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Mavericker 13th January 2006 01:48

Famous Scottish street gangs
 
Hello. What famous street gangs came from Edinburgh and Glasgow from the 1800's to the early 1900's?

Lithgae 13th January 2006 06:45

I dont know how far back in history these go, but the Glasgow gangs that readily come to my mind are:
The Tongs
The Toi
Kinning Park Star
Young Govan Team
The Cumbie

ANDY-J3 13th January 2006 13:16

The most famous Glasgow gangs were the Tim Malloys who were Catholics and the Brigton Billy boys who were Protestant. Tim is still used today as a slang term for a Catholic and words like swatch (take a look at) and chib (weapon) originated with the Glasgow gangs but have found their way into Scottish slang.

Mavericker 13th January 2006 22:56

What gangs come form other cities in Scotland?
What gangs existed between the 14th-18th centuries?

Lithgae 13th January 2006 23:38

gangs between the 14th & 18th centuries? :eek:
were they not just called 'armies'?! ;)

ANDY-J3 14th January 2006 16:33

Organised urban gangs weren't a feature of Scottish life up until the modern era. The most famous Scottish gang of Brigands and outlaws from the medieval period was the family of Sawney (Alexander) Bean who robbed and terrorised travellers-and allegedly ate some of them-in the fifteenth century.


http://www.seanachaidh.org/sawney.htm

littlebriton 17th January 2006 15:43

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mavericker
What gangs come form other cities in Scotland?
What gangs existed between the 14th-18th centuries?

Well i suppose the Border Reivers were as close as youd get to gangs from (vaguely) that period although they were dumped in Ulster following the Union of Crowns. I suppose you could also draw parallels between clan fights and battles and the more modern gangs.


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