An article from the Dundee Courier on Friday 17th November 1939, stated,
“Mr James Brownlie, father of Jimmy Brownlie, former manager of Dundee United, died yesterday morning at the residence of his widowed daughter, Mrs Alex. Wardrope, Hunthill Road, High Blantyre. He was 94. Mr Brownlie was born in the Auld ” Hoolit’s Nest Inn ” in the Barnhill district of Blantyre. He had a vivid recollection of seeing Dr David Livingstone when he paid a visit to his birthplace in Low Blantyre village on December 30, 1856.”
It’s strange now to think of a generation dying off that actually saw David Livingstone walking about Blantyre. That was newsworthy.