This is a non-profit making organisation of one (me and a computer,
and as much time and money as I can spare...) It has no commercial value
whatsoever. Any help is much appreciated, and for the benefit of the
website, and for anyone else who reads it.. Needless to say this is very
much an amateur history effort, not "professional" with time
for extended research or with access to vast resources.
Do your bit to help keep this website up-to-date, and constantly changing and
to improve the accuracy. I am interested in anything remotely 'Scot' related,
including former members of Rattrays staff, or for that matter even if your Mum
or Dad worked for them.
In particular help is sought with ;
- Details of your Flying Scot... No
matter how complete or rusty it doesn't matter as it's the detail that
- Flying Scot 'Ephemera'... Rattrays
had their own branded bells and musettes, and were rumoured to have
water bottles and cyling caps as well. Have you got one - like to sell
it?, or even pass on a photo or scan of it ?.
- The Shops... at Murray Street
and Alexandra Parade are the better known ones, but do you remember
Dalhousie Street after they first left Murray Street ? Also what about
the High Street 'branch' shop ?
- The Successful Flying Scot Riders... One
of the best known being Billy Bisland, but what about all the others
out there ? or if he was a member of your club.
- Those That Got Away... They were
sent to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Japan - in fact in
1947 Rattray's fitted out an entire team with Scot's, and are thought
to have supplied a US Olympic Team with track machines. What happened
to them, and where are the riders now ?
- Non-Cycle Work... Not only were
Rattrays a cycle retail/trade shop and frame builder, but also small
Light Engineering Company and eventually a sales and spares outlet
for amongst others Honda motorcycles - Any insights or memories about
this aspect of the company would be much appreciated.
- Photo's... Whilst photo of Scot's
are of course warmly welcomed, does anyone have photo's of either the
shop frontages or interior shots of the shops and workshops.
- Whatever Happened To... Those
little frames Rattrays used for display purposes in the shop
- or the wee cream & red Commer delivery van that they
used to own ?
- Racing Scots... I'd love to add
a downloadable movie showing Flying Scot's or any Scottish club race
during the 50s, 60s or 70s. Does anyone have one they could spare or
loan for use, and if not already in digital format, allow it to be
converted ? as part of the need to increase the coverage of Scots being
used for what they were intended.
- Media Folk... If you work for,
or used to work for one of the Glasgow based Newspapers - The Daily
Record, The Glasgow Herald, The Glasgow Evening Times, Evening Citizen,
The Scotish Daily Express. Do you have access to any info relating
to Rattrays or the Flying Scots ?