David Baillie contacted me asking, “Hi Paul looking for information on my family from the village in blantyre my grandfather’s name was Andrew walker Baillie and my gran her maiden name was Hutchison They stayed at Bruce terrice in blantyre my grandfather was a grandmaster with the masonic lodge sometime in the ups he was also a bus shunter so any information would be appreciated.”
I was able to reply with: “Hi David.
Andrew Walker Baillie was born in 1911, the son of Blacksmith Archibald McCartney Baillie and Isabella Hobbs.
By 1932, Andrew Baillie had still been living with his parents at their decent house at 4 Bruce Terrace, The Village and would have contributed towards paying the £19 a year rent at that property, whilst working as a general labourer.
Andrew Baillie married Mary Hutchison (your gran) in Blantyre on 28th October 1932 at Stonefield Parish Church on Glasgow Road. Both Andrew and Mary were 21 when they were married by Rev James Gibb.
Mary, who lived at 6 Priory Row, Blantyre was the daughter of David Hutchison a coal Hewer and Annie Lockhart Paterson. The Row was an incredibly industrial place to live, dirty and black with soot from the nearby bing. She may have been quite glad to move to a larger, family home following her wedding. Both of Mary’s parents had passed away by the time she married, which I’m sure may have given some reflection on that otherwise happy day and a possible reason for a fresh start in other places. Mary made corsets for a living, a weaver if you like.
Within a year of their Marriage on 5th May 1933, a child arrived, a son, Archibald Baillie Junior, born in Hamilton. With no record of either Andrew or Mary in Blantyre in 1935 valuation roll, one has to assume that they initially moved to Hamilton immediately after their marriage. (Archibald Junior died on Christmas Eve 2001, in East Kilbride).
Hope this is of interest and helps in some small way, Paul.”
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Jiae Jiae There were Hutchisons lived above my Auntie Jeannie at 25 Auchinraith Terrace..