Lindsay’s at Merry’s Rows

Sharon Brown emailed me recently saying, ” I am coming to Blantyre from Australia later this year and was interested to look at the project webpages as I’m descended from the Lindsay’s who lived at 60 Merry’s Row.  I have the attached photo and information below that may be of interest.

Mary ThomsonThis is a photo of Mary ThomsonBIRTH 1831  Prestonpans, East Lothian, Scotland, DEATH 6 JUL 1922  Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland

In 1853, Mary married Walter Anderson (b1828-d1900).  She died at 60 Merry’s Row living with Cecilia Lindsay, her Daughter.  Mary is pictured here with her grandson, Cecilia’s son Andrew Lindsay (1903 – 1919).  Young Andrew lived all his short life at 60 Merry’s Row and died as a result of a mining accident at 16 years of age a very short distance away.

On December 24th, Christmas Eve 1919 at the Auchinraith Colliery owned by Messrs Merry & Cunningham, Andrew was struck by piece of falling coal. He died of a Cerebral haemorrhage in the ambulance room of Auchinraith colliery.
Like most of the people living in the larger houses on Merry’s Rows, they paid £6 per year rent back in 1915 during WW1. William Lindsay was head of the house, the son in law of Mary Thomson.
One can only imagine the gran, mother and father making their way to the nearby colliery to learn of their son’s tragic death.
The great picture is from around 1911 or 1912. In the background is the whitewashed , painted brick of Merry’s Rows, the large entrance door and ventilated cavity under the house. I have to admit, looking at the cat , it looks pretty terrified to be so near 2 dogs but family pets were to be included in this picture regardless!
Colourised by Scotland Colourised.
1912 Mary Thomson Andrew Lindsay-Colorized

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

Gillian Cunningham Look at the clarity in that photo.!! Amazing !!

Blantyre Project its just fantastic!

John McArdle My grandad John bell stayed at no 32 1911

Marian Maguire What a great photo to have.

Marion Anderson Fabulous photo

Moyra Lindsay My mum was a lindsay and I married a Lindsay but I don’t see any connection to Sharon. I also have Anderson connections. My Great Gran lived in Merrys Rows she was Gilmour. If Sharon wants she can contact me through FB or

Bernice Cox Wow, that’s interesting. Wonder if she has a tree. I’ve often wondered what happened the grandad’s brothers, Thomas and William.

Karen Jim Burke Hi Moyra, are you a descendant of Matthew Lindsay?

Bernice Cox Our Lindsays lived in Dixon’s Rows.

Scott Turner Where was Merrys Row? Its came up on my family tree.

Scott Turner Found it. Edit. Just noticed its the same address. 60 Merrys Rows.Manage

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Jessie Caldow Amazing clarity in the photograph, and it shows in her expression what a hard life she had. It saddens me to learn of the boy’s death working at the colliery

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  1. Hi, I am the sharon who posted the Lindsay family photos and I do have a family tree on It is called “Brown-Laming, Welsh, Smith”. It is a public tree so anyone can look at it. I would welcome any feedback from other Lindsays.

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