Peter celebrates his 100th

Peter is congratulated by Deputy Lieutenant Brian Miller and South Lanarkshire Provost Eileen Logan.
Peter is congratulated by Deputy Lieutenant Brian Miller and South Lanarkshire Provost Eileen Logan.

Peter Dugald Johnstone, a resident of Croftbank House in Uddingston, has celebrated his 100th birthday.

Peter was born in Salen, Mull, on December 16, 1914. His mother had six children, three boys and three girls, plus she had four step-children, two of each, of which Peter is the last of the line.

Peter’s father had been a policeman in Glasgow but had returned to his Argyll farming roots.

The family moved around a fair bit, first to Fintry where Peter started school, then to Butterbridge near Cairndow where Peter then went to school until he was 15.

The family moved another couple of times before that to Cruitchonie and Clachan Beag, both in the Cairndow area.

Peter moved to Cardross when he was 15 and started work in a butcher’s.

He wasn’t too keen on butchering and after two years Peter got a job gardening in Ardarden where he served his time.

He then moved a few more times for experience, including to Roseneath Castle and Glenorchard in Balmore where Peter met and married his wife Agnes on November 9, 1938. From there they they moved back to Ardkinglas House in Cairndow.

After moving to Cairndow Peter and Agnes had three children, two girls and a boy. Unfortunately, Christina, the youngest, died a year ago. However, Peter now has, having lost Agnes in 2001 after 63 years of marriage, six grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

The family moved a few times as well from Cairndow to Blanefield to Murdock to Wemyss Bay to Barrhead before making their way to Lanarkshire.

They moved first to Coatbridge then to New Stevenston and Viewpark nursery before retiring to Kew Gardens.

Peter enjoyed not working for the first five years of his retirement but then his health began to deteriorate. With a laugh he describes himself now as ‘old and done’.