Alan Reardon of Allers Farm contacted me back in December 2014 with this request (sorry Alan, its taken so long to get round to looking at this!). He said, ” I have been sent some letters and pictures from Colorado USA about a Family called Jardine. Thomas Jardine died 1930 stayed at 345 Main street in the early 1900’s and was known locally as a coach of sports men in the area working with footballers at Blantyre Vics. In one of the letters the Charles Greenhorn endorses his skills the Greenhorn Family still resident in Blantyre have confirmed that this is one of there relatives. Thomas Jardines son John lived in 27 Hunthill Road and his father also Thomas died 1912 a miner stayed in 22 Glasgow Road. His youngest son James went to America in the 20’s and was killed in a pit explosion in Utah in 1936″
I initially replied with “Hi Alan, Thomas Jardine was born 5th March 1871 and married Margaret Fraser in Blantyre on 26th August 1892, when he was just 21. Margaret was just 17. In 1891 Margaret’s father was a blacksmith at Larkfield and the family lived at Larkfield Rows. I’m unsure if he worked in Templeton’s smiddy which was very nearby to their address. Thomas and Margaret’s first child came along 4 years after they married. Their son James has a recorded death on ancestry at Sunnyside, Carbon , Utah on 9th May 1945, which differs from the 1936 date you mentioned below. John who lived at Hunthill Road was just 36 when he died.“
Pictured is Thomas Jardine around 1920. The family photo shows Thomas earlier around 1900 with his wife Margaret and their children.
Interestingly, one of the blacksmiths pictured here outside Dixons colliery buildings at Priestfield is suspected to be Margaret Fraser’s father. I wondered also if the name Jardine was connected to the well known Quoiting player in Blantyre at the time.
During a period of ill health in 1922, Thomas was forced to leave work at Blantyre Vics, where he worked as a trainer, by his own accord. Later that year, Thomas sought letters of recommendation from his various previous employments and trusted references to get him working again. Despite no shortage of people willing to recommend him, it is clear he found difficulty in becoming employed again, with recommendations lasting not just in 1922, but in 1923, 1924 and 1925.
James’s youngest son had gone to America to work, but was sadly killed. A couple of reports document the event.
Finally, i asked Alan what this connection was to his own family, to which he replied, “I’ve been researching my family and in the 20’s My Great Grandfather John Swinburne immigrated to Lackawana Pennsylvania USA with his family he also died out there . James Jardine had been in love with my Great Aunt Margaret his daughter and left a month after her to marry her. James was a farm labourer here and my Great Aunt worked at Snabe Farm and this is where they met. While I was doing the family tree I came across Heather Tatton who is my second cousin the Granddaughter of James and Margaret known to the family as Meg. I am going to America in April to meet her and 3 other cousins and she is coming here in August. I have told her about the work you do with the Blantyre Project and I am sure when she is here she would like to meet you and see what you have on her Blantyre connections. There is quite a story about what happened to the Swinburne’s too but they came from Udston a mining village that was just across from Auchintibbber the wee school house is still there and there are pics of the Swinburne’s and Reardon’s in Wilma Bolton’s Books both families worked at Udston Pit”
I hope Alan’s guests have a great holiday when they arrive and I hope to be able to provide some additional information to this story nearer that time.
James Jardine is pictured here.