Category: Blantyre Places

Sports Facility Hit Hurdle

Plans for multi sports stadium near Priory Bridge were dramatically halted in Summer 1980 when residents of Priory Bridge formed a petition to obstruct the development. With the speedway at Springwells set to close, a new location had to be found and the private site at Bardykes owned by Francis Doonin, just off the road […]

Creating Priestfield Cemetery

In June 1979, a story appeared in the Hamilton Advertiser for the first time announcing that Hamilton District Council were thinking of creating a new cemetery beside the EK Expressway.   However, at that time, the land still had to be bought from Strathclyde Regional Council.  By January 1980, land had been secured on the former Priestfield […]

Bothwell Castle, 1768

This beautiful painting observed from the Blantyre side of the River Clyde shows the ruins of Bothwell Castle during 1768. Painted by Paul Sandby, it shows one of the former river crossings, this one near to the Priory. A family stand in the foreground, the woman holding a large fishing net, perhaps to catch a […]

Bothwell Castle on the Clyde

Here’s a 19th Century engraving published by Young Brothers of Glasgow. Looking south, it prominently shows the ruins of Bothwell Castle looking upstream of the River Clyde. Uddingston’s Ferry Road on the left and Boatland on the right. The topography is somewhat exaggerated likely to fit everything of interest into the one scene, but it […]

Boathouse Video

NHS Doctor Peter Gordon lives in Bridge of Allan and has an interesting hobby, making homemade films on a variety of subjects. Peter contacted me recently sharing this lovely little film about Blantyre. He told me, “I make films out of love. They are home-made and are not for profit or status. I just do […]

1996 West Hallside

These photos were shared by Jim Leishman and show the former ‘West Hallside Farm’ on the outskirts of Blantyre in late 1996, early 1997. Pictured 22 years ago or so is West Hallside Farmhouse. Whilst west of the Blantyre boundary, it was part of the former Estate owned by the Hamilton family. The Leishman family […]

Auchentibber Gardens

Exclusively seen for the first time online, this rare, clear photo shows the very beginning of the former Auchentibber Italian Gardens. In this remarkable photo, the stone can be seen in the background being quarried from the small quarry to the rear. The stone was used by the miners and residents of the area to […]