Duncan & Flora McIntyre

Pictured here are some previously unseen online photos of the Lade at Blantyre Works and also the back of Shuttle Row. Taken in 1903, they support this article well. If the David Livingstone Centre would like a copy of them, I’m more than happy to pass them on there.

The census records show Duncan McIntyre, a blacksmith with his wife Flora and family were living in Shuttle Row from before 1841 to approx. 1900.

Duncan was born on 10 August 1811 and baptised on 12 August at Achalick, Kilfinan, Argyll. His parents were Duncan McIntyre and Catherine MacLachlan. He married Flora White on 18 November 1836 in Bothwell, Lanarkshire. Flora was born in approx. 1817 on Islay, Argyll. Her parents were James White, Fisherman and Mary Durrud?

The 1841 census show Duncan and Flora were living in Shuttle Row with 3 children. John, James and Mary. By 1851 Duncan and Flora had 7 children.

John was born on 31 August 1837 at Bothwell. James on 17 March 1839 at Blantyre Works. Mary on 28 March 1841 at Blantyre Works. Peter was born in approx. 1846 in Blantyre. Duncan born in approx. 1848 in Blantyre. Isabella in approx. 1854 in Blantyre. Janet on 5 April 1856 at Shuttle Row, Blantyre Works. This gives a good timeline that the family came to Blantyre between 1837 and 1839.

Mary McIntyre daughter of Duncan and Flora married William NcNab on 31 December 1860 at Blantyre Works, Blantyre. Mary was aged 19 and William 24. William was born in Ireland in approx. 1836, his parents were James McNab and Mary Ann Grant.

The 1861 census showed Mary and William were living in No. 5 Shuttle Row with Mary’s parents Duncan, Flora and their children Peter aged 14, a Millworker and Janet 5.

By 1871 Mary and William were living in their own home at No. 6 Shuttle Row with 4 children. James aged 9, William 5, Maryanne 2 and John 1 month. Another son Duncan aged 7 was living at No. 4 with his Grandparents Duncan and Flora.

William died on 7 August 1872 at The Stirling District Asylum, Larbert. Cause of death Enteritis, 4 weeks. He was 34 and listed as a pauper.

Mary continued to live at Shuttle Row and is shown on the 1881 and 1891 census. Mary aged 58 died on 26 November 1900 at 56 Beckford Street, Hamilton. Cause of death Phthisis Pulmonalis, 2 months.

Janet McIntyre daughter of Duncan and Flora married William Hamilton on 29 April 1881 at Shuttle Row, Blantyre. Janet aged 24 was listed as a Cotton Factory Weaver and William 25 an Iron Moulder. Both were living at Shuttle Row. The 1891 census shows Janet and William living at Shuttle Row with children Flora aged 9, James 7, Duncan 4 and William 1. William died aged 45 on 20 March 1901 at the Royal Infirmary, Glasgow. Usual residence Shuttle Row. The Register of Corrected Entries stated that he died from “Injuries received on 19 March at Hallside Steelworks, Newton. When casting a steel ingot, the case in which it was being cast bursting and the boiling metal going about him”. He died 11 hours after the accident.

The 1901 census has Janet a widow living in Shuttle Row with her children Flora aged 19 a Cotton Factory Worker, James 17 an apprentice Steel Dresser, Duncan 13 a Grocer Messenger Boy, William 11, Catherine 8, Janet 5 , John 3 and David 6 months.

Janet aged 62 died on 17 April 1918 at 16 Newlands, Blantyre. Cause of death “Mitral Regurgitation, Passive Congestion of Liver and Anasarca”.

Flora (White) McIntyre aged 63 died on 15 May 1879 at Shuttle Row, Blantyre. Cause of death “Chronic Bronchitis, Phthisis”.

Duncan McIntyre aged 82 died on 1 December 1889 at Shuttle Row, Blantyre. Cause of death “Carbuncle of the Neck, epitheliomatous ulceration”.

This article should not be confused with Flora McIntyre who owned the Auchentibber Inn from 1869. The family would appear to be unrelated. Thanks to Alex Rochead for this particular specific research, which ties in well with today’s other story about William Hamilton and Janet McIntyre.

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