Erected at Luggie Green
by public subscription, is in commemoration of the death of a fine young
man, Mr. Hazelton R. Robson.
The river Luggie was in
heavy flood, and a child fell in. The alarm reached the ears of Mr.
Robson, who happened to be following his occupation of a surveyor on the
banks of the stream. He at once volunteered to swim out to the child, ,
but took the precaution of tying a clothes-rope round his body, which
was held by some persons on shore. Mr. Robson reached the child, and
would in all probability have rescued it; but the people on shore, from
want of skill, or presence of mind, instead of running down along with
the current, and hauling in the rope gradually, allowed Mr. Robson and
the child to drift below them, and then attempted to draw them in by
main force. The consequence was that the rope broke, and both Mr. Robson
and the child were drowned. The bodies were recovered the same night,
and Mr. Robson’s was duly interred in the Glasgow Necropolis.
The sad event caused a
universal feeling of admiration of Mr. Robson’s heroic effort, and
regret on account of his death. Mr. George Readman of the Clydesdale
Bank, and other friends, took the matter up, and resolved to erect a
memento of the sad calamity, the result being the handsome monument we
The base is of light grey
Creetown granite; and the column of beautiful Peterhead red granite; the
whole being enclosed by an elegant iron railing. The following is the
inscription:—“ Erected by public subscription to the memory of Hazelton
Robert Robson, of Glasgow, aged 17 years, who during a heavy flood in
the Luggie, and while nobly endeavouring to save the life of a little
child, was drowned near this place on 5th September, 1876. His remains
are interred in the Glasgow Necropolis.” A monument with a similar
inscription is also erected over Mr. Robson’s remains by the same
subscribers at the Necropolis, Glasgow.
On 5th September, 1877,
the anniversary of the sad event, the monument at Luggie Green was
formally unveiled, and handed over to the custody of Provost Wright and
the Magistrates of Kirkintilloch.
It is sometimes said that
the age of chivalry is gone, but every now and again men and women, as
well as boys and girls, appear, whose heroic deeds prove that never did
the fire of love and self-sacrifice burn brighter than at the present
day, amid the surrounding gloom.
The following extract
from a sermon by Dr. William Pulsford, minister of Trinity
Congregational Church, Glasgow, gives fitting expression to the feelings
due to such an event, and the lessons it conveys.
Dr. Pulsford said at the
close of his discourse that “ there had been no such benefactors to the
world which now is, as those who are the firmest believers in the world
to come, through the revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ,” and then
added the following words: “ I cannot refrain, before I sit down, from
paying my tribute of admiration for the gentle character, devout piety,
and true heroism of a Christian-bred youth belonging to this
congregation who has just passed away from us, but who will long be
remembered and spoken of as ‘ the stranger * who, out of a crowd of the
relatives, friends, and neighbours of a drowning child was the only one
who plunged into the fiood-stream to save an unknown, perishing life.
“I cannot disconnect that
act from his character, nor his character from the elements which found
and nourished it. He was a boy who built himself up by the Bible. He was
a boy who knew God, and daily spoke to Him in prayer. At His feet he
learnt the kindness which could not forget the sick and the sorrowing,
nor any of those about him in need of sympathy and help. And as a result
of the habits of his life, he was sensitive to feel and quick to render
what aid he could. He was full of love and without fear. And so he
passed away in an act of noble self-forgetfulness to save another at the
certain risk and experienced loss of his own life.”