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JOHN MOTHERWELL

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or n in A i rdrie, wa s e du cat ed at A irdri e Acade my a nd Glas g ow U ni ve r s i t y. H e w as admi tte d a s a p r oc u rat o r an d not a r y p u bli c in 1 8 6 8 , and be gan b u s i n ess in Co a t b ri dg e in th e sa m e y e ar. He wa s e lect e d a s t h e fir st T ow n - C l e rk o f Coatbridge burg h in 1 885

He was c h a i rman o f dire cto r s of th e C o a tbrid ge Tin P l ate C ompan y , Lim i ted; a dire c tor of t h e A i r dr i e a n d Coa t b rid ge W ate r C om p a n y; al so o f th e Aird r i e G a s Li g h t C omp a ny, a nd t h e Rawyard s Co ll iery C o mp a n y ; a nd c hairm a n of trustee s and m a n a ge r s of Airdrie Parish C h ur c h . He was al s o Co mmi ss i o ner o f Sup p l y f o r th e cou n t i e s o f Lanark a nd Stir li n g , H e wa s marri e d i n 1 8 7 3 t o Mi s s M a r g ar e t Th o m so n, d a ughte r o f th e l a t e Pr o vos t Jam e s 'I'ho mso n Ranki n .

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r . A l ston was a l a nd e d p r o pr i et o r in N ew Monk l and , bein g l a i rd of M o nk r ig g , G l entore , &c . , in th e north- east e nd o f th e p a ri s h . Hi s re s id e nce was Beechwo o d H o u s e, ne a r the v ill a g e of Cl a rk s ton, b y Ai r drie.

By 1920 the firm was styled John M. Alston & Sons. By 1925 the business of Robert Denholm had been incorporated into the firm, and from 1945 to 1947 the firm was titled John M. Alston & Denholm. The business was based at chambers above the bank in Church St., before moving to Academy Street in the 1980's. By 2002 it was called Trainor Alston.

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