Joe Smith

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Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland

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Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Joe Smith Undefeated Heavyweight Bare Knuckle Champion

NairooNiaroo – Entrance to a Caravan Park off Pathfoot.
Niaroo is, as we know, quite a unique place in Blantyre and below are some of your comments about it.


Joe Smith, who was the undefeated Heavyweight Boxing Champion of Scotland, fighting under the name Joe Keegans, owned Niaroo which he originally called ‘The Holding’ and lived there until his death in 1970. Niaroo was then inherited by his son Hugh Smith.

I am pleased to have finally found the photo of the Smith family outside their caravan on the outskirts of Dunbar which was taken on July 1951, which I had misplaced for about ten years.

Back row left to right: Terry, Willie and John, sons of Joe and Annie.
Middle row: Jean granddaughter, Joe and Annie, Annie, daughter of Joe and Annie’.
Front: Willie and Joe, grandchildren.

Names by Steve Smith, Grandson of Joe Smith.

Joe Smith and Family at Nairoo
Steve also sent in these Newspaper clippings.
Joe Smith Undefeated Scottish Bare Knuckle Champion


Steve wrote:  Bill,

I was given your name and contact details by a member of staff at the Blantyre mining museum.

My Grandfather Joe Smith was born in 1887, sometime during the late 1930s I think, he wrote a story telling of his life up until he married in 1908. I have the original copy of the book and over the years had thought about getting some copies made in case it went missing, I did send a copy many years ago to a cousin but I suspect she lost it. In any event I have finally got around to getting the book put together along with some press cuttings and photographs and a number off copies professionally printed. I will be sending some of them off to members of my family in Australia and Canada however Joe and his wife Annie had a large number of children spread over a period of 18 years who themselves had children and they are scattered over the UK and abroad and we have either had no contact or lost touch with them.

Joe Smith's Family Names

I have heard over the years that on at least two occasions, once in the UK and Australia comments have been read on websites from people looking for a copy of a book named ‘Pitman, Pugilist, Poacher’, I can only assume they are from family descended from Joe.

Would it be possible that you could put reference to the book on your website and hopefully it will be seen by descendants of Joe who would be interested in receiving a copy of the book.

I have attached a copy of the front and back covers of the book as well as a page which has the names and dates of birth and death of Joe, Annie and all the children.

pitman Joe Smith's Book named 'Pitman, Pugilist, Poacher'

If any of the Smith family would like a copy of the book I can be reached on this email address:

Regards Steve Smith


Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland

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