Robert Russell b1872-d1925

Robert Russell, was born in Cross Rows in the Village, Blantyre on 19th February 1872. He was the son of Thomas Russell and Janet Sharp Mason. His father is listed as a Dye Maker.

Robert married Glasgow woman, Jessie Wilson in Renfrewshire in 1893 and the couple settled down in Govan, Glasgow. During WW1, they came back to Blantyre and took over Wheatlandhead Farm from farmer, Alexander Miller, selling fruit and vegetables from nearby Barnhill. Son George died in Greece during WW1.

I have in my own notes a mention that in business circles his colleagues referred to Robert as ‘Bob’, although one part of his descended family dispute this, though clearly too far back to now confirm.

Robert Russell is photographed at Wheatlandhead, with wife Jessie Wilson and their daughters Elizabeth and little Jessie around WW1 at the time they took over the property and business. His time there however was to be short lived. Robert died on 8th January 1925, aged only 52. Jessie outliving him until her death in 1938. The farm was later operated by his son, Thomas Russell with parts of it sold off to the Bannatynes of Millheugh Estate.

Today, this location is now the Wheatland housing estate.

Photo Courtesy: Hamish McBain, the grandson of Robert Russell, and son of little Jessie.

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  1. All readers comments from the Blantyre Project facebook page and indeed here, are credited if used and are FULLY released to me as Blantyre Project, for exclusive my use in books, articles and history presentations. They become available for my use through participation. All readers understand that from the privacy policy. If anything is used, its credited to the person who said it, such as it was here. If you don’t want quoted, please don’t participate. At my continued further compliance, In accordance with my privacy policy Cl 3.1, if you provide narrative, it can be removed at your request, which Ive now done.

    Come to the end of the line with this. Your words in that personal FB message I had a look again and were worthy of a ban. You’re taking part, you’re not taking part. You send me pictures, you ask for them to be removed. All this backtracking and indecision has led me a right merry dance on this family holiday with myself again going out my way to comply with with all the changes. I’ve deleted the FB post entirely but left the word Bob in my notes, as his work colleagues did call him that. The full history of Wheatlandhead from my own research, words and photos will appear here in due course. I’ve taken action this to’ing and fro’ing doesn’t happen again on any of my Blantyre pages and groups. I dont have the energy or time.

    1. Paul, get off your high horse, my comment on your facebook page only pointed out that you got your facts wrong. If you think that’s worthy of a ban, who am I to argue.
      The work that you do in trying to keep the history of Blantyre alive is absolutely fantastic but instead of jumping on the defensive when you’ve been corrected, accept that you may actually be wrong sometimes, a descendant of the family may have a better knowledge of the goings on within their family.
      Keep doing what you do, it is great work.

  2. Did you ask if you could add the comment I made on Facebook? Kindly remove it please, it’s not yours to post.

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