Annie Gilmour Dawson’s child

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Mid Row, around the time of this court case

Here’s a story of a single woman who pursued money for the ‘upkeep’ of her illegitimate child at Blantyre Works, The Village in 1903.

On 13th June 1903 at Hamilton Sheriff Court, Annie Gilmour Dawson of Mid Row, Blantyre raised an action against the father of her newborn child. Annie was already designated as ‘poor’ through qualification of poor relief.

The man being pursued was Alfred Wilson, a miner from Waterloo Row, an opposing row of tied miner’s homes nearby.

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Court Transcript

The child, a little girl had been born and lived at Mid Rows and her mother Annie successfully sought and won 2 pounds and 2 shillings for charges and 8 pounds per annum for 10 years, backdated to the birth and paid quarterly.

Eight pounds then is around £1,000 today. I found a female child in birth records named Jane Dawson, born in Blantyre in 1903 and suspect strongly it is the same child in this story.

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Blantyre Works

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

Marian Maguire It’s not often you hear of women winning court cases in those days. Well done.

Ann Higgins Crossar Well done Annie – don’t know you – but very proud of you! xx

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