Beautiful pic of the Captain Coatbridge
Archway in Blair Road - opened by Mark Miller in 2011 -
the setting sun by Brian Cairns
History of the Monklands
For many people, the way into local history has been through tracing their family history. The family historian wants to know about the history of the locality where their ancestors lived but equally the local historian is interested in finding out about the families in their locality.
Local history is all about telling the story of people and places over time. It should aim to trace the origin and growth and sometimes the decay of a local community. This approach will help you to ask the right questions and to adopt a professional style to the work. You can help others by telling YOUR story
where is YOUR story??
In a state which is desirous of being saved from the greatest of all plagues--there should exist among the citizens neither extreme poverty nor, again, excessive wealth, for
both are productive of great evil . .
. Plato -Greek philosopher (427-347 B.C.)
Your reflections on the Forth Bridge
We recall the poem on
The Buchanan Street Soldier Lads
R Gribben - mentioned in the poem- lived in Buchanan Street. He joined the Scottish Rifles on September 1914. However he was discharged a few months later as being unfit with varicose veins.
Not to be outdone - in early 1915 he joined The Territorial Force in Ayrshire and was soon serving with the Royal Scots Fusiliers in war zones in the Mediterranean and France. His varicose veins were removed in a short stay in 37th General Hospital in Cairo in 1916. He was demobbed in 1919 and spent some time at Erskine Hospital. He died at age 65 in Coatbridge with his family.
(The Territorial Force was later renamed The Territorial Army)
Do YOU have a story about any of the Buchanan Soldier Lads or anyone who served in the Great War??
The Kipps War Memorial
by Grant Cullen
The night The Kelpies became Our Kelpies
Add YOUR memories - Genealogy - Local History
The return of the Vulcan
The Vulcan in its canal resting place
-The restored full-scale reproduction of the Vulcan, the world's first iron-hulled boat, returned on 27th March 2014 to Summerlee Museum in Coatbridge Built in Calderbank on the Monkland Canal, the horse-drawn Vulcan plied her trade on the Forth & Clyde Canal from 1819 to 1873 when she was scrapped..
Pictures by Bob Stewart
Have you seen the BIG Cairnhill Stump??
The very new carving on a stump of a tree can be seen from Sikeside Road in Airdrie - it is a work in progress sculpture but it looks very promising..
See the other Cairnnhill Stumps
NEW Coatbridge Burgh - c1885
Read the poem that lists the men from
Buchanan Street in Coatbridge
who went to war in 1914-1918 - can you identify any of the names?? Maybe your Grandfather?
BUCHANAN STREET SOLDIER LADS
(Second List) By JAMES SCULLION
Betty Mc Neilly has already identified her Grandfather Robert Gribben who came home after the war racked with Mustard Gas effects. He spent some time at Erskine Hospital.Send an email to Monklands Memories
Summerlee Sojers <Click
Re-enactment group The Gordon Highlanders 1914-1918 at Summerlee on the September weekend
Courtesy of Brian Cairns
More from the Monklands Poet
Balloch and Ben Lomond
Skipping Songs and Street Games
Read about Drumpellier Country Park