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Encyclopedia > Blantyre, South Lanarkshire

Blantyre (Gaelic: Baile an t-Saoir) is a burgh in South Lanarkshire, Scotland with a population of about 17,000. It is bounded by the River Clyde to the north, the Rotten Calder to the west, the Park Burn to the east and the Rotten Burn to the south. It is best known as the birthplace of David Livingstone, the well-known explorer and missionary who was the first European to see (and name) the Victoria Falls. His former house is now a museum which is at the end of Station Road, on the banks of the River Clyde. Also nearby is Bothwell Castle, dating from the thirteenth century[1]. Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig) is a member of the Goidelic branch of Celtic languages. ... A sign in Linlithgow, Scotland. ... South Lanarkshire (Siorrachd Lannraig a Deas in Gaelic) is one of 32 unitary council regions in Scotland, covering the southern part of the traditional county of Lanarkshire. ... This article is about the country. ... For other rivers, see Clyde River (disambiguation) , The River Clyde (Gaelic: Abhainn Chluaidh, pronounced ) is a major river in Scotland. ... The Rotten Calder is a river to the east of East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, Scotland. ... David Livingstone (19 March 1813 – 1 May 1873) was a Scottish Congregationalist pioneer medical missionary with the London Missionary Society and explorer in central Africa. ... The Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that thunders) is a waterfall situated in southern Africa between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe. ... For other uses, see Museum (disambiguation). ... For other rivers, see Clyde River (disambiguation) , The River Clyde (Gaelic: Abhainn Chluaidh, pronounced ) is a major river in Scotland. ... The Donjon seen from the Great Hall Bothwell Castle is a large medieval castle sited on a high steep bank above a bend in the River Clyde between Uddingston and the small town of Bothwell in Lanarkshire, Scotland, about 10 miles (16 km) south of Glasgow. ... (12th century - 13th century - 14th century - other centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 13th century was that century which lasted from 1201 to 1300. ...


Blantyre has a number of small Hamlets. High Blantyre is the area to the west and north of Burnbrae Road and continues to High Blantyre cross at the north. It is thought to be the area of earliest settlement, with a Bronze Age village near Auchintibber 2 miles south of Blantyre Parish Church (High Blantyre). Also to the west is Greenhall Park, where the Calder flows to eventually join the Clyde near Flemington. Flemington was a small mining community on the outskirts of Uddingston. ...


Blantyre is loosely divided in half by Main Street, High Blantyre. At the west-end is Priory Bridge - named after the former Priory to the north which was home to monks from around 1235. There is also Coatshill and the village, the oldest industrially developed part of Blantyre. Glasgow Road continues south via Springwell and eventually joins to Burnbank. Next to the David Livingstone museum, at the end of Station Road, is an iron suspension footbridge which crosses the River Clyde giving pedestrian access to Bothwell. Image:Burnbank Parish. ... ... For other rivers, see Clyde River (disambiguation) , The River Clyde (Gaelic: Abhainn Chluaidh, pronounced ) is a major river in Scotland. ... Bothwell is a small town in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, that lies on the right bank of the River Clyde, adjacent to Hamilton and nine miles east-south-east of Glasgow. ...

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Mine disaster

On October 22, 1877 Blantyre was the site of the infamous Blantyre mining disaster, where 207 miners (men and boys) were killed when a coal mine exploded due to methane gas. There is little doubt that safety regulations were not adhered to. Christy Moore recorded a well-known version of the traditional song about this disaster. A monument to the disaster of which the youngest victim was a boy of 11 is at High Blantyre cross. The site of the mine now lies under the East Kilbride expressway[2]. . is the 295th day of the year (296th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1877 (MDCCCLXXVII) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... The Blantyre mining disaster which happened on the morning of October 22, 1877, in Blantyre, Scotland, was and remains Scotland’s worst. ... Methane is a chemical compound with the molecular formula . ... Christopher Andrew Christy Moore (born on May 7, 1945, in Newbridge, County Kildare) is a very popular Irish folk singer, songwriter, and guitarist. ... East Kilbride (Cille Bhrìghde an Ear in Scottish Gaelic) is a large town in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. ...


Football

Blantyre presently has a football club competing in Scottish Junior Football Association competitions, Blantyre Victoria F.C.. Known as the Vics, they won the Scottish Junior Cup (the highest achievement in junior football) in 1950, 1970 and 1982; their home ground is called Castle Park[3]. There was previously another junior club in the town, Blantyre Celtic F.C., but they went out of existence in the early 1990s. The Scottish Junior Football Association (SJFA) is the organising body for the junior grade of football (soccer) in Scotland. ... Blantyre Victoria Football Club are a Scottish football (soccer) club based in the town of Blantyre, South Lanarkshire. ... The Scottish Junior Cup, also known as the OVD Cup, is a competition organised by the Scottish Junior Football Association. ... Blantyre Celtic were a former football team that played under the auspices of the Scottish Junior Football Association; their home ground was near Springwell in Blantyre and the had local rivals Blantyre Victoria F.C., known locally as the Vics. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ...


Speedway

The town of Blantyre has long had links with speedway racing. In the pioneer days a group of riders who appeared at White City in Glasgow were known as "The Blantyre Crowd". The operated their own track at Airbles Road in Motherwell in 1930 and this was known as Paragon Speedway. The greatest ever Scottish rider, Ken McKinlay came from Blantyre as did Tommy Miller who had a somewhat meteoric rise to stardom in 1950. Speedway was staged at the Greyhound Stadium as the home of the Glasgow Tigers in the late 1970s / early 1980s before the new road forced a move to Craighead Park which closed down at the end of the 1986 season.


Schools

High Blantyre Primary is a state sector school that provides education for children from four years until they are eleven years. ... David livingstone Primary is a state sector school in Blantyre, located on Lime Grove. ...

Institutions

Blantyre contains many amenities for such a small burgh, including:

  • Blantyre Leisure Centre - sports centre with swimming pool
  • Stonefield Park - with a purpose-built skate-park
  • Victoria Nursing Home (for the elderly)
  • David Livingstone Centre - museum built in the birthplace and former home of David Livingstone
  • ASDA
  • Five churches
  • David Dale House - South Lanarkshire Council facility named after another famous Lanarkshire dweller, famous for his connection with New Lanark
  • Blantyre Credit Union
  • William Hill
  • Terminal One (www.terminalone.org)- Fully equipped Youth Centre with state of the Art Multimedia equipment, Recording Studio and Rehearsal Room, Community Internet Cafe, Mobile youth facilities including 3 x DIGIBUS's and mobile climbing wall and lots more.
  • Numerous pubs
  • Priory Parks

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Youth

In 1986 Blantyre's young people developed an organisation called Blantyre Youth Development Team, or BYDT. This organisation gained charity status in 1997, and created the Terminal One youth centre. Terminal One [1](www.terminalone.org) provides services to the young people of Blantyre and North Hamilton including music tuition, multimedia artistic tuition, recording studios, youth clubs, excursions, and self-development programmes. It is funded by South Lanarkshire Council, the Scottish Arts Council and the Blantyre/North Hamilton SIP. Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Terminal 1 (commonly abbreviated as Terminal or T1 by the locals) is a shopping mall located at the heart of the busy town of Seremban. ... South Lanarkshire Council is a local authority in scotland. ...


David Livingstone

Blantyre's most famous son is the 19th century missionary and explorer David Livingstone; there is a museum, the David Livingstone Centre at the bottom of Station Road. This centre includes a museum, a playpark, a cafe, a shop, an African Garden and several workshop studios. An adventure assault course also existed here until a young man died in 1995. David Livingstone (19 March 1813 – 1 May 1873) was a Scottish Congregationalist pioneer medical missionary with the London Missionary Society and explorer in central Africa. ... The David Livingstone Centre is a museum dedicated to the work of the explorer and missionary David Livingstone. ...


The largest city and commercial centre of Malawi, one of the countries which Livingstone explored, is still called Blantyre, having been named for Livingstone's birthplace during the colonial era. Blantyre is the largest city in Malawi and the capital of the countrys Southern Region as well as the Blantyre District. ...


Other famous people

Other famous people from Blantyre include:

  • River City actor Ryan Fletcher.
  • Stuart Christie, an anarchist, who at the age of 18 was to stand trial in Spain for plotting to blow up General Franco.
  • Martin Bulloch, drummer of the Scottish group, Mogwai.
  • Kristofer McGhee, former Vice Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament and UK Youth Delegate to the United Nations; presently Vice Chair of the British Youth Council and Committee Member of the Big Lottery Young People's Fund
  • Tommy Miller, speedway rider - Scottish Champion.
  • Ken McKinlay, speedway rider - multi world finalist.
  • Steven Strachan, Author and Online Video Game Journalist. Arrested and under questioning in connection with the September 11th attacks.
  • Scott Campbell, well known sex therapist, introduced the macerena to Blantyre along with foot jobs.

Jeanie Scratcher, well known face-slapper from the Fernslea area; once rumoured to have dated Johnny Handbag Fiction River City (television series) is a soap opera produced by BBC Scotland River City is a fictional city set in Iowa in The Music Man. ... Ryan Fletcher, 23, is an actor in the Scottish soap opera River City, and lead singer of Glam Rock band Merchant City, the name of which was taken from a music store in Glasgow city centre. ... Theory and practice Issues History Culture Economics By region Lists Related Anarchism Portal Philosophy Portal Politics Portal        Stuart Christie (born July 10, 1946 in the Partick area of Glasgow, Scotland) is a Glaswegian anarchist writer and publisher. ... “Franco” redirects here. ... Martin Bulloch is a Scottish musician, best known for being a member of Mogwai. ... For the Swiss progressive house producer who releases under the name Moogwai, see Chab. ...


External links

  • Blantyre Community Website
  • Blantyre SIP Website
  • Terminal One

Coordinates: 55°46′N, 4°06′W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


Gangs

Blantyre has been nortrious for having gangs in the area. They are extremly active and have caused many problem through-out the years. The most dangerous of gangs around in Blantyre are the feared BYT aka (Blantyre Youth Team)


References

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Blantyre, South Lanarkshire - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (735 words)
Blantyre is a burgh in South Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Blantyre is the site for the infamous Blantyre mining disaster (1877), where 207 miners were killed when a coal mine exploded due to methane gas.
Blantyre's most famous son is the explorer and missionary David Livingstone, and there is a David Livingstone Centre at the bottom of Station Road.
South Lanarkshire - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (388 words)
South Lanarkshire (Siorrachd Lannraig a Deas in Gaelic) is one of 32 unitary council regions in Scotland, covering the southern part of the traditional county of Lanarkshire.
South Lanarkshire operates a cabinet style system, with key decisions being taken by the Executive Committee, under the leadership of the Council Leader, and approved by the council, led by the Provost.
South Lanarkshire shares borders with the unitary authorities of Dumfries and Galloway, East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire, East Renfrewshire, City of Glasgow, North Lanarkshire, West Lothian and Scottish Borders.
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