The Dalbeath Blantyre Monument

1877 Dalbeath monumentI think this article deserves to be shared to show some awareness and memory of the dead. All too often when we think of the 200+ victims of the 1877 Blantyre Explosion, we may think they are all buried in High Blantyre Cemetery. After all, there was a large monument erected by Dixon’s in their memory. That part is very much true.

However, lesser known is the fact that many of the Catholic men and boys who died that fateful day in the High Blantyre mine, were taken from Blantyre later and were buried in Dalbeath Cemetery, just off the London Road. Dalbeath Cemetery is also known as St.Peters Cemetery.

A rather small and unimposing monument stands in the cemetery in memory of all the Catholic men and boys from Blantyre who were buried there.

1877 catholics monument dalbeath

Names of the deceased men who were killed in Dixon’s Pit of High Blantyre, interred by special arrangement in the plot forming the north west corner of Section 9 consisting of 11 lairs, internments made at 22/- each. Paid by Messrs Dixon Limited. There are many modern Blantyre surnames in there.

With thanks to Alex Rochead for taking the photos and providing this long, well researched and extensive list.

Month Day Forename Surname Age Cause £ S D
Oct 24 Michael Brannan 26 accident 1 2
Charles Devers 27 1 2
25 Charles Gainer 23 1 2
Michael Cairns 33 1 2
Patrick Kelly 27 1 2
28 John Conlan 14 1 2
Hugh Larkin 25 1 2
John Kenney 1 2
Francis Murphy 25 1 2
29 John Cavanagh 18 1 2
Hugh Morgan 35 1 2
John McLaughlan 23 1 2
Edward McLaughlan 18 1 2
John Campbell 1 2
James Murphy 39 1 2
William Boyle 49 1 2
Peter O’Brien 1 2
John or James Kelly 23 1 2
James Irvine 38 1 2
30 John Dolan 19 1 2
31 John Craw 23 1 2
Owen Brannaghan 19 1 2
Nov 1 John O’Donnell 26 1 2
Patrick Smith 37 1 2
2 James McCuskar 1 2
Simon Boyle 15 1 2
Edward McCallum 15 1 2
3 John O’Donnell 23 1 2
William Graham 14 1 2
John Connaghan 21 1 2
William Hanlan 23 1 2
James Murray 40 1 2
Thomas Burns 23 1 2
Peter Burns 13 1 2
4 Simon Boyle 15 1 2
5 Bernard McTavie 56 1 2
Hugh Martin 55 1 2
6 William Miller 24 1 2
James Clyde 1 2
William Clyde 1 2
James Clarke 1 2
7 James Kelly 34 1 2
Peter Carlin 33 1 2
8 Bernard Murray 21 1 2
9 James McGarry 36 1 2
John O’Brien 1 2
10 Edward Smith 22 1 2
£51 14 0
28 Henry McCuskar not charged

(c) Blantyre Project
Courtesy to Alex Rochead

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