Thursday, 5 September 2013

Curious Curio Part 4 - Glasgow

Curious Curio -  Part 4

I've purposely made the badge a larger image today since I'm going to concentrate on the actual imagery within the design.

GLA = Glasgow Liberal Association
(Glasgow, Scotland)

The Leather belt buckle, to me, has connotations of the working man- solid and secure. Belt buckled, and ready for a hard day's work.

The imagery in the centre is based on the Glasgow Coat of Arms which can be found throughout the city of Glasgow on buildings, park benches, bridges  - and was even on some buses and trams when I was a child.

The motto of Glasgow is LET GLASGOW FLOURISH which can just be discerned in the writing betweeen the tails of the two fish.

The following rhyme is associated with the Glasgow coat of Arms.
Here is the Bird that never flew
Here is the Tree that never grew
Here is the Bell that never rang
Here is the Fish that never swam 


The Glasgow Coat of Arms comprises of: 
A figure of St. Kentigern (nickname Mungo) seen at the top with staff in hand.
The bird is at the top of the tree (looks like a horizontal line above the tree).
The tree is easily seen and central in the image.
The bell is hanging at the right of the tree.
The fish is displayed across the trunk of the tree.

The story of St. Kentigern/ Mungo is better read from other sources. The two below are slightly different but both sites have excellent information about the city of Glasgow.

Please click on the links to read the history. 

Weegie  (a weegie is someone from Glasgow- formerly, and still preferred by many is to be known as Glaswegian)


Another site with the history of the Glasgow story of St. Kentigern/Mungo is The Glasgow Story. 
This site contains a lot of useful information about the city and its past. 

Pop in for another part of the investigations where Union banner and certificates imagery is the topic of Part 5.


 A friend has given me another great site to look at for the story of St. Kentigern and the motto of 'Let Glasgow Flourish'.    Another version of the story 
Thank you - Pam.


  1. Isn't there a mural in the City Hall in Glasgow? Anyway, I couldn't help but look it all up. (I wrote about City Hall in Dark Interlude, even before I'd ever been to Glasgow properly!).

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