In 1924, the police completed their annual census of Blantyre Parish, and they were indebted to Sergeant George Logie for the following particulars.
The population was returned at 18,703 of which there are 9,592 males and 9,111 females.
Aliens (immigrants) number 495 and consist of; —
The houses occupied number 3,483; 26 are returned empty and they are in the course of erecting 51 making a total in all of 3,560.
In the parish there are; —
26 Public Houses(!)
11 Licensed Grocers.
Number of dogs 633.
Thanks to Wilma Bolton for sharing this information. Pictured are Blantyre Police officers taken around 25 years earlier in Low Blantyre, a photo taken by David Ritchie, a distant relative of mine, but owned and shared by Alex Bowie of Strathaven.
George Barnsley, Chair of the Lanarkshire Police Historical Society told me in 2020, “On this photo, the correct date is definitely pre 1900. The helmets and tunics were changed in the late 1800’s and replaced with Kepi styled hats and tunics with high collars. Thereafter they moved to flat caps around 1900.”