On 31st July 1917, during WW1, a number of small boys were amusing themselves at the River Clyde riverside at the former Blantyre Works Mills. It was quite common in those days for groups of 5 or 6 year olds to be out on their own but this was a day to end in tragedy. […]
This is a wonderful photo. From 1937 or 1938, it is the only view I’ve ever seen photographed from the original, suspension bridge in Blantyre (closed in 1949). Looking downstream, you can see the weir, and beyond that to the buildings is the background, where the current bridge is located. The flat area the […]
This painting shows the Blantyre – Uddingston Ferry on the river Clyde, near Boatland with Bothwell Castle beyond. People may be more familiar with this area as “Boat Jocks”. The oil painting on canvas was done by Alexander Fraser the Younger, (b1828-d1899) and is pictured in 1872 at a time when the Scott family owned […]
Great photos from May 1999 taken by Neil Gordon as the David Livingstone Memorial Bridge was pulled down, into the River Clyde. This bridge, thought to have been poorly built had only lasted half the time of the previous. A third pedestrian bridge now crosses the River Clyde at the former Blantyre works area.
About 5 o’clock on Monday 17th June 1861, a collier named William Bishop, aged 17 went into the River Clyde at the riverbank about 300 yards west of Haughhead Bridge and didn’t come out alive! He entered the river on the north side and swam towards the Blantyre side, but unfortunately about only 6 […]
On Wednesday 21st July 1926, a low Blantyre miner was caught killing an otter at the River Clyde at Blantyre Weir. The otter measured 3 foot and weighed 42 lbs. Police were called and the miner was later sentenced for poaching. Otters are known to frequent both the River Calder and Clyde. As pictured […]
Gord Fotheringham has kindly shared these 2 photos from his family collection. From 1955, it features his dad and sister, Anna swimming in the Clyde near Blantyre Weir. You can just about make out the suspension bridge in the background. Do you have family photos you would like to add to the 8,000 Blantyre […]