Funny the stuff you stumble upon when you're in an unfamiliar part of town.

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Mr Mackintosh had to take himself to Yorkhill Hospital (formerly the Sick Kids) for an appointment, when he chanced upon a beautiful red brick building just up from the Expressway.

The building was designed by William Hunter McNab of Leiper and McNab as the headquarters of the 2nd Volunteer Battalion the Highland Light Infantry and completed with funds donated by tea magnate Sir Thomas Lipton in 1901. This unit became the 6th (City of Glasgow) Battalion, The Highland Light Infantry (Territorial Force) in 1908.

The battalion was mobilised at the drill hall in August 1914 before being deployed to Gallipoli and then to the Western Front. The battalion amalgamated with the 5th, 10th and 11th Battalions of the Highland Light Infantry to form the 5th/6th Battalion, the Highland Light Infantry at the Hill Street drill hall in 1947.

The Yorkhill Street drill hall was instead occupied by the new 15th (Scottish Volunteer) Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Alastair Pearson, in 1947 and was subsequently renamed "Pearson Hall" after its former commanding officer.

In 1993, the 15th (Scottish Volunteer) Battalion was reduced to a company within 4th Battalion, Parachute Regiment.

After 15 Company moved to more modern premises at "New Pearson Hall" in Houldsworth Street in the late 1990s, the Yorkhill Street drill hall was decommissioned and converted for residential use in 2000.

Perhaps the most famous ex member of the TA Paras from Yorkhill is a a certain B Connolly esq.

Mr Mackintosh's own father also served with the HLI, but based at Maryhill.