1927 Boots or Food?


6043745953_d37902c6b7_bMr Patrick Larkins, was a carter of 11 Carfin Street, Blantyre. He was sentenced to 30 days’ imprisonment at Hamilton J.P. Court Monday 24th January 1927.

It was said that accused had not been employed for nearly a year, but obtained work a few days before. That Saturday, he went home and handed his mother 11s 6d, which was the first wage she had received since before the coal strike.

When he handed over the money he said he would have to get a pair of boots, as he badly needed them. His mother said the money would be required firstly for food, and without any provocation he struck his mother! He almost strangled her, flung her to the floor, and jumped on her. An elder brother pulled the assailant away, Larkins then went outside and maliciously broke three panes of glass on their own window.

From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2017\
Photo for illustration only.

On social media:

Marian Maguire Omg imagine doing that to your mother, I know he needed the boots to work, but you have to eat also. Terrible times.
Jane Maxwell Shocking not a very good son if he thought it was okay to attack his mum.

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