posted 27 Jan 2009, 10:01 by David Rintoul
updated 6 Feb 2009, 04:45
Billy Connolly’s family history is the subject of a free exhibition in the ScotlandsPeople Centre from 26th January until 27th March 2009.
On Friday 23rd January Linda Fabiani MSP, Minister for Europe External Affairs and Culture, launched the ‘Famous Scots’ exhibition. Starting with Billy Connolly, the rolling exhibition explores the family history of six well-known Scots, changing every eight weeks and running through to Hogmanay 2009. ‘Famous Scots’ is being supported by Homecoming Scotland as part of this year’s official celebrations.
The ScotlandsPeople partners, including the National Archives of Scotland, are delighted to have the opportunity to present Billy Connolly’s genealogy, and to highlight some of Scotland’s key ancestry resources available to everyone for tracing their own family history.
The exhibition traces Billy Connolly’s Glasgow roots back to his ancestors from Ireland and the Isle of Mull. They came in search of work in the industries that made Glasgow the second city of the Empire. Connolly’s early years in the shipyards was part of a family tradition. The living conditions of his ancestors are also explored in the exhibition, which is based on original documents, some of which are displayed for the first time.