Stan’s our man say Ruglonians
Ruglonians have been left bemused after it was announced one of the town’s most famous residents was set to be honoured - in Glasgow.
Stan Laurel spent much of his youth living on Buchanan Drive and Stonelaw Road and attended Rutherglen Academy.
But when he was nominated for a commemorative plaque at a place he grew up, a tenement block in Glasgow’s Craigmillar Road was chosen instead.
The plaque will be erected by Historic Environment Scotland, who run the scheme to allow the public to nominate historic figures who deserve to be celebrated and commemorated.
Stan, who went on to enjoy worldwide fame as one half of legendary comedy duo, Laurel and Hardy, was born in the north of England in 1890 but moved to Scotland when his dad got a job as manager of Glasgow’s Metropole Theatre. He completed his education at Rutherglen.
Tommy Rooney, chair of Rutherglen Community Council, said he would support any attempt to honour Stan in the Royal Burgh.
He said: “He was raised here, it would be nice if we had something to let people know that.
“You see these plaques all over the place, and he would certainly deserve one. You’ve got the heritage trail here as well and it is amazing the number of people you meet at the various points on it.”
Local writer and historian Dorothy Connor said: “We have always considered him to be one of our own and I believe he lived in Stonelaw Road and in Buchanan Drive, Rutherglen. He attended Rutherglen Academy (my old school) and he would not have been able to do that if he lived there.”
Stan did live at the Glasgow address, although it is unclear how long the family stayed in any of the locations.
A spokesperson for Histor i c Environmental Scotland said it was up to the person nominating the individual to suggest a location.
Stan was one of 12 people with links to Scotland commemorated in the latest announcement.
Martin Fairley, Head of Grants at Historic Environment Scotland, said: “The idea of the scheme is to allow the public to tell us which historic figures deserve to be celebrated and commemorated.
“By installing a plaque on a building closely associated with that person we hope to emphasise the social and human element of local architecture.
“After all, a building can have a great influence on the character of the person who lived or worked there.
“This latest batch of nominations provides some fine examples of that, as well as some prominent figures, from Stan Laurel, to Nobel Prize winning physicist Max Born, famous biographer James Boswell, and medical pioneer Dr Flora Murray, to name just a few.”
Icons Stan Laurel (right) with his famous comedy sidekick, Oliver Hardy