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This picture was published in a Hamilton paper in 1972 and it was telling the story of people from Burnbank. The picture was sent to the paper by a M. Justin.

Mr T Duffy from 108 High Blantyre Road, Burnbank identified the local people in 1972, he wrote:

The picture shown was taken in May 1940 and it was in the back garden at 113 High Blantyre Road, then the home of the late Mr & Mrs Alf McEwan. Mr Duffy & his wife were married three weeks after the picture was taken and on the day that it was announced that France had capitulated to the Germans on June 17, 1940.

It shows, from left to right, in the back row: Miss Mary Cumming (Later Mrs. Blezard, Now Deceased 1972), Miss Mary Graham of Almada Street, now Mrs. McLachlan, resident in Australia. Mr T Duffy (Now a retired insurance man 1972) and Mrs Duffy (Then Miss Ina McEwan)

The two girls at the front of the picture were L-R, Miss Margaret McEwan (Now Mrs Higgins) who resided at 113 High Blantyre Road and Miss Theresa McEwan (Now Mrs Cormack) who resides at Blackpool.

Do you have any pictures from the 1940s that you would like to share? Send them to us and we will share with all at Historic Hamilton.

Glenlee Swimmers win Burgh Trophy.


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Glenlee Swimmers win Burgh Trophy.

In January 1974, the kids from Glenlee Primary won the McGregor swimming Trophy for schoolboys.

They won first prize and it was reported a month later in a Hamilton paper because of emergency fuel regulations prevented deliveries of the paper being distributed.

Do you recognise anyone in the picture? If you do, then let us know.

Archie Hawkins & Mary Flynn 1929.

Capture Archie Hawkins & Mary Flynn.

Caroline Murray sent Historic Hamilton a picture of her Granny and Di which she believed was taken in 1929, and she asked if we could share it with everyone. As always, we are looking for your old family photos and stories to document and keep in our archives.

I wanted to do a wee bit more for Caroline, and I decided to look in to her family’s Ancestry to see what I could find.

Caroline’s Di was named Archie Hawkins, a coal miner from Blantyre and he was born on the 10th of June 1905 at the family home of 44 Calder Street. He was the son of Thomas Hawkins who was also a coal miner and Mary McNair. Archie’s Father Thomas, was an educated man because when his son was born he personally signed his name on the Birth Certificate. A lot of people at this time could not read or write and they signed things with a X.

Staying with the Hawkins family Archie’s parents, who would be Caroline’s Great Grandparents were married at Blantyre on the 30th of August 1901, and they lived in Blantyre the rest of their days. Sadly, Caroline’s Great Grandfather Thomas, died at the age of 35 on the 11th of August 1916, and the cause of his death was cancer of the stomach. Caroline’s great grandmother Mary McNair had at least three children with her great grandfather Thomas, and they were called Janet, Thomas and her Grandfather Archie.

As you can imagine these would have been tough times for Caroline’s Great Grandmother so she later re-married to a local man named James Glen who was also a Coal Miner. This man James Glen died in Blantyre in the year 1932 and he was 61 years old and she is left a widow once again.

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Caroline’s great Grandmother Mary McNair died at the age 71 on the 21st of November 1947, and she died at her house which was 9 Wallace Place in Blantyre.

When I looked at Caroline’s 2 x Great Grandparents – still staying on the Hawkins side of the family, they were called Robert Hawkins and Elizabeth Fortheringham and they were a family from Hamilton. They married on the 31st of December 1873, at the Hamilton Roman Catholic Chapel. Robert was a Carter and Elizabeth was a Farm Servant.
Caroline’s 3 x Great Grandparents were called Robert Hawkins & Grace Baillie who were born around the year 1855.

Going back to Caroline’s Di and Granny I found that they married on the 18th of July 1927, at the Roman Catholic chapel in Burnbank. After they were married they moved to 184 Glasgow Road, where they started their own family and soon after they had 8 children who were, Thomas, Patrick, Archie, Robert, Mary, Barbara, Elizabeth and Jenny.

Mary Flynn was a Burnbank girl who at the time was working as a Brick Worker. When they met, Archie was living at 16 Miller Street in Blantyre and Mary was living at 26 Bertram Street in Burnbank with her parents.

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I found that Caroline’s Great Grandparents were called Patrick Flynn and Mary Ann Connelly and Patrick was working as a Coal Miner and Mary was a domestic servant. Patrick was also a Blantyre man and his address when he married was 51 McAlpine’s Buildings and Mary Ann was living at 130 Glasgow Road.

Patrick and Mary Ann later lived in Burnbank, and their address was 36 Hill Street, and in 1965 Patrick was now working as a Haulage Motorman. Mary Ann died on the 12th of September 1965, at Cleland County Hospital.

On the Flynn side of the family Caroline’s 2 x Great Grandparents were called John and Mary Flynn, Mary’s surname was also the same as her maiden name, and John was working as a foundry Labourer. On the Connelly side of the family Caroline’s 2 x Great grandparents were John Connelly and Catherine Weaver. John was working as a Brick layer.

Flynn Family Tree.

I spoke to Caroline a bit further about her family and she was telling us that her Grandad’s nephew was called Tommy Hawkins, and Tommy had been the person who sculpted the depiction of Christ at Bothwell castle.

Caroline, I hope that I have given you a small insight in to your family History and thank you again for sharing your picture of your Grandparents.

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If any of our readers would like to share their old family photos then we would love to see them. Please send us your pictures and stories and we will share with all at Historic Hamilton.

Nora MacDonald Fabric Shop.

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Nora MacDonald Fabric Shop.

Nora MacDonald’s shop was situated on Glasgow Road in Burnbank and it was across from the Old Greenfield School.

Minutes Made chip shop one side, and Jimmy Mitchell’s pet shop was at the other. Nora lived in Kenilworth Crescent in the Jungle.

The date the shop opened is unknown to me but it was closed down in 1971 by compulsory purchase from the council.

The picture is courtesy of Linda Reid who is Nora’s daughter and was sent to Burnbank Banter in June 2013.

What are your memories of Nora MacDonald’s fabric Shop on Glasgow Road? Let us Know!

Bet, ye mind,,,,,,

Bet, ye mind,,,,,


A wis lookin oot the windae the day n’ thirs nae wains a taw’ oot tae play,,
Then a started thinkin aboot whit oor streets wur like way back in the day,,
Thir wis wains came fae awe ower the schemes, be it hail, rain, sleet ur snaw,,
The wee lassies wae thir skippy ropes, n’ the wee boys wid be kickin’ a baw,,
The bestest times wur whin the lassies wur skippin’ n’ started singin’ a wee song,,
Ye kin bet a poun tae a penny, thit awe the ither wans, wid join in before very long,,
Wan potato, two potato, three potato, four, a bet ye mind a that wan, n’ many, more,,
A still see thim in ma minds eye, “skippin n’ singin’ n’ playin thir games galore,,
Skinny malinky long legs, big banana feet, went tae the picturs’ couldnae git a seat,,
Then the wee wains wae thir dolls, singin’ be baw babbity, that was realy sweet,,,
Three wee craws sittin oan a wa’ “ma maws a millionaire” a mind that wan anaw,,,
Ally bally, ally bally be, Sittin’oan yir mammys knee, noo, that wan wis awfy braw,,,
Well, see us wee boys hid wur “durty wans” Mrs Mc quiddy’ comes intae ma mind,,
Bit noo we cannie sing them wee songs any mair,cause they wid be far too unkind,
Chap the door n’ run away, “peever, n’ kick the can” oh aye n’ lets play hide n’ seek,,
A mind whin a gote a wee bit aulder, ‘kiss cuddle ur torture’ a wis sore fur a week,,,

(A love a lassie, a bonnie heelan lassie )

The above poem was written for Historic Hamilton by Hugh Hainey,

The Burnbank Bolt Works 1931.

The Burnbank Bolt works 1931.


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In the picture are girls from the Burnbank Bolt Factory. This picture was taken in 1931 and was sent to us by Paul McCarroll.

Paul told us: “My Granny is bottom row 3rd from left and her name was Martha Mccarroll (maiden name Strachan) and her sister Rose Cox (maiden name also Strachan) is first on the right bottom row with some girls arm around her.”

Paul, thank you for sending us this fantastic picture of a bygone era. Many people worked at the Burnbank Bolt Works. The factory holds many good memories for people and i know this because people speak about the Bolt Works all the time on Historic Hamilton.

Share your memories of the Bolt Works or even better, do you have an old picture from inside the Burnbank Bolt works? If you do, then send it to us and we will share it with everyone on Historic Hamilton.

Auld Pals,,


Auld Pals,,

Written for Historic Hamilton by Hugh Hainey.

A wis gonnie tell ye a story aboot auld “Hillhoose” the fifty feet n’ the strawberry bing,
Bit jist as a wis writin it doon a gote a chapp it the door n’ that changed everything,
There wis a an auld pal stawnin there, a wee guy thit a hivnae see fur nearly fifty years,
The reason am tellin this is cause it’s youre fault “Historic Hamilton” fur bringin happy tears,,
A worked wae him in ” Liptons” In Hamilton, bit the wee manager wis always in a sulk,,
Ye know wannae them wee numtys’ he didnae like me wan bit, n’ hid a face thit curdled mulk,
“Am sick of yous’ twos’ carry oan” wae yir music blarin’ “yir seperatin” then, a bitter pill,,’
Willie, youre stayin in this shop wae me, n’ you, aye, you “yir gittin deported tae Bellshill”
He came doon tae see me cause his sister hid seen ma wee rantins’ on yir great site,
Him n’ “Mary Doll” n’ ma kids, hid gote the gither oan that “FACEACHE” n’he turned up friday night,
Am no kiddin’ when a say that surprised wisnae the word, ma hert jumped up, n’ a couldae swally”
Efter awe the years n’ some sheddin of tears thanks tae you a seen ma auld pal WILLIE MCINALLY,