Craighead Pit

Blantyre, Lanarkshire, ScotlandGlasgow Road North

Craighead Pit

William Baird’s Craighead Pit was opened in 1876

Robert Forrest, when he was only 19

Robert Forrest, when he was only 19.

Hi Bill, I am still recovering from learning just how small the world is. From the age of 10 to 17, Mum and Dad took me, Robert, and Shirley to Blantyre to stay for The Arbroath Summer fair at 121 Fernslea Avenue, Blantyre with our Uncle Chic, Aunt Lily, and cousins John and Lillian. Prior to that we visited my Gran and Grandad at Park Crescent. The photograph attached shows my Grandad, Robert Forrest, when he was only 19, working a horse at Craigend Pit, off the Whisleberry Road, in 1920.

Robert Forrest, with his horse Hector

Robert Forrest, when he was only 19

This photograph of my Grandad, Robert Forrest, with his horse Hector, was taken at Ferniegair, Hamilton around 1931, by a photographer who was fascinated watching Hector drink from a shovel held under a tap. Granddad worked during that time for a building contractor called Wright. He was given several copies of the photograph, and it is interesting to note that these, like many photographs from the period, were printed on paper, which was printed on the reverse, to allow use as a postcard. I wonder if any of your site visitors know where, at Ferniegair, this watering point is. ~ George Park

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Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland

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