Neilly... 'glesca artist'
|SAD NEWS 25th Feb 2021 : after a long fight with illness our
dear William aka 'glesca artist' passed away peacefully at home, his wife Sandra and daughter Vivienne were with him.
Through GlescaPals I got to know 'glesca artist' as a pal, he was a
very sincere and talented
William Neilly was born on
3 December 1947 at Forbes Street, Camlachie, the home of his maternal
grandparents, although the family lived in Newhall St, Bridgeton.
Just after World War II (1939-1945) the Corporation built new houses in
Dalmarnock and in 1949 his Ma and Da must have felt they’d won the
fitba’ pools when they were allocated a three apartment with kitchen
& inside bathroom at No.17 Woddrop
Street, Dalmarnock. The Neilly family continued to live at
number 17, from 1949 until 1981 when their Ma was re-housed in the
|Purchase his book: "520 Gallowgate: Family Life in Glasgow's East End"
Neilly Family Hogmanay 1958.
This photo was taken by
eldest brother John Neilly as the family brought in the “Bells”
of New Year 1959. L to R round the table
William, Edward, Joey the budgie, Thomas, our Da, Mary & our Ma.
William attended Springfield Primary, Riverside Secondary and Whitehill
Secondary Schools. He also attended David Dale College, Stow
College and eventually graduated BSc Civil Engineering from Strathclyde
University. His wife Sandra was also born and bred in the East End.
They met at the Highlander’s Institute and were married on 2 September
1971. They initially set up home in Riddrie Knowes, Glasgow where their
daughter Vivienne was born in 1973. His work with the former
Strathclyde Regional Council prompted a move to Hamilton, South
Lanarkshire. They’ve lived in Hamilton since 1981.
Their daughter graduated from Central College of Commerce as a Beauty
Therapist and she
established the first Guinot appointed beauty salon in Hamilton and
traded in 1997 till 2013.
| With early
retirement GlescaPal William ('glesca artist') turned his hand to painting Glesca Street scenes
Purchase his book:
of Times Past"
'Woddrop Street, Dalmarnock, 1950's'
Woddrop Street runs parallel
to Dalmarnock Road between Allan Street and the River Clyde at
Dalmarnock Bridge. Dunclutha Street on the left leads to
Dalmarnock Recreation Ground which had football pitches, bowling greens
and tennis courts. Birkwood Street on the right leads to
Dalmarnock Road, at the junction of which is located The Boundary Bar,
opposite Dalmarnock Power Station. Looking south from Allan
Street towards Rutherglen my painting shows the three types of housing
available to residents at the end of World War II (1939 - 1945) and
weans playing in the street around the 1950's.
My painting is an original composition using
acrylic on canvas board measuring 508 x 406mm (20" x 16") and it is
protected with two coats of gloss varnish. It was signed and
dated by me in May 2011.
| GlescaPals 'Walk
Doon Memory Lane' – Games – inspired this painting, “Oot Tae Play”
| You could
imagine this as looking northwards up Dunn Street towards Fielden
Street on the other side o’ London Road, wi’ the number 9 caur headin’
oot tae Auchenshuggle. The “young firm” playing fitba’ at the
junction wi’ Bernard Street and the ragman opposite Walkinshaw
Street. But it’s a’ in the mind. How many games and how
many glescapals can you spot in the painting, no’ counting the folk on
the tram or the two cats and dug? There are forty-eight
GlescaPals and at least seventeen games being played by the
By the way, me an’ m’
pals are climbin’ up the back o’ the billboards and m’ Da and his pals
are havin’ a hauf ‘n’ a hauf in The Fly Yin – named after wan o’ m’
cats, Fred, who thinks he’s a fly yin. The wee boy in the yellow jumper
is pointing tae Fred havin’ a drink from the puddle ootside the pub.
painting of weans playing in the streets of Glasgow around the 1950s
was painted in January 2009
using acrylics on canvas board measuring
610 x 455 mm (24" x 18").
painting shows the frontage of Dalmarnock
Railway Station as it was from its opening in November 1895
until its closure in October 1964. Coronation Mark I tramcar, service
number 26, en route from Rutherglen to Scotstoun, passes beneath the
iron bridge carrying goods traffic. A new Dalmarnock Station, with its
entrance in Swanston Street, was opened in November 1979 to provide
commuter services from Hamilton and Motherwell on the new Argyle line
into Glasgow Central Station and beyond to the western suburbs.
iron railway bridge over Dalmarnock Road was removed in June 2009 and
Dalmarnock Station was temporarily closed in June 2012 to enable
complete reconstruction of the station as it will play an important
role when Glasgow hosts the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Painted using acrylics on canvas board measuring
406 x 305 mm (16” x 12”) in February 2013.
|This black and white photo inspired this original composition.
Looking north, London Road is to the left and right and behind the
number 26 tramcar en route to Burnside from Dalmuir. To the left
of the umbrella is the number 106 trolley bus en route to Govan from
Riddrie. The number 9 tramcar, en route to Auchenshuggle, can be
seen emerging from the corner of the tenement building on the left of
the painting. “His Majesty O’Keefe”, starring Burt Lancaster and
co-starring Joan Rice and Andre Morell is showing in glorious
Technicolor at the Olympia ABC picture house in the background.
film was actually showing in the Olympia on 21st October
1954 - at the time Bridgeton Cross was inundated with floodwaters after
was painted in January 2009 using acrylics on canvas board measuring
508 x 406 mm (20" x 16")
|“Snowing at Bridgeton
Cross – 1950’s”
| William's works are in
the traditional style and he gained two highly commended awards for
exhibits in the 1990 National Exhibition of the Marquetry Society of
Great Britain. He has recently taken up acrylic painting and enjoys
drawing and painting cityscapes/ landscapes; buildings; animals and
portraits. He works from photographs of his subjects and did all of his
work in his studio at home.
more examples of his paintings
on pages 2-5)
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Neilly... 'glesca artist'
Webmaister, many thanks for designing and maintaining this excellent
and informative website.
Your time, effort and dedication are very much appreciated by me, and
I’m sure, by many others at home and abroad who visit GlescaPals a job well done, keep up
the good work. Regards, William Neilly .... "glesca artist"
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