On Friday the 29th of September 1933 a Bookmaker was sent to prison and sentenced to 60 days.


William Ward appeared before hon Sheriff-substitute Loudon at Hamilton Sheriff Court and was charged with accepting bets on a horse which ran at Hamilton Park Racecourse without being able to fulfill the financial obligations undertaken by him, whereby he did defraud the persons who had placed bets with him of sums amounting to £8, 12s 6d.

The number of people who he defrauded was said to be 59 and came from the districts of Lanarkshire, Ayr & Glasgow. The Fiscal stated that that the accused acted under various names but at Hamilton Park he had traded under the name of William Woodhall 87 Hulston Street, Manchester. In a statement made by the accused to the police, he said that he started with little or no money, and the first race won 24s, and lost 16s in the second race.

The accused was accepting bets for the third race, on a horse with better odds than other bookmakers. As a result, he attracted attention and drew in £10, but on this horse winning the race he had to pay out £50. If the accused had been an honest man, then he would have balanced his books and accepted accordingly.


An agent of the accused stated that he had come north for the Scottish circuit, and when at Hamilton was informed by an associate that the horse referred to did not have a chance of winning the race. His friend also said that he would pay out any money required, but at the end of the race the accused could not see him.

The crowd became very hostile, and to avert a scene, and for the accused’s own safety, he had to be taken into custody. Because of this he did not have time to make any arrangements to pay the money, or as is frequently done, have another pay out the money.

The Fiscal stated that the accused’s clerk had absconded and accused refused to give the police his name and address. The Sheriff said that it was a very grave offence and that could not be looked over.


Sunday Service at the old Meikle Earnock graveyard.

Hi folks,

For those of you who have an interest in local history and the Covenanters, there will be a service at the old Meikle Earnock grave yard this Sunday at 3:00 pm. Entrance is at the Millgate Road End.

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Entrance @ Millgate Road



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This Cemetery contains not one stone in remembrance of the local people, including Covenanters and the Miners who were killed there.


Will Conduct the Service

MR. JOHN ROSS, Leader of the Council
Will lay a wreath

Cameronian Picket will be on duty.

MR. DAVID STARK M.B.E. Will Pipe The Lament


Gas Meter Thieves 1929.


Tuesday the 29th of April 1929 two thieves named John Tierney & Andrew Bradshaw were fined at Hamilton Sheriff court after being caught breaking into the cash boxes of gas meters in houses in Burnbank.

John Tierney was a Hawker and resided at 17 George Street and Andrew Bradshaw, who was a Labourer lived at 42 High Blantyre Road. The fiscal said there had been a number of such thefts in Hamilton over the recent months.

Tierney, it was stated was the son of a contractor, and consequently knew of houses which had became unoccupied. Bradshaw, who admitted four previous convictions, was said to be entering into a course of criminality. Bradshaw was fined £3 and Tierney £2.


John Tierney was no stranger to the courts! When I looked a little deeper, I found that in January 1917, he nearly had a local bar owner’s license revoked. Moses Orr, a publican, who lived at Allanshaw Street was charged at the burgh court for contravening the licensing act in 1916, by knowingly permitting John Tierney to be on the licensed premises occupied by the respondent in Glasgow Road on the 2nd of December, while Tierney was in a state of drunkenness.

A plea of not guilty was tendered and evidence was led before provost Moffatt. Sargent Anderson & Constable Bartleman stated that they entered the club bar on at 8:20 on the date in Question and found Tierney steadying himself against a wall. He was helplessly drunk. Moses Orr, questioned by police on the matter, stated that he had put the man out some fifteen minutes before the police entered the bar.

Joseph Bell, a miner from Windsor Street stated that he saw Tierney walk from the bar to the door, where he then fell and lay helplessly. Bell then picked Tierney up and placed him against the wall, where the police found him. He denied that Tierney had been put out before that.
Inspector Clarke deponed that when brought to the police station, Tierney had to be carried.

John Hunter, of 20 George Street, Greenfield, corroborated Bell. The defense was that Tierney had been in the public House for nearly two hours before this happened and had been put out, and that he had returned unknown to the accused, there being a large number in the bar at the time. Several witnesses were called to prove this statement, and the provost eventually found the charge not proven.


In December 1933, again, John Tierney appeared before the fiscal and was charged with stealing coal from Cadzow Colliery. He was residing at 54 Glebe Street. He admitted, along with two other persons stealing 3 cwts of coal.
While the one man threw the coal off a wagon, the other man kept watch for the police. They had managed to steal 3 bags of coal.


Andrew Bradshaw unlike his old pal John seemed to be more of a criminal rather than a petty thief. In March 1897, he appeared at the Hamilton Burgh court before Bailie Strang. He along with William Watson, Walter Richardson, James Muir, John Richardson and John Hunter (Perhaps the same John Hunter who gave evidence at court in 1917) were all charged with having on Wednesday the 23rd of March 1897 in Glasgow Road, Burnbank assaulting a man named Edward Kelly, who was a commission agent.

The six men were all miners and they lived at Greenfield colliery. Edward Kelly lived on Whitehill Road. They robbed him of £14 and were all remanded until the court case.

St. Ninian’s 1990.

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St. Ninian’s 1990.

Pupils at St. Ninian’s Primary entertained their parents & friends to an evening of Scottish poetry, song, drama and dance in June 1990.

The concert, which attracted a capacity audience of around 300 to the school hall, was the culmination to a project on Scotland the children having been doing over a three month period.

Are you one of the kids in the picture? Let us know!

Cleaning up the town.

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28th September 1990.

Kids from Hamilton’s junior HIT – Hillhouse Information for tenants were presented with a cheque for £350 by Hamilton regional councillor Margaret Brogan.

They were also given a camera by constable Ian Broadhurst.

Receiving the gifts were Karen Scott (Left) & Sandra Allan (Right) The teenagers took part in a clean-up campaign in Dunkeld Place & Comrie Crescent and were given the cheque and camera for the work they had done in the area.

Are you one of the kids in the picture? Let us know.

Do you know the people in these pictures.

Hi folks,

I’m looking for some help tracking down relations of this family.

I was contacted by Lori Willmore from Canada who sent some pictures. Lori asked us:

“My Name is Lori Willmore.
My Grandmother Jean Wilson Morrison came to Canada from Hamilton Scotland. I would love to find some living relatives. Are you able to help me?
Thank you.”

Do you recognise any of the people in these pictures? If so can you please let us know.

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Faces from the past.

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Hugh Haney sent us this picture from 1963. Hugh wrote:

“This is a blast fae the past, my auld friend Willie Mcinally whith two legends Hamilton boxer John McCluskey and Dick McTaggart,,

Willy getting a wee trophy at the ripe old age of twelve, this was taken on St Peter’s school field just after the commonwealth games,,

Do you recognise the wee faces in the background,,,, a know”.

Do you see any familiar faces in the picture? Let us know.