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Famous Scots - James Banks Mcneil


James Banks McNeil (1831-1878) was connected with boating and swimming in Glasgow during the late 1800’s. He built boats, hired them out and was the originator and first secretary of the City of Glasgow Regatta Club. At one time he was the contender for the post of officer at the Humane Society House, a position presently held by George Parsonage.

an able and powerful swimmer McNeil saved over 70 people from drowning. This resulted in his recognition by the London Humane Society, who awarded him their silver medal at the Tontine Hotel, (one of the more splendid buildings in Trongate during that era and a favourite haunt of the Tobacco Lords). James Banks McNeil was also a swimming instructor in both Glasgow and Paisley and was responsible for the building of Saint Andrew's Baths in Greendyke Street. This was later converted into a used clothes market and later demolished. 




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Further Information


Cemetery: Sothern Necropolis

  Caledonia Road

Town: Glasgow

Region: Glasgow and Clyde Valley

Country: Scotland


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