Bored one evening back in 2010, I googled my own address, and found this entry in the Jewish Telegraph, dated 17/09/2010
Alistair MacDonald is trying to trace a Jewish family which arrived in Glasgow after the Second World War.
Martin Lustig married Betty Frohlich in June 1935 in what was then-Palestine and moved to Glasgow. Martin, a veterinary student, and Betty lived at 52 Marywood Square, Glasgow. Their son, Yehuda Lustig, was born February 1948.
Mildly curious, I began a rapid descent into war, espionage, murder and intrigue, and within hours was fully expecting alarm bells to be going off in security HQs around the world, and a SWAT team to come through my window. Here’s the story.
The Rev William Rattray (1866-1942) was the owner and occupier of 21 (then 33) Queen Square between 1905 and 1925. The previous occupier had been the builder of the terrace, Alexander Thomson.
William was the minister at Abbotsford Parish Church on Devon Street, a church founded by a previous Strathbungo resident James McNaught, who lived at 7 Moray Place. William probably succeeded him on his death in 1894. At the time William was living in Leven Street, then Glencairn Drive.
Here’s another few random former Strathbungo residents, plucked from the database, these ones from 26 Marywood Square.
Duncan Graham, Leather Merchant
Our records show that the house, then known as 12 Princes Square, was first occupied in 1879, by one W Simpson. By 1885 the tenant was Duncan Graham, and the owner William Weir. Weir was the father of Robert Weir, the builder of the terrace; and in the 1885 valuation roll he owned most of the terrace, following his son’s untimely death. According to the Valuation rolls, ownership later passed to W Fairlees Trustees, who had financed the building, and took the building back when the debt was not repaid. A Herald advert in 1902 records the sale of both 26 and 24 by the Fairlies by public roup, the former apparently to Lachlan Seymour Graham, Duncan’s own son. However by 1915 Duncan was gone and the house had been sold to Andrew Nicol Campbell Smith.