Sketch of Blantyre Colliery

1953 Colliery sketch blantyreBlantyre Colliery, Lanarkshire, opened in 1865 and owned by W Dixon and Co Ltd., was the scene of ‘one of those terrible fire-damp explosions’ in 1877 when 207 miners were killed, the worst pit disaster of its kind in Scotland.

The neat low row of miners’ cottages had back gardens for growing vegetables or keeping livestock. The colliery’s waste tip or ‘bing’, the pit headgear above No.2 shaft and the chimney for the steam boiler form the background to the village.

Philip Murray, a pitboy from Blantyre Colliery, Lanarkshire, became the leader of the iron and steelworkers’ trade union of America, and the president of the Congress of Industrial Organisation. He died in 1953.


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  1. My Gt. Grandmother, Catherine Cornfield , lost six members of her family in the Dixon’s Pit disaster, including her brother in law, James Clyde and his two sons, William and James.
    So very sad.


    My mom and her family lived on Waterloo Row. She always said that they had a place behind their house where they grew vegetables and had chickens, and also rented out plots to other people who grew crops. If they lived on Waterloo Row, would my Grand-father Tom Dolan have worked in a particular colliery? Thank you.

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