The Russells of Blantyre, 1903

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Rhona Johnson shared this photo. This is William Russell and Elizabeth Steven of Blantyre pictured in 1903 or so. The couple married in 1881 and William was a baker. With them are their children left to right James, Robert, Alexander, Jane Walker Russell (Rhona’s great grandmother b1882-d1932) and Mary.

Rhona told me, “I met both James and Mary when I was very young and they very old!”

This family lived in Burnside Cottages in Springwells during the early 20th Century.


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  1. Thank you Paul. It would be great to hear if there are any other descendants of the Russell or Steven families still around Blantyre.

    1. Stewart Walker-McClimens

      Hello Rhona,
      My name is Stewart Walker-McClimens & have just come across your web posting.
      My father was Samuel McClimens who’s father & namesake was married to Jane Walker Russell so I guess we share a family link. I never knew my paternal grandmother having been born in 1944, several years after her death. Would love to hear from you and perhaps fill in more details of my family history. I actually “inherited” some Sunday School prizes when my parents died which included some of Jane’s which I still have.
      Hope to hear from you soon.
      Very best wishes to you.

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