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Do you have any memories of Tillicoultry which you would like to share with others?

My great x 4 grandparents were Samuel Schaw and his wife Janet (who may also have been a Schaw). They had 5 children: Ann b 1791, John 1793, George 1795, Robert 1797 and William 1800 all born in Tillicoultry. According to Robert's birth record Samuel and Janet were tenants in Eastertown and Robert was baptised in Westertown. The youngest son, William, was baptized before the anti-burgher congregation, St Mary's. Robert, my ancestor, married Margaret Auld in 1825. He became a tea, wine and spirit merchant and owned much property in Leith, Midlothian.

He had 5 children and left the business to his youngest son, Robert, bypassing for reasons unknown his elder son John who was left an annual legacy to be distributed bi-annually by the trustees of his will. I would like to hear from anyone who knows anything about the Schaw family Many thanks Rhiannon Boardman Abergavenny Wales.

I have never been to Tillicoultry, but in the 1960’s i was very involved with the trade union movement, and I did number of TUC postal courses which were designed to educate the trade union members. Recently I have come across the certificates from that period. I would love to hear from anyone that worked in the TUC postal course office or in any way was involved with this.

My father owned the clock mill and all of the family worked there at some time or another. I was there briefly from 1969 to 1973. I can remember his determination to get the clock working when he eventually owned the mill I can remember his determination to get the clock working when he eventually owned the mill. There is a lade running to the left as viewed towards the hills. My father always wanted to restore the water wheel but unfortunately this was never done for various reasons.

It would have been a stunning feature. I also have many memories of my childhood there. One in particular is as follows. My friend and I discovered an ice cooler in the woods below the ruins of Alva House. These are quite rare and I wondered if the Heritage organisations know of it. Basically it is a huge brick built dome underground. There was a passage leading to the house and servants shovelled ice into the containers for the staff to pull the ice into kitchen. The ice was kept frozen with hay. Please don't ask me the scientific reason for this.

My memories of Tillicoultry are pretty vague. I was evacuated there during World War 2. I guess I was around three or four years old at the time. I can't recall how long I was there. It could have been weeks perhaps months. I was taken in by a Mrs Walsh. Pleasant memories of fishing for minnows in the Devon. Unpleasant memory of hitting my head on a cast iron rocking horse still bear the scar above my eyebrow. Tom in San Francisco

I remember when I first went to the cinema in the town hall to watch matinees and the manager was as strict as any Sgt. major in the forces.no messing around when he patrolled around. I went to the local school and played football there. I am now living in North Wales but still miss the old place. William Drysdale

My husband was serving in the forces during World War 2 and we rented a small privately owned flat in Hill Street. Our name was on the council housing list but we waited in vain to be offerred a house. The flat was in need of renovation and repair. The linoleum had cracks in it and there were holes in the skirting boards as well which encouraged creepy crawlies and dampness into the rooms. One morning I wakened and went to make myself a cup of tea only to find a huge black slug in the teacup.

I was so disgusted that I went straight down to Devonvale Mill and into the office of Mr Platfoot who was Provost at that time and demanded that he do something about the poor living accomodation. I explained that we had been on the council housing list for years but not been offerred anything. On the Monday night the list went up outside the Council offices with the names of those allocated the new council houses in Church Grove. Submitted by A.F.

My Saturday job around 1970 was working in the Co-op offices from 9am - 1pm for the princely sum of 10 shillings. I worked the switchboard and transferred calls to the various departments and made outside calls for the different shops. However one of the main jobs was to sort out all the checks - everyone had a co-op number and shop assistants had to write out a check in duplicate of all transactions stating the co-op number and the amount spent.

One check went to the customer and the duplicate eventually went to the office where it was torn out of the book and separated into piles so that each customer's spending could be recorded in a ledger from which the dividend was calculated. This was a time consuming task and done with the use of boards with 10 rows of 10 sections so the mixed up checks could first of all be divided into piles of 1- 100, 101 - 200 etc. then later into individual numbers.