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darrel

Why is there a st George's cross in Glasgow?

Last week while on a bus going past St George's cross, the thought came to me why is it called st George's cross? St George being the patron saint of England. There isn't a St Andrews cross!
I could understand a city in England having a St George's cross, but why Glasgow?
Hawick_1987

Not quite sure why it is named after St George, but there is a St Andrew's Cross at Eglinton Toll.
darrel

Didn't know that cheers
cybers

Where the Plaza used to be.
darrel

cybers wrote:
Where the Plaza used to be.

I went to the plaza a few times but never knew that was st Andrews cross though in my defence I was not entirely sober at the time.
My mum's mate has emailed me the following which kind of answers my question. The website she linked is very interesting.

"re: St George's Cross. If you view this it will show you how the name came to be adopted.     http://www.scotcities.com/westend/woodside.htm

I lived in Maryhill and Woodside during the war years with my maternal grandmother, so I was familiar with the
area.  As you can see from the map, it started off as a rural area.  The industrial revolution saw a rapid expantion as more and more of the new middle classes moved west,  and in the wider area buildings for the hundreds of workers needed for the rapidly growing industries.  

The old road pattern is long gone, but you can see how the name of the church was adopted for the road, and eventually the cross road.  The church was linked to St George's Church (later known as St George's Tron Church) in the centre of the town.   Eventually, the whole district became known as St George's.  Even the Co-op was called the St George's Glasgow Co-operative Society.  My grandmother lived across the road from the co-op, very handy indeed.  I ran over for the odd message for her.

The reason for the Church of Scotland using the name of George, is something I have no knowledge of.  Perhaps the Church of Scotland could give an answer to that one.  At a guess, it might have been due to him being adopted by the Crusaders as their patron Saint, due to his Christian soldiering background and his practice of wearing a loose white tunic with a large red cross on it whenever he went into battle.  In actual fact, he was a somewhat despicable character,  who was eventually drowned in the River Nile.  But that is another story."
Stuball

St Georges in the Fields is a beautiful building... now flats
Marblez

If you look above the Star Bar on the gushet of Pollokshaws Road / Eglinton Street it is carved into the stone

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