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29 thoughts on “Guest Book”

    1. Hi, found this page by chance.There was a „boy“ in my class at Beckford Street school called Kit DUDDY, is that you?I was born in 1947 in Hamilton and have been away from there since 1973. Would be interesting to hear if you are this same guy! Went to St John‘s Grammar after primary

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      1. Hi Linda,

        I never attended Beckford St
        I went to Glenlee School then to St Johns. Until 1961.

        However, it is unlikely that there were ever two Kit Duddys
        anywhere, I have never came across a second one in 73 yrs. I was born in 1946.

        I am sorry to say I am not sure
        I have any memories of the name Linda Hastie.

        We lived in Hill street/ Laighstonehall.

        Kit Duddy

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  1. I love reading about Hamilton. I lived in Burnbank for a few years my Eldest daughter was born in Bellshill in the 70’s. The shopping Centre in Hamilton used to be great I loved it. Such a shame it’s all changed.

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  2. Hi Garry, don’t know how I got here, but I have to say I’m really enjoying going through all the archives, such a lot of hard work has gone into this, can’t thank you enough 😀

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  3. Hi Garry this is a great site for historical details about Hamilton. Thanks to all contributors. I was born at my Aunts house in 65 Mill Road in 1944 and pass the house regularly. It still looks much as I remember it and have many memories of my years in Hamilton.

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  4. I am so happy to have found this site. My grandmother was born in Hamilton in 1909. The copy of her birth certificate lists Eddlewood Rows as the address of her parents Peter and Mary McKinlay. I have no idea if relatives are still in Hamilton, but I am very interested in learning more and hope someday to visit.

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      1. My son, Stuart Crainer, contacted you and both of us have been in touch with Janice. I am now waiting for Janice’s brother to make contact. In the meantime, I have found the newspaper report dated 17th March 1915 re John Frederick Crahner (my grandfather). Are you able to provide any further details about him?
        Regarding Frederick himself, when I originally attempted to trace his family twenty years ago, for some reason I failed to find anyone other than his son, John Orr Crainer.
        Many thanks for introducing me to my 2nd cousin, whom I didn’t know existed.
        Best wishes for your project.
        George Scott Crainer

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  5. Hi Garry. I would like to send you a few photos of myself and a couple of old friends from my time at Philip’s lighting. I am not on Facebook. Can I send you the photos via email.

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  6. Hi Garry, I am putting the story of my gt grandfather into a PowerPoint format for family and relatives and came across your site. It is fascinating. Clearly a labor of love.

    My gt gfather came to Hamilton as a boy from Ireland in the wake of the potato famine around 1850 as a 10-year-old. The family lived on Muir Street. He would have gone to church (possibly episcopal) and school thereabouts and then become a coach smith. I wonder if you can advise where I might learn about churches, schools, about coach building, and generally about Hamilton in the 1850s?

    Michael Breen

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      1. Garry,

        My apologies for the delay.

        Yes, my gt gfather came to Scotland with his parents, John and Elizabeth. His siblings were Edward, Jane, Elizabeth, John and William. (Edward was in the army and didn’t appear to have lived in Hamilton). Here’s what I have:

        1851 Census: Father John “Brine,” laborer, and daughter Jane, tambourer, lodging at 57 Muir St.

        1861 Census: Parents John, gardener, and Elizabeth “Breen” with Elizabeth, tambourer, James, coachsmith, John pastry baker, and William, confectioner, at 25 Muir Street.

        There’s a puzzle about his oldest sister, Jane, which you may be able to advise on. She married John Hetherington, shoemaker, and in the 1861 Census was living with him and their four children at 95 Castle St. In 1864, shortly after their fifth child was born, Jane’s husband died. In 1865, she entered in General Register of Poor. In 1866, she had an illegitimate child, James Thomson “Bryan” (spelling of her maiden name). In the 1871 Census, baby James and one other son, Christopher Hetherington, were in the Hamilton Combination Poorhouse, while Jane (“Hatherington”) was lodging at 10, “New Wynd.” This wasn’t the prison, was it? (To cap this sad tale, Jane died of “obsessive drinking and exposure” at the Poorhouse in 1880).


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  7. Hi Gary, I found your web site when looking for something on Keith’s store, a very comprehensive entry, I had forgotten about their whisky. I was at school in Hamilton 1953-1960 and then worked in the Burgh Surveyor’s dept as an apprentice civil engineer from 1960-1962. There are some memories of that time, eg the mausoleum and the motorway, in the opening chapter of my memoir “From Apprentice to Expert”, if anyone is interested. ISBN 978-1-9996897-0-4

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