This rather splendid statue is in Dennistoun in the East End of Glasgow. It is of Western hero William Cody aka “Buffalo Bill”. Cody came to Glasgow with his wild west show in 1891/1892 and the visits remain in Glasgow’s folklore enough for the above commemoration to have been made a few years ago.
In fact Cody’s manager, in town for the shows, kicked off a friendly match at Celtic Park on New Year’s Day 1892 between the home team and Dumbarton.
A transcription of the old newspaper article is here. The result (0-8) remains Celtic’s record defeat.
Apparently Buffalo Bill’s shows proved so popular in Glasgow that they attracted the biggest crowds for the shows outside the USA.
Here is a clip of the pre-show parade in 1902 although I’m not sure of the location here.
There is a book by Tom F Cunningham which chronicles the visits.
There is an article here about how one artefact from the show donated to the city by Buffalo Bill, a Sioux “ghost shirt” was returned to its rightful owners in 1998.
Thanks again Jim J
Yes, poor old Fred Goodwin – or Badyin as he became affectionately known.
Stripped of his soubriquet, de-knighted and down and out on thirteen grand a week.
About three years ago I wrote this wee crochety jingle for him (thanks to the Kinks for the tune!)
I’ll bet Lord Archole of Weston Super Mare is relieved that unlike Freddie and Robert Mugabe, he didn’t do anything to bring the honours system into disrepute.
I saw this quote on the BBC:
IoD director general Simon Walker told the BBC he did not approve of the decision, given Mr Goodwin had not been convicted of crime.
“To do it because… you don’t approve of someone, you think they have done things that are wrong but actually there is no criminality… is inappropriate and politicises the whole honours system,” he said.
Ooh! it looks like it has to be its first outing of 2012!