Tag: priestfield

Blantyre Blacksmiths at Priestfield

You may have seen this little colourised photo of Blantyre Blacksmiths on Andy Paterson’s excellent website where he has colorised Blantyre postcards and photos. I thought I’d upload the high resolution black and white original version to show a little more detail, as it doesn’t appear to be anywhere online yet. The photo is taken […]

James B Struthers, Spirit Dealer

Mr James B Struthers was a well known spirit dealer at Stonefield and High Blantyre in the 1880s. He was an accountant from Wishaw still living there as late as 1875. On 23rd April 1872 he married Mary Ann Harrison at Cambusnethan and had son, also James in 1875. The couple went on to have other children, mostly […]

1947 Men at Dixon’s Number 3 pit

In May 2015, I stumbled upon a video about mining and couldn’t believe the first few very short scenes were of High Blantyre. But they were and in particular the exact day was on 6th January 1947, when the Coal Board Nationalised mining. Several of the initial scenes featured scenes of crowds at High Blantyre including […]

The Story of the Explosion

The Story of the Blantyre Pit Explosion 1877 by Rev Stewart Wright 1885 published in the “Annals of Blantyre” The annals of our parish would certainly not be complete without some allusion to that catastrophe which so recently brought fish out if its obscurity into a sad prominence before the whole world, we mean the […]

1957 Dynamite theft at High Blantyre

In January 1957, a Burnbank man was jailed for 3 years after admitting stealing explosives from Dixon’s Collieries. Charles Tallis, a 44 year old unemployed labourer of Gordon Terrace, Burnbank was jailed at the High Court in Edinburgh on Friday 4th January 1957 for his part in breaking into a National Coal Board explosives store […]

1947 Watching the NCB Flag get hoisted

I love this brilliant picture, taken from a film recently shown to me. Pictured in 1947, in exceptional clarity is Dixons Pit 3 at Priestfield High Blantyre. There are SO many people from Blantyre in this picture and I’m hoping some readers recognise people. The large crowd assembled on 6th January 1947 are watching the […]