Archive photograph brings back a flood of memories for one Milngavie lady

Family Group, including James Baird of the Road Haulage Firm seated.
Family Group, including James Baird of the Road Haulage Firm seated.

An old photo of the James Baird Haulage Company published recently in the Herald has brought back a flood of memories for one reader.

Margaret Duncan (nee Baird) got in touch to say that her father, James, set up the business in the 1920s and that her nephew, John, still runs it from a base in Dalmuir.

Her mother, Jean, fitted carpets and repaired them as part of her work as an interior designer. Jean’s father ran a house furnishing business in Mugdock Road, Milngavie.

It was through this that Jean met James when they were both in the early twenties, as he often transported furniture for them.

James Baird Haulage was originally based in a garage off Clober Road, in Milngavie, where Margaret’s mother kept about 40 hens during the war to supply locals with eggs. She was also the president of the poultry club of the West of Scotland .

Margaret (76) said: “Eggs were hard to get so people were grateful to my mother for supplying them.”

Margaret also recalls how their family collie dog, Nell, was used in the firm’s garage to kill rats so that they wouldn’t eat the flour, butter and sugar that they transported, and how her father was only allowed to deliver within 25 miles during the war due to petrol rationing. His son Ronald ran the business from the early 1960s until the 1980s when John took over.