Hamish Dow shared this with me adding, “I attach a photo taken outside the Causeystanes Dairy, 9 Broompark Road around 1935. The photo shows my GreatGrandmother M Dow (née McLauchlan) on the left with my Aunt Rosemary Scobbie (née Dow) in the centre. I’m not sure if the gentleman on the right is my GreatGrandfather Malcolm Dow. If it is, he is the father of Dan Dow the butcher who had his shop on MainStreet, High Blantyre.
My Great Aunt Lizzie Lawson (née Dow) worked in the dairy and continued working when Mary and Joe Hobson bought it) My aunt Lizzie continued with her shopping expertise when she worked for Jim Wilson in his general store on the corner of Main Street and Victoria Street. My aunt Lizzie was a character, great in body and wit. She was affectionately called Lizzie Dow all her days – a usage that didn’t really upset her husband, Uncle Billy. The Lawsons lived with my GreatGrandmother and Great Uncle Jock Dow in the tenement building opposite the cemetery on Cemetery Road until they moved to a council house in Muir Street.
In the 70s I had the privilege of being appointed the Resident Engineer for the East Kilbride Expressway construction. Not only did I help to bypass my birthplace, taking the heavy traffic off Main Street, but I also removed the last surface traces of Dixons pit where three of my family (Sneddons) died in the explosion of 1877. My parents left 1 Small Crescent (the house with the monkey puzzle tree) for Quarter in 1974. My father, Malcolm Dow still retained a presence in High Blantyre.”
Wanting to add a little more, I found out that in 1935, Malcolm Dow was the tenant of the shop and the house above. The shop was the only one in that entire row of tenements. All the other parts of that property were homes on the ground and upper floors. Malcolm was renting the shop and house from Robert Stewart, the owner who lived remotely at Cambuslang, the trustee of James Aitkenhead, the previous owner. Malcolm’s annual rent for the shop was £22 and 11 shillings per annum that year.
Putting the old dairy into context, it was located just beyond Blakely’s pub on the same side. This 1936 shows it with a red dot.
Today, the dairy would have been where the corner area of grass is in front of the pink roughcast house on the left.
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