Monday, 11 March 2013

Craigton Cemetery

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Today is Thursday, 21 February and we are off  for a walk down Paisley Rd West and a look at Craigton Cemetery, after which we will pick up an artwork at McTear's auction house.

Charming Underground map of Glasgow as a setting for movies

We have emerged from Cessnock Underground. For our previous  jaunt to Cessnock and Clifford Lane, see 

And for a previous walk to McTear's see

Looking west

Looking east

Pressing on

The great 'Greek' Thomson terrace in Walmer St; see previous Cessnock post linked to above

Pressing on

Looking back at the Walmer St corner

Looking up Marley St

The Glasgow Science Centre Needle

Catching the sun

The Zen Newsagent

Never liked Howson's figures - 'Muscular Jerks'  some wag dubbed them

Elizabeth St on right

Middlesex St on left

Ibrox Library

A wee mosque

Looking back

Looking up Edmiston Drive. . .

. . .at Ibrox stadium. For more more on Rangers see

Glasgow Rangers 1: the Ibrox Park Triangle, from Cessnock to Ibrox to Govan
 Glasgow Rangers 2: the 50,000 sellout match

Very droll ad campaign

That odd Scotch beef campaign again. .. 

. . .as previously pointed out (a) you won't find many beef cattle in Glencoe, (b) most people think of the unappetising Jimmy Saville when they see a cottage in  Glencoe

A pretty kirk, now a climbing centre

Road bridge down there at Clifford St - see Cessnock 2 walk, linked above

Looking back

Ibrox Convenience

Polski Sklep

Ibrox stadium again. For a parallel walk down there at Edmiston Drive and on to Shieldhall Rd,  see

Clyde cranes

Driving Skool

We are crossing this road bridge

In memory

Two cops passing quietly

Thought this was Cardonald Police Station but (ta Mike!) it is  the fearsome Helen St Police Station. From Wiki 

'Helen Street police station, also known as Govan police station, in GovanGlasgow, is the most secure police station in Scotland. It is used for example for detaining suspects arrested under the Terrorism Act.
The fortified station is operated by Strathclyde Police, and is the base of the Major Crime and Terrorism Investigation Unit.
Suspected criminals detained and questioned at Govan

The Palace of Art, Bellahouston Park. For more on the park, and for a walk back down Paisley Rd West from here after the Pope's visit, see 
Bellahouston Park

Bellahouston Park 2 : After the Pope is Over

An abandoned doll. We are in a different movie from Toy Story 2

Pressing on

Looking back - the police station dominates

A wee park coming up

Torbreck St

Let's have a look inside

Wok This Way - a perhaps not uncommon name for Chinese takeaways

The Puppy Parlour

The Wee Bakers

A Posh Deli

We've wandered over the road to Bellahouston Park for a quick keek in

A Shop intriguingly called 'Outlaw' over there

Speed & Custom

Crossing over; looking west

Looking east

Pressing on

Intriguing corner

Not Wee Man -Yee Man 

Craigton Cemetery is just up on the right

The Iron Lady

New Wave

Send / Receive a Fax

This is as far as we are going with Paisley Rd West

Ah, the more sensible variation of the Scotch Beef ad

We're heading up here

Off to the right

The Cemetery Gates

Havelock Cottage 1892

See the Commonwealth WarGraves Commission -

'contains 165 scattered burials of the First World War and 84 from the Second World War.'

The cemetery includes a memorial to Titanic victim Pastor John Harper

For the SS Daphne Memorial here see

We'll take the path to the left in a moment, which takes us to the top, then come back and walk  up the centre path

The column here reminds me of one of Ashoka's ancient pillars - the meaning of the pillars themselves  of course largely forgotten  in India until the Scot  Colin Mackenzie brought India's Buddhist heritage back to life in the19th century.  And now the meaning of the columns in Glasgow's cemeteries are being gradually eroded. 

For more on Edward Collins and a fine stained glass panel on paper making, see

Looking back

Great stone. . .

. . . Like a fossilized meringue

Love this one

Looks like a scene from the Buffyverse

At the top now

There are heroes and heroines here but this guy isn't one of them

Back at the war memorial - we will walk up the central path now

This lad and another were killed in an accident at Ibrox Stadium in 1961. See

There is a memorial nearby to the victims of the 1971 Ibrox disaster, which I seem to have missed alas

A weathered Way Out

Heading out

A weathered cherub

We go out through this gap

Looking back

Out onto Berryknowes Rd

Looking back 

The Berryknowes Rd entrance to the cemetery

No,  cemetery  is to our right

Heading up hill past the misleading sign

Pretty multistorey - not often  you get to say that

Cardonald Station.  For more on Cardonald, see

Crossing the A739 road bridge

Looking back

Looking down at the back of Meikelwood Rd, where we are heading

In Meikelwood Rd now

McTear's coming up on right

Great place this, officially the best auction house un Britain, and rightly so

We head down Balbeg St there on our left

Looking back

And out onto Shieldhall Rd we come. Buses here are few and far between

One over there, great; but wrong direction

We will park ourselves in bus shelter and study the unreliable bus timetable

From the bus we espy the expansion of the Southern General Hospital

I was born here in 1947, a few days off being one of Midnights Children. 

               . . .Oh roads we used to tread, 
Fra' Maryhill to Pollokshaws - fra' Govan to Parkhead!) 
- Kipling, 'MacAndrew's Hymn'

Our purchase: a fine drawing of the Suspension Bridge by Archibald McGlashan (RSA, former President of the Glasgow Art Club). I own a few of his son John Glashan's wonderful watercolours: a large one for the Spectator showing Christ wandering among the poor in  front of an astonishing cathedral, a cartoon for the New Yorker depicting an Indian watching the Pilgrim Fathers approach, and others. Pleased to have this by his dad. Bought for £65 - there are some bargains to  be had these days. You could likely pay that for an Ikea print

I like that extension

Ah. . .

Thales Group, Linthouse Rd, Govan. French company I think. Useless fact: the original Thales was a pre-Socratic philosopher dubbed the 'Father of Science'

Heading for the ClydeTunnel; for what it looks like to pedestrians and cyclists see our Govan 2 link at beginning

Not sure where we are - ah Govan Rd there

Out of the Tunnel and coming into Thornwood. See
Crow Rd to Broomhill Drive

Off the bus and into Partick Underground. For Partick walks see

Partick Bridge to Partick Underground: an Evening Stroll

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Reviews of Scotland: 1000 Things You Need to Know


'I love it - I'm giving this copy to a friend and buying another for myself' - Darren Adam, Presenter, Radio Forth, 17 November 2008

‘It’s a great wee book’ – Stephen Jardine, introducing Edwin Moore on Scottish Television’s Five-Thirty Show

'A fantastic book' - Scott Wilson , talk 107 Breakfast Show host 

'A great read' - Dougie Jackson, Drivetime host, Smooth Radio 105.2


'Despite its apparently humorous format, this is a serious and extensive dictionary on all things Scottish; from Jean Redpath to Lorne sausage, from Flodden to the Corries. Is particularly good on history and minutiae. There's a useful chapter on famous Scottish legal cases and another on literature. Excellent' - Royal Scottish Legion, Feb 2009

'This is the ultimate Scottish reference book' - Waterstones Christmas catalogue, 2008

'This is a fascinating look at the history of Scotland: its languages, politics and great achievements, from its origins in the ancient landmass of Laurentia 400 million years ago, to devolution and Billy Connolly. Edwin Moore has collected a thousand important facts about this beautiful country, covering Scottish history and culture, correcting misconceptions, and examining the mysteries of haggis and bagpipes with insight, warmth and impressive attention to detail' - The Good Book Guide, November 2008

'This is a recipe for revealing how horribly ill informed you are about your country. Although, if you are skillful, you can nod sagely as you read some new fact and mutter 'Ah, yes!' as if recalling the information from your excellent schooling. Where else will you find a real recipe for making haggis from scratch side by side with a potted biography of David Hume; a section of the Declaration of Arbroath and the curiously touching fact that Lulu was only 15 when she had a hit with 'Shout'? The whole thing is of course, silly - but oh so addictive.' - Matthew Perren, i-on Glasgow, December 2008

'. . . well crafted and witty' - Bill Howatson, Aberdeen Press and Journal, 18 October 2008

‘While most of Edwin’s entries are entertaining and scholarly – he writes like a Scottish Bill Bryson – it is when he takes an interest in the backwaters of history, the details lost down the back of the sofa, that he is at his best’ – Jack McKeown, The Courier, 27 October 2008

'History, it is said, is written by the victors. Trivia, meanwhile, is written by the guys with the smeared spectacles and the breathable rainwear. The first discipline is linear and causal; to quote from Alan Bennett’s play The History Boys, history is “just one f****** thing after another”. Things look different, though, when viewed through the prism of trivia. The past is reduced to one big coleslaw of fascinating facts that in their randomness tell a more mixed-up tale entirely.
The first approach leads to big, frowning books by the likes of Tom Devine and Michael Fry. The latter results in small, cheerful books such as Scotland: 1,000 Things You Need to Know, Edwin Moore’s valiant attempt to navigate the more trivial contours of enlightenment and clearances, crown and parliament, dirt and deity.
Moore proceeds from a sincere and controversial first principle: Scotland is really a rather pleasant and interesting place. . .As a work of popular scholarship, though, it’s in a different league to the Scottish novelty titles that get stocked next to the bookstore tills as potential impulse purchases, those little handbooks of parliamo Caledonia and regional braggadocio, such as Weegies vs Edinbuggers.' - Allan Brown The Sunday Times, 21 September 2008

'In his book, Scotland: 1000 Things You Need to Know, Edwin celebrates all that sets us Scots as a race apart - our language, law, flora, food, and of course, our people. From our poets, architects and inventors, to our artists, entertainers and fighters. But he doesn't shy away from the more unpleasant aspects of our history. . .' - Robert Wight, Sunday Post, 14 September 2008

‘We think we know all about William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and the Union of the Crowms. However, according to Edwin Moore, author of , Scotland: 1000 Things You Need to Know, we’re still in the dark about many aspects of our history and culture. . . The Big Issue looks at 20 of the most astonishing examples of secret Scotland.’ – The Big Issue, 18-24 September 2008

'What's the connection between Homer Simpson and Larbert, and why are generations of lawyers grateful to a Paisley snail? Need to know more? Author Edwin Moore has gathered 1000 facts like these about Scotland in a quirky new book. Brian Swanson selects a few favourites. . .' - Scottish Daily Express, 13 September 2008

'The palm for Christmas-stocking books seems to have passed recently to popular science, with best selling titles every year such as Why Don’t Penguins’ Feet Freeze? This year there has been a gallant attempt at a historical fight back. Scotland: 1,000 Things You Need to Know(Atlantic Books, £12.99) asks (and answers) such post-turkey questions as ‘How many kings of Scotland died in their beds?’, ‘Who on earth decided that the Declaration of Arbroath was the cornerstone of modern democracy?’ or ‘Why is iron brew spelled Irn-Bru?’ Mark Mazower,History Today; The Best of History in 2008, December 2008

'A real treat for the serendipitous Scotophile' - Reginald Hill

FROM THE INTERWEB (on the new paperback edition)
Book of the Month, May 2010
'Whether it's Scottish lochs or Enlightenment philosophers, the facts of the devolution referendums or the mysteries of Irn-Bru, myths will be debunked and truths revealed in this light-hearted but rigorous overview of Scottish history and culture.'

Also available for download on Amazon's e-book store is my 100 Brief Encounters (only £3.06!)

Here are some reviews of the print edition (published by  Chambers in 2007) -

Edwin Moore's quirky collection of a hundred encounters between (mostly) important historical figures is a gem of a book. Where else could you get concise enlightening accounts of Henry VIII wrestling with Francis I, Geronimo surrendering to General Miles, Ernest Hemingway presenting Fidle Castro with a fishing trophy or (as seen on the books cover) a baby faced Bill Clinton shaking hands with John F Kennedy. A marvelous 'little window on human history. ' - Dominic Kennerk, Waterstone's Product Planning and Promotions Co-ordinator (From the Waterstone's 'We Recommend' list for 2008)

Witty, light and packed with information -- The Sunday Herald

In 1936, in the wake of winning a clutch of gold medals at the Berlin Olympics, the great athlete Jesse Owens was snubbed by an imperious leader, on racial grounds. Popular belief would have it that the leader was Hitler, who is said to have stormed off, furious to see a black man beating European athletes. In fact the man in question was President Roosevelt, who worried that paying attention to Owens' triumphs might be a vote loser. Although Owens and the German Chancellor never talked, Owens claimed that Hitler greeted him with an enthusiastic wave. Such near-misses, shakings of hands and ships-in-the-night meetings are the subject of Brief Encounters – Meetings between mostly remarkable people, a likeable new book by Edwin Moore (Chambers £7.99). Flicking through the index, you will find some expected encounters (Dante stares at Beatrice, Corday stabs Marat, The Beatles strum along to a Charlie Rich record round at Elvis's house), and the book's intriguing and memorable cover shows a baby-faced Bill Clinton manfully gripping the hand of JFK. But Moore has navigated past some of the more obvious collisions, collusions and confrontations of history (there is no Dr Livingstone, I presume) and much of the book's pleasure derives from lesser known incidents.

Inevitably, some of the accounts of earlier meetings are somewhat sketchy but Moore offers some piquant speculation, laced with humour (the book is tagged Reference / Humour, rather than History and this feels right, but the book, though wry and opinionated, never stoops to wackiness). I was intrigued to discover that, though Attila the Hun did die on his wedding night, it was not in drunken and lecherous debauchery, as his enemies maintained, but supposedly because he was generally a simple and clean-living man who had a few too many which brought on a particularly bad nosebleed.

Moore's book is full of such tales – it would be wrong of me to steal the tastiest morsels of his research and pepper this article with them, but look out for a subsidiary reason for the Gunpowder Plot (too many dour and powerful Scots in Parliament); a great meeting of great beards, as Castro wins the Hemingway prize for sea-fishing; Dali bringing a skeptical Freud round to the art of the surrealists; Buffalo Bill's wife claiming an aged Queen Victoria had propositioned him; Oscar Wilde getting a kiss from Walt Whitman, while Walter Scott was more taken with Burns's charismatic eyes. This is an enjoyable and vigorous rattle through some fascinating and believable 


  1. Craigton Cemetery looks great. Didn't know about that one. Abandoned doll was creepy - like it animate any moment into ferocious thing that would chase you down the street.

  2. Quite sad really. Only thing to do is leave it in case mum comes looking for it, hadn't been there long. It might of course have belonged to one of our councillors, who are known to chuck things out of their prams!

  3. Brilliant concept and photos, I haven't been in Glasgow since 1955, and I get the impression that all the places I remember as a wee girl have been demolished - very upsetting, I think I prefer my memories, but maybe that's a symptom of age. I am just grateful that some of the old Glasgow remains, and has been recorded like this.

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