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The Anecdotage of Glasgow
Queer pranks by the wits of the Gegg Club, Glasgow


ABOUT the beginning of the century there lived and flourished one Bean Findlay, who flattered himself greatly with the idea that he possessed the most splendid whiskers and most finished headgear in Glasgow. One night after a late spree of the Gegg Club, of which he was a member, the wits of the Company shore off his darling headgear and highly cultivated whiskers, blackened his face, and sent him home in that pitiful condition to his trusty maidservant, who, not knowing her own master, saluted him with, "Get down the stair, you dirty blackguard."

Another member of the humorous club had the door of his house built up while he was enjoying himself till midnight at his customary orgies in the well-known tavern near the Cross, where the meetings were held, and when he arrived, with a

"Wee drappie in his ee,"

he was surprised and bewildered that he could not find out his own domicile. The members of the club were close at hand enjoying the fun; but it was not till four in the morning, when he began to get sober, and when perhaps the light of the early dawn assisted him, that he discovered the trick which his boon companions had played upon him. Such are a few snatches of the ways of the Glasgow bodies some ninety years ago, and these anecdotes may serve to give our readers a glimpse of the social life of the city at the time referred to.


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