Derbyshire Descendant of Acclaimed Glaswegian Wins Return to Glasgow for Commonwealth Games

The Great Great Great Granddaughter of the acclaimed Glasgow shipbuilder, John Macgregor is attending the Commonwealth Games, including last night’s opening ceremony.

Annabel (centre) at Derbyshire School Games

Annabel (centre) at Derbyshire School Games

Annabel Macgregor from Highfields School in Matlock – part of the Rural Derbyshire School Sport Network – is captain of the UK team which has won the BBC and British Council’s “Commonwealth Class” programme.

Over the past few months Annabel and a group of Year 11 GCSE students from Highfields have been taking part in weekly online debates and working on collaborative projects within a team other schools from Africa, Canada, the Indian subcontinent, and the Caribbean.  (Read previous news article).

The students have been mentored by Paralympic swimmer, Susie Rodgers, who won three Bronze medals at her Olympic debut at London 2012 and recently got to meet the Commonwealth Secretary General in Glasgow.

Highfields Yr 11 Commonwealth Project Class RDSSPTen teams won from countries including Nigeria, Australia, Malaysia, and Trinidad and Tobago. Highfields was the school picked to represent the UK. As the captain, Annabel was invited for the whole 12 days of the Commonwealth Games. She will be joined by a representative from each other nine teams.

During this time they will visit a number of events in Glasgow. A key interest for Annabel will be a visit to the Mitchel Library. This is where John Macgregor’s papers are stored.

Highfields Commonwealth Games Glasgow June 2014 RDSSPJohn Macgregor was born in 1801 and became Glasgow’s premiere shipbuilder between 1850 and 1858, when he died. With his partner David Tod, he built “The City of Glasgow” in 1850. This was the first, commercially successful, iron screw ship constructed in the world.

Tod and Macgregor’s shipyard in Meadowbank Partick produced ships for the “Inman Line”. For period of twenty years, these ships transported more immigrants to the USA than any other liner.

Annabel said, “We put a lot of work into the competition and are so honoured to win. It is a real opportunity to be invited to spend the whole 12 days as a member of this international group.”


Notes to Editors:

The group will be visiting:
•    Celtic Park for the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony
•    BBC at the Quay and taking part in the “World Have Your Say” programme
•    Empire Café, Glasgow and be part of the Poetry workshop with Dorothea Smartt and Malika Booker
•    Merchant City Festival, a stone’s throw from George Square
•    Glasgow Green and take part in the Traditional Commonwealth Games with UNICEF
•    The Mitched library and take part in Future News
•    Shawlands Academy for an Art Workshop
•    The Emirates Arena to watch Badminton

For exact details please contact Lindy Owen-Davies-Davies on 07767 787592 or Jana Kuncova 07886 133 012

For more information, call School Sports Coordinator, Mrs Jayne Allen on 07734 600 712 who is with Annabel in Glasgow or email

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