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James Nimmo, Auchintibber Quoiting Club

 James Nimmo My Grandfather James Nimmo, was born in 1891.
He lived in Auchintibber at the time and was a miner at Dixon’s Pit, he was a well known quoiter in his day, he is the one in this photo, you can see the quoiting green fence in the background.
This photo is a group of quoiters, his brother Robert is in the photo, but unfortunately I do not know which one he is, he is the Robert Nimmo on the Auchintibber War Memorial. This photo is approximately 1910 or slightly earlier.  Nimmo quoiting group
 The third photo is a group shot of my Grampa Jim's quoiting medals, one of them belonged to his brother Robert, they are on his watch chain. The third photo is a group shot of my Grampa Jim’s quoiting medals, one of them belonged to his brother Robert, they are on his watch chain.

This medal has his initials on the front: JN On the back it says: A.Q.C. 1st Prize won by J. Nimmo 1910

This medal has his initials on the front: JN
On the back it says: A.Q.C. 1st Prize
won by J. Nimmo 1910

There is nothing engraved on the front of this medal, but on the back it says: A.Q.C. 3rd Prize won by R. Nimmo 1912

There is nothing engraved on the front of this medal, but on the back it says:
A.Q.C. 3rd Prize won by R. Nimmo 1912

On the front of this medal Auchintibber Quoiting Club, is spelled out in full and my Grampa's initials JN are in the centre, on the back it says: A.Q.C. 1st Prize won by J. Nimmo 1913

On the front of this medal Auchintibber Quoiting Club, and my Grampa’s initials JN are in the centre, on the back it says: A.Q.C.
1st Prize won by J. Nimmo 1913

 On the back it says: A.Q.C. S & L Finalists 1925 J N  On the back it says: A.Q.C. S & L Finalists 1925 J N
  On the back it says: A.Q.C.  S & L Finalists 1925  J N
 On the back this one says: Jubilee Scottish Quoiting Cup Won by Rutherglen 1930-31 J Nimmo  On the back this one says: Jubilee Scottish Quoiting Cup Won by Rutherglen 1930-31 J Nimmo
  On the back this one says: Jubilee Scottish Quoiting Cup
Won by Rutherglen 1930-31  J Nimmo

As well as being a Quoiter and self taught musician, My Grampa was also know for breeding Canaries, I have a 3 piece set of Wedgewood, which was a first prize around 1910 ish.

I asked Margaret if her Grandad was related to Willie Nimmo in Nimmo’s Band?

I asked Margaret if her Grandad was related to Willie Nimmo in Nimmo's Band?Yes, my Grampa was an Accordion player,  Willie would have been his brother, as I have always known Ellen Nimmo Pickering (who is on FB) to be my Dad’s cousin. I am not sure though if my Grampa was in a Band, or just played by himself in Auchintibber on weekends. There was also someone by the name of Hislop (his son Jim went to high school with me) from Blantyre, who started out playing with my Grampa’s and later went on to be known in the Blantyre  area in the 50s and 60s, his wife Jean used to run a Dance School. Although my Grampa was not playing in the 50s and 60s, he died in 1962.

Sent in by Margaret Nimmo from the USA

Jim McKechnie My great grandmother was Margaret Nimmo (James’ brother) – married James McKechnie on 1st of January 1923, my Aunt Mary has a picture of Robert Nimmo (named on the war Memorial) in a pendant chain in his uniform. im pretty sure hes on the bottom left of the photo- (from memory seeing the pendant ). The date of his death was armistice day, but my other Aunt has the original telegram and she says his date of death was Nov 12 – army records show cause unknown but the telegram states he was shot by a sniper) He was part of a regiment protecting the port of Archangel in Russia, hes named on the Archangel war memorial and was buried in a mass grave and hes named on the war memorial there (the russian conflict went on approx 6 months after the war ended) My great grandmother and the family stayed on Parkneuk Road, then moved to Motherwell eventually after she married – had 11 children 9 still alive, eldest aged 87 in New Zealand, youngest aged 66.

Helen Henderson Mclaughlin: My mother came from auchintibber and my brothers were all born there. Their house looked onto the quoiter green next to the war memorial. They were the only ones when my brothers were to have a radio at the time. Before tv’s obviously lol.

Katie Polockus BestWife Hughes: What a treasure.

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Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland

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