Quoiting Club Meeting 1900


1896 Map Blackleys and QUoiting wmThe annual general meeting of the High Blantyre Quoiting Club was held in Mr. Blackley’s Hall on Saturday 17th February 1900.

The location would suggest that the public house and hall, which is still Blakely’s on the corner of Main Street and Broompark Road today, was handy for the quoiting green, which was then across the road in Broompark Road.

Mr. Robert Burnett, the vice president of the club presided. The principal business was the election of office bearers for the coming season. The following were elected to office. President, Mr. Arthur Blackley, vice president, Mr. Robert Burnett; secretary Mr Johnstone Barr junior; treasurer Mr. John Spiers; and a committee of nine. The hall and public house would have been relatively new that year at only 6 years old or so since built, replacing a previous pub at Causeystanes.

The prospects of the coming season were noted as looking “bright”.

I’ve recently noticed that all the many quoiting clubs of Blantyre tended to be very nearby or have some sort of association with a nearby public house. The same was true for Springwells, Barnhill and Auchentibber clubs.

From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2016

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