John Docherty emailed me in January with the attached photo from 12th September 1937. John said, “I have been a follower of your FB page for some time, because of a family connection to the area ,my mother Annie Docherty Ms Hanson was born at 16 Station Rd and have an older brother still living […]
2001 Craighead Retreat Fire
The property called “Craighead Retreat” owned by the Jesuit Fathers was struck by fire at around 9pm on Sunday 18th February 2001. Craighead Retreat sat just off Whistleberry Road. In the days that followed, police immediately launched an enquiry into what had caused the fire, tipped by firemen that something was not quite right. By […]
A Warm Retreat?
In the first printed Statistical account of Blantyre, which was written around 1780 by Rev Henry Stevenson, minister of Blantyre, we find that he ascribes the origin of the name to the sheltered situation of the locality; Blantyre being said to signify in the Gaelic language, a “warm retreat“. Interestingly, a hundred years later when […]