Well, another year has passed and I’m sure that you all will agree that it has been a quick one. As you get older the weeks, months and years seem to fly by and 2017 has been a good year for Historic Hamilton.
We have seen over 1,000 new readers like our page and our website is now live. We have reunited many old friends and even put family members back in contact with each other. I am especially proud that we are reaching out to countries all over the world and some of our most viewed stories are read in Canada, Australia, USA and not to mention the many countries across Europe.
We would like to say thanks to everyone who has sent us your pictures and stories over the past 12 months and not to mention our two resident poets Hugh and Kit, they both take us on a nostalgic trip down memory lane with their words. I would also like to say thanks to everyone who has contributed to Historic Hamilton in the past 12 months, there are too many to mention but people like Paul Veverka and Wilma Bolton, you both have given me great advice and as always, it’s really appreciated.
When we post a story, we enjoy reading through all your comments, the old stories of Hamilton are locked in your memory and when a picture triggers that memory you share it with us and we document it.
So, as I write the last post on Historic Hamilton for 2017, I would like to wish all our readers a Happy & prosperous New Year and here is to 2018. Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book, Write a good one!
Garry & Emma McCallum
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,
( STRIKE ONE FUR MA BUCKET LIST)
Historic Hamilton is now 2 years old and we have reached another milestone on the Facebook page. We have now reached an incredible 13,000 likes! Thank you to Greg Morrison who is from Ayrshire who was our 13,000 subscriber.
The success of the Facebook page is down to you and we would like to thank you for your continued support.
Please keep sending us your old family pictures, stories & Ancestry requests and in turn, we will continue to write about Hamilton and document it’s people and uncover forgotten stories lost in the mist of time.
Thank’s for spending time with us.
15 YEARS MARRIED TODAY.
Today is my wedding anniversary!
I would like to wish my beautiful wife Emma, a happy anniversary and here is to the next fifteen years!
My wife and I met at the Hamilton Palace in August 1999 and we got married in a small church at Dolphinton at the edge of the Scottish Borders in 2002.
We had our wedding reception at the Tinto Hotel in Symington and had our honeymoon in Cancun Mexico. We have got three boys Daniel, Ryan and Caiden. Fifteen years married and our wedding day still feels like yesterday.
Do you share your wedding anniversary with us? If you do, then send us your wedding picture and we will post it on Historic Hamilton for all to see.
I am always looking to add pictures of people from Hamilton to this folder and I thought it was about time that I added a picture of myself & my wife Emma.
For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Garry McCallum and I am originally from Burbank, I run Historic Hamilton and am responsible for all the stories that you hopefully enjoy reading.
As Historic Hamilton is nearly two years old I thought it would be good to put a face to the name that you see and read about.
If you would like to add someone to the “Hamilton Folk” album, then please feel free to send us your pictures and we will share with everyone in the group.
Glenlee primary school 1953
This was sent to us by Lucy MacKinnon, Lucy wrote:
“James (Jimmy) strang age 8 years old, 6th from the left bottom row,born in Hamilton 12/3/1945 sadly passed away (1/12/2015)
true gentle man who loved the Scottish land x”
If you recognise anyone in the picture then let us know.
This fantastic piece of memorabilia was sent to us by Karen Martin. The card was collected by Karen’s dad, who likes to keep Hamilton memorabilia and it dates from Beckford Street School in the year 1907.
The Card reads:
“BECKFORD STREET SCHOOL HAMILTON.
Anti-Smoking league – I promise to abstain entirely from Tobacco in any form till I reach the age of 21 years.
Signed by George Campbell – Class teacher – John F Lang
Malcolm Blair F.E.I.S,, Headmaster. Date: August 1907.”
I asked Karen if there was a story behind this anti-smoking card, however as it was bought by Karen’s Dad, he didn’t know if there was or not!
I can picture the said George Campbell being caught smoking at school and the Headmaster giving him an ultimatum of Ten of his finest strokes, or to keep off the fags until he was 21……I know what option I would have picked!!