Jack needs your help

PIC ALAN WATSON - FORMER BRAIDHURST HS HEAD JACK GALLACHER WRITING BOOK ON OLD BOTHWELL
PIC ALAN WATSON - FORMER BRAIDHURST HS HEAD JACK GALLACHER WRITING BOOK ON OLD BOTHWELL

A RETIRED headteacher who is writing a book on the history of Bothwell is appealing for Times and Speaker readers to help him illustrate it with old photos.

Jack Gallacher‘s book tells the stories of some of the many famous or interesting characters and events associated with the village over hundreds of years.

Jack (74) is originally from Coatbridge but has lived in Bothwell for 36 years and has developed an extensive knowledge of some of the people and events associated with the village over the past 1,000 years.

He said: “Bothwell has a long history stretching back to the sixth century and I was surprised at how many important events of Scottish national significance involved Bothwell, which was a power centre of the country right down to the 18th century.”

But Jack wants the book to be more than simply a catalogue of Bothwell’s most famous residents and said there were many people whose associations with the village might not be so well known including Peter Pan, former Archbishop of Centerbury Cosmo Gardon Lang and Helen Keller.

The stories of these, and many others, will be detailed more fully in the book which Jack hopes to publish in the spring.

But in the meantime he would like to hear from anyone who has photos they think may be of interest and are willing to let be used in the book.

Full story in Jaunary 20 edition of Times & Speaker