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October 4, 2015

The Boys' Brigade was founded in Glasgow on 4th October 1883 by Sir William Alexander Smith. The First Glasgow Boys' Brigade was the first of all the voluntary uniformed youth organisations, represented in 60 countries worldwide. For the first year of the Company's formation it was the only one however shortly thereafter this new organisation for boys began to spread and by 1886 the movement numbered 2,000 mostly in Scotland although centered around Glasgow, companies had been formed from Ayr in the southwest to Inverness in the north. From then on the movement filtered southward to England soon reaching as far south as London. Read more

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