Thomas McLean Report, 1917

Thanks to Betty McLean who has shared her father in laws report from 1917.



Written by John Welsh, the headmaster at Calder Street, it’s dated 22nd November 1917. Not so much of a report card, it is more likely a “reference”, possibly even as Thomas  McLean went out in the world, perhaps leaving school at only 14 years old. Transcribed here as follows:

“It is a great pleasure to testify to the work and the worth of Thomas McLean born 14th November 1903 and residing at 16 Priestfield Street, High Blantyre. He was admitted to this school, three years ago and has spent two and a half years in the highest department here and now worthily earns the Merit Certificate. His work is sound, thorough and above the average. He is courteous , most obliging and belongs to a most respected family and i have no hesitation whatever in recommending him as an upright, trustworthy and most deserving, capable lad. James Welsh”

Now there’s a glowing reference if ever there was one!

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

Marian Maguire Look at the beautiful writing, never see that today.
Lesley Bethel Beautiful copperplate writing!
Gord Fotheringham I had a letter of reference i sent back to Scotland from the manager of the priory pit James Ross dated 1956…..for the supposedly new miners section in the welfare….never heard of it anymore….just saying
Marian Maguire Look at the beautiful writing, never see that today.

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