Six Holy Sh** Times Glasgow Created History
So Glasgow, you’re one of a kind are you? A unique snowflake in the blizzard of the world?
It appears not, after digging a little, we discovered that there are countless versions of Glasgow across the world.
More than 20 in America, Sri Lanka, Canada, Kelvin in South Africa, there’s even a Burnside in Zimbabwe. We take a closer look at some of the other cities and towns across the world, going by the name of Glasgow or related to Glasgow.
6. Glasgow Village – St Louis – Missouri
Population of 5,429, and smaller than a square mile land mass (Glasgow, Scotland has 67.8 sqm), however something remarkable and familiar about Glasgow St Louis? They adopted the same coat of arms as the official Glasgow, Scotland Coat Of Arms.
5. New Glasgow – Nova Scotia
Settled in 1784, and with a population of less than 10,000, New Glasgow was founded by Deacon Thomas Fraser, and it is said that the fresh salmon travelling up the East River convinced the travellers from Scotland to continue and settle further up stream. Something remarkable about New Glasgow? They were famous across Nova Scotia for their shipbuilding industry. With countless ships being built during the shipbuilding industry’s heyday.
4. Cathcart – South Africa
A population of 7,360, Cathcart was named after a British General and diplomat, George Cathcart born in Renfrew, he died in battle fighting during the Crimean war. Prior to his death he was awarded Adjutant General to the Forces, he perished during the Crimean War, but was to forever be remembered after the decision was taken to name an area of South Africa after him. Cathcart – Eastern Cape – South Africa.
3. Kearny – New Jersey
Although not as prominent as in the early part of the 20th century, Kearny in New Jersey became a haven for Glaswegians travelling to the “brave new world”, Kearny can boast a link to the Scots reminiscent as far back as the 1800’s and the notorious Scottish pirate William Kidd.
Kearny became known as little Glasgow during the great migration. Scots American Bars, Sunday Mails, Tennent’s on tap, Scottish breakfasts, the majority of citizens speaking in the common brogue. During the ten year period between 1921-1931 nearly 400,000 Scots moved to the States. At the peak of post war migration, more people from Glasgow and surrounding areas moved to Kearny than any other destination in the US.
2. Glasgow – Sri Lanka
200 years. That’s how far back the links with Sri Lanka can be traced. The explosion in affordable tea can be laid at the feet of a Glasgow grocer. Tommy Lipton, also known as one of the creators of the Ceylon Tea industry, (Sri Lanka was Ceylon’s post colonial name.) Without Gorbals born, Tommy Lipton, tea might never have broken down the class barrier and remained a drink for the upper echelons of society. In 1871 Tommy Lipton owned one store by 1890 he owned 300 and became a British household name.
1. Burnside – Zimbabwe
Burnside in Zimbabwe and the Meikle Brothers. Three brothers who moved from Strathaven on the outskirts of Glasgow, emigrated to Rhodesia (Pre Colonial Zimbabwe) where they each ran highly successful and lucrative businesses Meikles Hotels (Think Hilton of Zimbabwe), the company itself employs more than 6,000 people and when he retired Tom Meikle retired to the suburb of Burnside…In Zimbabwe.