The remarkable story was told in Hamilton J.P, Court on Tuesday 1st November 1927, when two young men from Shotts and a 16-year-old girl from Edinburgh admitted having been found sleeping rough in hay shed of farm near Blantyre.
They were found there at two o’clock on the Monday morning.
The lads stated that they had gone to Edinburgh to look for work, and in a restaurant there they had met the girl who had run away from home. The three of them came through to Glasgow on a motor lorry, and then one of them decided to take the girl to his home- in Shotts.
At Cambuslang they missed the last bus and seeing it was so late, turned into the hay shed near Blantyre ferme to sleep.
The court heard that the girl was one of a family of seven and was given to wandering away from time to time. The girl, who wept during the Court proceedings, declared that she did not want to go home, as she did not get on with her parents.
Each of the trio was fined 10s, with the option of seven days’ imprisonment, and the girl was strongly warned as to her conduct in future.
From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2016
Source: Motherwell Times. Picture for illustrative purposes only.