Tommy Burns dived from Glasgow Bridge, also known as Jamaica Bridge, into the River Clyde

Tommy Burns dressed as a woman to avoid the attention of police when he dived from Glasgow Bridge into the Clyde on 19th November 1890. The Yorkshire Herald (Saturday 22nd November) published the following story:

Tommy Burns, the high diver and bridge jumper, leaped off Glasgow Bridge into the river Clyde on Wednesday afternoon. There was a crowd of 20,000 to see the feat. The height of the bridge is fully fifty feet.

Burns, dressed as a female, drove along in a cab, mounted the parapet, and amid ringing cheers threw off the garb and dived neatly into mid-stream. On landing he was chased by police, but was not caught.

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