“We had six deoch-an-doruses,/Then sang a chorus,”

Image: street scene, Glasgow.

(The Scotsman): “Deoch-an-doris which literally translates as ‘Drink of the door’ is the Scots term for the practice of providing one last drink for their guest before they would leave for the long journey home.”

(Wikipedia): “ “I Belong To Glasgow” is a song written and recorded by the music hall entertainer Will Fyffe, in 1920. It has also been performed by Danny Kaye, Eartha Kitt, Gracie Fields and Kirk Douglas.

According to Albert Mackie’s The Scotch Comedians (1973), Fyffe got the inspiration for the song from a drunk he met at Glasgow Central Station. The drunk was “genial and demonstrative” and “laying off about Karl Marx and John Barleycorn with equal enthusiasm”. Fyffe asked him: “Do you belong to Glasgow?” and the man replied: “At the moment, at the moment, Glasgow belongs to me.”

The song speaks of drink, in a period where temperance campaigns were very common, and shows a typical music hall attitude to the supposedly tyrannical wife. The monologue accompanying the song is the origin of several popular humorous catch phrases, including “under the affluence of incohol”. The entertainer Harry Lauder was offered the song, but turned it down since it praised strong drink.

As a result of this song, Will Fyffe became forever associated with Glasgow, even though he was born 70 miles (110 km) away, in the east coast city of Dundee.”

From: the Dictionary of Scottish Architects:

William Baillie was born in 1875, probably near Crieff, the son of John Baillie, farmer and his wife, Janet Young. He was articled to George T Ewing of Crieff from 1891 to 1895, where he gained experience in designing villas, cottages, business premises, public buildings and estate work. After completing his apprenticeship he spent seven years in the Architectural Department of Formans & McCall, civil engineers at 160 Hope Street, Glasgow, assisting during the construction of buildings for the West Highland Railway and Glasgow Central Railway, and for the latter five years being in charge of all architectural work for the firm and managing contracts with a total value of £120,000.

In 1902 he commenced independent practice at 223 Hope Street. He was admitted LRIBA in 1912, proposed by John Bennie Wilson and the Glasgow Institute of Architects. He went on to serve as Vice-President of the Institute later in his career. Amongst his pupils was his son Ian Baillie (born 1906) who served his articles with him from 1923 to 1928. He became a partner from about 1938, the practice name becoming William Baillie & Son.

William Baillie married twice, first Jeannie Smith and secondly Margaret___ (illegible). He died of cirrhosis of the liver at 7 Greenbank Avenue, Whitecraigs on 12 December 1951.”

From http://www.nhs.uk:

“What causes cirrhosis

In the UK, the most common causes of cirrhosis are:

• drinking too much alcohol over many years

• being infected with hepatitis for a long time, particularly hepatitis B or hepatitis C

• a severe form of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), called non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, where the liver becomes inflamed from a build-up of excess fat

Cirrhosis can also be caused by a problem affecting your bile ducts (such as primary biliary cholangitis) or immune system (such as autoimmune hepatitis), some inherited conditions, and the long-term use of certain medicines.”

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