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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? I’m here to help.

Blantyre Project
offers a free resource to give you ancestry help, depending on the frequency of enquiries coming in. It’s one of the many reasons this website has become so popular. You can add your requests to the list below which forms 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 (e.g births, marriages, deaths even better!) Requests are particularly successful for investigation before 1930. As long as there’s a Blantyre related connection, I’m happy to investigate on a first come, first served basis. By asking below, you understand that any findings will be scheduled to appear on this site at a later date and with your permission, may appear in future history books. NOTE, due to work commitments, it may take several weeks to investigate, but I’ll get there! 

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

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104 responses to “Request

  1. My ancestors John Connal (Connel) and his wife Margaret are referred to as the Miller of Millheugh Mill on their children’s church birth records in the late 1700s to early 1800s. I don’t know how long they were there or if they lived out their lives there. Any help would be welcolmed

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  2. Good Morning…..my sister (Margie Bremer) has previously been in contact with you and she told me I should message you. We are descendants of Luke Raisbeck. My grandfather was George Raisbeck, and my father was Grant Raisbeck. I will be travelling to Scotland in August/September 2017 and I was wondering if you would be able to assist me in finding out what “clan” the Raisbeck’s belonged to. I would like to find out what the clan tartan was/is, as well as if there is a family crest. Any assistance you can help me with would be greatly appreciated.

    Also, Alex Raisbeck (great footballer) would be a great great (maybe one more) uncle of mine. I understand there is a project going on in Scotland restoring grave sites of forgotten heroes. Is this accurate……I would like to visit his grave if I’m going to be travelling in the area.

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  3. Eileen Cusack
    Good evening!

    I live in Ontario, Canada. I was born in Glasgow but my family immigrated to Canada when I was a young child.
    My parents died when I was 13 and I hadn’t learned a lot of my family history from them. I have been researching now for about 15 years and have managed to accumulate a fairly sizable tree, verified by documents.
    However, there is on area I am really stuck on. I can’t find the deaths of my 3rd great grandparents William Calder aka Cather and his spouse Mary, nee Johnston.

    Here is what I have:
    My ancestors John Calder and Mary Ann Maxwell, from Muckle Hill/Kilclean, Co. Tyrone, Castlederg area, had William, Eleanor aka Ellen, John, Robert and possibly Isabella.
    My 3rd great grandfather William, born circa 1805 married Mary Johnston born circa 1808, and they had:
    Mary Ann b circa 1827 married a Nelson, (but not George Nelson)
    Robert (possibly) b circa 1828
    John bap 17 Aug 1834
    Sarah bap 13 Jan 1838, died 17 Apr 1868 in Glasgow (married William Nibloe) (my 2nd gr grandmother)
    William b circa 1841, died 4 Apr 1917 in Glasgow (married Elizabeth Jane York)
    Isabella b circa 1846

    Mary Ann, Robert, John and Sarah were all born in Castlederg, but William and Isabella were born in Hamilton/Blantyre.

    My problem is that I cannot find the deaths for William Calder and Mary Johnston above.
    I know they were in the 1851 census, but they were both deceased by the time their daughter Sarah married William Nibloe on December 31, 1860, which narrows down a death time between March 30/31, 1851 (when census was taken) and December 31, 1860.

    A few things to note: Although their name was given as Calder in later years, the family name was originally Cather and was later seen in the U.S. as Caldwell:
    On John Cather/Calder and Mary Ann’s son John Stewart Calder’s death record (Jan. 22, 1911) his name is given as Cather. There is a notation on the death record that his father went by the name Cather but the family adopted the name of Calder. The Cather name sometimes has an s on the end. One of his grandsons changed the name to Caldwell when he moved to the United States.

    According to censuses and family members death certificates William was seen as a Leather Cutter and a Cotton Weaver.

    Many of John and Mary Ann’s descendants worked in the cotton mills or coalmines in the Hamilton and Blantyre area of Lanarkshire

    Known addresses:
    1841 William and Mary lived on Muir St., Hamilton
    1851 William and Mary lived at Stonefield Farmhouse, Roadhead, Lanarkshire (civil parish Blantyre). William’s father John lived at 51 Quarry St., Hamilton in 1851 and on Brandon St., Hamilton in 1861. John died at 20 Chapel St., Hamilton in 1865, outliving both William and William’s wife Mary.

    Thank you in advance!

    Best regards,
    Eileen

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  4. Your Message: Good Morning,
    I am trying to uncover as much information as possible about my Grandparents, who came to Scotland from Lithuania around 1905.
    My Grandfather, Piyusas Buyauskas, was born around 1882 and was a miner at the colliery for many years (punctuated by service in the Highland Light Infantry to avoid forced repatriation in 1917). Can I please ask if there are likely to be any surviving records which may be a possible information source? The search is made more difficult due to the many variations in spelling of the family names have been recorded through the years (his Christian name may have occasionally been recorded as Peter. Probable date of birth was December 1882 in Sunskai, Lithuania/Russia and he lived in Baltic Street, Glasgow)
    Many thanks,
    Colin White.

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  5. I just found out that my father won some sort of pretty baby contest. He was born in 1917 in Blantyre so I expect the contest was in 1918. I would like to know if I might find this in a newspaper. His name was James Gill.

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  6. Good day. I am putting together a family tree and have run into a dead end, so wondering if you can help? I have a document (possibly a Bann or Marriage) stating a Proclamation concerning Matthew Maxwell and Agnes Buchannan dated 14 August 1819. It says that Agnes is from the Blantyre parish. I cannot find a record of her birth/nor death either on ‘Scotlands People’ nor on ‘Family Search.org’ . The couple though were married in Cambuslang and lived there. I have also tried under a different spelling ie Buchanan – but to no avail. Might you have any records of this family? Will so appreciate any assistance. Kind regards Morag

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  7. My 4 times great grandparents lived in and around Blantyre. Their names were John Forrest and Helen Smith. They had 5 children that I know of James born 1811 Flemington, John 1815 Barnhill, Margaret 1819 Blantyre, John 1822 Barnhill and Janet 1825 Pathfoot.
    Just wondered if you had come across this family in your research and if yes would you have any other information on them
    Many thanks
    Karen

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  8. Hello,
    I am searching Blantyreferme Brick Works and came across your useful Brickworks information and location in the Blantyre Project.
    I was looking for further information on the Brickworks Manager around 1950/51. I found out recently it may have been my father “John Burns”
    He died in 1951 when I was only 2yrs. old,; we were left very poor but remained in his NCB Cottage in the Halfway until 1970. This led me to mistakenly believe he was the manager at Gateside Brickworks where I understand my grandfather James Burns worked.
    I now live in Canada and would appreciate any information.
    Yours Lawrence Burns

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  9. anyone have any information on Mary Taggart born Blantyre 1891 and died in 1947. Believe she was a school teacher who worked at St Josephs and lived in Station Road

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  10. Thomas Watson (Tam) and Agnes(Thompson)(her ma was Isabella MacLean)..sons Robert,Jock, Tom, Bill, Alexander. daughters..Agnes,Jean, Ann, Mary. left for Canada around 1914, bound for Nanaimo, Vancouver Island…Dunsmuir Coal. Curious to know where they lived in Blantyre (said a farm) father Tam was foreman, all the rest were young miners. The 2 older older boys went to,Canada, Cape Breton first..hated it and returned home, They wished to return so rather than break up the family they all emigrated to be together to BC, Canada.From what I was told the father wanted to send the boys to university, but they wanted to emigrate.

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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