English Miners Arrive in Blantyre


1890s Miners at Dixons Pit 2

1890s DIxons Pit 2 Miners

The 1877 October Pit Disaster does not seem to have put off men coming into Blantyre in the following months, seeking employment.

The Hamilton Advertiser told on 5th January 1878, “A considerable number of English miners have lately arrived in this district, and, as a few of them are still in search of employment. Letters addressed to the care of Mr D. McNaughton, Livingstone Tavern, Stonefield, will be taken charge of until called for. “

Perhaps this influx of families, is the direct result of many English names we now see in Blantyre.  Do you have English, or mining Blantyre roots? I’d love to hear from you to add more.

Pictured Blantyre Miners 1890s at Dixon’s Pit 2.

On social media:

Helen Williams I know Cook to originate from England, but my Grandfather moved from Dunbar to work in the mines in Blantyre. His name was James and l believe he lived in no. 5 Watson street, his wife was Lizzy Burgoyne. (From France) that’s as much as I know. When I look back at my childhood, I remember friends and neighbours from, Ireland, Poland , England and German. I never thought about it back then but we really were a mixed bunch but a strong community. Would have loved the opportunity to have asked them there story now

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  1. My Great Great Grandfather Henry Hambley and his family moved from Cornwall some time between 1864-1868 to work in the Lanarkshire mines. They lived at Cornish Row, Gartsherrie then moved to “Causeway Stones to Barnhill Road Lyon’s Buildings” Blantyre by the 1881 Census. They also lived at Deacon Street and Gardiner Place. My Grandmother Jane Hambley was born at Springfield, Blantyre in 1889.

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