Jimmy Brownlie

Jimmy Brownlie's mobile Fish and Chips Van

The first photo shows Coalburn man Jimmy Brownlie, born in 1901, who described his occupation as "Mobile Restauranteur". The second photo taken around 1940 shows his mobile fish and chips van, with his son Andrew (b. 1933) on the running board. Our thanks to Andrew Brownlie and his niece Helen for these photos and Rozsa Halls for removing an imperfection from the second photo.


The Jim Hamilton Heritage Society of Coalburn was established in 2004.

Meetings are held normally on the FIRST and THIRD Wednesdays each month; from SEPTEMBER until APRIL, 7.30pm - 9pm, in Coalburn Bowling Club, next to the Coalburn Miners Welfare's One Stop Shop.

There is an invited guest speaker at each meeting and non-members are welcome to attend.

One Stop Shop, Coalburn

Coalburn's One Stop Shop

The Society runs the Heritage Centre in the One Stop Shop which contains an archive of photographs, documents and artifacts relating to Coalburn's social history and mining heritage. The majority of these were collected by the late Jim Hamilton.

ChairmanPeter McLeish
Vice-ChairmanGilbert Dobbie
SecretaryGeoff Brown (Tel. No: 01555 820379)
TreasurerMarion McBain
Membership Secretary Betty Nicol

Cover of Summer 2020 Newsletter

An informative 12-page newsletter, designed and produced to a high standard by the Society is published quarterly and distributed FREE to members. (Non-members £2)

It also features a record of village events and articles of local interest submitted by members.


What's new

Two paintings of Coalburn IOR Band

Paintings by Billy Clelland of Pipe Majors Donald Williamson and James Findlay. This story features in the Society's Summer Newsletter.

  1. Because of the coronavirus epidemic, all of the remaining activities of the Society, the Coalburn Gala and the Society's Exhibition have been cancelled and we await to see whether it will be possible to start activities again in the Autumn. However, Helen Brownlie has produced an excellent Summer newsletter (see below) which has been posted to all members by Betty Nicol and is now available online.