Proposer of the Toast “New Members” 1883
Proposer of the Toast “Commercial Interests of the District” 1884
William Garlick was 41 years of age when the Club was founded in 1881.
He was the manager of Hannahfield Quarries, Balerno and appears to have had family accommodation at the site. He stayed there with his wife Marion (39) and daughters Agnes (14) and Catherine (13).
Although William and Marion were natives of Ratho, their two daughters were born in the Glasgow area showing he had spent some time away from the Ratho/Balerno area.
Perhaps an example of the significance of William’s role in Club affairs in the first ten years of ‘Let it Blaw’ is that when George Y. Robertson, in his role of Club Bard, presented a collection of rhymes at the 1891 annual Supper and mentioned many prominent members of the Club, William Garlick was one of those included. The presentation was printed by Club Member A. G. Moir (at his own expense) and a copy of the printed version is included in the Club Minute Book of the period. The layout has been adapted for our website and can be viewed at Ragged Rhymes .
At the annual Supper held in January 1910 the following was recorded : The Chairman, in the course of his Toast to the Club, expressed “the deep regret of the Club at the loss it had sustained in the death of Mr William Garlick of Kinauld (late of Hannahfield), the last of the Founder Members.”
William was the father of Club Member Robert Garlick