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Merrys Rows, Blantyre

From the book, “Blantyre Glasgow Road South – The Real Story” by Paul Veverka (c) 2017 Merry’s Rows    Merry’s Rows or Raws were built in 1876 to 1878 by coalmasters, Messrs Merry & Cunningham to house the workers of their nearby Auchinraith Colliery at Auchinraith Road. A local dialect of that time had them […]

Miner’s Wife run over by Engine

During February 1931, Mr. Frank Wilson was an unemployed miner, living at 45 Merry’s Rows, Blantyre. On Monday 9th February 1931, Frank and his wife were clearly finding things difficult when the wife ventured across Glasgow Road and the railway to Craighead, to the woodland, intending on gathering some firewood. She headed towards the bing at […]

Jimmy Duddy and his Flying Invention

Mr James Duddy was born in 1871 in Mountpleasant, Church Hill, Donegal, Ireland, a son for Michael Duddy and Mary McCay. He moved to Scotland seeking employment and became a miner in Hamilton, where he met and married a local girl Mary Jane Wallace (b1872) on Hogmanay 1890. Children soon followed. Sadly, their daughter Susanna, […]