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Blanefield Smithy

Blanefield Smithy

Blanefield’s charming art gallery is housed in a smithy that is thought to be around 300 years old, though its exact age is unknown. It is certainly one of the very oldest surviving buildings in the parish of Strathblane. It appears on John Grassom’s map of the area...

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Whisky

Whisky

A Distillation of Whisky-Making in the Blane Valley As long as there have been humans, there has been alcohol. Production of wine and beer has been dated back 7,000-odd years in Central Asia, according to archaeologists.  But the origins of whisky distilling, at...

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Toys Galore

Toys Galore

At the end of March a group of Strathblane Heritage members set up a mini pop-up museum in the Thomas Graham Community Library. They were there to show off the toys they played with as children to the pupils of P4 from Strathblane Primary School. After an introduction...

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Website Quiz Winners

Website Quiz Winners

The winners of our Website Prize Quiz were announced at or AGM on Monday 19th March. Congratulations are due to all those who completed the quiz. We hope you enjoyed exploring the website to find the answers. Three people tied for first place, each with a magnificent...

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Second World War Project Launched

Second World War Project Launched

The Second World War Group of Volunteer Researchers Strathblane Heritage has launched a project to research the lives of the community’s Second World War heroes.  The names of six of them appear on the local War Memorial, but little is known about their lives or...

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Hot Off the Press

Hot Off the Press

Strathblane Heritage have launched a range of Notelet Cards and Postcards as part of a new fund raising enterprise. They will be for sale at our AGM on 18th March and thereafter at the Thomas Graham Community Library in Strathblane. We are very grateful for the...

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The Edmonstones of Duntreath

The Edmonstones of Duntreath

February’s talk by Eddie Edmonstone, son of Sir Archibald, was about his long family history and the Duntreath Estate. He explained that the Edmonstones were thought to be Flemish immigrants, arriving in Scotland in the 11C, three years before William the Conqueror...

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Website Prize Quiz

Website Prize Quiz

The quiz was launched at our meeting on Monday 19th February. There are 20 questions in the quiz. Find all the answers somewhere on our website: www.strathblaneheritage.org Return your sheets with your answers to Strathblane Library by 5pm on Friday 1 March. A list of...

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Dumbrock Works

Dumbrock Works

Members of the Muir family in their garden at 27 Glasgow Road, showing the chimney and part of the Dumbrock works in the background. The illustrated essay Dumbrock Mills and Bleachfields has been extended to include the Dumbrock Works. Dumbrock Mills and Bleachfields

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Summer Knickers – A New Addition to the Website

Summer Knickers – A New Addition to the Website

Memoir Summer Knickers – a Scottish Wartime Childhood by Sarah Paton Wiseman A chance conversation at a party in January 2024 was behind the latest great addition to the Reminiscences section of Strathblane Heritage. That’s how co-chair Anne Balfour heard about an...

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Chalking up a Century!

Chalking up a Century!

We welcomed our 100th member at our last meeting on November 20! Carol Craig, of Dumbrock Road signed up to join our swelling ranks. It’s wonderful to know that so many people are enjoying our presentations and our website.

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New Talk Added for our February Meeting

New Talk Added for our February Meeting

Fig 19. The keep at Duntreath dates from the 15th century Due to a change of programme our meeting on 19th February will be "The History of Duntreath Castle and Estate" More information here :Events

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Water of Life – 160 Years of Water to Glasgow

Water of Life – 160 Years of Water to Glasgow

Katy Lamb and Roger Doubal - 20 November 2023 The Victorian engineering marvel that is the Loch Katrine water supply system for Glasgow was unfolded at our last meeting on November 20. Katy Lamb and Roger Doubal made the trip over from Kinlochard Local History Group...

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Blanefield Thistle

Blanefield Thistle

A true tale of footballing fortunes.  Your recently-formed village football club obtains the priceless opportunity to play one of the nearby city’s leading clubs after a good first run in the Scottish Cup against rival local teams. As this is likely to provide...

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Blane Valley Burns Club

Blane Valley Burns Club

The club’s own painting of Robert Burns, by local artist Norrie Barclay. Itself a copy of the famous Alexander Nasmyth portrait (above), mysteriously disappeared in the mid-1990s. (National Portrait Gallery)  Picture the scene: a snowy January evening at the...

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Strathblane Lawn Tennis Club

Strathblane Lawn Tennis Club

On a pleasant summer’s evening back in the late 1990s, Strathblane Lawn Tennis Club president Professor David Hole and a fellow-player headed to Dunblane for a doubles match in the Lawn Tennis Association’s Central Scotland league. Their cheery mood was enhanced when...

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The Blane Valley Players

The Blane Valley Players

There have been amateur drama societies in the village on and off since the late 1800s. Current records cover the existence in the 1960s of the Strathblane Amateur Drama Club which produced a number of plays at the Edmonstone Hall, attracting good-sized...

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Strathendrick Pipe Band

Strathendrick Pipe Band

A comforting and familiar sight and sound, the Band is a regular feature of village life, including its stirring playing at the annual Remembrance Sunday service and parade in November. Its weekly rehearsals at the Edmonstone Hall make themselves known to the Glasgow...

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Fundraising Success

Fundraising Success

The draw for the framed £100 note took place at the Village Club on Monday 20th November at the end of a packed-out meeting. David and Mary Frood, who donated the £100 note helped to draw the winning number tiles. The winer of the framed £100 note held the number 76....

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Whisky

What’s New on the Website

Follow the red links to find the latest additions to the website. Follow this link to read about the fascinating history of distilling in the Blane Valley. Whisky A research project has been launched to find out about the men named on the Strathblane War Memorial who...

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Ballewan

Ballewan

BALLEWAN Painting of Ballewan House, often known as The Ha', by Connie Simmers BALZEOUN Ballewan is an estate in the Blane Valley that was carved out of the earldom of Lennox. For two centuries it belonged largely to the Craig family, culminating in Milliken Craig...

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Explore the Website at the Library

Explore the Website at the Library

Strathblane Heritage and the Thomas Graham Library jointly invite you to a free session to explore this Strathblane Heritage website The Thomas Graham Library Saturday 4th November  10am - 12noon Come along to the library at 10am for a short presentation on how...

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Shops

Shops

Local Shops Over the years a surprising number of people have run shops in the community. Some have lasted longer than others, but all have been memorable in their own way. The fortunes of retailers have waxed and waned with the general fortunes of the community....

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Prize Draw for £100 note

Prize Draw for £100 note

To enter our prize draw come along to one of our meetings, or contact us through this website, and buy one or more of 100 numbered squares for £5 a square. The star prize is the £100 note and there will be another £100 worth of other prizes. Jim Neill has been having...

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Our Class Photos from the Old School

Our Class Photos from the Old School

Here are some wonderful class photographs sent to us for the website, with the contributor's comments below each. We won't be posting full lists of the pupils with each each picture, but some comments identify the contributor's family members in the older photos. Do...

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Our Memories of the Old School

Our Memories of the Old School

In July 2023 we posted on the local Strathblanefield FACEBOOK group asking people to share their memories of the old school. Here are some of the responses: It’s so nice to create a bit of history about the old school. I was only there my first two years of school...

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Duntreath and the Edmonstones

Duntreath and the Edmonstones

A Brief History of Duntreath Castle and the Edmonstone FamilyBy Juliet Edmonstone Originally thought to have been of Flemish stock, the Edmonstone family are said to have come to Scotland in the train of Princess Margaret who became the Queen of Malcolm Canmore III...

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The Braes of Strathblane (Anon)

The Braes of Strathblane (Anon)

This is a typical “Broadside Ballad”, printed on a single sheet of cheap paper, often with a woodcut illustration, as here. They were a common form of printed material in the 19th century. This one was published by James Lindsay between 1860 and 1880. Firmly based in...

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School (1716 – 1966)

School (1716 – 1966)

Though the first Strathblane parish schoolmaster was appointed in 1716, it was many years before the school was housed in a permanent schoolhouse. This was finally built in 1781 at Thorn of Cuilt, at Netherton, which is the area now known as Blanefield.  This...

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Dumbrock Mills and Bleachfields

Dumbrock Mills and Bleachfields

Stained Glass panel from Maryhill Burgh Halls showing bleachfield workers The abundance of water meant that bleaching and water-driven industries were commonplace in the parish in the 18th century and lasted well into the 19th century. By 1870 most of them had closed...

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Visit of Derwyn and Andrew Crozier-Smith to Strathblane

Visit of Derwyn and Andrew Crozier-Smith to Strathblane

May 19-22 2023 Back in the summer of 2022 we received an email, out of the blue, from Derwyn in the Canadian town of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, asking for help in arranging a research visit to Strathblane to study the history and heritage of his great-great-uncle – the...

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Missing Men – George Douglas Wilson

Missing Men – George Douglas Wilson

George Wilson’s Gravestone George Douglas Wilson, Lt Royal Field Artillery, aged 45 The country edition of the Stirling Observer of September 23 1916 contains a simple stark sentence in its war news: “Lieut. Col. Douglas Wilson, Royal Field Artillery, late of...

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Missing Men – John Douglas Walker

Missing Men – John Douglas Walker

John Douglas Walker, Gunner Royal Garrison Artillery, aged 36 It is easy to imagine the wife and children of Gunner John Douglas Walker celebrating the news of the Armistice of 1918 and joyfully anticipating his return to Blanefield from the Front. It was a Monday...

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Missing Men – John Kemp Scott

Missing Men – John Kemp Scott

John Kemp Scott, Lt Royal Scots Fusiliers, aged 24 John Scott John Kemp Scott stares resolutely from his portrait in which he wears the uniform of the Royal Scots Fusiliers. It is not hard to imagine this moustachioed, neat, determined-looking young man with a dog...

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Missing Men – Edward & Harry Miller-Stirling

Missing Men – Edward & Harry Miller-Stirling

Edward Bradshaw Miller-Stirling, Lt Black Watch, aged 26. Harry James Graham Miller-Stirling, Lt Nigeria Regiment, aged 31. Edward and Harry Miller-Stirling are commemorated together on a large headstone in the family plot at Strathblane Cemetery but lie in solitary...

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Missing Men – Donald McRae

Missing Men – Donald McRae

Donald McRae’s Gravestone, France Donald McRae, Private Cameron Highlanders, aged 21 Donald was neither born nor brought up in Strathblane but, like John Colquhoun and Philip Binnie, his parents appear to have had a second home in the area, probably for use in the...

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Missing Men – William Rankin McLintock

Missing Men – William Rankin McLintock

William Rankin McLintock, Private Royal Canadian Dragoons, aged 30. William McLintock’s Gravestone A brief bleak item appeared in the Milngavie & Bearsden Herald in July 1917. Under the headline “Strathblane Soldier Killed”, it noted: “The past week has been a sad...

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Missing Men – James McKenzie

Missing Men – James McKenzie

James McKenzie, Private Royal Lancashire Fusiliers, aged 19. James McKenzie’s family was long established in Strathblane. His father, also James, worked at the waterworks and lived at Dumbrock. His mother Margaret Kennedy, though born in Busby came from an Irish...

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Missing Men – James McLean Love

Missing Men – James McLean Love

James McLean Love, Private Seaforth Highlanders, aged 43. James spent a year fighting for his country and the next 11 fighting for his life, after being caught in the first German chlorine gas attack of the war.He died of chronic nephritis in February 1927, too late...

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Missing Men – John Kennedy

Missing Men – John Kennedy

John Kennedy, Private Royal Scots Fusiliers, aged 32 Several of the men of Strathblane who died in the First World War left behind children so young that they may never even have held them in their arms.Private John McCulloch of the Argyll & Sutherland...

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Missing Men – Alexander Buchanan Gilchrist

Missing Men – Alexander Buchanan Gilchrist

Gravestone at Bramshott (St Mary) Churchyard , East Hampshire. Alexander Buchanan Gilchrist, Sergeant/CSM Reserve Canadian Infantry, aged 30. On June 6 1906 Passenger Number 192 boarded the Allan Line’s SS Carthaginian in Glasgow bound for Montreal with the dream of...

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Missing Men – George Cumming Gardner

Missing Men – George Cumming Gardner

George Cumming Gardner, Cpl King’s Own Scottish Borderers, aged 26 George Cumming Gardner was born at Muirhouse Farm, Strathblane, on September 6 1889. Having left the village in his youth to live in Craigton, his name finds no place on the Strathblane War Memorial,...

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Missing Men – Andrew Fitzpatrick

Missing Men – Andrew Fitzpatrick

Andrew Fitzpatrick, Quartermaster Sergeant Scottish Rifles, aged 37. Of all the First World War casualties with local connections and who do not feature on Strathblane War Memorial, the case of Quartermaster Sergeant Andrew Fitzpatrick is the most puzzling. Though...

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Missing Men – Daniel Dugan

Missing Men – Daniel Dugan

Daniel Dugan, Corporal Black Watch, aged 19. Daniel’s Irish-born grandparents had settled in Blanefield in the 1880s. In 1891 the family, including nine children, plus three boarders, are all described as living in a three-roomed dwelling with no running water in New...

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Missing Men – Robert Walker Macindoe Coubrough

Missing Men – Robert Walker Macindoe Coubrough

Robert Walker Macindoe Coubrough, Lance Cpl Highland Light Infantry, aged 23 Robert was born in September 1894 at Craigend Farm, Campsie Glen, the second son of farmer John Coubrough and Jessie Walker Macindoe, who had married at Knowehead, Campsie in June 1889. His...

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