Ron Young

I was born in 1934 and lived at Kings Cottages, opposite the COOP, till 1943 when I left the village to go the military boarding school at Dunblane.

My Father John Young was badly wounded in the 1st war and used to go the Bishopton Hotel for a pint.

I went to the infants school and the headmaster was Mr Rowan. My teachers were Miss Watson and Miss McKenzie.

I remember a few people, May Maxwell, Allan Birkett, Ian Park whose father owned a farm. We then moved house to 8 Crossgates opposite the garage. There was an army barracks behind our house. I remember Ian Watson whose father owned the tomato nurseries.

I returned to the village in 1949 and joined the youth club where I met my first girl friend. Margaret Ewart, she was the twin sister of Olive Ewart. Lovely family.

Ah well Memories.

All the best,

Ron Young


I asked Ron for more.... thanks Ron!

Hello, Here is a photo of me behind Kings Cottages 1939. Our neighbours were Mrs Harrison who had a son called Danny.

Next to that was the sweet shop run by Mrs Sutherland where we bought lucky bags and Iron brew with our tuppence a week pocket money. The shop closed during the war and never opened again.

Down the road towards the Golf Inn Mr Ralph Blackett opened a cycle shop. The Golf Inn was run by a Mr Laurie and he had 2 daughters Jean & Myrtle who were at the infant school with me. Next shop was the chip shop on the bridge. 

I used to deliver milk from Linburn Farm where my mother worked as a girl. Mathew and John Stevenson owned the farm and took over the supply of milk from Thomas Linden. I learned to drive on the farm and at age eleven when I came home from Dunblane school and regularly drove the Ferguson tractor on my own at 5 in the morning and cut kale for the cows.

If I can give you any more info and my brain can stand it please let me know. At 73 things do not work like they used to!!! (Ronnie, I'm 46 and need to be reminded of things by a computer! Stu the Webbie)

Very best wishes Ronnie Young

Just one more memory. My Father lost a leg in the 14 - 18 war and was in Erskine Hospital. He also had a friend there called Willie Thompson who worked on the switchboard. He also lost a leg.

Many of the patients used use their wheelchairs to go to the Golf Inn for a beer. I and a friend whose name I forget used to go to Erskine Hospital and push the patients to the Golf Inn and then back again. Very hard work and a long walk there and back 4 times!! We called them "Blue Boys" as they had blue hospital clothes.

Even then when I was about 10 or 11 I noticed how young some of the amputees were, but how cheerful they all were. Very sad to see so many destroyed young men. I also remember Dr Drever. He had 2 sons Ian & Ronald. I had appendicitus in 1949 and had to see Dr Drever and he sent for an ambulance and off I went Paisley Alexandra Hospital. It all keeps coming back. My sister Billie was married in the free church in 1951. Mr McCaskill was the minister.  

I was always known as Ronnie but it slowly shrank to Ron in later years. Saved ink!!!

All the best Ron

Hello again.

More memories.

In about 1942 or 1943, I was about 8, I remember during a very hard icy winter (before global warming!!), a lorry laden with sugar skidded violently on the ice in front of the Bishopton Hotel and crashed into the wall.

Sugar went everywhere and all the locals, me included, rushed out with buckets and basins and collected as much sugar as we could. The driver could not stop it and policeman too late to do anything.

As it was severe rationing it was like manna from heaven. I think the lorry was a Rapid Road Transport one. They had fantastic steam driven lorries, Fodens I think and they used to stop at the Golf Inn for a pint, I used to watch them as they hissed with a head of steam up.

I expect the driver needed a pint as the fire was in the cab and must have been very warm on a summers day.

I wonder if anyone else remembers the incident?  

All the best Ron Young

October 2007

Ron, brilliant! Thank you!

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