Jack Byres shared this photo of some Blantyre Co-Op Tokens. The Co-operative Society has long played a vital part in Blantyre’s commerce since the 1880’s. It was such a monumental part of everyday life in in this town that it’s worth touching upon their history further. Although the Co-op, as an enterprise has roots as […]
The first Blantyre minister Rev William Chirnside took up position in Blantyre on 3rd September 1552. Following the reformation, he found himself first minister of the church at High Blantyre. He purchased 2 silver communion cups, which are still used at Blantyre Old Parish Church. They are over 430 years old and are said to […]
In June 2015, I was contacted by Colin Gray, who has a remarkable collection. He told me, “I found your site while trying to find some information about an old 1930s milk bottle ( I collect them from 20 miles around East Kilbride) from Thos Watson, High Blantyre. Your website farming section was excellent and […]
Blantyre man Gordon Cook, sent me the attached photos of Blantyre Co-operative Society checks. Gordon added, “I think various Co-ops introduced their own tokens at different times for their own particular purposes, for instance, you might find some Societies produced bread tokens while others distributed tokens for milk or coal. Originally these checks were integral […]
Can anybody remember Co-operative tokens? These Blantyre token i think date from the 1960s and could be used in any co-op in Blantyre. However, i’m keen to know more and i’m sure there are many readers out there who knew what these little coloured tokens were for.