Archie Brown’s Diary 1875 Part 10

Archie Brown was a market gardener and florist at Boathouse (Boat Jocks) from 1874 until 1912. Thanks to his great, granddaughter, Jenny Day, we’ve been looking last week and this at his remarkable diary from 1874 and 1875.

Pictured in 1908 is Archie and his fellow Boathouse workers. His son in law Geordie Frame is perhaps the man sitting with the pipe on the right (the grandfather of Jenny)

1908 Boathouse workers wm

This extract from February and March 1875 tells of the arrival of better weather. Twenty six year old Archie on the 1st day of February attended a wedding and when it finished writes in a code “walked to Orchard then & & &”, which I believe means he probably had a good time! It’s clear from his descriptions that frost was very much “the enemy” of the gardener. It also describes working the land until your hands had blisters and visiting Matt Campbells (which was another nursery in High Blantyre where now Kirkton Care Home is at the top of Auchinraith Road)

FEBRUARY

Mon 1. Came down with the first train, pruning all day, fine day, wind west. Went to Carluke to Jim’s marriage, walked to Orchard then & & &

Tues 2. Walked to Carluke, then came down with the first train. Pruning all day, finished the pruning of the gooseberry’s on Boathouse. Dug out a few of the Blackcurrants at night, wind east.

Wed 3. Good morning, potting Camellias in the forenoon. Was over at Mrs Johnston’s pruning her gooses in the afternoon, fine day, wind west. Dick went in for stinkie.

Thur 4. Frost this morning, was filling up wants and lifting gooses in the forenoon. Planting young gooseberry’s in the Fairhaugh in the afternoon. Very hard freeze all day, wind nowhere to be seen.

Fri 5. Very hard frost this morning, cleaned and painted the last of the vines, also grafted two Cactus and potted a few plants. Pretty hard all day, change at night, wind from the west.

Sat 6. Thaw this morning, was potting plants all forenoon, Apocynums and Azaleas. At Mrs Johnston’s in the afternoon, finished her plot. Very thick close night, very dark, wind west, a slight drizzle.

Sun 7. Fresh morning, went to church, Mr McLuckie in the forenoon. A gentleman from the London Missionary Society in the afternoon. Soft drizzly day, wind west.

Mon 8. Frost this morning, took off a few flowers in the morning, took them to the station, then planted the rest of the Fairhaugh. Put a little dung on the vines in the afternoon and cleaned the boat at night, very dull and close night.

Tues 9. Fine morning, started to dig down the old strawberry’s in the Cullough and finished the digging of the gooseberry plot the back of the house today. Hands blistered and wrists strained. Very fine day wind east.

Wed 10. Frost this morning, started to dig but had to give it up for a bad job as my wrist would not allow it. Emptying a few of the cesspools in the forenoon, taking down the fence in the afternoon, up at the Cottage Park. Very cold afternoon, wind sou’east. Dick and George went in for stinkie.

Thur 11. Fine morning, went to the station with flowers, then digging in the forenoon. Cleaning the big Camellias in the afternoon. Very wet afternoon, clear night, wind east.

Fri 12. Frost this morning, was digging in the forenoon up to 3 o’clock, then went to Matthie Campbell’s for gooseberry plants, The Lady, by name. Fine day, close and warm, showery at night, wind easterly.

 

Sat 13. Fresh morning, was digging down the old strawberry’s all day. Rather blowey high S.west wind at night.

Sun 14. Wet morning, went to church both fore and afternoon, had two excellent sermons from Mr McLuckie. Showery day but spring like, wind west.

Mon 15. Fine morning, started to dig but went off to shift the fence for to get the plot ploughed. George and Dick took in the stack of corn in the afternoon and I built it. Fine day good night, wind west.

Tues 16. Good morning was digging all day at the old strawberry’s, fine day, strong wind from the west.

Wed 17. A little frost this morning, digging all day at the old straws in the Cullough. Dick went in for stinkie. The vines started to grow, the Muscats have sprung an inch. Fine day, clear night wind north.

Thur 18. Hard frost this morning, digging all day at the old strawberry’s. Went to the station at dinnertime with a few gooseberry plants. Good day, wind S.east.

Fri 19.Good morning, was digging all day at the old straws. Very good day, wind east. Went in to Glasgow at night.

Sat 20. Very cold morning, was digging all day at the old straws. Extra cold day, wind n.east.

Sun 21. Good morning fine day, very cold. Went to church fore and afternoon, had a stranger. Wind from the N.east.

Mon 22. Good morning, was digging at the old straws in the Cullough. Observed the old Hazels in flower and the catkins quite yellow. Wind east.

Tues 23. Good morning was digging all day at the old straws in the Cullough, mowing all afternoon. Very cold wind from north.

Wed 24. Very cold morning, was digging up to 3 o’clock at the old straws, in the greenhouse the rest of the day. Snowing all afternoon, very cold north wind.

Thur 25. Snowy morning was in the greenhouse all day cleaning Camellias and pocting Chrysanthemums cuttings, cold showery day, bitter east wind.

Fri 26. Dry morning, was digging in the Cullough Brae all day, viscous cold day, wind east. Went to the Joiner’s soiree and concert at night.

Sat 27. Good morning, was digging all day in the Cullough Brae at the old strawberry’s, went to Orchard at night, very cold all day, wind north east.

Sun 28. Was a good morning, went to Carluke church, very bad roads, viscious cold day. Wind east.

MARCH 1875

Mon 1. Frost this morning, came down with the first train, finished the old strawberry’s at night. Very cold day, went down to Newton Store to see a dog at night, wind N.east.

Tues 2. Cold morning, was digging down the old Sir Harries today, rather cold day, wind east.

Wed 3. Cold morning, was digging all day in the Fairhaugh, bitter cold day. Wind east.

Thur 4. Frost this morning, was digging all day in the Fairhaugh Orchard, sharp wind from the east.

Fri 5. Could not dig in the orchard with frost, amongst the strawberry’s in the forenoon, in the Fairhaugh in the afternoon, very fine day, wind east. Sowed a box of cauliflower.

Sat 6. Frost this morning, was digging all day in the Fairhaugh, warm and close in the afternoon, wind south.

Sun 7. Fine morning showery day. Was at church all day, communion. Had a very fine sermon at night. W.West.

Mon 8. Good morning, digging in the Fairhaugh all day, very warm day, W.West.

Tues 9. Wet stormy morning, turned out a fine day. Was digging all day in the Fairhaugh. Wind Nor’east.

Wed 10. Frosty morning, was in the Fairhaugh up to 10 o’clock, finished in the forenoon, in the Cullough amongst the old strawberry’s after. Very fine day, wind west.

Thur 11. Frost this morning, was amongst the old strawberry’s in the Cullough all day. Sharp wind all day from the sou’east.

Fri 12. Good morning, was amongst the strawberry’s in the Cullough all day, very cold day. Went in to Glasgow at night, E.wind.

Sat 13. Good morning, was amongst the strawberry’s in the Cullough Brae all day, very cold east wind. One of the sheep had two lambs today.

Sun 14. Good morning, went to church, Mr McLuckie in the forenoon, a stranger in the afternoon, both very good discourses, went to the Established at night, heard an excellent discourse from Mackintosh. Fine day, but cold east wind.

Mon 15. Good morning, took in the hay in the morning, was amongst the strawberry’s a while. Lifted the potatoes after dinner and commenced to prepare the ground for onions. Fine day, a great deal milder.

Tues 16. Frost this morning and very close, was digging ground for cabbage in the forenoon, planted two hundred earlies in the afternoon. Was at the strawberry’s after. Milder today, wind.

 

Wed 18. Good morning, was digging the vinery border in the forenoon, at the strawberry’s in the Cullough in the afternoon, dreadful cold nor’east wind. Dick went in for stinkie.

Thur 18. Good morning, was at the strawberry’s in the Cullough in the forenoon, putting in fence posts in the afternoon. Went down to Broomhouse at night to hear a woman speaking, strong sou’west wind.

Fri 19. A little frost this morning, was putting up the fence in the Cottage Park today, finished a little before night. Fine day, W.N.W.

Sat 20. Very hard frost this morning was cutting pea stakes in the morning and in the greenhouse after. Prepared the ground and sowed the onions in the afternoon, also a few peas. Fine day.

Sun 21. Fine morning. Went to church both forenoon and afternoon. Went in the length of Clyde Ironworks with John Scott. Very fine day, wind west.

Mon 22. Fine morning, went the station with flowers. Sowed the Mashlam in the Orchard, was hoeing at it all day. Very fine day, close and warm, smoked the greenhouse, W.West.

Tues 23. Showery morning, finished the covering of the Mashlam. Putting in beans amongst the young gooseberry’s in the afternoon, very warm day, W.West.

Wed 24. Fine morning, was putting in a few beans in the morning, then mending dikes. Planted a few hundred late cabbage in the Cullough. Dick went in for stinkie. Fine day and breezy. Wind west.

Thur 25. Good morning, started amongst the young gooses in the nurse bed, was at the starting of the strawberry ground at night. Showery day, strong south wind.

Fri 26. Good morning, was digging amongst the young gooseberry’s, showery day. Was in at Glasgow at night.

Sat 27. Lifted a few strawberry’s and dressed them in the forenoon, digging amongst the young gooses, showery day, wind west. Orchard at night.

Sun 28. Good morning, went to Langside in the forenoon, at Orchard in the afternoon, fine day, wind N.West.

Mon 29. Good morning, was planting strawberry’s all day in the Cottage Park. Showery day, wind west.

Tues 30. Good morning, was digging ground for strawberry’s all day, very warm. Grafted a few Pears and Quinces at night. Wind West.

Wed 31. Good morning, was planting Viscomptess all day, fine day, wind west.

Courtesy: Jenny Day

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