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Historic Event Tonight in Dumbarton

It was February 1979 the last weekend of the month and I was 19. I went to the Dumbarton v Clydebank Scottish Cup tie with my then girlfriend and saw the Sons (now this is where the memory gets hazy) triumph I think 3-1. The Sons side contained later Scottish internationalists Graeme Sharp and Murdo McLeod.


In the intervening period between then and now Britain has had five Prime Ministers and have been involved in three wars. Computers have developed from occupying whole rooms to just a desktop. Mobile phones have gone from a fairly unsophisticated new invention the size of two housebricks cemented together to a computer device the size of a credit card which can also act as a video and still camera.

VHS and Betamax hadn't been heard of in 1979 let alone DVD or compact disc. Dumbarton have had something like 18 managers since then.

Tonight, more than 28 years later, Sons managed another home victory against a league side in the Scottish Cup, their first since that win against the Bankies all those years ago.

Dumbarton 3 Forfar Athletic 0 

                                                                                          Now for a cup run!!!!





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Trace Your Scots Roots

I just found this fascinating (government) website thanks to Allan Rafferty (relative of Mr. Baker St. himself). It's called Scotland's People and if you want to check out your Scottish ancestry then it is an excellent reference point. It isn't free but you can dip your toe in for only £6 which buys 30 credits (each search costs a few credits). The site has info from births, deaths and marriages spanning over 400 years.

I have been able to find out information that I didn't know from Registrars lines about my grandparents' marriages but the records go back to 1513 up to 1956 for the more serious (and Scottish! much of my ancestry is from the other side of the Irish sea) genealagist. Really all you need is a person's name and an approximate date of birth to get started.


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