Bishopbriggs author’s book in big demand

Historian and author Bill Findlay
Historian and author Bill Findlay

When Bill Findlay first began looking into local history, little did he suspect it would lead to working with famous historians and the publication of a hugely popular book.

Although Bill (79) says he was always interested in history, it was a chance encounter with leading military historian Trevor Royle that spurred him on to bigger things.

Bill said: “Trevor was working on some research into National Service and had asked at our local library if they knew of anybody who could help out.

“The librarian knew that I had undertaken National Service as a young man and also that I had an interest in history, as I would quite often help people out with questions about the area’s past.

“I didn’t expect to be introduced to Trevor as ‘our local historian’, though!”

After the pair’s successful collaboration, Bill’s next challenge saw him mapping the history of his birthplace, Auchinairn.

He explains: “Although I’ve lived in Bishopbriggs for more than 70 years, my father was from Auchinairn and I was born there.

“As it’s the Year of Homecoming this year, a group of folk who were originally from Auchinairn decided to hold a reunion and asked me to do a little bit of research.

“That sparked my interest and the project just grew and grew, until it came together as my latest book, Auchinairn: The Forgotten Village.”

Following publication, the book sold out almost immediately and a third print run is now planned.

Bill added: “The response to the book has been terrific. There’s been a steady stream of requests for copies thanks to an article in the Bishopbriggs Herald.

“It’s to be reviewed in a national magazine soon, too, so with this in mind, I’ve ordered even more copies.”

Copies of Auchinairn: The Forgotten Village cost £3.50 and can be purchased from Bishopbriggs Library and Bishopbriggs Post Office.