On 19 May 2015 in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal,
there was a formal handover of Cameronian House, Glasgow.
Once it was clear that we, as a Regiment, no longer needed the Regimental Club in Glasgow, given the ever decreasing numbers of members, we the Regimental Trustees, following consultation with the City of Glasgow, decided that we should gift the building to a very good cause, namely Poppy Scotland.
The formal handover took place in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal in Glasgow on Tuesday the 19th May 2015.
An excellent gathering attended the handover in the company of the Regimental Trustees, Majors Brian Leishman MBE, John Craig TD DL, Ian Farquharson, Philip Grant with Major Lisle Pattison one time long standing Chairman of the Memorial Club Trustees and former Trustee and Mrs June McBain widow of Lt Col Ian McBain a former long standing Chairman of the Regimental Trustees and former members of the Regiment namely Messrs:- James Bain, Allan Halliday, Thomas Balloch MBE, James Anderson, Alexander Maxwell and John McMillan all of whom served in the Battalion in the 50’s and three members of the Museum Staff whose contribution to the wall dedicated to the Regiment was exceptional, namely - John McGarrity, Lynsey Nicol and Barrie Duncan.
Current Activity in Cameronian House. In gifting Cameronian House to Poppyscotland, the Regiment’s aim was initially that the building should be used as a drop-in advice centre for veterans. However, rather than duplicate the function of Glasgow’s Helping Heroes, a City of Glasgow Council initiative established in 2010 as a drop-in centre, Cameronian House has been established instead as a base for Poppyscotland’s fundraising and volunteer activity in the West of Scotland. The centre has 7 Poppyscotland staff working from it.
In addition, Cameronian House is being developed as a hub for wider Armed Forces charity activity. Combat Stress and the Regular Forces Employment Association (RFEA) also have offices there, the former providing outreach clinics for clients in Glasgow, and the latter providing employment advice and assistance to Services leavers and veterans The building is also available to other veterans charities wishing to use its conference rooms and ‘hot-desk’ facilities, the second of which have been provided to encourage collaborative work and wider activity in accordance with the Cameronians’ intentions. Established peripatetic users since the building re-opened have included the Sailors’ Children’s Society and Legion Scotland.
Brian A S Leishman MBE