Jim Hamilton (1922 - 2004)


Jim Hamilton

For more than 30 years Jim Hamilton, who was born in Coalburn in 1922, worked tirelessly in recording the history of the village and, in doing so, amassed an amazing collection of photographs and documents.


Coalburn Inn and Brig

Coalburn Inn and Brig (Photo: Jim Hamilton 1990)

Though living in Hamilton, Jim was always seen with his camera in Coalburn at all the usual events - the annual Flower Show, the Bowling Green, Old Folks Treats and, of course, the Gala Day.  He was always regarded as the main photographer on the day despite the press being invited.


Cover of Jim Hamilton's book on Old Douglas and Coalburn

Jim published two books ("Old Douglas and Coalburn" and "Lanarkshire Coalminers and their Wives") which led to him receiving recognition from The British Library as a mark of the regard in which he was held.

Cover of Lanarkshire Coalminers and their Wives