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Carluke Ploughing

Mr Smith referred to on previous pages ploughing had in fact won a number of medals for ploughing even though by this time he was known as a fulltime dairyman.
Family history researchers may like to know how things developed. Initially we had just one date to go on -James Smith was born at Orchard on 5th July 1829

Using ancestry.co.uk and the British Newspaper Archive, here is what we have been able to discover.

1. James married Catherine Donald at some point between 1851 and 1854. They went on to have at least 4 sons – Thomas ( born about 1853/4 ), John ( born on 13th October 1856 ), James Stewart Smith ( born on 13th March 1860 ) and Alexander Allan Smith ( born on 11th March 1864 ).


2. The 1871 Census shows James and Catherine living with their four sons and Isabella Gilchrist ( 19-year old servant ) in Whiteshaw Cottage, Carluke.  James gave his occupation as a dairyman while his son Thomas was an apprentice cabinet maker and his son John was a byre boy.

3. The 1881 Census shows James and Catherine still living in a farmhouse in Carluke but no name of the house or farm has been recorded on ancestry.co.uk. This would need to be checked on the original but could easily still be Whiteshaw. They only have their son Alexander living with them by this point as well as the servant Helen Shearer.


4. James appears to have been a good ploughman as he won 1st prize in the Senior Class of the Carluke Ploughing Match in January 1869. He was 2nd in the same class in 1870. In the 1875 competition when he won the medal for over 45s, he also came 3rd in the Senior Class.

(We were able to locate these details from the British Newspaper Archive and have attached the 1875 article,  )  

James may, of course, have won other medals but we would need to trawl through all the newspaper archives and which could take quite a bit of time and not be productive, Finally, James was living at Whiteshaw Farm, which was owned by James Barr.

Notice that in this same week the Ploughing Societies of Bute Farmers Society (Rothesay), Carmunoch Farmers at Netherton, Wishaw Agricultural Society and Old Monkland at Westerhouse also had their competitions so popular was the occasion.  Sir W.C. Anstruther MP attended the Carluke Society day out.




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Last Updated on Mar-23-2016