From 1877, here is the payslip of John Traynor, a fifteen year old boy who died in the Great Pit Explosion of that same year. John was a pit driver who was caught in the blast. It always amazes me, just how many wonderful old documents are out there in Blantyre. What may have seemed like an insignificant or unimportant piece of paper at the time, can often prove to be an incredible part of history at a later date.
Thank you to Mary Crowe for showing me this. How wonderful to have that as part of your heritage!