Frank Markey, Boxer 1929



1933 Frank Markey , Blantyre boxer

Frank Markey was a professional boxer from Blantyre who was active between 1926 and 1944. He boxed at flyweight; bantamweight; featherweight and took part in 159 professional contests.

On Saturday 2nd February 1929, Frank Markey took part in the final for the bantam weight championship of Scotland fighting against opponent Johnny Smith. It wasn’t to be his night with Johnny winning on points much to the displeasure of the crowd. The match was fought at Waverley Market, Edinburgh.

The fight took place over 20 rounds each 3 minutes, which went the full distance, each opponent exhausted. It was a clean fight, which had over 3,000 people attending to watch. 1933 saw a return to form, after a slump in performance.


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  1. Ellen markey Gibson

    Hya, don’t remember much he lived at Frazer crescent and me or my wee.sister would go up to his house every Sunday to take him to either his daughter Margaret or Ellen (my gran) for his dinner then go bk up to walk him to the welfare club,,he would always be very smarty dressed with his suit n coat he was starting to forget things but a would keep on at him all way up the hill about his fights lol it worked coz he would remember then he would say thers a shilling you hurry home and I will see you next Sunday

    1. I am researching Markey family. I know Frank was my father’s cousin.
      My father’s name was Peter . This branch of the family lived in Dundee. Do you know the names of Frank’s parents and grandparents?
      I would really appreciate any info you have on his ancestry.

      1. Christine Stewart

        Frank Markey was my grandfather

  2. Ellen markey Gibson

    Frank markey was my great grandfather I only remember him as an old man in his 80s its great to see a pic of him as a young man

    1. Can you tell me anything about his later life Ellen? Where did he live and when did he pass away? Thanks. Paul.

      1. Ellen markey Gibson

        I only remember him an old man in his 80s smartly dressed always,he lived in Hamilton his 2 daughters ellen (my gran) and margaret lived 5 minutes away and took turns cooking his meals and me or my wee sister would take it up to his flat and on a Sunday walk him up to the welfare were he went every week and he would give us a shilling lol,he was starting to loose his memory and I would ask him about his boxing days he was such a gentleman,, not much information but its all I can remember

        1. My father was a pro boxer in 1920s and fought under the names of Jimmy Docherty and Sailor Docherty. My mother’s brother Johnny Smith was also a fighter in the same era. I know that over the years they both fought Frank on a number of occasions. I as a youngster in the forties met Frank at the Eldarado Statium in Leith. He really was a gentleman, and my dad told me afterwards Frank was one of the nicest people he knew.
          Jim Doherty ( correct spelling of our name )

    2. Christine Stewart

      Hi Ellen can I ask how long ago you seen my grandad Markey

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