This is Nellie Smith’s Glasgow religious autograph album 1911+

This site was created to share an autograph album started on 22 June 1911 in Glasgow, Scotland by Nellie or Mrs A.N. Smith (1872 – 1948) neé Helen Hill McGough. Nellie was my great great aunt, the eldest sister of my great grandfather David Storrar Gough (1885 – 1957).

Helen Hill McGough (Nellie) was born 11 Nov 1872 at 13 Kirk St, Calton, Glasgow to Helen Hutton Hill (1847 – 1920) and John McGough (1845 – 1885). Helen’s father John died age 39 in 1885 at St Andrews Sq, central Glasgow, and her mother Ellen/Helen died aged 73 in 1920 at Adelphi st, Gorbals.

Helen’s father John McGough was one of 5 children born to Francis McGough (c.1818-1881) and Ann neé Mortimer (aged 15 in 1841 census) born c.1826 – d.1856). Francis McGeough [sic] and Ann Mortimer married in 1845 in Glasgow. John McGough’s four siblings died pre 3 years of age. Two died when John was 6 and 7 years of age – and his other two siblings plus his mother died in 1856 when John was 11 years old. John’s grandmother Bridget Mortimer died in 1855 when John was 10:

[1] John McGroch [sic] (b.1845 – d.1885 (John McGough))
[2] Francis McGeough [sic] (b.1849 – d. unknown likely pre 1851 census)
[3] Philip McGeogh [sic](b.1851 – d.1852 (Philip McGeough))
[4] Michael McGeoch [sic] (b.1853 – d.1856 (Michael McGough))
[5] Bridget McGough (b.1855 – d.1856)

Their mother was Ann McGough nee Mortimer died in 1856 aged 31. (Cert. witness John Mortimer, brother). Their father was Francis McGough born c.1818, Carrickmacross, Ireland, arrived 1841 Glasgow  – d.in 1881 Candlerigg st, Glasgow aged c.63.

Nellie (Helen McGough) was one of 8 siblings, 7 children born to John McGough & Helen [AKA Ellen, nee Hill] between 1869 and 1885 [and a later daughter born to Helen snr in 1889]:

[1]  Francis Hill?/McGough?  (b. 1869 – d. as yet unknown [**2 April 1871 census: "William McGough, son, aged 2 years"])
[2]  William Hill (b.1870 – d. as yet unknown. 1871 census states: “William McGough”, son, aged 7 mo). Married to Cuthbertson
[3]  Helen Hill  [Nellie] (b.1872 – d. 1948). [1871 census: daughter, "Helen McGough"]. Married to Smith.
[4]  John McGough [AKA John Gough] (b.1875 – d. as yet unknown). Married to McMahon
[5]  Ann Mortimer Mc Gough [Annie] (b.1877 – d. as yet unknown). Married to Bell
[6]  Peter Hill Mc Gough (b.1881 – d.1973). Married to McCulloch
[7]  David Storer McGough [AKA David Storrar Mc Gough & David Gough](b.1885 – d.1957). Married to Cope
[8]  [and their half sister] Mary Welsh “Hill or McGough”. (b.1889 – d. as yet unknown)

At 17 [5 April 1891 census] Nellie was a ‘cigarmaker’. Aged 18 [22 Dec. 1891 applic. by widowed mother for family relief] Nellie worked  for 8/- p/w at the Calton tobacco works. At 25 Nellie married Alexander Nelson Smith of Moir st. (30 Dec. 1897). Helen was then living at Sandyfaulds St, Gorbals; the same street but different number to where her and husband were living 4 years later [1901 census year] then neighbours to her widowed mother and 3 siblings.

When Nellie started this album on 22 June 1911 she noted her and Alec’s address was 126 Slatefield st Dennistoun. When Nellie died in 1948, widowed, she was living at 67 Bathgate st, Glasgow. Her younger brother Peter Hill Gough was her death certificate witness.

The pastel coloured pages of this c.50 page album are reproduced entirely on this page below to assist searches for diverse people mentioned who mostly held positions in various religious ministeries. The dates are: 1911, 1912, 1913, 1915, 1917, 1919, 1924, 1925, 1932. Provided beneath each album page image is the date and name of the author of that respective page. People’s names are locatable by undertaking a basic ‘find’ search eg: press command  + ‘f’ keys on a ‘mac’ computer then type the  name sought in the search box.

Any further information would be gratefully received about about any of the people who wrote in this autograph book and the Smiths and [Mc]Goughs and their families in the early 1900s. To make contact please use the comment box at the bottom of this page.

Finally, I have come upon a great book, also available to read online, which really clarifies for me the concurrent religious fervour evidentially (eg: from this autograph album) robust in Scotland during this period. It is recommended: Glory in the Glen – A History of Evangelical Revivals in Scotland 1880-1940
Author: Tom Lennie
Date: 2009
Readable online on:
http://www.scottishrevivals.co.uk/
particularly chapters:
http://www.scottishrevivals.co.uk/chapter_1.html
http://www.scottishrevivals.co.uk/chapter_2.html
http://www.scottishrevivals.co.uk/chapter_3.html

Julie Gough
2012

Album
165 x 210 x 25 mm
burgundy, padded

Inner cover – marbled

1 autograph inner cover

Page 1
Mrs A.N. Smith
22nd June 1911

Back page 1
empty

Page 2
Alec N. Smith
22/6/1911

Back page 2
blank

Page 3
A.A. Procter [quoted by Nellie Smith?]
Nellie Smith [quoting G.Newmark]
126 Slatefield St
Dennistoun
22/6/1922

Back page 3
N?.Mc Bryde
Det Inspector
11/11/11

Page 4 [pansy painting and poem]
A.N. Smith
1911

Back page 4
Alice Thomson
Saint [?] Hon Sec C.P.G
12.11.11

Page 5
Jean Gebbie
26/6/11

Back page 5
James Brown
Missionary to the Policemen

Page 6
Joseph McAllister [quoting Robert Burns]
26/6/11

back page 6
blank

Page 7
[“Man” poem by Alexander Pope]
J. McAllister Jn
27/6/11

Back page 7
[ink sketch: Cathcart Castle near Glasgow]
NEIL A. MACLEAN
14
* In 2012 when in Glasgow I was going to look for this Castle but found it had been demolished in 1980 – too sad…  See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathcart_Castle

Page 8
Maggie Mc Allister
27/6/11

Back page 8
blank

Page 9
[Robert Burns poem]
Agnes McAllister
28th June 1911

Back page 9
Alexander Aitken
Missionary at Leith [?]
23/10/11

Page 10
[poem by Longfellow]
Mary McAllister
28/6/11

Back page 10
Prayer of a Deacon

Page 11
[“The Brook” – Alfred Lord Tennyson]
L. Mc Allister
Nd

Back page 11
S.C. Neill Missionary
Glasgow Abstainers Union/Mission [?]
16/10/11

Page 12
[quoted R. Palmer]
Nellie Smith
Dennnistoun

Back page 12
A set of Travancore [?] stamps
South India [x 7]
From
Charles D. [?] Dave. Dawson

TRAVANCORE: southern tip of India [Kerala]
Capital: Padmanabhapuram/ ThiruvananthapuramLanguage(s): Malayalam, Tamil, EnglishReligion: Hindu, Syrian Christianity, IslamGovernment: Absolute monarchy
Princely state:  1858–1947
Maharaja  
First:   1729–1758 Marthanda Varma  
Peak:  1829–1846 Swathi Thirunal  
Last:  1931–1947 Chithra ThirunalHistory: Established 1729  – Disestablished 1947

Page 13
[ painting of church in snow with congregation entering]
Alec N. Smith
1911

Back page 13
blank

Page 14
[Hugh Gunn? Quoted]
Pastor John Steet
Baptist Church

Back page 14
D. Murdoch McLaren?
Alexandria
Chas [Charles] Powfield [?]
Smau [?] Congo Belge

Page 15
Mary Mc Lean
Daisy S McLean
John McLean
Pastor Victoria Place
Baptist Church
Ex President Baptist Union

Back page 15
Blank

Page 16
[quoted F.J. Havergal]
L. Burges 45 Dinoa? Avenue
L.R.C.P Glasgow
5th July 1911

Back page 16
[quotes: Coleridge]
Marion Rose
30.9.11

Page 17
[painting of a white and a red rose]
signed: E.G. Rose

Back page 17
Alexander Mackinnon
Minister of St Kilda 1914 – 19
January 2nd1931

Page 18
Frank Weaver
10.7.11
Evangelist

Back page 18
Blank

Page 19
[John 3:16 in Arabic]
John Geddes
Southern Morrocan [?]
Mission

Back page 19
Blank

Page 20
John Climie
Evangelist

Back page 20
[purple pencil]
J.O?.B. Frame
Temperance Evangelist
Baptist Denomination

Page 21
[quotes: W.Johnson]
James Thomson Shimmings
Bible Training Institute
Glasgow 10/7/11

Back page 21
Blank

Page 22
James Porter [or quotes him]
Missionary
Sydney Place Mission church
Moncur st

Back page 22
Lily Aikenhead
Nov 1911
City Orphan House
13 James Morrison St

Page 23
Mary Quarrier
12 July 1911

Back page 23
A Aikenhead
City Orphan Home
13 James Morrison st
Nov 19th 1911

Page 24
A Quarrier Burges
Orphan Homes
Bridge of Weir 12. VII. 11

Back page 24
P.J. Mc Rostie
Superintendent Tent Hall
Glasgow
23rd oct 1911

Page 25
Duncan McNeil
Evangelist

Back page 25
John Macmillan
Minister of Kenmore
U.F.Church
Bishopbriggs

Page 26
[psalm of David]
J.Cleland
Chaplain to Church of Scotland
Lodging House Mission

Back Page 26
[quoting Fann Forrester]
A.N. Smith

Page 27
Robert Millar
“converted 21st July 1889”
Superintendent
Bethany Hall
Dalmarnock

Back page 27
Hugh Paton
Feb 24 1913
Evangelist

Page 28
Alexander Galbraith
31st July 1911
Missionary
Seaman’s Chapel
Brown Street

Back page 28
John Paton
“I laid hold on this on the night of November 8th 1892”

Page 29
“Saved to serve”
Robert Logan
Superintendent
Grove St Institute
Glasgow

Back page 29
Jeanie U Wilson
City House
11 Nov. 1911

Page 30
E. Sherwood Gunson M.A.
St Davids (Ramshorn) Church

Back page 30
J.Namfly [?] L.R.J.B.A.
Tent Hall
17.2.13

Page 31
David J. Wrighton [?]
Session Clerk, St David [Ramsholm?] Ch
[quotes Edward  Last]
feb 17. 1913
Pastor Cambridge St
Baptist Church

Page 31 back
Blank

Page 32
C.M. Fraser
13 Aug. 1911
Wardress
H.M. Prison
Duke St
Glasgow

Back page 32
George S Jeffrey
Congo
[quotes Jus III.16]

Page 33
W. Douglas Dunn [?]
Evangelist

Back page 33
James A.S. Burges
MB Ch13
26/1/1912

Page 34
[2 Timothy 2:15]
David Wight
Tent Hall Visitor

Back page 34
Arch Campbell
Of Succitto [?]
9th July 1917
I Cor I.3

Page 35
“Saved 21 years past
I wish it had been earlier”
Mr Rae
Detective Officer
3-9-11

Back page 35
blank

Page 36
[Sometimes sharp, never flat, always natural]
Nellie Smith
Dennistoun

Back page 36
Blank

Page 37
W.M. Oatts Y.M.C.A.
Bothwell Street
4.IX.11

Back page 37
Agnes H. Mc Callum
7th Sept 1911

Page 38
[painting of violets]
Sadie Hill
Aug. 1911

Back page 38
M Mc Callum
8th Sept. 1911

Page 39
[quotes Longfellow]
Charles P. McCallum
20 Montgomerie Terrace
Mount Florida
Glasgow
8th September 1911

Back page 39
[quotes Faber]
Isa Marshall
S.P. W? [H?]. S
Oct 16th 1911

Page 40
H. Macfadzean
Parish Sister – St David’s [Ramshorn]
15.IX. 11

Back page 40
blank

Page 41
[quotes Thomas Elwood, 1639 AD]
(Rev.) John Alexander
Chaplain
H.M. Prison Duke SC
Oct 19th 1911

Back page 41
Blank

Page 42
[quotes: Phil IV v. 19]
D. Merrick Walker
Victoria Place Baptist Church
Glasgow
Nov 1911

Back page 42
A McKendrick
Girls Home Officer
Juvenile Delinquency Board

Page 43
[quotes Bacon and Dryden]
C.G.M
Glasgow
15.IX.11

Back page 43
In answer to 100 years of the Churches prayer
“Oh God open China”
China is now open to the preaching of the Gospel.
Thus
¼ of the world’s population awaits the message.
This tremendous fact concerns you.”
John Anderson MD
Taichowfu
China
24/2/13

 

Page 44
[colour painting of regalia of Scotland. Edinburgh castle]
by:
A.Nelson Smith
14/10/11

Back page 44
“Kept by the power of God”
Wm Campbell
9.3.13

Page 45
[Het.13.16]
John Gray
30th October 1911

Back page 45
James Sandilands
M.B.Cur [?]
21st Nov 1932

Page 46
[quotes W.Bryant]
Martha Maclay
20.XI.11

Back page 46
Gipsy Pat Smith
St Tymerick Nth [?]
Evangelist

Page 47
[quotes: Oliver Wendell Holmes]
James Craig 23rd March 1912
Catherine B. Craig
23rdMarch 1912

Back page 47
blank

Page 48
“quoted by:  Cely [?] H. Smith,  M.D.

Back page 48
H Douglas
9.2.12

Page 49
D. Douglas [or W.]
9th Feb 1912
Superintendent
Orphan Homes of Scotland
Bridge of Weir

Back page 49
Blank

Page 50
[Greek script ?]
Luke XI, 2.3.4
Rev. David Sutherland
United Free Church
Torrance

Back page 50
Walter Millar
[quotes: Hebrews XIII.5]

Page 51
Thomas S Stockdale
8 December 1924

Back page 51
Waeli ? Young
W.S.H.
December 18 1912

Page 52
[quotes Miss Waring]
Sister Janet
St Thomas’ Wesleyan Church
30:8:15

Back page 52
John Hawkins
Evangelist

Page 53
J.G. [or C]
31.VII.12

Back page 53
J. Henderson
Deaconess to women’s auxiliary of Baptist Union of Scotland
Sept. 3rd1915

Page 54
[quotes George Eliot]
Lilias Maclay
5thDecember 1911

Back page 54
John Dick
Pastor of Paisley Rd, Baptist Church

Page 55
Malcolm Ferguson
Annisland Hall

Back page 55
Robert J. Smithson
Pastor of Victoria Place
Baptist Church
Nov 5, 1919

Page 56
[quotes Raymond Lull]
[quotes: Paul]
William A. Ashby
7.V.17
Pastor of Bridgeton Baptist Church

Back page 56
Quotes: Robert Burns

Page 57
[ink drawing of warrior with words on him: Salvation/righteousness/truth/faith/ sword of the spirit/peace]
Nancie H.C. Gronbeck
6thMay 1925

Back page 57
[shaky [old?] handwriting]
Alex McLean
President
Baptist Union of Scotland
16.11.25

Page 58
L McLean

Back page 58
Blank

Page 59
Ink drawing of a cross and crown and banner stating:
SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM
A Stark
Missionary

Back page 59
Blank

Page 60
Blank

Back page 60
Blank

End – inner cover
Ink rectangles hand drawn [about 40]
With 6 boxes signed within:
[1]
Isa A.D. Buchanan
6th May 1925
[2]
Drawn lines:
I.A.D.B.
[3]
M.L.Swan
May 1917
[4]
Tonny Swan
[5]
Lilla M Swan
May 1917
[6]
John A Swan
St David’s Ramshorn
1915

[end of book]