Thomas Hamilton & Helen Lochore.

Thomas Hamilton.

Seeing old faces from the past is really great if you find out that you are related to the people in them. This picture was taken in December 1946 and in the picture, we have Mr Thomas Hamilton & Helen Lochore who in this year were celebrating their Dimond wedding anniversary.

Thomas & Helen were born and bred in Hamilton, they were natives of the Ducal Town and they lived in the Hamilton their whole lives and between them they had 9 children, 7 of whom survived to adulthood. They had 12 grandchildren & 7 great grandchildren, so there is every chance that their descendants still live in the town today.

For their Dimond wedding anniversary in 1946 they held their party at the Liberal Club Rooms on Brandon Street where they shared their day with their friends and family.

When they married they lived at Helens house at 3 Fore Row where they spent most of their years and in 1946 they lived at 142 Almada Street and Thomas who was very well known in the town and was a ‘Kenspeckle’ figure in junior football circles. He spent all of his working life working for the Hamilton Advertiser working in the print room. When he retired early in 1929 he had given 51 year’s service to the Hamilton Advertiser.

Thomas was secretary of the Lanarkshire junior football association for 48 years and Lanarkshire junior league secretary from the beginning of the first world war until 1939.

They had two sons who lost their lives in the great war of 1914-1918.

The parents of Thomas were called James Hamilton who was a Joiner & his mother was called Margaret Polson. When Thomas married he lived at the family home which was at 5 Park Road.


Margaret Polson.
Margaret Polson.


Helen Lochore’s parents were called John Lochore who was a Handloom Weaver & Helen Millar.

Hamiltopn Wedding.

Are you a descendant of Thomas & Helen? If you are, then let us know where in the world you live now.



Girnin Weaver.


This quaint old panel was originally embedded in the stonework above the door of the brother Hosie’s bookbinders shop, which once stood on the same site of the former Regal Cinema, Now a carpark on Townhead Street.

The inscription read “The airt of weaving is renowned so, that rich nor poor without it cannot go”

Beneath the inscription are three heads with shuttles in their mouths which probably gave rise to the sobriquet of “The Girnin Weavers”

In November 1946 the old stone panel was housed in the back garden of the house at 40 Auchingrammont Road. In 1946 the house was owned by Mr T. Anderson.

Another interesting antiquity that was stored in the back garden of Mr Anderson in 1946 was a 20 Foot Oak Beam taken from the old Hamilton Grammar School which once stood in Grammar School Square. The old wooden beam was “Ornamented” with the initials and names of the schoolboys bearing the date of 1826.

In May last year, I paid a visit to the house of 40 Auchingrammont Road to see if the stone was still there. The family who lived there were very accommodating and they gave me a tour of their lovely house and garden. Sadly the old stone panel and the old beam are no longer there, so perhaps the said Mr A. Anderson from 1946 had taken these items with him when he moved away.

Do you know where the old stone tablet is? Perhaps it is in your garden or built on to your house as a showpiece? Or do you know the whereabouts of the old wooden beam from the old Grammar school is?

If you do then please let us know, we would like to see this old bit of Hamilton History that once stood in Townhead Street and the old Hamilton Grammar.


Hamilton Skeleton.

Last week we heard the news that the Giant of Hamilton will be returning to our town after being on display in Texas for the past 15 years.

The giant skeleton which was uncovered at Brackenhill Farm back in 2003 is to be put on display at the Low Parks Museum this summer and it is expected to attract large numbers of people from all over the UK.

It is thought that the term ‘do you think that you’re a big man’ originates from the finding of the Hamilton Giant.

The Giant of Brackenhill is thought to be a distinct breed of ‘Big Man’ who lived in Hamilton 3,000 years ago! There are still to this day descendants who claim to be ‘A Big Man’ that live in Hamilton, however, this turned out to be just a myth.

What are your thoughts on the Giant Skeleton? Let us know!


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Four prosecutions against Hamilton shopkeepers, at the instance of John Millar, who was the inspector for the burgh of shops act were disposed of in the Hamilton Sheriff court on Tuesday the 24th of February 1915.
Two were for keeping the premises open for the transaction of business after seven o’clock at, night, and two were for being open on Christmas Day after one o’clock in the afternoon. The prosecutions were conducted by Walter Henderson. Deputy Town Clerk.
The first case called was that of John Woods who charged with keeping his shop at 216 Low-waters open after seven on, Friday, January 19th contrary to the Butchers and Fleshers Closing Order.
He pleaded guilty, and Mr Donald C Orr, Writer explained that the case was a very narrow one. While the woman in the shop had been served 10 minutes after 7 o’ clock, she had actually entered the shop before the closing hour.
The Sheriff asked if a shopkeeper was not entitled to serve a customer who entered his shop before the time of closing. Mr Henderson replied in the affirmative but added that what Mr Orr stated was not his information.
The customer had entered the shop 7.12, and when a constable, who had followed, asked the shopkeeper if he knew what tame was. He had replied a quarter past seven. Henderson added that there had been some trouble in the district because two or three shopkeepers were keeping open after hours.
The Closing Order had been obtained at the direct request of the butchers themselves, and it was rather an expensive business issuing such Order. Sheriff Shennan remarking it was unfair to the other shopkeepers remain open after hours, imposed fine of £1, with the option of five day’s imprisonment.
William Andrews, another butcher of 226 Low-waters, pleaded guilty to a similar offence the same date. Mr Orr having been heard on behalf of the respondent had the same penalty of £1 or five days imprisonment was imposed.
James Marshall of 599 Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow, who was the manager to William Marshall & Co, boot makers in Quarry Street, Hamilton, was charged with keeping open on Christmas Day after one o’clock, contrary the Shops Act and the Burgh of Hamilton Non-Exempted Shops Order.
Mr J. Edmonds, writer. Hamilton, tendering a plea of guilty for respondent, stated that he was a manager for a firm which had shops in many towns including Hamilton. The weekly half-holiday was Wednesday, but at Christmas week the respondent had overlooked the fact that Hamilton was an exception for that week, having decided to open on Christmas Day.
Margaret Boyd or Orr admitted to having her shop premises 142 Low-waters open after one o’clock Christmas day. Mr Ritchie, a writer, explained that while respondent should have been closed at the libelled for the sale of toys and knick-knacks, she had the right remain open for the sale of aerated waters, papers, and confections.
She was in the act of selling a sixpenny doll to a girl when an officer entered, and, on pointing out her mistake, she once took back the doll and gave the girl back her money.
The Sheriff (with a smile) stated the respondent was entitled to be two-thirds open. Mr Ritchie even more; I think she had a seven-eighths opening. (Laughter in the court). The Prosecutor admitted that this was not a flagrant case, but still the respondent had not the Closing Order notice exhibited in her shop. A modified fine of 6s was imposed.


Jimmy Hamilton

Jimmy Hamilton needs no introduction on here and people have many fond memories of him. He was very much a part of Hamilton and he was fully integrated into our community.
There is not much that I can tell you about him that you don’t already know, but I will tell you what I do know and hopefully I can keep his memory alive.
Jimmy Hamilton had a few nicknames, the better-known one was ‘Steak Pie’ Jimmy and the other ones were safety pin & Castor Oil, the latter name which he absolutely hated.
He was known as Steak Pie Jimmy because of the many funerals which he attended in Hamilton, people said that he only attended funerals because he enjoyed the food at them, but this was not the case! In fact, Jimmy was a real “People Person” and he loved nothing more than to go out in the town and socialise with people and there was no better place to mingle with old friends and acquaintances, but a funeral.
He was such a character, that he even brought his own knife and fork, which he carried in his coat pocket. He was also invited to weddings and parties because he was such good fun to be around.
It wasn’t uncommon for people from opposite ends of Hamilton to say I bumped into wee Jimmy the day! Jimmy seemed to be everywhere on a daily basis and sometimes he could have been reported sitting drinking tea at lots of cafes in the town within hours of each other.
He often went to the Salvation Army and he came to many cafes in Hamilton, where he would put his hand in his pocket and pull out a hand full of coppers to pay for his fags and tea, however, Jimmy’s coppers were often refused, and he was given his tea and fags for free.
When he left the cafes, he would go to the Corals the Bookies to have a blether with the staff and when he had been out and about he loved a game of Dominos at the pubs, he couldn’t read or understand the numbers, but he loved the company. In Jimmy’s world, he was descended from the Dukes of Hamilton, but he was the Black sheep of the family and the Duke never spoke to him.
He was loved by many people in the town and nowadays I can’t think of anyone who comes close to this Hamilton character. So, let’s keep wee Steak Pie Jimmy’s memory alive and tell us your stories of Jimmy Hamilton.

Hamilton’s Sons and Daughters .

Hamilton’s Sons and Daughters

Written for Historic Hamilton by Kit Duddy.

Hamilton’s sons and daughters
settled within it’s nest, take stock
of what surrounds you this is your
lifelong test.

Milestones are carved, deep in
your subconscious there, but monuments to your past will
die while you sit upon
your chair.

Progress is always marching
sometimes it’s not in step,
demolishing our buildings
which in truth we should
have kept.

One way streets are like merry
go rounds when our planners
have their day, I’m sure it’s
just their children designed
it while at play.

If we are to lose our history
then why can’t the world be
told, this is Hamilton Town
our new buildings must be

Changes are our future as
they were in times gone bye,
why can’t we have a Hamilton
whose beauty makes you sigh.

Kit Duddy.