Category: People

1891 Award

Can anyone provide some background information to this medal/award? I was going through my recently deceased father’s effects and came across this award given to A.C. Murdoch in 1891, B Company 3rd LRV by Anderson Turner Esq. My great grandfather was Alexander Murdoch and we do not understand what the “C” in his name stands for as far as we know he only had one christian name and that is Alexander. Alexander Murdoch emigrated to Boksburg South Africa in 1904. My guess is that the award was won in a shooting competition, but I would like to find out more about it.

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The Glasgow School of Confectionery and Sweet-making


The Glasgow School of Confectionery & Sweetmaking was based at 28 Regent Park Square (then numbered 34) from 1908, and run by the Clark sisters, Gertrude and Julia.

The school offered “practical classes in all branches of confectionery, sweet-making, and cookery” and “country classes and correspondence lessons by arrangement”.

Gertrude published a book, All about Sweet-Making, in 1909, yours for 2/6 net (12.5 pence), and I believe one lucky Strathbungo resident has discovered a second hand copy.

If you fancy a go, download her book (pdf), and try her recipes. Thanks to the Scottish Recipes website for the copy.

Image of All about Sweet-making, Gertrude Clark, 1909 – from a Turkish bookseller

28 Moray Place – Moray School

Queries on this website from Martin in 2019, and more recently Tom, whose wife had met a former pupil, suggested there was a school on Moray Place. It was not something I was aware of, but never let that be a deterent!

First a quick search of the database confirmed the existence of Moray School. There isn’t much else to go on, but this is what I found.


Theosophy is a movement based on the teachings of Madame Blavatsky, a Russian philosopher , and the Theosophical Society was founded in 1875, with the motto “There is no religion higher than truth”. I struggle to define Theosophy, so leave it the the Theospohical Society of England to do so .

The Theosophical Society is a worldwide community whose primary Object is the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity without distinction, based on the realisation that life and all its diverse forms, human and non-human, is indivisibly One.

Founded in 1875, the Society draws together those of goodwill whatever their religious affiliation (if any), social status, gender or ethnicity. The Society promotes such understanding through the study and practical application of the Ageless Wisdom of Theosophy.

The International Mission Statement of the Society is: “To serve humanity by cultivating an ever-deepening understanding and realization of the Ageless Wisdom, spiritual Self-transformation, and the Unity of all Life.

So that’s clear then. But what about Moray Place?

Moray School

The movement grew around the turn of the century, and adopted Adyar in India as its base. New ideas in education became an important aspect of its work, and schools were founded around the world and in the UK, notably in Letchworth Garden City. In 1918 two schools opened in Scotland, The King Arthur School at Musselburgh, in the rather grand Drummore House , and Moray School, in the somewhat more mundane Moray Place in Glasgow. Oddly the early Post Office Directories say the Glasgow school was at No 33 in 1918, then No 31 in 1921, before settling on No 28 Moray Place.

Few details are available, but the Golden Book of the Theosophical Society , a history of the Society’s first 50 years published in 1925, notes

The Theosophical Educational Trust with which the names of Dr. G. S. Arumlale, Mrs. B. Ensor, Mrs. J. Hansom, Mr. H. Baillie-Weaver and others are associated, began by opening two schools, the Garden City Co-Educational School at Letchworth, (afterwards known as Arundale School) with Dr. Armstrong Smith as Principal, and Brackenhill School at Bromley, Kent, for children who were homeless, or in worst; care. Various other English schools in different places came under the control of the Trust, and in 1918 King Arthur Co-Educational Boarding School near Edinburgh, and Moray School in Glasgow, the latter a day school for young children, were started.

Similarly the 47th General report of the anniversary and convention of the Theosophical Society, Adyar, India (1922) mentioned the Scottish schools, while making an interesting comparison of Scottish and English educational standards .

Schools in Scotland .—The Scottish schools—King Arthur School, Musselburgh, and the Moray School, Glasgow—have come under the direct management of the Directors of the Theosophieal Educational Trust in the United Kingdom. Both schools continue to do very good work although there has not been as much response to our efforts in Scotland as there has been in England. Probably this is due to the fact that for centuries the Scotch have fostered education to an extent wholly unknown in England and that as a result the education provided in the Scotch State Schools has been exceedingly good. Furthermore the boarding school system is not as much in vogue there as in England.

The 1921 report recorded Mrs Munro as the principal, commenting

This School also is to be congratulated upon its good work which has been steady and persevering.

The 1925 Valuation Roll records William Monteith as the owner, and Jessie R Walker or Jessie R Monteith as the tenant.

The school lasted over 20 years, being listed in the Glasgow PO Directories at least up to 1941.

The Consort Hotel

In the 1970s 27-32 Moray Place operated as the Consort Hotel.

Can anyone else shed any more light on this school?


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Yehuda Lustig: international espionage & murder

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.
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Rev William Rattray

The Rev William Rattray 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.

Rattray was the minister at Abbotsford Chalmers Parish Church at 100 Pollokshaws Road . The church and adjacent Abbotsford School survive, the former converted to supported residential use for young adults, as Quarriers James Shields Service, the latter as Al Khalil College.

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26 Marywood Square

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 appears to have been a relative and/or business associate of Robert Weir, the builder of the terrace; and in the 1885 valuation roll he owned most of the terrace. According to the Valuation rolls, ownership later passed to W Fairlees Trustees, and a Herald advert in 1904 records the sale of both 26 and 24 from Elizabeth Fairlie’s estate 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.
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Rev Henry Erskine Fraser

Rev Henry Fraser was the first owner and occupier of 12 Moray Place, until at least 1875. He was the first pastor of the United Presbyterian Church on Langside Avenue. The church opened in 1857 (as Langside Road UP Church), but was replaced with a new building by John Bennie Wilson in 1897. That church in turn became St Helen’s RC Church, a role it still fulfils today, on the corner of Deanston Drive.

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H E Clifford, architect

Henry (Harry) Edward Clifford was a local architect who lived for a significant period at 12 Moray Place, commemorated by a brass plaque on the wall.

Clifford’s notable local buildings include Pollokshields Burgh Hall, several Pollokshields villas, Clydesdale Cricket Club Pavilion, and tenements on both sides of the Cathcart Circle line; the red sandstone tenements of 17-57 Fotheringay Road, and the blond sandstone tenements of 44-88 Terregles Road, extending round into Shields Road. He designed Titwood Parish Church on Glencairn Drive, but later taken down and rebuilt as St James’, Pollok. He also created a number of buildings in Campbeltown.

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World War 2 Roll of Honour – Strathbungo’s fallen

In 2017 on Armistice day I wrote of Corporal Aitken, a former resident of my house who gave his life at the Battle of Loos in the Great War.

Glasgow honoured all its fallen in a Roll of Honour published in 1922, and from this I put together a Roll of Honour for Strathbungo, published on Armistice Day in 2019, 101 years after the war ended.

For World War 2, VE Day marked Victory in Europe on 8th May 1945, and so for the 75th anniversay of VE Day I have compiled the Roll of Honour for Strathbungo’s fallen of WW2. The following is a list of those linked to Strathbungo who gave their lives, sorted by their address. Click on their names or scroll down further for a more detailed biography of each.

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The Great War Roll of Honour – Strathbungo’s fallen

In 2017 on Armistice day I wrote of Corporal Aitken, a former resident of my house who gave his life at the Battle of Loos in the Great War.

Glasgow honoured all its fallen in a Roll of Honour published in 1922. It is available to view at City Chambers, with a copy in the Mitchell Library, and on line. It may not be entirely accurate or complete, but it has enabled me to compile a Roll of Honour for Strathbungo. Over 60 local men gave their lives during the First World War, and they are listed below.

With research I have managed to learn a little more about some of them, and include their biographies. Many are taken in part from local projects to research church and school memorials, notably those on the Pollokshields Heritage site.

A similar Roll exists for the Second World War; I hope to reproduce it here in time for the 75th anniversary of VE Day in 2020.

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