10 Dec

Thomas Blue

Archive, Norman Mowatt, People of the Picture House

Biography File: People of Campbeltown Picture House
Full NameThomas Blue
Maiden name / other names 
Birth date1889Birth place: Campbeltown
Death date3rd November 1937Death place: Machrihanish

Buried in Kilkerran Cemetery

Father’s full nameAlexander Blue (Master Baker)
Mother’s full name
(maiden name in brackets)
Catherine Blue (MS unknown)


  • Alice Farquhar  born 1888 married 1921
  • (Thomas Blue’s Headstone: Wife of Thomes and Mother of Alastair
  • Died 14th March 1974 aged 82 years)


  • Alastair Farquhar (RAF) born 1922
  • (Thomas Blue’s Headstone: Killed 3rd Dec. 1943 and interred in Brandon Manitoba aged 21 years)
Places of residence


  • Main Street Campbeltown
  • Glenlea, Campbeltown
Occupation historyBaker and Confectioner
Relationship with Picture House / Rex CinemaEarly Shareholder


Life story in a paragraph (summary of above)




Campbeltown Courier 6th November 1937

The Late Mr Thos. Blue.

Death Under Tragic Circumstances

We deeply regret to announce the death, which occurred in tragic circumstances yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon, of Mr Thomas Blue. Glenlea.

Mr Blue was playing in the Monthly Medal Competition at the Machrihanish Golf Course. He had completed the fourth hole with his partner, Mr Angus White, and was walking away from the green, when he was seen to stumble and fall. Other golfers hurried to Mr Blue’s assistance and it was found that he was unconscious. Artificial respiration was applied by Mr W. A. Macmillan, L.D.S.

Muffled in coats and other garments provided by the other competitors Mr Blue was conveyed towards the Club House on the trailer of a motor tractor. The mournful procession was met by Dr Thomas Kay, D.S.O., who is himself a member of the golf club. Dr Kay was only able to declare life was extinct. The competition was immediately abandoned and the body was conveyed to Campbeltown by ambulance.


The tragic news created a feeling of deepest mourning throughout Campbeltown and Kintyre, where Mr Blue was very widely known and held in highest respect.  Mr Blue was an elder and a devoted member of Castlehill Church and to the Rev. Alexander Moffatt, B.D., fell

The sad task of breaking the news of her bereavement to the widow.

A man of wide interests, the late Mr Blue’s activities brought him into contact with many phases of community life.

Inheriting his father’s bakery business he modernised and developed it. His bakehouse was regarded as one of the most up-to-date in the country and was frequently inspected by visiting bakers. He was an active member of the Scottish Association of Master Bakers and his opinions on trade problems, expressed at gatherings of the Association were always listened to with respectful attention. He was a regular and successful exhibitor at the Bakery and Allied Trades’ Exhibitions, in Glasgow and London, and his displays of shortbread, made under his personal supervision, were notable.


Music was perhaps the principal interest of his leisure hours. He was for many years a member of the choir of Castlehill Church and gave many notable performances in leading roles in the productions of the Campbeltown Operatic Society.

He was also an accomplished actor and his appearance as “Rob Roy” in the drama of that name, staged by the old Campbeltown Amateur Dramatic Society, is still remembered by the elder generation.

A keen sportsman, and a noted footballer in his younger days, he was an enthusiastic bowler and golfer. He was a past president of the Campbeltown Bowling Club and a member of the Committee of the Machrihanish Golf Club.

He was a manager of the Campbeltown and District Savings Bank and gave his services as judge of confectionery classes at local shows.

He is survived by his widow and by a son and two daughters, all of school age, to whom the sympathy of the people of Kintyre is extended in their irreparable loss.

Contact with family established (details)?No
External source references (e.g. census, BMD, valuation rolls, probate index, wills, parish records etc.) include ref. numbers


  • Birth year from Census returns.
  • Death information from Scotland’s People ref 507/ 113, Probate Register, and Headstone.
  • Scotland’s People Census return 1911
  • Census returns 1891, 1901
  • Marriage Scotland’s People ref 644/10 526
CPH archive or object collection reference


Shareholders ledger
Other notes


Headstone text
Headstone in Kilkerran Cemetery:

  • Headstone in Kilkerran Cemetery:
  • In Loving Memory of
  • Thomas Blue, Baker and Confectioner
  • Diesd 3rd Nov. 1937 aged 48 years
  • also his son
  • Alastair Farquhar RAF
  • Killed 3rd Dec. 1943 and interred in Brandon Manitoba
  • aged 21 years (so YoB = 1922)
  • Alice Farquhar
  • Wife of Thomes and Mother of Alastair
  • Died 14th March 1974 aged 82 yearsProbate Register:
  • Name:  Thomas Blue
  • Death Date:        3 Nov 1937
  • Death Place:       Campbeltown, Scotland
  • Probate Date:    31 Mar 1938
  • Registry:              London, England – document in folder
  • BLUE Thomas of Glenlea Campbeltown died 3 November 1937 at
  • Machrihanish by Campbeltown Conformation of Alice Farquhar
  • or Blue widow. Sealed London 31 March 1938.
ResearcherNorman MowattCreation Date: 30th May 2017
Ross Wallace December 10, 2017 William D’Arc December 10, 2017