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PiggeryBrae - North Parish Washing Green Society

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For the RELIEF of the POOR in the North Quarter of the City
 


PiggeryBrae were asked to provide an evenings entertainment at the
                         National Piping Centre
in Glasgow
                               on 17th May 2007, 7.30pm
                                        Tickets 10
                             
in support of the
NPWGS
 

The NPWGS was established in 1792 and incorporated in 1794, the old Society has a quaint, unfamiliar and distinctive ring about it to modern ears accustomed to many charities, but none which concern themselves with a washing green.
Nevertheless the name enshrines part of the social history of a bygone, semi-rural Glasgow when it was a comparatively small community, as yet clean and unspoilt by the clouds of smoke from industry. It also carries our memories back to those days when Glasgow Cross was the centre of civic life. The renowned red-cloaked proud tobacco Lords taking their stately stroll along the plainstanes before the Tontine were but a recent occurrence when this Society was established..
The Heritors of the North Parish in April 1792 decided to equip and mange a washing green of ground which they owned beside the banks of the Molendinar Burn. The free income of this was to be distributed among the poor of the North Parish.
The Society's property consisted of about 2 acres of ground with dwelling house, washing house and other buildings to the north of Glasgow Cathedral. When the Merchants House began to lay out the Necropolis and throw a bridge across the Molendinar and incidentally across the washing-green which made it unsuitable for its original purpose.
The Directors sold the ground to the Royal Infirmary and the proceeds formed the basis of the investment capital of today. The memory of the washing green survives and this Society is its monument.
Membership subscriptions and donations help support the Society's work with deserving pensioners living within the historic North Parish.

Life membership is a single payment of 25 ( one guinea in 1792 )
on receipt of which you will receive a certificate of the Society and a tie or headsquare.
Apply for membership or send donations to :
The Clerk, North Parish Washing Green Society, 53 Bothwell St., Glasgow G2 6DS

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