Friday, 4 December 2015

Carnock Road Accident and Bowhill Call to Ministry

In the Dunfermline Journal and Advertiser for West Fife 100 years ago this weekend (to be specific the 4 December 1915 issue)

Welcome all to my new blog post focusing on social history in Dunfermline 100 years ago!

Road Accident - Carnock Man Killed by Motor Cycle

An incident occurred on the Dunfermline Carnock Road about three hundred yards to the east of Carnock village late on Saturday night.  While William Wyllie, underground manager, East Grange, was proceeding home to Dunfermline on his motor bicycle, accompanied in a side-car by his brother-in-law, William Lemels, the machine came into contact with a dark object lying on the road.  Wyllie was thrown from his machine and on investigation the obstacle was found to be the body of a man later identified as William Stevenson, a miner, fifty years of age, residing in Carnock,  The unfortunate man was badly injured about the head and one of his jaw bones was broken.  Death was instantaneous.  Stevenson is a married man but resided alone.

Bowhill - call to Rev Mr Conway

The Rev S M Conway pastor of Bowhill Baptist Church has received a unanimous call to the Baptist Church, Dumfries.  Mr Conway came from Dundee 6 years ago as successor to the Rev James Young who left for Manchester at that time.  The members of the Baptist Church opened a new place of worship in November 1907 2 years previous to Mr Conway taking up duty and there still remained a debt of £300 in 1909.  Largely due to the energies of Mr Conway this debt was cleared 2 years ago.  Mr Conway was also a member of the School Board and took a keen interest in public matters.

{Bowhill baptist church was demolished after 1988 and it's former site is now occupied by terraced housing at Derran Drive, Bowhill.]

Tune in next week to see what happened in Dunfermline next week 100 years ago ..........

Blog written by Jacqueline Hunter of Ancestral Research by Jacqueline, Dunfermline, Scotland. Please email me at if I can help you with your family history research.

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