Polish connections in Glasgow
Many Polish people found themselves in Britain at the end of the second world war. With Poland under the rule of a Soviet government at that time, many of them decided to stay in this country a build a new life. In Glasgow, these Poles and their direct descendants number around 1000.
Our Polish community grew suddenly in 2004 when Poland became a member of the European Union which allowed Poles to freely enter the UK and find employment. Although many of these new immigrants eventually returned to Poland, others settled down and have made Glasgow their permanent home.
Polish social, cultural and educational activities were promoted through two Polish Clubs both sited in the north of the city, our own and the SPK club.
The SPK club closed in 2013 leaving only The Sikorski Polish Club to represent the Polish community in Glasgow.
Polish connections with Scotland throughout history
Bonnie Prince Charlie was half Polish, being the son of James Edward Stewart and Clementina Sobieska, granddaughter of Jan Sobieski King of Poland. Chopin (one of Poland's greatest composers) visited Scotland shortly before his death in 1849 and his brief stay in Edinburgh is marked by a plaque on the wall of a house in Warriston Street.
Marie Curie, the Polish discoverer of radium, was given the Cameron Prize by Edinburgh University in 1931. Alexander Chalmers (known as Czamer) was a Scot who was elected mayor of Warsaw four times before he died in 1703. His tomb is in the Cathedral of St John in Warsaw. Many Polish football players continue to come and play for Scottish football clubs. Some of the first were, Darius Dziekanowski (Glasgow Celtic), Dariusz Wdowczyk (Glasgow Celtic), Dariusz Adamczuk (Dundee and Glasgow Rangers), Kevin Rutkiewicz (Aberdeen -whose father was born in Warsaw), Artur Boruc (Glasgow Celtic), Maciej Zurawski (Glasgow Celtic), Zbigniew Malkowski (Hibernian) and Lukasz Zaluska (Dundee United and Celtic).
|Scottish - Polish links through history: "Scots Diaspora"
Andrew Elliot, a Sikorski Polish Club member, has written a comprehensive article about the strong historical connections between Scotland and Poland. The article tells the story of the Pole, Jerzy Machlejd, who investigated his Scottish family ancestry and discovered that his family's roots originated centuries before on the Isle of Skye, home of the Macleod clan.
The article has been written for the magazine Głos Polski but Andrew has kindly allowed it to be posted on our web site.
Download the article ScotsDiaspora_English.pdf
|On the trail of Scots in Northern Poland
Trev Hill moved to Olsztyn in Poland from Glasgow six years ago where he now teaches English as a foreign language. He has become interested in the history of 16th/17th Scots in the area and often finds himself visiting local places to see if he can find any remaining traces of these early Scottish migrants.
He has kindly written a short article for our web site telling the story of what he has discovered so far.
Read Trev's article Scots_in_Northern_Poland.pdf
Listen to BBC Radio Scotland's interview with Trev Hill on the Fred MacAulay show as part of their "30 days in Europe" theme.
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