The Bold Betty McAllister and Calton Memories

Whether it's the radical history of the area and its striking weavers or its infamy in relation to the pioneering Tongs Ya Bass or perhaps because of the once bustling blackmarket bazaar culture of The Barras, the Calton is palpable with a rich social history which shames most quarters of Glasgow and beyond. One of … Continue reading The Bold Betty McAllister and Calton Memories

Matt McGinn: The Calton Folk Hero and Famous Tim

That roughly cut gemstone of Glasgow’s East End, The Calton, which has been home to my paternal bloodline since 1910, is an area synonymous with The Celtic. Like father and son, they go hand in hand. As most of us know it's the Calton whereby the founding of the club was to take place in … Continue reading Matt McGinn: The Calton Folk Hero and Famous Tim

Calton Weavers: Scotland’s First Working Class Warriors

‘Weave Truth With Trust’ is the message which is depicted on the banner of the striking workers who belonged to the iconic ‘Calton Weavers’. A banner which has been captured in all of its tragic beauty by Scottish artist Ken Currie in a painting which now takes pride of place in the Glasgow’s Peoples Palace, … Continue reading Calton Weavers: Scotland’s First Working Class Warriors