Tag: aitkenhead

James & Annie Aitkenhead, 1905

Born in 1830 in Bothwell, James was a founding member of the Blantyre building firm Aitkenhead Builders. His wife, Annie Cant, a year his senior and a relative of the famous wealthy Carnegie family, was born in Limekilns, Dunfermline. The couple married in Glasgow in 1855 and there were 10 children born of the marriage. Two sons and two daughters stayed in […]

1930 The Blantyre Crowd

When we think of Speedway in Blantyre many people will think, as I did of the track and racers from July 1977 until the demise of the sport in Blantyre in September 1986. Others of a different generation, may remember certain Speedway racers on a National level like Tommy Miller or Ken McKinlay, from Blantyre, […]

1905 High Blantyre Polling Day

This previously unseen photo is one of the most remarkable I have seen of Blantyre. I just LOVE it. Photographed in 1905 by David Ritchie of nearby Main Street, the photo is of High Blantyre Primary School in Hunthill Road. Not a normal school day, but it’s polling day. There is so much character to […]