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John Burnett was born near Glasgow Zoo. He worked for the Science Museum in London until 1986, when he moved to the National Museums of Scotland. He is the author of "Riot, Revelry and Rout: Sport in Lowland Scotland before 1860" (2000).

John R Burnett has written the following TheGlasgowStory essays:

Early times to 1560 - Culture and Leisure: Fairs
Fairs were at the centre of the medieval economy. Markets, usually held weekly, were for buying and...
 
Early times to 1560 - Culture and Leisure: Customs
The medieval calendar was the calendar of the church. Some holy days or holidays were held on saint...
 
Early times to 1560 - Trade and Communications: Markets
Between 1175 and 1178 King William the Lion granted to the Bishop of Glasgow the right to have a bur...
 
1560 to 1770s - Culture and Leisure: Holidays
The years after the Reformation and particularly in the 17th century, once presbyterianism was firml...
 
1560 to 1770s - Culture and Leisure: Sport
The earliest records of sport in Glasgow are among the Kirk Session’s prohibitions of activities i...
 
1560 to 1770s - Culture and Leisure: Theatre
The Reformed Church disapproved of plays and after 1560 banned the most common kind of play, the rel...
 
1560 to 1770s - Culture and Leisure: Clubs and Customs
The Calvinist church discouraged lavish celebration of birth, marriage and death, which had been a p...
 
1770s to 1830s - Culture and Leisure: Holidays
The major holidays of the period were the New Year, the King's Birthday, and the Fair. New Year's D...
 
1770s to 1830s - Culture and Leisure: Sport
Traditional sporting events were held on holidays. For example, the annual football match on Shrove...
 
1770s to 1830s - Culture and Leisure: Theatre
The theatre in Grahamston, opened in 1764, was replaced by one in Dunlop Street in 1782. Shakespear...
 
1830s to 1914 - Culture and Leisure
As the 19th century progressed, working men and children had more leisure, as did young women withou...
 
1830s to 1914 - Culture and Leisure: Holidays
Although there was festivity at the New Year, Glasgow Fair was the main holiday of the year. During...
 


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