was mined.

Watery Willie’s pub at the White Brig (Millburn Street canal bridge) I remember well as a kid as it was on our route down to “Ghost Valley”, a disused factory along Townmill Road which had a piece of rope hanging from one of the roof timbers and prompted the local myth that someone had been hanged there years ago – quite frightening when you are only 6 or 7 years old ! We used to play along the banks of the canal from the Glebe Street bridge in Townhead out as far as the Riddrie Locks. We used to take the trolley bus out to Riddrie armed with pillow slips which we filled with rhubarb from the fields at Millerston opposite Huggie Loch and tried to sell round the doors in Tharsis Street. We were never very successful and ended up eating most of the stuff ourselves (dipped in sugar) which resulted in the usual dose of “skitters” from too much fruit consumption.

I remember a crowd of us managed to get across the canal at Port Dundas in the late 50’s and into the Pinkston Power Station (which apparently powered the Glasgow tram system) and crawled through the massive pipes under the giant cooling tower and thought it was a great laugh playing in a tunnel. It was only later when across on the other bank that we saw the water being discharged and steaming out of the very pipes we had crawled through an hour earlier ! We all
had a great laugh and headed home – when you are 8 you are invincible !
Another “hobby” for us Garngad kids was catching a “hudgie” (free ride) on the backs of the “midgie” lorries that ran in and out of the Cleansing on Charles Street. I remember the old battery powered vehicles (slowies) and the newer faster diesel lorries (silvies) where we took our lives in our hands trying to jump on the rear of the vehicles as the drivers sped away trying to avoid us. Surprisingly none of us ever ended up under the wheels but we came close sometimes.

The demolition of the tenements in the late 50’s / early 60’s changed the area forever as the “buzz” came from all the shops along the length of “the road”.
The multi storey flats that replaced Cobden, Bright, Villiers and Turner Streets,
although light years ahead of the rat infested tenements in terms of housing quality, removed a vibrant section of Garngad Road in the process and the new
group of soulless shops were no comparison to what was before. This is a similar story to other areas of Glasgow (Springburn, for example where the bustling main road was demolished for a shopping centre and the area never recovered its vibrancy).

I suppose looking back we would be classed as slum children as the Garngad was an undoubted area of social depravation (as was most of Glasgow in the 50’s) but as kids you just got on with it and your parents – the real unsung heroes – scrimped and saved to provide for you and tried to keep you on the straight and narrow. We had it easy when we read of the conditions their parents generation had to endure at the turn of the 20th century. Suppose it’s the old cliché about each generation hoping that their children do better than them and trying their damnest to make that happen. Reminds me of a line from an old John Sebastian song – “All my deepest worries must be his cartoons” when looking at his young child. Most of us survived.
taggart560 Posted 30th Oct 2012, 11:19am
QUOTE (john martin @ 9th Dec 2007, 11:18pm) *
my dad was from garngad gilly martin and my granny mary toal was a hawker sold her dollups up next to the were the budgie is i was told.does anybody remember the family name toal and my dad gilly martin who had bad leg....................

John the Toal family lived at 26 Cloverbank st 3 brothers as i rember Malky Frank and Joe,i understand that Joe moved to i think Canada,Malky(now passed away) took over the house after he married,had 2 boys and lived there with the lads and his wife they moved sometime ago
taggart560 Posted 30th Oct 2012, 11:07am
  Re the Whelans post 86they lived in the bottom flat at 20 Dunolly st next door to the Clark family,also for info the Welshes lived in the top flat.
taggart560 Posted 4th Sep 2012, 11:02am
QUOTE (WullieN @ 12th May 2011, 07:04pm) *
There were a Forde family in the sandstone tenements that used to be at the top of Kilberry St, I think the maw was Anne, reffered to as big Anna but I might be wrong. Two big sons and a daughter, I see the boys from time to time, but cant remember the lassie much.

The maw was thge talk of the stairhead at one point because of an accident in which she lost an eye. Using the well established procedure for freeing a particularly type bottle screw-top, Anna gripped it the gap between the door jamb and the door and applied the pressure.
Bottle went bang and she had the accident.

I think you are talking about my sister Maureen,she had 4 kids 3 boys and a girl, the accident happened in her (my) mothers house in Dunolly st.I loved that single end it was very cosy in that one and only room infront of a big fire.
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