Famous Voice records a video for Historic Hamilton.

One of our readers is none other than Davie Hutton who is a local business man based in Glasgow, he owns the company Quick Sale and he buys and sells houses.

For our overseas readers and you haven’t heard of him, Davie does his own American style adverts and his voice is heard on the radio every day and he brings comedy to the radio airwaves.


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Historic Hamilton featured on the Daily record’s website today.

Hi Folks,

Today, the Hamilton Advertisers story has featured on the Daily Records website. We are trying to keep the focus on the Mausoleum and keep people talking about it. For our readers here and overseas, can you please click the link and have a read.

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https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/history-buff-behind-historic-hamilton-20713049?fbclid=IwAR0y4N7eF2vNzgXome0Sct6Q4t_vM2I-__9mvTZ7VHE3V1JOSGwi2Rc3XJA

SAVE OUR MAUSOLEUM.

Hi folks,

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Following on from our pictures of the Mausoleum & Mausoleum Cottage last Sunday, the Hamilton Advertiser contacted Historic Hamilton to help continue their support to save the Mausoleum.

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Tomorrow I will be appearing on page 4 of the Advertiser to keep the momentum going and tell everyone what the Mausoleum means to me. I’m sure that the readers of Historic Hamilton who live all around the world will back us and join the fight to stop the Mausoleum fall in to more disrepair.

To become a member of saving the Mausoleum, please visit the groups Facebook page and fill out a membership form. Or get in touch with the man who started the focus on the Mausoleum, Bob Reid. He can be reached on rangerbobreid@gmail.com.

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HAMILTON POETRY FROM 1895.

Published on Friday the 7th June 1895.

This poem which I recently discovered was written by a lady named Lizzy Smith. Lizzy lived in Meikle Earnock village in 1895 and I get the feeling that she was quite the character. I also must admit that in this period, Lizzy’s poem is the first which I have stumbled across which was written by a woman, as most poems seem to have been written and sent to the local newspaper by men. So, she was probably quite a head strong woman.

For me, this poem is a real gem and I am so happy that I found it, because Lizzy not only tells us of what life was like in 1895 but she tells us in the language of the day, how the old Hamiltonian’s spoke and of the people who were alive in this period and we hear old family names being mentioned. So, here is Lizzie Smith’s poem, in her own words.
THE PLOOMANS BALL.

By Lizzy Smith 1895.

In Meikle Earnock’s ancient toon,
Leaves Wullie Smith a cairter loon,
And a bonny day in June,
He met a lass,
Wha, search the country side aroun,
Nae coo’d surpass.

Her beauty, elegance, and grace,
Her bonnie lauchin, winsome face,
Garr’d ither chiels join in the chase,
Her he’rt to win,
But Willie did them a’ ootrace,
And steppit in.

At least he thocht that first he’d been,
But he like plenty mair, I ween,
Was sae in love wi Bonnie Jean,
He couldna’ see,
What ithers a’ alang hsd seen,
She’d twa or three.

He geid her presents o’ the best,
And day nor night he couldna rest,
But thocht himsel uncommon blest,
That thus had got,
His bonnie dear to answer yes,
To share his lot.

And thus wore by the summer time,
And trees and floers were past their prime,
And autumn wi’ its days sae fine,
Had bid adiew,
And grass was wat wi hoary rime,
Instead o’ dew.

Twas then took place the ploomen ball,
Whan fully fifteen couples all,
Were gathered in the spacious hall,
At Chapel Farm,
Which as ye ken, baith young and auld,
Is just the barn.

Twa just to pas the time a wee,
Or else a wee but fun tae see,
Or something else that prompted me,
That night tae gang,
But this is hoo, without a lee,
They got alang.

Gibb Berry, wia lass ca’d Nell,
Thocht nane were as guid’s himsel,
But the truth I was to tell,
I’d say that he,
Doon in the dirt had aften fell,
At mony a spree.

Jock Watson, in his Sunday claes,
As fresh as daises on the braes,
And een as black as ony slaes,
Was there on’ a’,
And aye himsel he tried to rise,
An inch or twa.

For he was swalled wi conscious pride,
And that’s a fact he couldna hide,
And Maggie Rankin by his side,
Was unco mim,
And blushed as sweet as only bride,
And looked at him,

And next a chap, they ca’ him Will,
He’s servin’ up at Cornhill,
He danced and jumped aboot until,
His heid grew dizzy,
And teen joined in wi’ right guid Will,
That winsome hizzy.

But by my sang, he didna think,
As he wi’ Teen that nicht did link,
Pair chap, that he was on the brink,
O’ being jookit;
The stallion man gied her the wink,
And aff they hookit.

Frae Craigenhill there next cam Dan,
An honest and a manly man,
Wi a hizzy o’ the Fifer Clan,
Tho’ somewhat soor,
I think she had made up a plan,
To look aye dour.

Of course for me it widna dae,
To name them a’ in sie a way,
For the truth to tell, its hard to say,
They’d tak’t amiss,
My very life they’d swear to hae,
For writin this.

O’ this discourse I’ve lost the threed,
Bur then it is a lengthy screed,
And sie a Jumble’s in my heid,
O’ mirth and fun,
And then that glorious midnicht feed,
It took the bun.

The time gaed by wi’ mirth and glee,
A’ things were there to catch the e’e,
There was rowth o’ pastries, cakes and tea,
Pankakes and bannocks,
And some they ate sae greedily,
They fyled their stammacks.

A chap who happened to be there,
Got up on tae the barn flair,
And wi’ a voice baith sweet and rare,
Made echoes ring,
Wi’ Norah’s pride o’ sweet Kildare,
Feth he could sing.

But quately speaking, tween me and you,
Twas chappies in the royal blue,
Could shift a pickle mountain dew,
Doon ower their neck,
And everything that cam’ in view,
They took their wheck,

The man wi’ feet was there an ‘,
I’m shair they’re onything but sma,
Twelve inches lang and ither twa,
I’m shair they’d be,
Sis feet as them I never saw,
At ony spree.

And Jean, she sang a sang sae sweet,
To hear her was a perfect treat,
There’s na compeers,
She finished and then took her seat,
Mid deefenin cheers.

And thus, wi mony a dance and sang,
The lightsome hoors they sped aland,
The guid Scotch drink was dealt amang,
The ploomen chiels,
And aye their sturdy legs they flang,
At jigs and reels.

But everything maun hae en end,
And sae maun balls, as well ye ken,
Oor several ways we a’ did wend,
Just as daybreak,
For fear oor maisters we’d offend,
And get the seck.

Then here’s a health to guid John Mackie,
He did his best tae mak; us happy,
He was sae droll and aye sae crackie,
He cheered us on,
When I gang up I’ll tak’ a drappie,
And drink’t wi John.
Meikle Earnock Lizzie Smith.

This poem was probably written just after the party in the barn ended. The barn dance could have been a once a year event that took place in the summer, where the hard working ploughmen had a chance to go out and meet some nice girls and also in turn, the young girls some allowed to go and by the sound of the poem, some that went without their parents knowing.

The barn dance sounded like a community event where old and young enjoyed each other’s company and it could have been a bit like a gala day. So, a day and night out, that all looked forward to.

I wanted to find out more about Lizzy Smith, so I decided to do some research and luckily for me, there was only one person called Elizabeth Smith who lived in Meikle Earnock in 1895 and here is what I found.

Lizzie, or Elizabeth Smith was only nineteen when she wrote this poem. She was born in Glasgow on the 7th of August 1876 to parents Hugh Smith & Mary Sweeny. The family lived at Haggshouse Farm in Kinning Park, Glasgow where Lizzie’s father was working as a ploughman. Her father then moved the family to Blantyre, where he was now working as a greengrocer.

In Blantyre, Lizzie and her family lived at Aitkenhead Buildings and Lizzie worked along with her father as a green grocer’s assistant, but the their time at Blantyre was short lived as they then moved to Meikle Earnock, where Lizzie’s dad was now working back on a farm and working as a cow feeder.

When the family lived at Meikle Earnock, there was another family that went by the name of Cuthbertson and I will come to this soon and let you know why I have mentioned this.
Lizzie Smith was now working most likely at the same farm as her father. Her farther was the cow feeder on this farm and Lizzie, just like she did at the green grocers in Blantyre worked side by side with her father and she was working as a dairy maid. I get the feeling that Lizzie and Hugh had a close father daughter relationship.

On the 9th of December 1898 Lizzie married a Cambusnethan man who went by the name of James Gilchrist. James who was a coal miner worked in various places including Muirkirk in Ayrshire, Ormiston in East Lothian, Tranent, East Lothian and then back to Hamilton. This man’s father was a coal miner just like him and it is unknown why the family lived in mining communities scattered all over Scotland, perhaps his father was blacklisted by the colliery owners, but this is just a guess.

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The marriage with James produced seven children and sadly two died in infancy, but this was not a happy marriage. On the 11th of June 1913 James files for divorce from Lizzie, now there was probably more to this, but the reason given was that Lizzie was talking of another man while she slept and when confronted by James, she confessed to have been unfaithful.
By the time of the divorce, James was living in Hamilton at 9 Windsor Terrace on Bothwell Street and Lizzie was living at Whitecraighead in Cleland. I found a newspaper report printed in the Motherwell Times on Friday the 13th of June 1913 which stated:

“MOTHERWELL DIVORCE CASE. Betrayed by Talking- in Sleep.

The story of how a woman betrayed herself in her sleep was narrated in the Court of Session on Saturday last. James Gilchrist, miner, Orchard Cottage, Bellshill, sought divorce from wife, Elizabeth Horne Smith or Gilchrist, Whitecraighead, Cleland, by Motherwell, and Thomas Lindsay, mason, ’station Cottage, Muirkirk, was called as the co-defender.

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The pursuer said the marriage was solemnized in 1898, and there were five surviving children. The co-defender had been a lodger in the house. One Sunday in
April 1912, when they were then living at Strathaven, the pursuer heard his wife talking in her sleep.

She was carrying a conversation with someone to whom’ she was heard to say: “This would have to be their last meeting and that it would be better to separate.”

The preceding week had found a letter sent by Lindsay to his wife, in which he said that he was uneasy in his mind. When he taxed his wife, whom he awoke, she admitted having had relations with the co-defender. She subsequently signed an admission, of misconduct. After some further evidence, decree was granted to the pursuer on the ground of the defender’s infidelity”.

After the divorce, Lizzie moved back to Meikle Earnock in Hamilton. Her dad Hugh had died on the 16th of March 1910 at his house in Hollandbush Cottage. If I were to take a guess about one of the reasons as to why Lizzie was not happy in her marriage, then it could have been a lack of compassion from her husband, or perhaps she was so close to her dad that she may possibly of had a bit of depression after his death, however, this is only what could have happened and I do not have any evidence to back this up.

After Lizzie moved back to Meikle Earnock, she met a man named Robert Cuthbertson, who was a widower. It appears that Lizzie and Robert were old acquaintances and they knew each other in their younger years, and it appears that they were childhood sweethearts. Robert lived at Meikle Earnock at the same time as Lizzie when she was living in the village.
They married on the 21st of June 1913 in St. Rollox in Glasgow, the reason as to why they married here is unclear, however, they did continue to live at Meikle Earnock after the wedding. They lived at Croft Cottage right up to May 1921, where they decided to leave Meikle Earnock and indeed Scotland forever.

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On the 21st of May 1921 the couple boarded a passenger ship and left for Sydney, Australia. Travelling with them are Robert’s sons James, Malcolm and his daughter’s Mary & Nancy and Lizzie’s son Hugh. They saw out the rest of their days in Australia and Robert lived to the ripe old age of 89 where he died in Nowra, New South Wales on the 18th of June 1962.

Lizzie died only seven months after her husband passed away. She died at the same place on the 12th of January 1963.

What started of a poem written in a local news paper turned into a story of a strong lady who had her ups and downs in life. Lizzie Smith from Meikle Earnock emigrated to Australia and she now has family connections on each side of the world. I wonder if what we write today will have someone reading about it in another 125 years. Also, I would love to go to a party in a big barn, I wonder if the local farmers around Hamilton still have parties like this? Below is a picture of Lizzie Smith.

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Written by Garry McCallum
Historic Hamilton.

WW2 ID Cards.

Tom Kelly sent us an I.D. Card that was issued during the war.

Tom Kelly ID Card

The government introduced National Registration Identity Cards in World War II. Everyone, including children, had to carry an identity (ID) card at all times to show who they were and where they lived. The identity card gave the owner’s name and address, including changes of address. Each person was allocated a National Registration number and this was written in the top right hand corner on the inside of the card. The local registration office stamped the card to make it valid.

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The identity card belonged to Thomas W Kelly who lived in 60 Beckford Street in Hamilton. Further information on the card stated that Thomas had recently moved to 56 Eskdale Terrace in Bonnyrigg (Perhaps due to the war?) and later to 80 Elmbank Crescent. It was issued in 1948 when the blue card was introduced for adults. The card had an expiry date of 23rd of September 1964. Until then, adult identity cards had been brown, the same colour as children’s cards. (Government officials had green ID cards with a photograph.)

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On the back of cards for children and young people under 16 was space for the parent or guardian to sign. The parent or guardian was responsible for looking after the child’s identity card, and producing it when required.

Thank you Tom for sending this in, Perhaps you could tell us more about it. Garry,

 

RICHARDSON FAMILY TREE.

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RICHARDSON FAMILY TREE.
 
I was contacted by Kevin Cunning at the start of the month and Kevin asked if any of the readers on Historic Hamilton knew any of his family. Kevin asked us: “Hi there, I was hoping that maybe, some of my family will be members of this page? John Richardson was on my Gran’s side and he was known for walking about with his sheepdogs’ Whiston cap”.
 
I put out a post and unfortunately, we couldn’t confirm if any of Kevin’s family were on the page. We did find that there were Richardson’s who lived around the Eddlewood area, so I then asked Kevin what he knew about his family so that I could dig a little deeper and Kevin could only tell me a few small details about who his grandparents were and that he wasn’t too sure about who his great-grandparents were.
 
Kevin also asked a family member who told him that there was a John & Susan Richardson (Nee Lawson) and that there was also the name Frew, so wanting to help Kevin, I decided to have a look at Kevin’s Ancestry. Kevin, here’s what I found.
 
Like many families in Hamilton, yours came from a strong coal mining community and I found that your most of your great grandfathers came to the town for employment and all from different areas in Scotland.
 
I started with the Cunning side of your family and in this family line, unfortunately, I could only trace your Grandfather, who as you know was called Andrew Cunning. He was born in Glasgow in 1925 at Garnagadhill (An old name, but now known as Royston or Roystonhill). I believe that your Great Grandfather on the Cunning side was also called Andrew, but now I can’t confirm this.
 
In 1945 Andrew married your Grandmother at Provan and your Grandmother was called Isabella Davies Richardson.
Isabella Davies Richardson was born in Hamilton in 1926 and on this side of the family, your Great Grandparents were called John Richardson & Susan Lawson.
 
They were married on the 22nd of February 1923 at the Bent hall on Glebe Street in Hamilton and when your great-grandfather was married, he was working as a Colliery Lamp Lighter. Staying with this family, your great grandfather was born in 1898 at Shotts and his parents (Your 2x Great Grandparents) were called John Irving Richardson & Agnes Frew.
 
John & Agnes Married at 95 Bent Road in Hamilton on the 4th of June 1897. John was a coal miner and he married Agnes, who was a Hamilton girl and Your 2 x Great Grandparents settled in Hamilton. John Irving Richardson was born on the 20th of October 1872 at Johnsfield, Drysdale, Dumfriesshire and this is where your Richardson family originated from.
 
I managed to trace this side of your family back to your 3 x Great Grandparents who were called John Richardson & Marion Irving. I found that John had various jobs as I traced him through the years. He was a Ploughman, a Farm Servant and then a Road Surfaceman. He married Marion Irving on the 5th of December 1865 at Closeburn, Dumfriesshire.
Drysdale, Dumfriesshire.
As I traced this side of your family, again I discovered that your 4 X Great Grandparents were called Joseph Richardson & Margaret Rogerson. They lived around the Lochmaben area, however, as we were venturing too far out of Hamilton, I then decided to concentrate on other members of your family tree.
 
Going back to your 2 x Great Grandmother Agnes Frew, as I stated, she was a Hamilton Girl. She was born at Hamilton in 1879 and her parents (Your 3x Great Grandparents) were called Alexander Frew & Agnes McGregor. They all lived in a part of Hamilton which I have never heard of, It was Called ‘New Mill’ and I believe that this area was between Eddlewood & Meikle Earnock. Alexander was born in Kilsyth c1850 and Agnes was born c1855 at Hamilton.
 
If we stay with Agnes, we then move on to your 4x Great Grandparents, who were also Hamiltonians and their names were Alexander McGregor & Ann McAdam. Alexander & Ann had at least nine children. Alexander was a Corn Miller and his farm & home at New Mill were owned by the Duke of Hamilton.
 
Alexander was born at the tiny hamlet of Dalserf in c1801 and he married your 4 x Great Grandmother Ann McAdam at Killearn on the 26th of January 1833. Kevin, I did manage to go back another generation in this family line and that was your 5x Great Grandparents, who were called Robert McGregor & Agnes Flint. Robert born at Stirling c1769 & Agnes born at Uphall, West Lothian c1768. Your 5 x Great Grandfather seems to have moved around quite a lot as he had kids born in places like Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton, Dalserf and Denny. I would assume that this was because of his occupation.
 
Kevin, if we can go back to your Great Grandmother Susan Lawson, I can now tell you about this side of the family. So, Susan was born in Hamilton c1901 and her parents (your 2 x Great Grandparents) were called William Lawson & Isabella Davies.
 
William was born at Stevenson in Ayrshire and he worked as a Coal Miner. Your 2 x Great Grandmother Isabella Davies was born in 1875 at Kilbirnie and before she met William, she was previously married to a man named Alexander Kerr whom she had three sons.
 
Her first husband died of TB on the 5th of January 1900 at 1 Glebe Street and as I told you earlier, she remarried your 2 X Great Grandfather William in December 1901. I also have a picture of your 2 x Great Grandmother Isabella, please see below.
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In the picture are: (Isabella young widow of Alexander Kerr. Sitting on her knee Alexander Kerr. Hugh Kerr standing. William Kerr sitting.) None of the kids is your Great Grandfather, they are all Alexanders sons.
 
Your 3 x Great Grandparents were called Hugh Davies & Isabella McMenemie and again, they lived out with Hamilton at Kilbirnie. Hugh & Isabella married at Kilbirnie on the 30th of April 1872. Again, Hugh was a Coal Miner and moved from Kilbirnie to Hamilton between 1881 & 1891. Between them, they had at least ten children. Your 3 X Great Grandmother Isabella died in Hamilton in 1898, she was 45 years old.
 
Keeping with this side of your family, your 4 X great Grandparents were called James Davies & Mary Shields. James was a Tailor. Again, I also found that your 5 X Great grandparents were called William Davies (1792-186) & Susana Wylie (1794-1872). Again, this is as far as my research will stretch as the families are not connected with Hamilton.
 
Kevin, I started this by telling you that your ancestors came to Hamilton mainly because of the coal mines. This is what brought thousands of families to the town! I hope that what I have provided has given you a good insight into your roots and no doubt I have left you with more questions than answers!
 
The research that I have done on your family is just the basics and as I tell everyone, taking up genealogy is a fantastic hobby and if you do decide to take up this hobby, then you will uncover much more about your family.

25579 Michael Tonner McNamee (MM) (Private) – Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment) 17th Battalion.

Michael McNamee WM.

25579 Michael Tonner McNamee (MM) (Private) – Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment) 17th Battalion.

My relative Michael McNamee died of wounds on the 19th of October 1918 at No 2 Canadian Casualty Clearance Station, while his division was engaged in the Battle of Ypres (28th September – 2nd October).

Michael was 22 years of age and was born and raised in Hamilton. He also enlisted in Hamilton and was part of the 106th Brigade 35th Division. Prior to enlisting he was employed as a Coal Miner at Ferniegair Colliery.

During his army service Michael had been awarded the Military Medal (MM). He was five feet four inches tall and weighed 98 pounds and was the son of Thomas McNamee and Jane Rankin Adams and their home address was 35 Church Street.

Michael is interred in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XXX Row H, Grave 3.