Rev Thomas Shanks


1929 Rev Thomas ShanksOn Sunday 13th October 1929, the Rev. Thomas Shanks, minister of Queen Street Arbroath Congregational Church, intimated to his congregation that he had agreed to accept the call to Blantyre Congregational Church.

Mr Shanks had been minister of the Congregational Church in Arbroath since 1924. Born in Airdrie in 1890, Mr Shanks’ early education was received at Airdrie Academy. On leaving school he entered the drapery trade, and for twelve years followed that occupation in Airdrie.

Thereafter he proceeded to Glasgow University, where his studies were interrupted by the outbreak the Great War. Enlisting as an infantryman in the Royal Scots, Mr Shanks commenced his training at Barry under that distinguished soldier, Sir Robert Cranston.

Later, Mr Shanks was transferred to the R.A.M.C., and with that corps saw service in North Russia. On his return from Russia after the war, he was demobilised, and resumed his studies with the Congregational College. While he was still pursuing his training there he received a call from the members of the Forres Congregational Church, and for three years he faithfully carried out the duties of the pastorate there. Mr Shanks was a member of a family of distinguished ministerial personages, being a nephew of the Rev. Thomas Shanks, B.D., Mallaig Presbyterian Church, and who was at one time Moderator of the South Australian Presbytery; and also a grand-nephew of the Rev. William Watt, who succeeded Mr John G. Paton, the famous New Hebrides missionary.

He commenced at Blantyre Congregational Church in November 1929 and was there into the 1930’s.

4 responses to “Welcome to the Blantyre Project

  1. Wilma and her parents lived next door to my sister Alice. Perfect neighbours and a lovely family. I remember Wilma from Calder Street school.
    Chatted with her parents a few times over the fence on some of my trips. 1982 when I was back for the Junior Cup final, which of course, the ‘VICS won! A bit more than a chat, more like a blether!

  2. I am in touch with Hughina now and again via e mail, I met up with Hughina a few years ago for lunch at the Avonbridge in Hamilton during one of my trips. A lovely lady.
    She has 2 sons who share my passion in football.

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