The Gorbals Boy - In the footsteps of Sir Thomas Lipton

Last updated : 15 May 2009 By Grandmaster Suck
Glasgow - Sunday 21st June 2009

Sir Thomas Lipton was born in Glasgow of Ulster parents and went from cabin boy to multi-millionaire and international celebrity but he never forgot his roots.

His four yachts - all named Shamrock in memory of his family from counties Fermanagh and Monaghan - challenged the USA in the Americas Cup and his name became a byword for sportsmanship.

Before the first Football World Cup was held in 1930, he donated the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy which was contested in two international tournaments in Turin in 1909 and 1911.

He bequeathed the majority of his fortune to the city of Glasgow, including his yachting trophies, which are now held at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

The Glasgow Ulster-Scots Society is organising a sponsored walk to raise funds for it's work and in Sir Thomas' memory. The Glasgow route is six miles long.

The Glasgow Ulster-Scots Society is a registered charity devoted to explaining and promoting the unique story of the connections between Scotland and Ulster. Activities include placing Ulster-Scots history books in every Glasgow schools to alleviate ignorance.

Staring Point - Lodge Scotia, Whitehill Street, Dennistoun, 10am for rolls and tea, 11am start.

The walk in Glasgow will be roughly six miles long. It will commence from the home of Sir Thomas' old masonic lodge where we are sure of a warm welcome from the members.

Our first stop will be in the Southern Necropolis where Sir Thomas is buried, then past his birthplace in Crown Street before crossing the river to St Georges Tron where his funeral service was held. The final leg takes us to Kelvingrove art galleries where his trophies are stored and where a large silver one in the shape of a galleon won at the Glasgow Exhibition of 1901 is currently on display.

You can make donations by cheque to the GUSS PO Box. If you'd like to take part you can get more details and sponsor sheet by emailing

Scottish Charity Number SC032452

The Glasgow Ulster Scots Society is currently supplying the necessary documentation involved in the registration process required by to claim back income tax so if you wish to make an online donation you'll have to sponsor me directly via Paypal for the time being! You can do so here -

You can download a sponsor-sheet here -