The Restoration of Founder Peter McNeil’s Grave at Craigton Cemetery. Update.

The Founders Trail which tours Glasgow telling the story of the lads who formed our Club has since it’s inception in 2009 taken over 2,000 people on our journey of discovery which culminates in a guided tour of Ibrox Stadium.

Details of our research, the Founders Trail and Ibrox Stadium Tour can be found at :

http://www.thegallantpioneers.co.uk/

The final location that we visit during the tour is Craigton Cemetery which is situated just over a mile from Ibrox Stadium. Buried there is Rangers greatest manager Mr William Struth .

Laid to rest in the same area are Founder of Rangers Peter McNeil , his parents John and Jane and bothers William and James .

These graves are unmarked and were located only after extensive research.

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Over the last four years when visiting this site the feed-back from Rangers supporters has ranged from ‘’ this is a disgrace, surely the club should do something about this ‘’ to ‘’ Can you urge the Club to have memorials placed there’’ ?

This is a project that we’ve been keen to address but with the Club being where it was over the last couple of years the time just never seemed correct.

We at the Founders Trail feel that with our club history being celebrated now more than ever that the time is now indeed correct to honour these gentlemen.

Peter McNeil, brother of Moses, was only 17 back in 1872 when he and his friends formed Rangers Football Club. He was a trusted committee member, and a wise administrator during the Club’s turbulent early years .

Research into our Founders has managed to locate Peter McNeil’s Grand-Daughters who attended our Founders dinner at Ibrox in 2009 and the Grand-Daughter of Peter’s brother James who is buried in the adjoining plot.

We have the full approval of both families on this project who have been kept up to date on developments.

Through Glasgow City Council and research at the Mitchell Library, we’ve established that James McNeil’s Grand-Daughter Mrs. Elizabeth Pirie, who was a guest of the Club at Ibrox in December 2012 at our 140th celebration day, is the legal owner of both plots.

She has been involved in the project from the outset as the lairs have been passed down to her from the original owner and her Grand-Father James McNeil.

Mrs. Pirie is the oldest living relative and is now in possession of the title deeds.

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We at the Founders Trail have felt strongly for some time that the incredible contribution made by the McNeil brothers in first forming Rangers Football Club and guiding it through our turbulent early years should be recognized by the Club by way of the restoration and the placing of memorial stones at these plots at Craigton Cemetery.

A few weeks ago we completed our work on this project and handed a lengthy document into the Club for approval.Jim Hannah very kindly took it on and submitted the document to the Club on our behalf.

They responded by saying ” We are delighted to back this project that honours the men who formed our Club ”

We’re delighted to announce this morning that these Memorial Stones will be in place for the Founders Trail a week on Saturday,the 22nd June.

Mr T. Vallance at the Canary Islands.

We have another interesting Tom Vallance article that we have came across recently.

It’s Tom writing to a friend about his trip to the Canary Isles in 1899.

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As you can see from the passenger list Tom travelled alone.We can only assume that Tom was travelling to warmer climes possibly to recuperate from a recurrence of the illness he suffered in Assam.

 

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West End Festival update

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An astonishing total of £546.13 was raised yesterday for our Charities. This was over three times what was raised last year on Gibson Street.

Both Erskine and Yorkhill Hospitals will receive a donation and a percentage will go to Rangers Development who very kindly supplied the wonderful gifts for the Raffle.

We can’t thank enough everyone who contributed to a day that will forever in the memory .

Thank you.