Extract from the book "Some men, Murders and Mysteries of Old Bedlington" by Evan Martin. THOMAS GLASSEY —1844-1936 When people talk of living a full life there cannot be a better example of the ideal than Thomas Glassey. He lived 92 years and it is difficult to imagine even one of them being mundane. Glassey wasn't Bedlington born. He arrived here with his wife in 1867, a young man of radical principles, via Northern Ireland and the Scottish coalfield.