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Glasgow CC History and Memorabilia
Does any former member of Glasgow CC know anything about any memorabilia retained by members:-
a) after the club sold/auctioned its library in the mid 1960s.
b) after the club was dissolved.

It is known that two sets of Laws/Members from 1840 and 1841 were available when Thomas McGrouther attempted to reconstruct the history of the club in the early 1900s (a fire at the business premises of a member had destroyed many other documents and an old Minute Book).

It is also known that the club periodically had photographs taken of members/committees, but these have never surfaced. Old photos of the club premises in the Athenaeum show numerous framed images on the walls. What happened to these with the demise of the club?

The club was officially instituted in 1840, but it is known that there was a chess club in Glasgow as early as 1827 - a letter from John Ross, secretary, to Alexander Glasgow survived and was donated to the club by a later member, Robert Pirrie. It cannot yet be confirmed whether the club was actually named 'Glasgow Chess Club.'

I am attempting to collate as much information as possible about the early members. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated.


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