Down Memory Lane

Bruce House, Linlithgow Academy, in the late 1950s.
Bruce House, Linlithgow Academy, in the late 1950s.

A peek at the Journal and Gazette files

1895 - May 4

AGENT WANTED: Linlithgow district, old established insurance offices, very profitable agency for someone. Apply Keith and Cox Advertising Agency, Edinburgh.

PRINTING: Every description of letterpress printing in any colour or in silver or gold executed in the best style and at the shortest notice. Clark and Steel, Main Street, Broxburn.

COUGHS and colds?: Then take Budden’s Balsam or Horehound and Coltsfoot. The quickest, sureest and safest remedy known, one shilling and one and a half pennies or two shillings and ninepence at all chemists. Accept no substitutes.

ANIMALS: Boreland’s Menagerie was stanced at Callendar Riggs, Falkirk, from Monday and was attended by large crowds who were fascinated by the large collection of animals.

BOOK GIFT: Lord Rosebery has passed on the gift of 100 volumes by standard authors to Queensferry library. The gift is gratefully received by the burgh.

FATAL FALL: Jane Gilmour or Gibson (42), wife of a labour took a fall down an outside stair at Providence Lane, Bo’ness late on Monday evening. When it was seen that she was very unwell, a doctor was called. However, she never regained consciousness and died on Tuesday around 3pm. Concussion of the brain is said to have been the cause of her death.

1940 - Friday, May 4

FUR CLUB: Members of the Scottish Central Fur Club held their monthly show in the Scout Hall, Linlithgow, on Saturday.

There was a good entry and the quality was exceptionally high it was reported. The cup for ‘‘best fancy’’ was won by H. K. Clarkson, Whitburn.

AM DRAM PRODUCTION: A credible performance of the three-act comedy ‘‘The Blue Goose’’ by Peter Blackmore was given by Linlithgow Players in the Victoria Hall, on Monday and Tuesday evening. Large attendances were present on both nights.

POST-WAR WORK: The prospects for post-war work at Lochmill, Linlithgow, Regent Factory and the distillery were discussed at a meeting of Linlithgow Town Council this week. The prospects are not bright, however, according to reports received.

RESIGNATION RECEIVED: Mr I G Urqhuart, chief clerical assistant to the County clerk, has resigned and is to take up a post with the Scottish Special Housing Service.

HOMECOMING: After several months in a prisoner of war camp, Paratrooper William West returned home to Linlithgow this week. Wounded at Arnhem, he was a prisoner at Stalag X1B until released by the British Army in mid-April.

1995 - Friday, May 5

GOOD FORTUNE: Linlithgow man Jim McGurk, and wife Joyce, were a happy couple this week when Lady Luck smiled on him . His winning National Lottery ticket was worth a whopping £1.35 million. Of course, his win caused despair for Black Bitches who realised their hopes of a windfall might have gone up in smoke!

TOP MAN: Alex Linkston was named this week as the first chief executive of the newly formed West Lothian Council. The council had to sift through 40 applications from potential candidates.

TEA TIME: Owners Irvine and Lorna Raeburn have put the Hamlet Tearoom and village shop in Blackness up for sale in a bid to make l ife a little bit easier.

IN THE GHETTO: Residents of the Gateside scheme in Kirkliston were shocked when an evening newspaper referred to their area as ‘‘a ghetto’’ because of rising crime levels and claims that vigilantes were poised to take control as there was no police presence in the village.

heading for retirement: Bill Hendrie headteacher at Linlithgow Primary will retire at the end of the session. The author of several books on West Lothian, he was the youngester headmaster in Scotland, aged 30, when appointed to Torphichen Primary School in 1969. He has been at Linlithgow for 18 years.