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Buchan and the Great War: personal loss and national tragedy

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A son of the manse, John Buchan was schooled in Glasgow and went on to attend the University of Glasgow. While studying moral philosophy and the classics, he also wrote poetry and essays for the Glasgow University Magazine in the 1890s which were some of his earliest published works before his great success in 1915 with The Thirty-Nine Steps.

In the 20th century he became the best-selling author in Britain, until his death in 1940. Buchan has over 100 books to his name – fiction, non-fiction, history and biography. In 1935, and now with the title Lord Tweedsmuir, he became Governor-General of Canada at a critical time in its development.

John Buchan (Image: courtesy of the Rt Hon. The Lord Tweedsmuir. All rights reserved.)

In the next Library Talk, on Tuesday 25th November at 7pm, which is presented by The Friends of Glasgow University Library Dr Catriona Macdonald of the…

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Glasgow’s War: Remembrance Day in George Square

By Demi Boyd, Club 21 intern

University of Glasgow Library

On the evening of November 11th 2014 Glasgow’s experience of World War One was commemorated with a light show projected on to Glasgow City Chambers. The display, which lasted 27 minutes and was played on a loop at intervals from 7pm until midnight, featured audio, film, and still images and was aptly titled ‘Glasgow’s War.’

A couple of weeks ago I started a Club 21 internship with the University of Glasgow Archive Services. The project I have been working on involved creating an album in Flickr, ‘Glasgow’s War’ son et lumiere project.  This gave a taster of the images selected from collections held in the University that were to be used in the WWI Commemoration ‘Glasgow’s War.’ On Tuesday evening I went along to George Square to see the display.

The projection included stories from Glasgow’s home front and featured images from the Rent strikes, shipyards and munitions…

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Remembering Donald Williamson Rennie

By Bill Sutherland, Great War Project volunteer

11 November 2014 is the first Remembrance Day of the First World War Centenary. It is coincidentally the centenary of the death of Second-Lieutenant Donald Williamson Rennie (1st Royal Fusiliers), a member of the University Officers Training Corps. Rennie’s was the third cross placed in the University of Glasgow Garden of Remembrance.


University of Glasgow Archives Reference: CH4/4/2/2/232