These amazing photographs are Blantyre school photos with a difference. They taken back over 120 years ago in 1894, making them possibly the oldest known school photos from our town! They are thought to be High Blantyre Primary School on Hunthill Road, which had opened 19 years earlier.
Remarkably, one of the boys is known. Matthew Leggat 1st left on second row. He was born on 11 January 1889 at Springpark, Auchentibber. He died very young, aged 20 on 24 October 1909 at Springpark. Matthew had diabetes for 3 years and died after 12 hours in a diabetic coma, the informant Hugh Murchie his step father. What I noticed right away are the amount of scowls, frowns and unhappiness in this photo, which I assume was due to the fact that all these boys were dressed in all their Sunday finery for the photo.
Thank you to Isabel Fleming for this remarkable photo.
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