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CROSSANS ~ Hellraisers of Castlemilk

Razor's Edge

Home
Pt. I - Crossans
Scotland
Celtic Myths
Gàidhlig
My Family
Hellraisers
Karrie Brigitte
Dedication
Farewell
Memories
Pt. II - Prologue
Sorrow's Journey
Living Years
Razor's Edge
Tempestuous
Stark Raving Madness
Shattered Illusions
Storms of Fate
Pt. III - Preface
Ch.1 - Dublin
Ch.2 - Rose
Ch.3 - James
Ch.4 - Sons of the Gael
Ch.5 - Glasgow
Hellions' Crucible
Ch.6 - The Hellraisers
The Tale
Sláinte
A Scot's Farewell
Our Story
Love a Crossan
Pt. IV - Contact Me
Shrewish Tales
R U Daft?
California Kids
Happy New Year!
BeMy...

     

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These were not men, they were battlefields.

 

And over them, like the sky, arched their sense of harmony, their sense of beauty and rest against which their misery and their struggles were an offense, to which their misery and their struggles were the only approaches they could make, of which their misery and their struggles were an integral part.

 
     

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The Crossan Boys Kicking & Bucking Every Step Of  The Way!

 

 

BRETT
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1960s ~ 2000+

Day

EDWARD
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1920s ~ 1970s, 1984

Time

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Class

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The Hellraisers

 

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JAMES
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1900-1960

 

CROSSAN LADS

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 The Crossan family

of nine brothers.

"Séamus"  Edward Crossan

Born 1869 - Ireland

 

Single Dad of  9 lads and 2 bonnie lassies.

Widower of Bridget Crossan (born Ireland) &

Son of Michael Crossan, a flax mill worker/Mother-unknown.

 

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Both my Grandfather, James,

and my Great-Grandfather, Edward

were Laborers.

 

James, a quay laborer

and Edward, an iron works laborer.

 

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Many of the hellraising brothers

were miners.

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Just simple working-class folk.

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FURTHER FAMILY HISTORY IN DEVELOPMENT

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A wee story about my great-uncle, Paddy:

 

SCOTTISH FOOTBALLERS IN THE

GREAT WORLD WARS

 

At the beginning of the 1914 football season, Hearts was Scotland's most successful team, winning eight games in succession. On 26th November, 1914, every member of the team joined the British Army. This event had a major impact on the public and inspired footballers and their fans to enlist. Many professional players, joined the 1st Football Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment. 

 

 

Seven members of the Hearts team never returned to Scotland. Three of the men, Harry Wattie, Duncan Currie and Ernie Ellis, were killed on the first day of the Somme offensive. Another member of the team, 22 year old Paddy Crossan, was so badly injured that his right leg was labeled for amputation. He pleaded with the German surgeon not to operate. He told him: "I need my legs - I'm a footballer."  The surgeon agreed to his request and managed to save his leg. "Paddy" survived the war but later died as a result of his lungs being destroyed by poison gas.

 

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On the first of  July 1916, at 7:30 a.m. the British forces began their attack on the German line at the Somme. Within minutes men began to die. Slain by ferocious counter fire from the enemy. Machine gun emplacements, artillery fire, and stubborn resistance put an end to hopes of a quick victory, a victory that would soon end the war.

 

By the end of the day there were almost 60,000 casualties, dead, wounded

or missing. Later confirmation arrived of almost 20,000 dead. 

 The worst day in British army history!

 

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Pte. Patrick James 'Paddy' Crossan

 

Gassed and possibly wounded at the Somme, Paddy's wholehearted

attitude would have been of great encouragement to all those around him in the trenches. This robust and popular player, twice wounded, returned to play for several more seasons. He earned two testimonials and later opened a pub on Rose Street Edinburgh. Paddy died suddenly in 1933, not yet forty years of age!  His bar survived under his name until the late 1990s.

 

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“The bravest sportsmen Scotland has ever known.”

 

McCrae’s Battalion  - Particular attention is paid to the Hearts FC men :

Pat Crossan who claimed to be the handsomest man in the world

(‘he could pass a ball but never pass a mirror ’the legend went);

 

“The Legend went...”

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One of my eight great-uncles,

 “Mr. Handsome”

Patrick James Crossan 

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Our Hellraising 

 

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Ways

 

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Can Sometimes Be 

 

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Bloody

 

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Hell!

 

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OUR HELLRAISIN’ WAYS!

 
     

 

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A thousand horse and none to ride!
With flowing tail, and flying mane,
Wide nostrils never stretched by pain.

 

Mouths bloodless to the bit or rein,

And feet that iron never shod,
And flanks unscarred by spur or rod,
A thousand horse, the wild, the free,

 

Like waves that follow o'er the sea,
Came thickly thundering on...


~Lord Byron, XVII, Mazeppa, 1818

 

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The will to do, the soul to dare.

Sir Walter Scott

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