NS3979 : Bench by the River Leven

taken 4 years ago, near to Bonhill, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Bench by the River Leven
Bench by the River Leven
The bench is by the footpath / cycle route, near NS3979 : Millburn Park and NS3979 : Leven Street housing.

The upper part of it has a small information panel attached to it, as does another bench nearby. These panels were installed by the Leven Group. On the two benches in this area, they commemorate:

● Renton-born poet Katherine Drain (1868-1904), the daughter of a block printer in the local textile industry.

● Roderick Random, the main character from Tobias Smollett's picaresque novel "The Adventures of Roderick Random" (first published in 1748). See also NS3878 : Latin inscription on the Smollett Monument and NS3977 : The former site of Dalquhurn House.

About 300 metres north of here, there is a similar group of benches in the area around NS39407984. They commemorate the following people (given here in no particular order):

● "Wee Bourax/Boorocks" (pronounced [ˈburəks], and more a spoken than a written name, so the spelling varies): nickname of James MacFarlane (18171870), Town Crier and general odd-job-man in Bonhill; short in stature, but a local worthy.

● Colin M Liddell: a local cinematographer and historian; his film archive serves as a valuable record of life in this area.

● Alexander Govan: a local industrialist, associated with NS3880 : The former Argyll Motor Works. Govan Drive (NS38848092), near that building, is named after him.

● Richard "Skeets" Gallacher (19252013): World's Best Amateur Flyweight Boxer, 1946; born in Renton (and was a relative of mine). Gallacher Way in the Cordale is named after him (see NS3879 : Cordale Avenue, Renton). His nickname came from the American actor Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher (note the different spelling of the surname), and was acquired when, at the pictures as a youngster, Richard and his friends saw the name on screen.

● W F Frame (William Flint Frame): a music-hall comedian (1849?1919), sometimes listed as a "comic tenor"; born in Partick. The panel says that he was popular in Alexandria and district, but this does not seem, to me, to be a very strong local connection. I suspect, but cannot be certain, that his commemoration here is instead the result of confusion with a different William Flint Frame (1905-1964), who was born in this area (Alexandria), and who later moved to Toronto.

It is possible that there are more of these benches elsewhere in the area; those listed above are simply the ones that I have, up to now, noticed in passing. I should add that the panels include more biographical information than I have provided above.
River Leven (Dunbartonshire)
The River Leven (Uisge Leamhna in Gaelic) is a stretch of water in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, flowing from Loch Lomond in the North to the River Clyde in the South. The total length of the river is approximately 6 miles.
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Friday, 30 January, 2015   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 28 June, 2016
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3934 7955 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.9172N 4:34.5981W
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