In May 2015, I was pleased to meet the acquaintance of historian, Donald Livingston Clink who has written many articles for the Clan McLea (Livingstone) Society, a worldwide Livingstone historical appreciation society. Over several emails this Summer, Donald provided a lot of interesting information relating to the Livingstone family, most of it new to me, so it all made interesting reading and his enthusiasm for the subject was apparent. In one of our earlier emails, Donald said,
“For some time now I have been researching the family of Dr. David Livingstone who spent his early life in Blantyre and whose grandfather Neil Livingston brought his wife Mary Morrison, four sons and three daughters to Blantyre by 1792. I have not however been able to locate a final resting place or a gravestone for the grandfather Neil Livingston who died presumingly in the early 1800’s. Dr. Livingstone’s father Neil Jr. is buried in nearby Hamilton and I have the info on that gravestone but none of the historians over the years seemed to have mentioned either a death date or place of burial for Neil Livingston Sr.”
Now, this got me thinking of the old Works Cemetery, which was located not too far from the Village Mill and Shuttle Row. I knew that a family member had been buried there, but the problem is now of course, the cemetery is no longer there and is now modern day, Caskie Drive. The story of where the bodies were moved to, remains a mystery, but the gravestones themselves are known to have been relocated to the nearby David Livingstone Centre. Alex Rochead had much more to do with solving this mystery. He took these photographs and using the information he obtained from the centre staff, I was able to email back Donald with the following reply.
Rose Jardine When we moved in to Rosebank Ave, 1974. there were still graves and grave stones , next to the dog kennels I’m sure the builders of the first new houses in our road lifted the graves overnight to get permission there was an objection brought with the council but the answere was that the graves were over a 100 years old , the one with the green fence was a Livingstone