Auchentibber Memoirs 4

Continuing a look at former Auchentibber resident Flora Dickson Potter’s Memoirs and research of the area. Kindly shared here by Janet Cochrane. In Flora’s words and continued from previous parts 1 to 3:

“Auchentibber – The People: A community is comprised of people and when the people drift away, the community cannot survive. Alas that was the fate of the village of Auchentibber which in the days before 1914 consisted of some 500 souls. As has already been said the men of the village were mainly employed as miners while the women folk helped out the farmers with their summer harvest and found employment at Calderwood Castle, which the Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society had acquired for agricultural purposes. 

Some families lives in the village for many years without giving the location of these families, names which spring up are Baird, Borland, Brown, Burnet, Dalgarno, Dickson, Gallacher, Gillespie, Henderson, Leggat, McLean, McLeod, Murchie, Nodwell, Potter, Powell, Reddiex, Richmond, Sergison, Shanks and Strang. Undoubtably, however the leader of the community in the 1920’s was James B H Struthers of the Auchentibber Inn who through his philantrophy provided the village with its famous memorial gardens. His predecessor as proprietor at the Inn was either David H Taylor or Smart Hunter.

1910 Auchentibbertore

1914 Auchentibber Store

Besides these spirit merchants there had been two grocers in 1878 – Charles Laird and Hugh McKerrow. By the 1920’s the prinicpal grocer was McKendricks and their Auchentibber Store supplied many of the necessities. Vans also come to the village from Blantyre and Hamilton and there were also the wee sweetie shops for the sweet toothed children. “

How good it is to see a former resident in Auchentibber name those good, strong Auchentibber surnames that are so associated with the area.

Pictured in 1914 are the Potters outside Auchentibber Store.

On social media:

Betty McLean I notice the board has Blantyre what is it advertising?
The Blantyre Project looks like a royal mail insignia above it. Not sure,a little blurry. Its good to see the transition to AuchEntibber with an “e” happened as early as this and is now, Previously with an i on old maps and even above the inn in 1900 with an i.
Etta Morrison Glad you asked Betty I was wondering too..xx
Barb Hicks So wonderful to look back and see my family from the 1900 hundreds. Thank you Paul.
Richard Strang I saw a picture of my granddad for the first time in the quoits team he won a gold medal my nephew has it now my dad told me so many stories about auchentibber it’s great to see the strang name up there with the others thank you to all concerned

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