Plaque honours Rangers founder

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rangers1876-77A SERVICE commemorating Rangers Football Club founder Moses McNeil took place at the end of June at a Rosneath church — his final resting place.

The service was the culmination of years of fundraising for a memorial headstone as the Rhu-born professional footballer buried at the St Modan's Church Graveyard in a plot marked with the names of his sisters, Isabella, Elizabeth, and his brother-in-law Captain Duncan Gray. The footballer’s name was not marked on the stone.

David Calderwood carried out the research, with donations funding the project through the Sons of Struth Memorial Fund. The service was conducted by the local minister, the Rev Christine Murdoch, at St Modan’s Church.

The campaign was launched after a Rangers fans group – working on a founders project – spoke of club legend Sandy Jardine’s lament that there was no memorial for McNeil at the churchyard. Ian McColl, from the Rangers Founders Trail, said it had been a long work in progress to mark the final resting space.

He said: “A number of years ago, myself and a colleague researched the founders of the club. We always thought there would be a story there. There were various locations around Glasgow known to have history.

“When we started getting into individual profiles of founders, we found that Moses had been laid to rest in Rosneath. We found the gravestone, which carried the names of his sisters and brother-in-law.

“He was the last one to go, and there would be no money left so his name wasn’t on the stone.”

The gravestone was also cleaned up as part of the dedication service, and a plaque laid at the foot of the stone.

The Founder’s Trail runs a monthly bus tour in Glasgow, highlighting the resting places of many of the founders, as well as an annual trip which visits Moses McNeil’s grave in Rosneath. This year, the trip will take place on Saturday July 19, coinciding with the Rosneath Highland Games.

  • Photo published by courtesy of Rangers Football Club.