Blantyre Pit Disaster

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On the morning of 22nd October 1877, at Dixon’s Pit 3, High Blantyre a large explosion took the lives of over 200 men and boys, remaining to this day as Scotland’s worst ever Pit Accident. This unique archive is extensively researched for the events of that day.

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The Victim’s Personal Stories – List of the Dead

Blantyre Project exclusively has researched the stories of each and every one of the victims of the Blantyre 1877 Mining Disaster, something never previously attempted by others. The Scottish Mining Website has created the following list of the dead sorted in alphabetical surname order. The personal stories and ancestry of each person is being researched by myself and each person ultimately will have a clickable link. Please be patient as this is hugely time consuming.

The following is the subject of a forthcoming Blantyre Project book (c) and is strictly copyrighted.
Name
Surname
Age
Occupation
Marital status
1
James
Allan
22
Coal miner
Single
2
Peter
Anderson
15
Pony driver
Single
3
Thomas
Baxter
21
Coal miner
Single
4
William
Black
38
Fire inspector
Married to Margaret Kirkland
5
Thomas
Bolton
15
Drawer
Single
6
James
Bolton
17
Pit bottomer
Single
7
Thomas
Bolton
16
Drawer
Single
8
William
Bolton
13
(not given)
Single
9
William
Boyle
49
Coal miner
Married to Helen McDonagh
10
Simon
Boyle
15
Drawer
Single
11
Owen
Brannaghan
19
Coal miner
Single
12
Michael
Brannan
26
Coal miner
Single
13
James
Brodie
25
Coal miner
Married to Elizabeth Brown
14
James
Brown
43
Coal miner
Married to Elizabeth Mackie
15
John
Brown
18
Coal miner
Single
16
James
Brown
14
Coal miner
Single
17
John
Burns
33
Coal miner
Married to Helen Cornfield
18
Thomas
Burns
24
Coal miner
Married to Jane Cornfield
19
Peter
Burns
13
Coal miner
Single
20
Patrick
Burns
34
Coal miner
Married to Mary Creely
21
Andrew
Burt
24
Coal miner
Single
22
Michael
Cairns
29
Coal miner
Married to Mary Murray
23
John
Campbell
33
Coal miner
Married to Mary Kelly
24
William
Campbell
35
Coal miner
Widower of Janet Park
25
William
Campbell
14
Coal miner
Single
26
Peter
Carlin
34
Coal miner
Married to Ann Moore
27
Peter
Carmichael
17
Coal miner
Single
28
John
Cavanagh
19
Coal miner
Single
29
James
Cavanagh
16
Colliery drawer
Single
30
John
Cavanagh
23
Coal miner
Single
31
James
Clark
19
Coal miner
Single
32
Turnbull
Cleghorn
20
Bottomer
Single
33
James
Clyde
38
Coal miner
Married to Agnes Cornfield
34
James
Clyde
12
Coal miner
Single
35
William
Clyde
14
Pony driver
Single
36
John
Conaghan
20
Coal miner
Single
37
John
Conlin
14
Pony driver
Single
38
James
Cosgrove
14
Coal miner
Single
39
Francis
Cosgrove
15
Coal miner
Single
40
John
Cox
46
Coal miner
Married to Margaret Kirkwood
41
Andrew
Cox
16
Coal miner
Single
42
Charles
Coyle
21
Coal miner
Single
43
John
Crawford
24
Coal miner
Married to Martha McCutcheon
44
Charles
Divers
27
Coal miner
Married to Bridget Divers
45
John
Dobie
25
Coal miner
Single
46
Thomas
Dobie
27
Coal miner
Married to Mary Jones
47
Patrick
Dolan
22
Coal miner
Single
48
John
Dolan
19
Coal miner
Single
49
William Irons
Dunstan
24
Roadsman
Single
50
Robert
Eadie
50
Fire inspector
Married to Margaret Drummond
51
William
Freckleton
23
Coal miner
Widower of Margaret Gemmell
52
Charles
Gainer
23
Coal miner
Single
53
Samuel
Gardener
21
Coal miner
Single
54
William
Gemmell
19
Coal miner
Single
55
John
Gemmell
22
Coal miner
Single
56
Matthew
Gemmell
31
Coal miner
Single
57
Joseph
Gilmour
35
Underground manager
Married to Martha Moffat
58
Joseph
Gilmour
13
(not given)
Single
59
John
Gold
28
Coal miner
Married to Mary Roberts
60
Benjamin
Gold
24
Coal miner
Married to Isabella Crawford
61
Andrew
Gold
22
Coal miner
Single
62
James
Gold
33
Coal miner
Married to Mary Lambie
63
Thomas
Gracie
57
Coal miner
Married to Jane Smellie
64
William
Graham
13
Drawer
Single
65
Robert
Halliday
39
Coal miner
Married to (1) Mary Hailstones (2) Agnes Strickland
66
Thomas
Halliday
19
Soldier
Single
67
Matthew
Halliday
48
Coal miner
Married to Janet Johnston
68
Thomas
Halliday
22
Coal miner
Single
69
John
Hamilton
31
Coal miner
Married to Elizabeth Nisbet
70
William
Hanlin
23
Coal miner
Single
71
John
Hastie
16
Coal miner
Single
72
Thomas
Hendry
21
Coal miner
Single
73
James
Hendry
19
Coal miner
Single
74
John
Hendry
14
Pony driver
Single
75
Robert
Hendry
15
Pit bottomer
Single
76
James
Irvine
36
Coal miner
Married to Bridget Keenan
77
James
Kelly
16
Coal miner
Single
78
John
Kelly
23
Coal miner
Single
79
Patrick
Kelly
27
Coal miner
Married to Margaret Graham
80
James
Kelly
33
Coal miner
Married to Mary Ann Lachlan
81
James
Kemp
22
Coal miner
Single
82
John
Kenny
45
Coal miner
Married to Margaret Kelly
83
Robert Orr
Kirkland
20
Coal miner
Single
84
Nicol
Kyle
35
Coal miner
Married to Agnes Welsh
85
James
Lang
55
Coal miner
Married to Martha Raevey
86
Archibald
Lang
25
Coal miner
Married to Helen Richardson
87
Hugh
Larkin
24
Coal miner
Married to Agnes Tonner
88
James
Lauder
20
Coal miner
Single
89
George
Lauder
16
Coal miner
Single
90
James
Liddell
41
Coal miner
Married to Janet Bishop
91
John
Liddell
12
Coal miner
Single
92
Thomas
Lucas
24
Coal miner
Single
93
Peter
Mackie
31
Coal miner
Married to Janet Drummond
94
James
Marshall
20
Coal miner
Single
95
Hugh
Martin
51
Coal miner
Married to Isabella Burgess
96
David
Martin
28
Coal miner
Married to Martha Carson
97
Robert
McAdams
28
Coal miner
Married to Elizabeth Brown
98
Peter
McAnulty
Coal miner
Widower of Catherine McSorley
99
Edward
McCallum
14
Coal miner
Single
100
Patrick
McCue
19
Coal miner
Single
101
John
McCulloch
44
Coal miner
Married to Allison Marshall
102
John
McCulloch
16
Coal miner
Single
103
Thomas
McCulloch
25
Coal miner
Married to Mary Cleghorn
104
James
McCusker
28
Coal miner
Married to Ann Dolan
105
Henry
McCusker
30
Coal miner
Married to Mary O’Neill
106
Thomas
McDonald
Coal miner
Married to Jane Hall
107
James
McFadzen
21
Coal miner
Married to Helen Buchan
108
John
McFadzen
23
Coal miner
Single
109
John
McFarlane
31
Coal miner
Married to Sarah McCutcheon
110
James
McGarry
35
Coal miner
Married to Margaret Bennett
111
Abraham
McGhee
18
Coal miner
Single
112
John
McGhee
16
Coal miner
Single
113
William
McGhee
14
Coal miner
Single
114
James
McGown
24
Coal miner
Married to Jessie Kerr
115
Gilbert
McIntyre
47
Coal miner
Married to Susan White
116
William
McKay
48
Coal miner
Married to Elizabeth Arbuckle
117
John
McKelvie
19
Coal miner
Single
118
John
McKillop
14
Coal miner
Single
119
Archibald
McKillop
12
Coal miner
Single
120
James
McKinnon
32
Coal miner
Married to Janet Hawthorn
121
Moses
McLachlan
23
Roadsman
Married to Margaret Muir
122
Edward
McLachlan
15
Pony driver
Single
123
William
McLachlan
13
Pony driver
Single
124
John
McLaughlan
23
Coal miner
Married to Mary O’Neill
125
Edward
McLaughlan
18
Coal miner
Single
126
Thomas
McMeechan
45
Coal miner
Married to Janet Stewart
127
James
McMillan
30
Stoker
Married to Sarah Jane McGhee
128
Robert
McNaught
26
Roadsman
Married to Mary Russell
129
Bernard
McTavie
56
Coal miner
Married to Mary Ann Clark
130
Thomas
Meechan
39
Coal miner
Single
131
Alexander
Miller
18
Assistant engine hand
Single
132
William
Miller
23
Coal miner
Married to Sarah Graham
133
Joseph
Miller
27
Coal miner
Married to Elizabeth Hamill
134
John
Moir
36
Coal miner
Married to Christina Aitken
135
Edward
Moir
16
Drawer
Single
136
Hugh
Morgan
37
Coal miner
Married to Martha Crawford
137
Andrew
Morrison
48
Coal miner
Married to (1) Sarah Boyd (2) Elizabeth McFarlane
138
William
Muir
21
Coal miner
Single
139
Thomas
Murdoch
17
Coal miner
Single
140
Francis
Murphy
25
Coal miner
Married to Ann McGhee
141
James
Murphy
20
Coal miner
Single
142
George
Murphy
13
Drawer
Single
143
Bernard
Murray
21
Coal miner
Single
144
James
Murray
50
Pit bottomer
Married to Elizabeth McSorley
145
George
Nisbet
27
Coal miner
Married to Euphemia Fleming
146
John
O’Brien
24
Coal miner
Married to Mary Tonner
147
Peter
O’Brien
21
Coal miner
Single
148
John
O’Donnell
26
Coal miner
Married to Ann Hunter
149
John
O’Donnell
23
Coal miner
Single
150
Robert
Ovens
21
Coal miner
Single
151
John
Park
34
Coal miner
Single
152
William
Primrose
17
Coal miner
Single
153
James
Rae
Between 35 and 40
(supposed name)
154
Thomas
Ramsay
25
Coal miner
Widower of Sarah Agnew
155
William
Reid
27
Coal miner
Married to Agnes Gemmell
156
James
Reid
13
Drawer
Single
157
George
Renwick
48
Coal miner
Married to Margaret Kerr
158
John
Revie
59
Coal miner
Married to Jane Scobbie
159
Alexander
Revie
19
Coal miner
Single
160
William
Richardson
17
Coal miner
Single
161
William
Roberts
24
Coal miner
Married to Margaret Forsyth
162
Thomas
Roberts
20
Coal miner
Single
163
Moses
Roberts
17
Coal miner
Single
164
Samuel
Roberts
14
Coal miner
Single
165
Richard
Ross
30
Coal miner
Single
166
John
Russell
20
Coal miner
Single
167
George
Sawers
24
Coal miner
Married to Martha Lang
168
George
Semple
32
Coal miner
Married to Marion Nimmo
169
William
Sharp
63
Coal miner
Married to Elizabeth Burns
170
James
Sharp
40
Coal miner
Single
171
James
Simpson
24
Coal miner
Single
172
Robert
Simpson
60
Roadsman
Widower of Agnes Buchanan
173
Patrick
Smith
40
Coal miner
Married to Mary Ann Connolly
174
Edward
Smith
22
Coal miner
Single
175
James
Smith
35
Coal miner
Married to Catherine Richards
176
James
Sneddon
39
Coal miner
Married to Elizabeth Archibald
177
James
Sneddon
16
Coal miner
Single
178
John
Sneddon
19
Coal miner
Single
179
George
Speirs
16
Coal miner
Single
180
John
Speirs
15
Pony driver
Single
181
William
Speirs
28
Coal miner
Married to Magdaline Wright
182
John
Speirs
13
Coal miner
Single
183
John
Stark
29
Coal miner
Married to Mary Anderson
184
James
Steel
36
Coal miner
Married to Elizabeth Steel
185
Robert
Steel
13
Coal miner
Single
186
Alexander
Stevenson
42
Coal miner
Married to Margaret Porter
187
John
Stevenson
19
Coal miner
Single
188
William
Stevenson
14
Coal miner
Single
189
James
Stewart
19
Coal miner
Single
190
Robert
Stewart
17
Coal miner
Single
191
Malcolm
Stewart
15
Coal miner
Single
192
John
Thomson
17
Colliery hostler
Single
193
George
Todd
43
Colliery hostler
Married to Margaret Mann
194
Hugh
Tonner
48
Coal miner
Married to Margaret McIntyre
195
Charles
Tonner
15
Colliery drawer
Single
196
John
Trainer
15
Pony driver
Single
197
James
Valleley
22
Coal miner
Married to Sarah Crosbie
198
Neil
Ward
51
Coal miner
Widower of Ann McAulay
199
Robert
Wardrop
37
Pit bottomer
Married to Margaret Hamilton
200
Alexander
Watt
28
Fire inspector
Married to Janet Hamilton
201
John Young
Welsh
22
Coal miner
Single
202
Francis
Welsh
23
Coal miner
Single
203
James
Welsh
15
Coal miner
Single
204
Andrew
Whiteside
37
Coal miner
Married to Elizabeth Chalmers
205
Thomas
Whiteside
13
Coal miner
Single
206
Robert
White
16
Pony driver
Single
207
Thomas
Wilson
45
Coal miner
Married to Rebecca Welsh
208
James
Wilson
17
Coal miner
Single
209
Thomas
Wilson
21
Coal miner
Single
210
Hugh
Wilson
36
Coal miner
Married to Mary Burns
211
William
Wilson
17
Coal miner
Single
212
James
Wilson
14
Drawer
Single
213
William
Wood
51
Coal miner
Married to Angeline Connell
214
James
Wright
49
Fire inspector
Married to Jane Marshall
215
John McEwan
Wright
17
Pony driver
Single