WITH regards to two points made by your correspondents’ letters on Tuesday – firstly, C Miller, there isn’t enough police to be proactive at any given time, he or she should think about the sheer volume of schools in Glasgow, pre-school, primary school and secondary school.

That’s a lot of buildings to keep track of.

I agree with the basis of your correspondent GM on face masks that should be worn at shopping centres such as Braehead.

What I don’t agree with is the assumption that the security guards have the power to turn the public away at point of entry.

That is a ridiculous comment to make.

Does GM want these men and women verbally abused or assaulted? Though I have to mention that said person did not mention possibly doing his or her civic duty? Not a chance.

John Grant


I REALLY admire Catriona Stewart’s articles in the Glasgow Times and the most recent one highlighting the banning of fans by Rangers for their involvement in racist abuse against Celtic player Kyogo Furuhashi.

However, one point really irks me about these articles and the constant mention of ‘we know it’s only a minority involved in these actions’.

You only have to look at the abusive songs being sung inside the stadium by whole stands full of people to know this is not the case.

If so, that is some sizeable ‘minority’.



I AM researching my family history and would be interested to hear from anyone who might be related to the following family.

John James Smith was a brushmaker and was born in Gloucester in 1846 – the son of James Smith who was also a brushmaker.

James was born in Gloucester in 1808 – this James Smith was the son of a James Smith who was a corkcutter.

James Smith was my third great grandfather.

The 1861 census shows John James, now aged 15, as an apprentice brushmaker living in Northgate Street in Gloucester.

By 1868, John had moved to Dublin, living at Cuff Street, where he continued making and selling his brushes.

It was here on October 5, 1868, that he met and married Susan Green.

Their first child, Emily, my second cousin twice removed was born in Dublin in 1869.

Within a few years, the family had moved back to England living in Stoke-on-Trent.

By the 1881 census, the family had moved to Glasgow, living in the Dennistoun area of the city.

Emily married a James Aitkin and another daughter Clara married a William Ross.

I believe that these two families may have lived in Rutherglen at one time.

I am very keen to find my long-lost cousins and would also be interested to learn more about the history of their family brush-making business.

Mike Lewis

Bath (Email: mikelewis2376@gmail.com)