Silcox, Rev. Jonathan R. – Minister of Blantyre Old Parish Church from October 1976 for 8 years until 1984. During this time his wife Lynda was a teacher at High Blantyre Primary School and the family lived in the manse with their 2 sons, the eldest of whom was also called Jonathan.
The Minister is fondly remembered as being accommodating, pleasant and helpful. He succeeded Rev. J.F Hart who had taken up a temporary position beforehand. Jonathan, in 1976 wrote in the Parish Church Magazine of how welcome he felt and how settled he was to be in the manse, thanking the previous minister for his efforts.
Whilst in Blantyre he held a Territorial Army Commission in the Royal Army Chaplain’s Dept. During his time as minister, Rev David Currie assisted him. When Jonathan left in 1984, Rev. Peter O’Price succeeded him, although some time after in 1985.
On leaving Blantyre, he became the Chaplain of Queen Victoria School, Dunblane and retired in 2010. Sadly, Johnathan (John) died on 17th September 2015, after a short illness.
From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2018
Featuring Blantyre Project Social Media with permission. Strictly not for use by others on or offline, our visitors said,
Anne Cook He married my husband and me in 1978!!!-lovely man.
Henry Hambley Married Elizabeth and me in Oct 1976.
Avalon Orr Did he leave Blantyre in 1984 as Mrs Silcox was my primary one teacher in High Blantyre Primary in 1988?
Avalon Orr Yea it seems like a long time but Mrs Silcox was definitely at HBP in 1988-1989; we called her Mrs Silly Socks
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Paul. I remember the Veverka family very well. I taught both your sisters.
I have just found this page. My husband was named John Richard Silcox. Our two sons are Christopher born in 1972 and Jonathan born in 1974.
Yes I taught Avalon in P1. We moved to Dunblane in 1984 but I continued to teach in HPPS until I took early retirement.
My colleague Sandra Stewart sent me a card using the internal school Christmas post. She drew a pair of socks with silly faces on the envelope. Yes. It was delivered to my room.
Thank you for the lovely comments.
Hope this is a way to contact Lynda Silcox. I am her cousin and am on Facebook. Jenny Dunn (Jennifer Wilson)