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What does the Mitchell Library in Glasgow have to do with Clootie Dumpling?

The answer is lots! So much, that Granny Beaton's is going to be featured as a case study in the Glasgow Life libraries newsletter and social media next month. How did that happen? Read on...

Trademarking Granny Beaton's - Business and Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC)

I visited to the Business and Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC) at the Mitchell Library 3 years ago to find out what was involved in trademarking the name 'Granny Beaton's'. I wanted ensure I had the legal right to use the name before embarking on a website. My main concern was Mrs Beeton's Cookery Book, first published in 1861, with variations being published up to 2016. Although a different spelling, it is a well known name connected to food. The BIPC were able to provide lots of information relating to intellectual property, not just trademarks, but also patents, designs and copyright information. The trademark application was successful.

 

History of Scottish Food - General Services

Other than my Granny used to make it, I knew little about the history of Clootie Dumpling. The General Services department in the Mitchell Library provided a range of books on the history and traditions associated with Scottish food.

 

Newspaper article - The Glasgow Room

I wanted to find a copy of an article about my Granny entitled 'The Angel of the Rest and be Thankful'. The title was the only information I had. In the Glasgow Room, I was able to access all the national sunday newspapers from the 1970's. Some were the original newspapers and some were stored on microfiche. I spent a lot of time reading the headlines of the day, but did not find the article.

 

Oldest Clootie Dumpling Recipe - Archives

I was keen to find a copy of the earliest recipe for Clootie Dumpling, I had read online that there was one dating back to the 1700's. The library staff found the original book, in the Archives - 'The Art of Cooking made Plain and Easy' by Hannah Glasse. I was delighted to be given access to the book and obtained a copy of the recipe. The recipe, first published in 1747 is for 'A Boiled Plumb Pudding', but now over 250 years later, it is affectionately known as 'Clootie Dumpling'.

 

Cafe, free wifi and shop

A great place to keep my daughters happy and the only part of the Mitchell Library that cost me money in the form of hot chocolate, cake, crisps and the gift shop. People watching and wifi are free!

 

Whether your interests are business or personal, the Mitchell Library is well worth a visit.

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