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Punkie Willie

The following information was very kindly sent to us by Dr Peter J. Gordon. He is a descendant of the Scott family who started the Jam 'Jeely' Works in Carluke.

When people recall their childhood in a town, they remember not only the buildings but also the people who were important to them. Every town had its 'characters' - men or women who stood out from the ordinary in some way or other. 'Punkie Willie' was a great Carluke favourite - an 'old worthy' who befriended all with his couthie town cry and his tinkling bell. He used to sweep people's chimneys and also acted as town crier. He was often to be seen going about the town ringing a small hand-bell and announcing the latest news!

These days he is forgotten and no tombstone marks his grave. Very sad as the villagers of Carluke loved him so.

Punkie married Sarah – who belonged to the Scott family.

Punkie Willie

 

The following are extracts from the census records. The records show Willie living in Old Bridgend but locals remember him living in a cottage between the chapel and the parish church in Mount Stewart Street.

1851 census - Lainshaw Muir, Carluke

William EWING, Head, age 38, Hand loom Weaver, born Carnwath c1813
Sarah EWING, Wife, age 25, born Hamilton c1826

1861 census - Mount Pleasant, Carluke

William EWING, Head, age 48, Cotton Weaver, born Carnwath c1813
Sarah EWING, Wife, age 34, born c1827 in Hamilton, Lanarkshire
William L EWING, Son, age 7 born Carluke
Robert M EWING, age 1, born Carluke

1871 census - Old Bridgend, Carluke

William EWING, Head, Town Crier, age 58, born c1813 in Carnwath
Sarah EWING, Wife, age 44, born Quarles, Lanarkshire c1827
William L EWING, Son born 1854, age 17, Miners Drawer, born Carluke
Robert W. EWING, Son, Scholar, age 10 born c1861 in Carluke
Sarah W. EWING, Dau, age 6, born Carluke
Margaret S. EWING, Dau, age 3, born Carluke

1881 census - Old Bridgend, Carluke

William EWING, Head, Married, Pedlar And Town Crier, age 68, born Carnwath
Sarah EWING, Wife, age 54, born Quarter
William EWING, Son, Unmarried, age 27, Ironstone Miner, born Carluke
Robert EWING Son, Unmarried, age 21, Ironstone Miner, born Carluke
Margaret EWING, Dau, age 13, Scholar, born Carluke
Daniel EWING, Son, age 7, Scholar, born Carluke

1891 census - John Street, Carluke

William EWING, Head, Pedlar, age 79, born c1812 in Carnwath
Sarah EWING, Wife, age 65, born Hamilton c1826
Daniel VALLANCE, Adopted Son, Coal Miner, age 17, born c1874 in Carluke
Sarah EWING, Granddaughter, age 1 born K, N.

1901 census - Old Bridgend, Carluke

Sarah EWING, Head, age 76, born c1825 in Hamilton
Margaret EWING, Daughter, Gen Dom Servant, age 34, born c1867 in Carluke
Sarah EWING, Granddaughter, age 11, Scholar born Edinburgh
Margaret EWING, Granddaughter born Carluke c1898
Sarah EWING, Granddaughter born Carluke age 5 months