In order to raise this sum required…

In order to raise this sum required (£5000) and they organised a Grand Bazaar which was held in St. Andrew’s Hall and formally opened by the Duchess of Montrose.
Thanks to the connections made by William Agnew amongst Glasgow’s high society and the Bazaar was extremely successful and raised more than enough to purchase a prime site on the corner of West Regent Street and West Campbell Street.
Never a person to let anything grow under his feet, Agnew arranged for ceremonies for every possible occasion; the laying of the foundation stone was greeted with great fanfare and a sense of occasion, and the official opening of the institute was a most elaborate affair in which beautifully designed invitations were sent out to many dignitaries.
This was followed by an exhibition of paintings and works of art by deaf artists in Britain ” so far the only kind ever held.
All artists presently living in Scotland, and many of the better known artists from England like Thomas Davidson, Rupert Dent and William Trood all sent paintings. Many were sold to raise further funds to furnish the new institute. Events in Glasgow in the 1890s
This was held at St. Andrew’s Hall on the 19th, 20th and 21st of November 1891, and opened by the Duchess of Montrose whose son was ironically soon to become totally deaf.
The Bazaar totally exceeded all expectations, and was a rousing success and raising in excess of £6,000 when the Building Committee had only dared to hope to raise at the most optimistic a sum of £5,000.
The monies raised by this Bazaar enabled the Glasgow deaf people to purchase a very prime and desirable site in the centre of the city. The Laying of the Foundation Stone
The ceremony of the laying of the foundation stone of the new Institute building was a very elaborate affair, and attracted many civic dignitaries.
In the picture shown above, William Agnew is in the centre, with the Rev. John Henderson and the missioner.
Other deaf people identified in the picture include Edwin Docharty lounging indolently on the left, his brother James L.C. Docharty to the right of the Rev. Henderson, and Alex McGregor and the regular columnist of the deaf column on the Glasgow Evening Times standing behind him. Opening of the New Deaf Adult Institute
On the next page is an exact copy of the elaborately-designed Invitation that went out to many civic dignitaries and wealthy merchants in Glasgow to commemorate the opening of the new institute.
Also illustrated is the front cover of the programme of the exhibition of paintings and works of art by British deaf artists held in conjunction with the opening. Football in Scotland ” 1890s
In the previous chapter, we saw that the start of organised football in Scotland amongst the deaf commenced in 1889 with the formation of the Scottish Deaf and Dumb Football Association which launched a knock-out cup competition.
For years before that, however, football enthusiasts in Glasgow had long been agitating for an international match against the deaf footballers of England, without success.
The established deaf football clubs in England were based in Midlands and Northern cities and towns where work was hard and money was scarce. London at this time did not even have any sports teams outside of schools.
At long last in 1891 the secretaries of the Scottish Deaf and Dumb F.A and Leeds Deaf and Dumb F.C.
came to a mutual arrangement to play a match between England and Scotland in Glasgow on the Easter Saturday.
An English team drawn from deaf football clubs in Newcastle, Leeds, Sheffield, Nottingham, Stoke and Manchester, accompanied by hundreds of supporters, made the trip to Glasgow (eleven hours by train from Manchester), and the match was played in excellent weather conditions at Ibrox Park before about 3,000 spectators and resulted in a 33 draw. In 1895, Leeds Deaf and Dumb F.C.
travelled to Glasgow to take part in the celebrations of the opening of the new institute and came away severely thrashed 60. Events in the North-West
Momentous things were also happening socially in the North-West of England following the highly successful venture by the local society in the opening of the first social club for the deaf in the country in 1878 at Manchester.

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