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Posted by: matt.63 9th Feb 2007, 02:01pm

My mother passed away when i was aged 4 and my father left with 7 of us decided to {the term used then was put us into a home} this home was Bellevue convent in Rutherglen so off we went all but my two oldest brothers. giving the times it was'nt to bad but was still quite a hard envirement I spent six years of my childhood there. i have tried to find any information about Bellevue but all I know is that a school has been built where it used to be. Years ago while passing through a transit camp.in England on my way overseas i met someone who had been in the home at the same time as me and this is the only person I have ever met from Bellevue. i'm hoping that through these boards someone else might turn up so anyone got any information about Bellevue

Posted by: mah363 23rd Dec 2007, 07:13pm

My mother and her two sisters were also at Bellvue in Rutherglen from approx 1936 to 1947 where she then went to Lightburn hospital as a trainee nurse. She spoke of the "home" often and did have fond and not so fond memories of it. She kept in touch with one of the nuns "stir teresa" I don't know if you were in the home at that time if so if you post you can let me know through the forum and I will post their names etc.

Posted by: tina clark 9th Feb 2008, 03:39pm

hi just out of interest how would i find out if someone had been in a childrens home . i ask because after 2 years trying to find info on my late father and his family i still cant find anybody with any info from 1934 when my dad was born until he met my mum in 1964ish i know he was in the army for a while beforehand but nothing about his childhood and he would never talk about this time so someone said maybe he was in care of some sort thanks tina

Posted by: *Danny* 30th Dec 2009, 03:30pm

QUOTE (mah363 @ 23rd Dec 2007, 07:11pm) *
My mother and her two sisters were also at Bellvue in Rutherglen from approx 1936 to 1947 where she then went to Lightburn hospital as a trainee nurse. She spoke of the "home" often and did have fond and not so fond memories of it. She kept in touch with one of the nuns "stir teresa" I don't know if you were in the home at that time if so if you post you can let me know through the forum and I will post their names etc.


Posted by: Pollock 30th Dec 2009, 08:13pm

QUOTE (mah363 @ 23rd Dec 2007, 07:11pm) *
My mother and her two sisters were also at Bellvue in Rutherglen from approx 1936 to 1947 where she then went to Lightburn hospital as a trainee nurse. She spoke of the "home" often and did have fond and not so fond memories of it. She kept in touch with one of the nuns "stir teresa" I don't know if you were in the home at that time if so if you post you can let me know through the forum and I will post their names etc.

My mum was in Bellevue between the same dates as your rels, she also knew sister Theresa. What was your rels names? My mum is really interested
Danny

Posted by: Matt Burns 31st Dec 2009, 02:29pm

HI, and my brothers john patrick and james and sister alice were in bellevue from app.1944/52 my sister alice passed away while in the convent .our family name was/is Burns like yoursevles have good bad memories hope to hear from you

Posted by: mc devitt 26th Sep 2010, 02:07pm

In reply to Matthew Burns. I remember your family Alice was my friend, along with Mary Munroe, Do you remember any of my brothers? Charles, John, Desmond and Owen Mc Devitt.

Regards Mari Lacon (nee McDevitt).

Posted by: Pat Mcnulty 25th Dec 2011, 08:25pm

QUOTE (Matt Burns @ 31st Dec 2009, 01:48pm) *
HI, and my brothers john patrick and james and sister alice were in bellevue from app.1944/52 my sister alice passed away while in the convent .our family name was/is Burns like yoursevles have good bad memories hope to hear from you


Posted by: jinkee 2nd Mar 2012, 08:43pm

hi i was also in bellvue from around 1947/48 to 51 and it was pure cruelety from the day i went in to the day my young brother and i were taken out,, my main bone of contention was sister Angela, she was nothing more than a vicious thug, that beat the s=== out of us from day 1,, and her usual punishment was to make us walk around the yard with our handa behind our necks like prisoners of war,, well try it for hours on end and let me know,, i hate that woman even to this day with every fibre in my body,, so please do not anyone tell me of the good times in Bellvue...

Posted by: jinkee 2nd Mar 2012, 08:46pm

Matt i need to reply in my case as in my young brothers case there were no good times in there,, we were beaten constantly and will leave it at that for now

Posted by: jinkee 2nd Mar 2012, 08:51pm

can any one tell of a guy in bellvue called Basil Jones

Posted by: irene seddon 24th Apr 2012, 09:31am

smile.gif Hello. Three of my cousins, Mae, John, and Veronica (Vera) Cairns were sent there after their Mother died. This would be in the mid Forties. Although they came from a large family, it was weirdly thought that as their Father was widowed they would be better off in Bellevue. Iremember visiting them there as a very young child and taking them, I,ve been told by Mae (now Cleary) their first banana. Sadly, Vera has died, and John has been given the accolade of M.B.E. They left Bellevue around 1949 after their father remarried. They then went on to have siblings David, Catherine, and Francis. Cannot belive that three young children were sent to an Orphanage, by a large family!!!

Posted by: lorrane 19th Jan 2013, 12:20am

Does any of any photos of Bellevue would love to see them as memory is vague was there 1959.

Posted by: Jim McLau 10th Feb 2013, 06:55am

QUOTE (lorrane @ 19th Jan 2013, 12:37am) *
Does any of any photos of Bellevue would love to see them as memory is vague was there 1959.

Hi,

We believe our Mum was in Belle Vue, between about 1933, aged 10, on a daily basis, after her adoptive Mother died and then full time from about 1937, aged 14, after her adoptive Father died, leaving about the age of 17. Her name was Elizabeth (Betty) McCallum.

We have been in contact with Belle Vue to try to confirm this, as we are trying to find details of Mum's real family, however they state that the records they have for around that time, have been destroyed or damaged.

We have photo's of Mum and others in and around what we believe to be Belle Vue, however, Mum passed away in 1979, so obviously is unable to confirm the details we have. I would be happy to forward copies of these to you.

I would also like to hear from anyone else who had relatives at Belle Vue around that time or knew Sister Agnes, who I have been told, Mum was very friendly with and in fact travelled to London in the mid sixties to meet up with.

Jim

Posted by: McDevitt 16th Feb 2013, 12:05pm

Hi. My background is similar to yours.
1949 my mum died, leaving my father with five young children, me being the youngest aged 3,
We were there for 5 years,
My e mail address mcdevitt46@yahoo.com
Regards
Owen mc Devitt

Posted by: Isis 11th May 2013, 05:17pm

Hi,

I'm writing on behalf of my dad. He is hoping that someone out there will remember the Love family; Mary, Tommy, Billy and the youngest, Robert (my dad). They were in Bellevue around 1951 to 1957. They have lots of group photos of nuns with the children but wonder if anyone has photographs of the whole building or grounds. My dad and uncle Tommy would also love to talk to old friends or anyone else who was in or connected to Bellevue from this time period.

P.S. Does anyone remember the dog called "Paddy Laundry"?

He can be contacted at olias@aol.com

Posted by: matt.63 23rd Aug 2013, 12:43pm

QUOTE (Isis @ 11th May 2013, 05:15pm) *
Hi,

I'm writing on behalf of my dad. He is hoping that someone out there will remember the Love family; Mary, Tommy, Billy and the youngest, Robert (my dad). They were in Bellevue around 1951 to 1957. They have lots of group photos of nuns with the children but wonder if anyone has photographs of the whole building or grounds. My dad and uncle Tommy would also love to talk to old friends or anyone else who was in or connected to Bellevue from this time period.

P.S. Does anyone remember the dog called "Paddy Laundry"? hi i can remember a dog in bellevue the dog was an airedale breed if my memory is correct,i dont have any photos of bellevue have tried to get information but nothing about

He can be contacted at olias@aol.com


Posted by: matt.63 23rd Aug 2013, 12:48pm

QUOTE (jinkee @ 2nd Mar 2012, 08:49pm) *
can any one tell of a guy in bellvue called Basil Jones

hi jinkee sorry to hear of the bad times you had in bellevue i was quite young when in there but can certainly remember it not so good if you wet the bed as i did having to take your sheets down to the laundry every morning wasnt funny then so have an idea of what you mean cheers Matt

Posted by: George rice 6th Mar 2014, 07:30pm

I am 65 years old. I was in Bellevue at age 4/5 my memories of this institution are that of beatings cold baths and other sadistic treatment, one young friend I remember was made to wear a dress to school, I was lucky that I had 4 older sisters to protect me.

Posted by: Carla Stanizzo 22nd Apr 2014, 06:14am

QUOTE (Jim McLau @ 10th Feb 2013, 07:12am) *
Hi,

We believe our Mum was in Belle Vue, between about 1933, aged 10, on a daily basis, after her adoptive Mother died and then full time from about 1937, aged 14, after her adoptive Father died, leaving about the age of 17. Her name was Elizabeth (Betty) McCallum.

We have been in contact with Belle Vue to try to confirm this, as we are trying to find details of Mum's real family, however they state that the records they have for around that time, have been destroyed or damaged.

We have photo's of Mum and others in and around what we believe to be Belle Vue, however, Mum passed away in 1979, so obviously is unable to confirm the details we have. I would be happy to forward copies of these to you.

I would also like to hear from anyone else who had relatives at Belle Vue around that time or knew Sister Agnes, who I have been told, Mum was very friendly with and in fact travelled to London in the mid sixties to meet up with.

Jim


Posted by: lorrmcd 4th Jul 2014, 08:47pm

Reply to Jim McLau*

Sorry have not been on this website for some time. I would really appreciate if you could forward some pics

Posted by: Lorrane 14th Feb 2015, 01:17am

QUOTE (Jim McLau @ 10th Feb 2013, 07:12am) *
Hi,

We believe our Mum was in Belle Vue, between about 1933, aged 10, on a daily basis, after her adoptive Mother died and then full time from about 1937, aged 14, after her adoptive Father died, leaving about the age of 17. Her name was Elizabeth (Betty) McCallum.

We have been in contact with Belle Vue to try to confirm this, as we are trying to find details of Mum's real family, however they state that the records they have for around that time, have been destroyed or damaged.

We have photo's of Mum and others in and around what we believe to be Belle Vue, however, Mum passed away in 1979, so obviously is unable to confirm the details we have. I would be happy to forward copies of these to you.

I would also like to hear from anyone else who had relatives at Belle Vue around that time or knew Sister Agnes, who I have been told, Mum was very friendly with and in fact travelled to London in the mid sixties to meet up with.

Jim


Posted by: Charles reilly 31st Mar 2015, 01:54pm

QUOTE (lorrane @ 19th Jan 2013, 12:37am) *
Does any of any photos of Bellevue would love to see them as memory is vague was there 1959.

My family were also in Bellvue we had Sister Louise she was not a nice woman.

Posted by: Pollock 31st Mar 2015, 04:15pm

Hi,
My mum was in Bellevue in the 1940's. I would like to see the pictures as there is very little info from that time.. Thanks in advance
Regards
Danny

Posted by: carla stanizzo 23rd Apr 2015, 01:38pm

Hi Jim

I have not been on the site for a long time as I was trying to trace family history another way. I have come to a dead end and have pretty much decided to stop searching. If you have any photos or information on bellevue I would love to see/hear them. Dad was left at beelvue by his single mother around 1931 and stayed there for about three years.

Carla

Posted by: james tynan 9th Dec 2016, 12:38am

Was that the dog that went rabid and started biting all in the play area?

Posted by: Pollock 26th Nov 2019, 04:42pm

QUOTE (irene seddon @ 24th Apr 2012, 10:31am) *
smile.gif Hello. Three of my cousins, Mae, John, and Veronica (Vera) Cairns were sent there after their Mother died. This would be in the mid Forties. Although they came from a large family, it was weirdly thought that as their Father was widowed they would be better off in Bellevue. Iremember visiting them there as a very young child and taking them, I,ve been told by Mae (now Cleary) their first banana. Sadly, Vera has died, and John has been given the accolade of M.B.E. They left Bellevue around 1949 after their father remarried. They then went on to have siblings David, Catherine, and Francis. Cannot belive that three young children were sent to an Orphanage, by a large family!!!



QUOTE (irene seddon @ 24th Apr 2012, 10:31am) *
smile.gif Hello. Three of my cousins, Mae, John, and Veronica (Vera) Cairns were sent there after their Mother died. This would be in the mid Forties. Although they came from a large family, it was weirdly thought that as their Father was widowed they would be better off in Bellevue. Iremember visiting them there as a very young child and taking them, I,ve been told by Mae (now Cleary) their first banana. Sadly, Vera has died, and John has been given the accolade of M.B.E. They left Bellevue around 1949 after their father remarried. They then went on to have siblings David, Catherine, and Francis. Cannot belive that three young children were sent to an Orphanage, by a large family!!!