Auchentibber Farm, Sydes Brae

2008 auchentibber farmPictured here by Jim Brown in 2008 is Auchentibber Farm, just off Calderside Road at Sydes Brae.

A handsome farm with impressive entrance and plentiful surrounding fields, the building was constructed in the early 19th Century. From the front gates are impressive views over all of Blantyre. The building is important for the area of Auchentibber, which itself likely took it’s name from the farm building.

An 1859 account relates that the farm was the property of Sir W. Maxwell Bart (Baronet), a man of considerable status and wealth. At that time there was a young fruit plantation and various old Limekilns east of the Farm.

Auchentibber may have been derived from “Achaw, Achan….a species of pear” which again connects to the suggestion that fruit 1859 Auchentibber farm mapwas grown nearby.

During the 1900’s the farm was owned by the Potter/Dickson family. More recently, the farm belonged to Kate Longmuir and her brother. Two older gentlemen lodged in a caravan around the back of the farm.

Lisa, a relation of the Potters/Dicksons told me, “I am the great Neice of Robert Potter and Flora Potter (nee Dixon) who owned Auchentibber Farm. I visited the farm in 2000 and revisited it earlier this year with my son. I was saddened to see it is now in a bad condition.

A story handed down through our family is that Uncle Robert & Aunt Flora were school sweethearts, meeting at the Old School House, up the road from Auchentibber Farm. Uncle Robert followed the family and emigrated to Australia in the 1920’s, leaving Flora behind. In his 60’s he returned to Auchentibber to find Flora had never married ( neither had he), they rekindled their love and married. Uncle Robert passed away in 1984. I was fortunate to visit Aunt Flora in 2000. It would he only months later she passed away, at the age of 94.”

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  1. I am the great Neice of Robert Potter and Flora Potter (nee Dixon) who owned Auchentibber Farm. I visited the farm in 2000 and revisited it earlier this year with my son. I was saddened to see it is now in a bad condition.
    A story handed down through our family is that Uncle Robert & Aunt Flora were school sweethearts, meeting at the Old School House, up the road from Auchentibber Farm. Uncle Robert followed the family and emigrated to Australia in the 1920’s, leaving Flora behind. In his 60’s he returned to Auchentibber to find Flora had never married ( neither had he), they rekindled their love and married. Uncle Robert passed away in 1984. I was fortunate to visit Aunt Flora in 2000. It would he only months later she passed away, at the age of 94.

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