Robert Clark sent in an ancestry request saying, “I’m trying to find out about John Fraser, (Blacksmith at Priestfield,) and his family. I’d be grateful for any info you could give me.” Not a lot to go on here, so I had to start right back at the beginning. I did manage to uncover quite […]
Mr. John. L Clifford was born in 1896, proprietor and printer of the former 20th Century Blantyre ‘Gazette’ newspaper. Not to be confused like others have done, with his father and son of the same name. He was the son of John Clifford (b1867), who started the family owned printing business. The business was based […]
Further thanks to Bill Duncan for sharing his family photos here. Pictured at Larkfield during the 1950’s is the Duncan family. I was particularly pleased to see these photos because they also include a young Uncle of mine, John Duncan (who was actually no relation of Bills) Bill told me. “What great views there was out […]
Dot Spears-McGuire said of this wedding photo, “Taken in 1959 is my Mum Catherine McGuire (nee Forrester) and Dad John McGuire. The Little Flower girl is Francess McGourty’s and Frank McGuire or Greenhorn’s Daughter mum thinks she might have been called Frances as well?” Do you know or remember Dot’s family?
Back to Glasgow Road. This time 1978, a time when huge redevelopment was underway. Blantyre residents go about their daily business, hands full of shopping, for Glasgow Road had just about everything you would ever need at that time. Looking towards Burnbank, the picture is taken near the former junctions of John Street and Clark […]
This photo dates from 1919. Pictures at 49 Broompark Road in the back garden of a house called “Enterkin” in my great grandfather and great grandmother John Duncan and Maggie Bowie Duncan. They had four children, Jenny, Chrissie, Margaret and John (my grandfather). None of the girls ever had any children, the youngest Jenny dying […]
From time to time, i lend my time to assisting people with ancestry and finding where they originated from. One such enquiry for assistance came from John Sutton, who on New Years Day 2014 wrote to me with the following message. “Hi. I’m trying to trace my grandfathers family. He was John Sneddon b1900. Blantyre. […]
Whilst researching the Jackson historical link with my own High Blantyre home, I uncovered various documents that may be of interest to anybody with the surname ‘Jackson’ with links to Blantyre. The ‘Jacksons’ were such an important and prominent family living in the area from the mid 1500’s, their ancestral local home being at Bardykes […]