The Founders Trail last stop of the day is Craigton Cemetery where we pay our respects to our Rangers Legends including our greatest ever manager Mr. William Struth.
During our Tour in August fellow Rangers supporter Graham Mackay commented with a heavy heart on how faded Mr.Struth’s stone had become.
The day after the tour Graham rang to inform me that his brother Ian was qualified in the art of stone restoration and would be honoured to put his skills to help repairing Mr.Struth’s Stone.
Over the last few weeks Ian, during his own time ,got to work and has done an incredible job. He is currently in the process of ordering letters for the name STRUTH at the bottom of the stone.
Mr.Struth, I’m sure, will be tipping his hat in approval.
At the beginning of this week i contacted the Club and informed them of Ian’s voluntary work and attached some photographs.
Sandy Jardine has since written to Ian and invited him and his brother into the Directors box for an upcoming Rangers match.
It’s been well documented that Tom Vallance was an accomplished artist who had paintings accepted by the Royal Scottish Academy. We recently published an appeal to try and locate Tom’s Paintings , this is an avenue that we’ll continue to explore.
Click on picture for link to Tom Vallance picture appeal blog.
We recently celebrated Tom’s life just recently and had his portrait placed at the top of the Marble Staircase within Ibrox Stadium.
You can only imagine our surprise and delight when recent research has shown that Founder William McBeath also enjoyed dabbling with paint and canvas !
This first caught our eye when a report, in The Scottish Athletic Journal in 1884, when William was presented with a gold badge by his fellow Founders stated :
” Mr. McBeath , many of his old friends will be happy to learn, is doing well, and still cultivating these tastes for high art which made his company so pleasant to the more scholary of his companions”
The Scottish Athletic Journal 24th April 1884
This prompted us to dig deeper into William’s life and has led us to these articles from 1881 & 1886 when he was living at Ashley Road in Bristol.
It would appear that our Founders, weren’t slow in using their variety of skills in other artistic areas.
The Cornishman 17th March 1881
The Bristol Mercury Monday 6th December 1886