The Restoration of Rangers Graves Project. James Watson.

 

 

The Restoration of Rangers Graves Project.

James Watson.

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Today we’re delighted to announce that the Restoration of Rangers Graves Project has taken another step forward with the re-erecting of James Watson’s stone at Cathcart Cemetery.

 

The cleaning and re-lettering of the stone will be done over the coming weeks.

James Watson.

Player 1874-1879
Vice President 1889-1890
President 1890-1891.

James was also involved in various Rangers committees.

Match records show that James Watson started playing with Rangers in 1874 but he was likely involved with the Club before then.

He was a member of the legendary 1877 team that got so close to winning the Scottish Cup.

James Watson is one of many players from the early days of the Club who took up various committee roles when their playing days were over.

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James became President of Rangers in 1890.

He went on to become a teacher at both Calder Street and Hillhead High School in Glasgow.

James ended his days in East Kilbride in the Maxwellton area in a house called Kia Ora and passed on 25th May 1915.

James Watson was a huge figure during the growth of our Club.

He once again stands tall.

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Remembering the 66. The Restoration of Rangers Graves Project.

The Restoration of Rangers Graves Project.
Remembering the 66.
When the Restoration of Rangers Graves Project was established three years ago it wasn’t only set up to restore the final resting places of those men from our glorious history but anyone within the Rangers family that we could assist.
Since 2014 we’ve restored 21 plots of those who formed and built our Club and we have many more to attend to over the coming weeks and months.
Last week we were contacted by a fellow supporter Chris Beglin who had been to pay his respects at both of the Markinch memorials which commemorate the lives of the five boys from the town who lost their lives at Ibrox on the 2nd January 1971.
He brought to our attention that the bench which was placed in their memory at Thornton Parish Church was suffering badly from exposure to the weather. Chris informed us that he was a joiner and that he’d like to strip the bench back and have a friend re-varnish it.
After consultation with the Markinch Memorial Committee and Thornton Parish Church this work will be carried out over the coming weeks and if needed on an annual basis.
Earlier this week around the time of the anniversary i got into dialogue with Ian Milne and Colin Shearer who are both in contact with many of the families and have intimate knowledge of many of the resting places.
Additionally the Club will let us contact any of the families who lost loved ones who’s details are currently unknown.
We are now pleased to announce this morning that the project to restore, and in some cases mark,all of the resting places of those who lost their lives at the Ibrox Disasters has begun.
Ian Milne who is the piper who played his lament at not only at Ibrox on Monday evening but at every grave site of our brothers and sisters who lost their lives has been in contact with the son of George Findlay who is buried in an unmarked grave at Riddrie in Glasgow.
The placing of a new stone here will start the project.
Not forgotten will be the two lads George Nelson and Tommy Thomson who both perished at the accident at Ibrox in 1961.
We at the Restoration Project have a dedicated team who apply the due love, care and attention to detail at every site that we’ve worked on and it will be an honour to help the families bereaved by restoring the sites of our fellow supporters.
This project will run in tandem with our current Restorations.
What’s been important in the process is the relationship that we have with a stone mason and many of the councils that we’ve dealt with over the years.
This is a huge project but one which will be seen through to the end. No-one will be forgotten.
We’re aiming for completion around the 50th Anniversary of the Ibrox Disaster in 2021.
This all of course will require funding.
We have over the years received many donations for which we are grateful and will appeal to our fellow supporters again as we highlight each individual plot and circumstance.
We will remember them.