Blantyre, not an island


2017 Blantyre Parish wm
A modern myth seems to have manifested in recent years. It is said that you cannot cross the Blantyre Parish Boundary without stepping over water, based on the fact that the Parish Boundaries are the River Clyde to the North, The River Calder to the West, The RottenBurn to the south and the Park Burn to the east.

Sadly, this is not true. Fanciful and would have been a great piece of trivia had it been correct. You can most definitely get out of Blantyre Parish without passing over water.

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Parish Boundary in Basket Fields

The myth is corrected in my forthcoming enormous Blantyre book, “Blantyre Explained” using my graphic attached, which shows the Parish Boundaries in blue. The problem is some folk perpetuating the myth, have just simply assumed the Parish Boundaries are all rivers, when actually they’re not. Some parts of the official boundaries are roads, others are field fencelines.

There are areas on the west of the Parish near Crossbasket and Basket that the boundary is not the River Calder, but actually old roads and fencelines.

More significantly the boundary to the east is only partially the Park Burn, but importantly, is comprised of hundreds of feet of field boundaries, to the south before the ParkBurn rises at Park. It disproves the myth entirely, for clearly you can enter Blantyre Parish by land without crossing over streams and rivers. I’ve marked up these accessible spots in red on the Parish Boundaries.

Blantyre is an island? Nice idea, but wrong nonetheless.

From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2017

Featuring Blantyre Project Social Media with permission. Strictly not for use by others on or offline, our visitors said,

Jim Cochrane I never thought Laigh Muirhouses was in Blantyre.Or i am looking at the map wrong . Maybe its a bit out of scale as the burn passes under the end of Muttonhole road before the farm . My Great Great Granny Stewart Came from there. We always considered that as Hamilton district. Its still Her descendants that farm it now.
Blantyre Project Hi Jim. Laugh Muirhouses Farm and Mutton hole Road are both definitely in Hamilton and outwith the blue boundaries shown. It would be above the words “blantyre” on the blue and red boundary map at the bottom right corner, most certainly outwith Blantyre.
Angela Burns I was told that about burnbank and thats also how it got its name. Dont know if its true or not đŸ˜•
Blantyre Project Burnbank got its name from the “Wellshaw Burn” running through the middle of it. This is another things others have written wrongly about. It was not named after the Parkburn, which was actually between Greenfield and Blantyre.
Angela Burns Thanks for that love the local history lessons on this page



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  1. I am a Stewart descendant of the Stewarts late 18th century from Culter. My several great grandfathers of Culter was John S b. 1782. he was brother of Robert S. b. 1788 Culter m. Agnes Wallace b1788 Blantye. They moved to Low Muirhouse Farm per census of 1841. From your emails I understand their descendants continue to farm there, amazing. Hopefully someone can email me back and I can share and learn more about the current descendants as i have a great deal on my family Stewart Tree. David Rattray, Ottawa, Canada

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