"I've had bottles thrown at me in the Gorbals"

The Gorbals is an area of Glasgow in south-west Scotland which has long had a large Irish-Catholic population.

It has traditionally been viewed as a poor, rough, violent area, although recent architectural and social developments have gone some way to changing this image.

Glasgow has experienced strong tensions between its Roman Catholic and Protestant communities which may explain Father Mackay's rather cool reception in the Gorbals from time to time ... or he may be implying that he was not even welcome amongst the Catholic population in that part of Glasgow.

 

Elphinstone Tower, Main Street, Gorbals, Glasgow (1868)
Public DomainElphinstone Tower, Main Street, Gorbals, Glasgow (1868) - Credit: Thomas Annan