Guestbook

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Visitors from all over the world, please feel free to scroll down to the bottom of this page and leave me a little message. I hope you’re enjoying the Blantyre Project website and the book and I’m only too happy to investigate something or ancestry in Blantyre for you. I’d also like to hear from people who have stories, memories, or photos of anything Blantyre related. Who knows, your comments may just end up in the next book!

86 responses to “Guestbook

  1. Hi, came across your informative site when I started to research my family tree. With its help, I learned that my ancestors have been resident of Shuttle Row from approx 1837-39 to 1900. They were the McNabs who lived at numbers 4,5 and 6. Thanks.

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    • Thank you Andy. There are now stories and information from SO many Blantyre families on here, that its great to hear the site being used like a resource for more information. Brilliant. I hope to tell many more stories here in future. I have a day off today, the sun is shining and I plan on writing up several other family history requests.

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  2. thank you for such a comprehensive site of information and history of Blantyre.
    My grand father David Brown was born in 1914 in Blantyre to Mathew Brown (b.1863) and his second wife Christina Cameron Baird (b1889). On marrying Christina at The Manse, Blantyre, Mathew had 6 children. He went on to have another 4 with Christina. Sadly on daughter -Margaret Stewart Lindsey Brown died soon after birth.

    Mathews father was Anthony Brown and mother Elizabeth McCAuley. In late 1880’s they lived in 2 Craig Row, Auchentibber and in 1917 8 Craig Row, Auchentibber.

    Does anyone know where this is? Anthony and Elizabeth also had 10 children. So there were an awful lot of this family living around the Craig Row,

    thanks
    sharon brown

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  3. Hi I am trying to find out information on my papa who stayed at Bruce terrace in the village his name was Andrew Baillie he got called andra so any information would be great

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  4. Hi Just looking for information on my papa Andrew Baillie from Bruce terrice in the village and he also drank in the village bar and he worked as a shunter for the SMT buses.He was also grand master of the Livingston Masonic lodge between 1947 + 1948 so can you help

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  5. I am really enjoying your website. I live in New Zealand so to have ‘found’ the property my ancestor lived on is amazing.
    My g/grandfather Robert Smith, born Ireland, moved to Scotland, was a Master Shoemaker living in Pilot Acre, Stonefield Road, in the 1901 Lanarks. census.

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  6. I am totally enjoying this site! My great grandfather, Patrick O’Donnell, was born in the Parish of Blantyre (Auchentibber) in the County of Lanark, June 23, 1873 to Richard and Alice (Muirhead). I was so happy to find information on Auchentibber! I look forward to going through the site and as well checking in for new content.

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  7. My grandmother Mary Bradley was married to Robert Duncan in 1915. Robert Duncan passed away in 1918 in WWI. Any one connected to this family ? We are in the U.S.

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  8. My Grand parents and other elders of the the family, were the Frasers/Martins of Welsh drive then Kirkton Ave and the Mitchells of Malvaig Lane/ Victoria street. Great grandfather was Tony Martin and Grandfather was David Mitchell Snr.

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  9. Hi Paul
    I was very interested in the article you did in regards to the common ground at the Blantyre cemetery.Having recently found my grandfather was born in Cross row Village and through census information I found that he had a brother who died in 1901 as a baby. After reading your article on the common ground I followed the link to Robert Stewarts page and was able to find my grandfathers brother buried in the common ground.I never knew it existed thank you for the information you post on the site it has helped put another piece of my family history in place. I am now following up another family member in the Blantyre grave yard and have contacted Robert for more information

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  10. What a wonderful website. My grandfather, James J. Hailey, was born in Newton in 1892, but at some point the family moved to Blantyre. They are listed in the 1901 census as “Healy,” and it indicates they lived in Waterloo Row. I always assumed they were coal miners in Scotland because when they moved to the United States in 1904 they worked in the mines in Pennsylvania for a short time. James’ parents were Michael Hailey (b. 1861 in Kilbirnie) and Catherine Bridget McCafferty (b. 1863 in Durham, England). Michael’s father, Joseph Hailey, was born in Roscommon, Ireland. I believe my grandfather was one of six children, and at least one of them was born in Blantyre. My grandfather passed away in 1974, and I’ll always regret not having the foresight to ask him about his time in Scotland. I hope to visit one day. Any idea what life was like in Waterloo Row in the late 1890s? Thank you!

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    • Hi Katie – A search on the left hand side of this site will take you to several Waterloo Row articles. I have to say, even in the 1890’s those people staying at Waterloo enjoyed those larger homes, by comparison to other small, cramped miner’s rows. It would have been a great sense of community living in the quadrangle, with the school/chapel a focus at one end of it. I’m sure many neighbours would have been friends. Sanitary conditions were good, again by comparison to other homes in Blantyre. Waterloo Row burned down on Burns Night 1928.

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  11. My great-grandparents William and Margaret Young left Scotland for the U.S. in 1881 with a one-year old son and a second on the way. (Eventually, they had 10 children.) I know little about their lives since they died decades before I was born, but I do know that they left from Blantyre, and visiting there a few years back was a pleasure, as is seeing the Blantyre updates on my Facebook feed.

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  12. I am trying to research my Cowan /Wilson family tree. My great grandparents are William and Sarah Wilson Cowan . her parents were Alexander and Jean Wilson … My great grand parents had 11 children Janet Alexander Archie Margaret Martha Tom Sarah William James(my grandfather) Jean Jack. All migrated to Australia in the early 1900s. I am sure all the children were born in Blantyre or close by. Apparently my G Grandfather William was a musician (not sure if this was his main vocation). Hopefully someone might be able to help me find out more or any family still living in the area .. Much appreciated

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  13. Catherine Hitchings ( nee Sweeney) I would like to get in touch with Mary Falco who submitted the picture of Granny Sweeney as I believe the boy in the photo is my Dad, Robert Sweeney. I would like to know if we are related to Mary?

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  14. I discovered thru an 1891 census that my great grandparents lived at 89 Merrys Rows. Robert Hastie was my great uncle and your article about him gave me a piece of my family history. Thank you !

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  15. Very interesting website. We lived in what was known as the Old Schoolhouse 124 Craig Street, Blantyre during the late 70’s. The solid sandstone walls were about 2 feet thick! I was told that the Daily Record gardening correspondent once owned the house.
    If anyone knows the history of the house I would be very interested.
    We now live in France so it is difficult to visit.

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    • Hi Peter. Thanks for the nice comments. I’ll add this to my “to do” list. I’m positive the schoolhouse dates to 1900 exactly, and likely first lived in when the nearby school opened in August of that year. It must have been very noisy back at that time with the busy railway line next to it, loading up the transport wagons at the bakery across the line. I have some old photos of time before you lived there, round about 1950s or so. Will post in the coming weeks.

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  16. I was born and lived in Caldervale (fin me oot) till I was 7-8 yrs of age, my brother Jim was 9-10 when we flited to Blantyre coz fin me oot was being razed to the ground. Wehave fond memories of theold place many we would love to share if anyone is interested.

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  17. Good Morning My name is MG Cornfield (nee Mclaughlin) my father is Brian McLaughlin they owned the undertakers/lorry business and a mechanics business in Glasgow road Blantyre (Felix Mclaughlin ) he also purchased Harper’s garage does anyone have any pictures in relation to my family i would really appreciate it the undertaker’s is now Potts on Glasgow Road.

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    • Hi Ian. Priestfield Farm is no longer here, now the site of a modern housing estate. The demise of the farm was around 1971. Look out for more photos and stories about Priestfield. It is an area very close to my own home, and one which i need to explore more here soon.

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  18. My great grand parents were married by Father Frawley Michael Mullin and Catherine Vallelly. This is the first time I finally found something of their Irish Scots ancestry. Ng grandmother was born at Airdrie in 1880.

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  19. My great grand parents were married by Father Frawley Michael Mulkin and Catherine Vallelly. This is the first time I finally found something of their Irish Scots ancestry.

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