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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103 responses to “Request

  1. Hello Paul, I am trying to find some contact details for my mother. She would’ve been 17-18 years when I was born. My DOB. 07.06.1965. In Stirling. My full name at birth, Julie Angela Park.
    Her birth name was Sarah (known as Sally) Symington. She remarried and became Craig. She has 2 sons named Tommy & George, who would be about 42 & 37 years old respectively. I have one address, but I think that would’ve been my Grandparents. (Symington)
    2 Lochaber Path, Blantyre.
    I live in the NE (England) now and have thought often of just driving up and wandering about the streets, until I found your ‘people search’ for family genealogy and wondered if you could help at all.
    Anything would be greatly appreciated,
    Thank you,


  2. Hello Paul
    I’m trying to find out anything about my grandmother, Mrs Nelly Clark, possibly also known as Ellen and possibly nee Heffernan. She lived at 27 Parkville Drive until her death in around 1977 and before that in Hunthill Road, I think. She had seven children, James, John, Martin, Kathleen, Helen, Margaret, May. She was born around 1896/7 and guessing married around 1915. Thank you.


  3. Hi Paul,

    Here are the ancestors I am researching.

    Robert Nairn & his wife Janet McDonald, were both born in Stewarton, Ayrshire, Robert in 1762 & Janet in 1770. They were married in 1798 in Stewarton. Janet was Robert’s 3rd wife!!. They went on to have 8 children. Janet, the eldest B. 1799 married John Robison(Robertson)at Hamilton in 1824. They had 5 sons,
    1 Robert B.1826 at Uddungston. Married Ellen Rennie.
    2 John-Gilbert B.1828. Married Alice Smith, but I am unable to find their marriage. He died in Blantyre.
    3 William B.1832 at Blantyre.
    4 Daniel B.1835 at Blantyre.
    5 James B>1839 at Blantyre.

    John Robertson died at Blantyre in 1861. Janet, his wife died in 1877 at Blantyre.

    If you have any information about any of the Robertsons I would be very grateful.

    Thanks, Isabel


  4. Paul as per your comment, if you find the dates for Mary Ann Gilmours children’s deaths I would be grateful. I should do more research myself, I’ve never really looked at this granny’!


  5. Hi Paul I am researching my ancestors from Millheugh Mill I have a previous post on them. I was very interested in your article about Pathfoot. My ancestors were living in Pathfoot in 1790 probably before this but this is the first indication and is where their first child was born.They were John and Margaret Connel. John is on a later child’s baptism record as Miller of Millheugh Mill.


  6. Seeking date for unveiling on disaster memorial in Blantyre Cemetery and date for unveiling of memorial in Dunbeath Cemetery in Glasgow.

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      Hi Jim. Thanks for your enquiry. I don’t have an exact date, but believe it was unveiled in 1883. Late in 1882, Messrs William Dixon Ltd entered into talks with the parochial authorities in Blantyre, who , in sympathy with local opinion, donated the land in the centre of the new cemetery (opened 1875). On accepting the Parochial Board’s kind offer, W. Dixon Ltd contracted Glasgow monumental mason, Mr. Robert Gray, to erect the above obelisk in Aberdeen granite. It stands on a plinth 4 feet 8 inches square and the monument itself rises fully in 20 feet in height. When it was unveiled, it could be seen from just about any vantage point in the Parish. Mr. J.M Thomson form Kilkerran in Ayrshire, one of the partners of Wm. Dixon Ltd , brought his own personal gardener to plant up the flowers and shrubs around the base.

      I’m unsure about Dunbeath as its outwith Blantyre. Hope this is of interest. Paul.


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