This photo doesn’t have a date attached but we do know of some facts that may be able to pinpoint the exact Summer. We know it’s a fete day at the front of Blantyre Parish Church, the activity being putting on the front lawn. The children are unknown, but we do know that in the photo is Jim McLean Senior, Bill McLean and John Aitkenhead.
In the background is the low cottage which once stood in Craigmuir Road, well ahead of the current modern housing estate. Importantly, to assist dating the photo, the old railway crane is still there, which once stood near the platform of High Blantyre Train Station.
Can you help identify the children in the picture or the date?
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Glebe Cottage – A former, substantial double villa dating from 1883, located on Craigmuir Road immediately adjacent to the High Blantyre Station. It was divided into three separate houses. Two were five apartments, the other was a two apartment. Robert Pollock was a Contractor there in 1879. John Young, Veterinary Surgeon, lived there in 1894, prior to that John Hall. Margaret McKenzie (Minister’s wife) in reminiscing about her days in Blantyre, remembered the ‘Glebe Cottage’ as being on the “Brickie” (Craigmuir Road), and it had a paper storage building right next to it. The McKenzies were here from 1934 till 1951. Demolition date unknown. A modern house now sits there.
Beyond it, almost immediately adjacent to large warehouses for the swmills (and sadly out the picture obscured by the mill itself) was Glebe Cottage. Looking at old maps, the new Glebe your parents built sat partly on its footprint. It was still there in 1936. The name is too much of a co-incidence. I suspect your parents were honouring a name they saw on title deeds or giving a nod to their own local knowledge about what was there before their new building.