Net unusual for children to remember Scots hero in Bishopbriggs

Bishopbriggs Library. Thomas Muir Tennis Comp'Jimmy Watson and Allwyn Crawford'Photo by Paul Mc Sherry Friday 20th Sept 2013.
Bishopbriggs Library. Thomas Muir Tennis Comp'Jimmy Watson and Allwyn Crawford'Photo by Paul Mc Sherry Friday 20th Sept 2013.

A RACKET will be raised for one of Scotland’s unsung heroes thanks to a pioneering partnership between a tennis club and popular attraction.

Bishopbriggs Tennis Club has announced a new East Dunbartonshire-wide competition – the Thomas Muir Trophy.

The major tournament has been named after the man known as the ‘father of of Scottish Democracy’.

Muir was persecuted and banished for his crusade to ensure fairness and the right to vote. His family owned Huntershill House and there is a cairn at Huntershill Village, as well as a heritage trail in his memory.

Fittingly, the main sponsor of the tennis competition – to be held at the club next May – is Huntershill Village. It is hoped it will become an annual event.

The tournament will be a mixed doubles event, involving clubs such as Lenzie, Stepps, Bearsden, Virgin Active in Milngavie, Thorn Park and Milngavie.

The aim of the tournament is two-fold – to bring local players together and to highlight the area’s special connection to local hero Thomas Muir.

Bishopbriggs Tennis Club hopes the competition will raise the club’s profile and help generate much-needed funds for new courts.

Club coach Allwyn Crawford said: “It’s an ideal opportunity for Bishopbriggs to start hosting its own tournament which can only be a major boost for the club, its members and the community.”

Angela Watson, from Huntershill Village, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Allwyn and the club in this way. Local clubs are usually founded on democratic values, so it’s fitting that Thomas Muir name is to be carried on this new trophy.

“We were very impressed with Allywn’s enthusiasm and passion for what she is doing. We wish her and the club all success with their future plans.”

Preparations are underway for the Thomas Muir Festival – which will be held in Bishopbriggs and beyond between Wednesday, November 13, and Saturday, November 16.

Meanwhile, Allwyn at Bishopbriggs Tennis Club has appealed for sponsorship or funding from businesses.

The club is only open for six months of the year as the courts flood regularly and are unplayable in the winter.

The aim is to create three new all-weather courts, plus floodlights. Local funding is being sought and great efforts are being made, but any firm who can help is asked to send an e-mail to

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