Narrative shared by Jenny Day,
“Archibald, or as he was more usually known, Arch was the second son and the third of the nine children of Thomas Brown and Catherine McLean. Thomas was the gardener at Orchard House, near Braidwood. Arch was named after his mother’s father, using the Scottish naming system. Arch is listed in the 1851 census as a three year old. He is not listed in the 1871 census for Carluke so one would assume that he was at Boat House then. The family certainly is in 1881. He married Christina Braid in 1875 and they came to Boathouse, Blantyre.
My grandmother, Jessie Hunter Brown, was the eldest of their nine children. All were born at Boat House. Jessie, or Jen, was very special to me as was her father to her. Many times she spoke of her father but not so often of her mother. She would tell me of how when the call of boat was hear the children dashed for the lavatory to see who could get there first and then not have to row the boat across the Clyde. She told me of how the girls played shop in the riverbank. Perhaps the family shop in Main Street was operating at this time or it may have started later.
The Brown’s were well thought of in Uddingston. Jen was referred to as Miss Brown of Boathouse. Jen went to a small school in Uddingston; which I think was the one in Bellshill Road, before going to Uddingston Grammar, as did all of her siblings.”
Five of the Brown children are pictured, from left, Jessie, 1876, Thomas, 1879, Robert, 1881, Christina, 1882, Robina, 1867, and Katie, 1878. The other children were, Jeannie, 1884, Arch, 1886, John 1888 and Margaret 1891. Certainly plenty of helpers for the garden, shop, or boat.