Request

Do YOU need help with tracing your Blantyre ancestors? Perhaps you want to know more about them, where they lived or what they did? Or want to ask about a building, news event or something else?

historyBlantyre Project offers a free resource to give you ancestry help, depending on the frequency of enquiries coming in. You can add your requests to the list below and I’ll add it to my “to do” list keeping you updated here.

It’s a lot simpler to get started that you may think. Just tell me the full name of the person you want to know more about and who they were married to.   If you have more information, especially dates even better! Requests are particularly successful for investigating people before 1930. As long as there is a Blantyre related connection, I’m happy to investigate on a first come, first served basis. NOTE, due to work commitments, it may take up to 2 weeks to investigate. 

“We should all know where we’ve come from, before we plan on where we’re going”

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76 responses to “Request

  1. You wouldn’t know the names of the houses on station road? Number 35 in particular. I would like to restore the name on the house but I can’t see it clearly. I have a photo of it I can send you. I know it begins with an S.

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    • ** REQUEST 13 – 35 STATION ROAD **

      Hi Caroline – ive answered your request here out of turn from others, as its very brief and i actually know the answer. The true, original name of 35 Station Road was “SEREGLIO” which is confirmed on Blantyre Valuation Rolls. That is the name of the house the constructor originally gave it. Hope this helps. Paul.

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  2. Hi. I used to live in 44 Fernslea Avenue. Moved from there approx 25 yrs ago. At some point tho my great grandparents also lived there. Is this something u can advise on?

    Also my Nana who is now 97 lives in 13 Berkley Drive. She used to live in Dixons Row and I think was the first and only resident at 13 Berkley Drive – Mrs Margaret O’Brien. Again not sure if u can discuss it but look forward to hearing whether u can. Thanks

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  3. My mother Barbara McCabe was born in Bellshill Hospital on 9/2/1926 and her father’s address is given as 53 Auchinraith Road. Her mother’s death certificate shows they were still living at this address when she died on 20 November 1947. Interestingly my mother’s elder sister Bridget McCabe was born at 39 Auchinraith Road on 12/8/1920. Do these address still exist? Thanks for your help.

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  4. Hi Peter both my sets of grandparents came from blantyre. My maternal grandparents were James McCudden 5/12/1888- 15/4/1939 and Jeanie Smith 2/3/1894-19/12/1972.Married 27/4/1917 .Paternal grandparents James Dawson 16/2/1878 and Agnes Mason Fisher 30/5/1882 -4/2/1965 Married 13/7/1906 .Any information you can get for me will be appreciated. Yours sincerely Annette

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  5. No words can I say to you that would begin to let you know how much my family and I appreciate all the work you have done. My sister and cousin and I will be in Blantyre on May 8th and now we can see where our family lived. We would like to meet you say over a cup of tea if you are available just email me. Looking forward to your next book

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  6. hi, i am trying to find out any more info on my great auntie. her name was Jeanie Wilson she was born in 1907 in Blantyre, i have her birth papers and i have her on the 1911 Scottish census.they were staying at 17 Forrest st. her parents were Robert wood Wilson and Mary m.s Campbell. she had a older sister lily and a younger brother john, lily was my great gran so i have lots on her and also have quite a few for her parents as far back as 1820. but i have nothing on jeanie after 1911. any help would be great, thanks

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  7. Hi Paul, William Murdoch (Murdochs Pub) have you any ancestry info regarding this man,as I said he was my wifes grandfather,she also stayed at 37 Hardie St. WE think he had 4 sons John Also known as Jack, Alistair,David and Douglas (my wifes father) 2 daughters, Elma and Kitty, he may have been married twice, if you need any more info please let me know.

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  8. Looking for Annie Shannon born Blantyre married ? Neilson from a well to do Paisley familly. Moved to Rothsey. Annie was one of my clients Granny, and my client is 90 !!!

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  9. Hi Paul
    I’m trying to find some facts about my grandad his name was Edward mc bride he lived in mcalipens building on Glasgow rd he had 3 sons and a daughter they later moved to fernslea ave he was a steelworker in Cambuslang and died on 6/8/55 we were always told his death was a heart attack and he was found in a stream near his work my last surviving uncle passed away 2 yrs ago on his deathbed he told me it wasn’t heart attack that killed him,he was found drowned in the river clyde, I have never seen a picture of him as after the funeral my granny burned all the photos even her wedding album so I was wondering if the blantyre gazette may have had any news of the incident it would be much appreciated
    Regards Eddie mc bride from blantyre

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  10. Looking for photos of my grandfather as l have never seen him his name was John Reynolds he died in 1939 he left a wife and son and another son on the way

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  11. Hi Paul, I am looking for information on my ancestors John Connell and his wife Margaret Russell. John is referred to as a Miller in Millheugh late 1700s. Their daughter Margaret born in 1798 is my direct ancestor. I would be glad of any information that you can find on them

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  12. Hi Paul Feb 22nd you gave me a lot of details regarding our Granny, the other thing if possible we would like to know is how many children did she have, we know of Robert our dad, John, Gavin, Christine, and Wallace, we have a picture of ur dad with Catherine who died but how many others did she have that died, probably as infants.

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    • Hi Paul just wondering if you were able to find anything about my dad’s siblings that died. it would be after 1909, because that was when he was born and he was the oldest

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      • Hi Eleanor, I’m a little behind with this request page and taking each in turn, the people below you on this page first. I will get round to this in due course. Thanks.

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        • Hi Paul,
          Thank you very much you say you are a little behind I am a big behind, well I shall wait on your reply no hurry, I just thought that you had forgot , by the way you are doing a wonderful job, my sisters were so pleased with what you had done.

          Thank you
          Eleanor.
          xxx

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        • Did mean to ask you have you heard anything about the(Clye) Clay Road which ran from the back of the drying greens at Cemetery Road down to Low Blantyre,my older sister remembers walking it with our mum and Aunt.xxx

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  13. Only just spotted this after putting a request for info on fb page…sorry! It was to do with miners records for Dixons pits and where I might find any info on bothe my gt grandparents and their families who lived at Dixons Rows. I have seen the excellent article on the houses at Dixons Rows. Thanks

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  14. Hi Paul-
    I would love any information you have on any family members. My great grandfather William Whitefield born Oct 28, 1870 (?) in Carluke, but lived and worked (?) in Blantyre. He married my great grandmother Mary McFarlane (born June 14, 1873) They lived in the area (Larkhall and Bells Hill) and then in Blantyre when my grandfather’s (Montgomery James Whitefield born December 9, 1897) sister was born on April 6, 1901 in Brown Lea Cottage. Her name was Mary Johnston Whitefield.

    The children born in the area are:
    William Whitefield born Oct. 6, 1893
    Frances Hutchison Whitefield born July 23, 1895
    Montgomery James Whitefield born December 9, 1897
    Robert McFarlane born Jan 14, 1900
    Mary Johnston Whitefield born April 6, 1901
    John Robert Whitefield born June 14, 1903

    I’m planning a trip to Blantyre in May so I hope to find the cottage and any sites that may have a relationship to my family. Any help or information would be amazing. Thank you!
    Monte Whitefield

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  15. Hi Paul – don’t know how to do the cut and paste thing so will redo request here. Thankyou for reply! My grandfather was Samuel Dobbins, Born1877 in Durham. His father was Alex Dobbins and mother Elizabeth. They are all listed on1881 census as residing at BairdS Rows Blantyre along with other children Alex 12 Henry 7 and Elizabeth 2.My father said little about his father Sam -I believe he died around1938 -Dad grew up Coatbridge/Motherwell area though I think some family may have stayed in Blantyre. I don’t think he knew his grandparents so maybe they died quite young he seemed to think his grandfather (Alex ) was Irish but no more info. I’d be interested in finding out anything more about their life in Blantyre if it’s possible at all and then maybe try to find what led them there.

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    • Hi Paul Having read more on the website was surprised to find my grt grandfather’s name in the list of accidents. poor Alexander Dobbins was killed in 1882.His wife Elizabeth at 31 or so was left with 5 children including a young baby and must have gone home to Old Monkland where again surprise I’ve discovered she remarried quite quickly whether through love or necessity. I had thought Alexander and Elizabeth had come from Ireland but now know his parents John and Mary Dobbins came from Ireland in the 1840s when Alexander was a small boy. Elizabeth was Scottish. It now seems they only lived in Blantyre a few years. I don’t want to waste your valuable time though any further info would be great. Is there any reading material on life in the rows and what happened to widows of miners maybe?

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