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.

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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.

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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.



When McColl’s the newsagents moved premises from the prime location of sitting at the corner of Quarry Street & Cadzow Street, the signage from above the door fell off revealing an old Hamilton name unseen to people for many years.

John Dick was a Hamilton worthy, tobacconist, grocer & shop keeper. He was born in Hamilton to parents William Dick & Jean Wiseman and this family were an average working class one.

He started his working life as a tailor where in 1841 he was working from Quarry Street and for the next 30 years he worked on Quarry Loan & Quarry Street. Between 1871 & 1881 he changes career and becomes a tobacconist.

He married Mary McCallum Sage on the 3rd July 1860 at Hamilton and they had at least one son who was also called John. He died of senile decay on the 27th December 1895. He died at his house at 6 Quarry Street.

John Dick Testate.
His son John was an intelligent man and by the age of 26 he was a school headmaster. John Dick Jr married Agnes Calder Hamilton and between them they had at least three sons, John, James & Kenneth.

James Hamilton Dick, the son of John & Agnes joined the army in September 1914 and enlisted with the Royal Scots fusiliers, where he was awarded the military cross.
For now, I am uncertain of what son or grandson carried on running the shop. But the shop which carried the name John Dick continued to trade for years later.

Do you have a family connection to John Dick the tobacconist? Perhaps you could fill us in on who took over the running of the shop. We will keep the story of John Dick on our ‘to do’ list and will fill in the blanks in due course.

With thanks, to David Hunter for sending us the above picture of the shop.


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August 1990, the railway vaults pool team won the Blantyre & District pool league summer cup. They defeated league champions 6-5 in a closely fought final at Potters pool lounge.

The Railway Vaults received a cheque for £100, a team trophy and individual strophes. The captain of the team Tom Woods, is pictured receiving the trophy from the manager of Potters (Who sponsored the event) Michael Rouse.

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