Saturday, February 5, 2011


Springside had many miners' rows, built by the mine owners for their workers. Corsehill, Sprigside and Bankhead were constructed by J & R. Howie, Archibald Finnie & Sons and A. Kenneth & Sons. Others rows were at nearby Overtoun, also Warwickhill row, and Kirkland row (where most of this family line lived). See further details here.
More information from the mining website.

Friday, February 4, 2011


The parents of Sarah GRAHAM who married Joseph LAURIE were Henry GRAHAM and Jane McBRIDE. They married in 1873 at Collier Street, Johnstone. Henry's parents were Henry GRAHAM (agricultural labourer dec) and Jane FLEMING (not dec). Jane McBRIDE's parents were WIlliam McBRIDE coal miner and Sarah CLYDE (dec).

Their children were
William GRAHAM born
Sarah GRAHAM born

Jane McBRIDE died 23rd January 1949 aged 93 years, 119 Main Street, Dreghorn Her parents were William McBRIDE (coal miner deceased) and Sarah CLYDE (dec). She died from arterio sclerosis (senile) cerebral thrombosis. Present - Henry GRAHAM, son, of 1 Chapel Lane, Galston.

Some extracts from the poor relief records (Dreghorn Poor Relief Records 1897)

Record No. 347. Applied on 18 Mar 1879 at 3 pm. Residence - No. 2 Six Rows; born in Paisley, Scotland; married aged 27; occupation - coalminer; religion - Protestant; wholly disabled.
Dependants: wife - Jane McBride 24, William G. 4 yr 7mth, Sarah G. 1 yr 11 mth. The only settlement which is open to him appears to be his birth - Paisley.
First application. 18 Mar - relieved - approved.


Record No. 360. Applied on 31 May 1879 at 7 pm. Residence – 35 Six Rows; born in Johnston, Scotland; married aged 25; occupation – coalminer; religion – Protestant; wholly disabled.

Dependants: wife – Jane McBride aged 24, William Graham 4yr 7mth, Sarah Graham 2yr 2mth.

There appears to be no settlement by residence.

Second application – see No. 347. 31 May – relieved – approved.


After the death of Marion BYRON, Robert LAURIE (aged 26) married Catherine CUTHBERTSON (aged 25) on 4th June 1875 at Wallace Street, Galston. His father Thomas, was still alive, but mother (Mary MULLHOLLAND) was deceased.

Their children were:
Janet LAURIE born 6th May 1890 at No. 23 Kelk Place, Kilmaurs.

Catherine CUTHBERTSON's parents were WIlliam CUTHBERTSON (cotton weaver, deceased) and Susan O'BRIEN (not dec).


Margaret Jane LAWRIE born 1857, married James MORROW (born Ireland) in 1875

Their children were
James MORROW born 1878
Mary MORROW born 1880


John LAWRIE married Maggie (Margaret) McRonald (b 1852) in 1871 3rd March. John was a coal miner aged 20 address 13 Moden? Close, Kilmarnock (parents Thomas LAURIE, engine keeper and Mary MULLHOLLAND dec). Margaret McRonald's parents were John McRonnald (wool spinner) and Elizabeth SMITH.

Their children were:
Thomas LAWRIE born 1872
Elizabeth LAWRIE born 1874
John LAWRIE born 1878
Robert LAWRIE born 1879
Jeanie LAWRIE born 28th May 1881, No. 21 Kelk? Place, Kilmaurs


Thomas LAURIE was the son of Robert LAURIE and Marion BYRON

Thomas LAURIE (coalminer aged 21) and Jeanie WILSON (domestic servant, aged 18) married 3rd November 1893 Springhill Row, Dreghorn. Thomas' parents were Robert LAURIE and Marion BYRON both deceased. Jeanie WILSON's parents were Ephraim Wilson and Mary Kirk?

Thomas LAURIE and Jeanie WILSON had the following children:

Christina Wilson Laurie born 22nd March 1901, Kirkland Rows, Dreghorn
Susan LAURIE born 24th July 1905 Warwickhill Rows, Dreghorn, County of Ayr.


Joseph LAURIE (coal miner) married Sarah GRAHAM in 1898, 30th December (Dreghorn). Joseph already had daughter Hannah from his first marriage to Elizabeth JONES. Joseph's parents were Robert LAURIE (dec) coalminer and Marion BYRON (dec). Joseph's address = Thornton Rows; Sarah GRAHAM's address was Warwickhill Rows.

Joseph LAURIE and Sarah GRAHAM had the following children:

Robert LAURIE born 17th March 1899 address Douglas' Land, Crosshouse
Jeannie McBride LAURIE born 22nd January 1901 (address Warwickhill Rows)
Henry Graham LAURIE born 8th April 1904 (address Warwickhill Rows) (Father Joseph recorded as a coalminer)

Sarah GRAHAM was born 8th April 1877 to Henry GRAHAM (coal miner) and Jane McBride. They married 9th Dec 1873, Johnstone, Renfrew. Sarah died 14th May 1944 at 35A Russell Colt Street, Coatbridge aged 67 years of carito sicca of lumbar vertebrae. Henry GRAHAM (father dec) and Jane GRAHAM (not dec)

Joseph LAURIE died in 1935 at 35A Russell Colt Street, Coatbridge aged 66 years.= of high blood pressure, convulsions. Death reported by Robert Laurie, son, 1 Annathill by Glenboig.