The Boys' Brigade, founded by Sir William Alexander Smith in Glasgow, has been helping to shape and mould young men for more than 130 years. It was an instant success, quickly spreading throughout the United Kingdom and around the globe - today, there are hundreds of thousands of members still enjoying the teachings of Smith and the values he sought to instil.
In this lavishly illustrated history, Michael A. W. Strachan tracks the history of an iconic organisation that has been a pillar of communities around the world for over a century. Exploring a variety of topics, from how the uniform has developed to the way in which the Boys' Brigade has adapted to the modern world, this is an essential read for members past and present.
Fraserburgh born, Michael A. W. Strachan graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 2010 with an MLitt in Modern Historical Studies, focussing mainly on Scottish and Irish studies. Since 2012 he has been involved with the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, currently serving as Collections Manager and tasked with caring for a nationally recognised collection of artefacts. He is currently the President of the Buchan Battalion of the Boys' Brigade.