American lady Norma Marr contacted me in May 2016 writing, “Hi Paul, Recently you had a number of posts of train accidents. Here’s another sad one that you may not know about. James and Robert Patrick were my great uncles.
SAD FATALITY AT BLANTYRE — Yesterday morning the bodies of James and Robert Patrick, aged 21 and 29 respectively, were found about 200 yards above the Caledonian Railway Station at High Blantyre. The deceased had been going home along the railway, when they were run down by a passing train. The bodies were mutilated terribly. FROM THE GLASGOW HERALD DATED APRIL 3, 1899 — PAGE 6
I tried to view the Hamilton Advertiser to see if there was another report of this horrific accident but do not have access to that paper.
The ages reported in the Glasgow Herald are incorrect — James was 28 years and Robert was 24 (from the death register.) Both were coal miners. Date of death: April 1, 1899
Cause of death: Run over and instantaneously killed by a locomotive engine
When and where died: About 11h 15m pm on the Strathaven branch of the Caledonian Railway about 50 yards on the north side of the Red Burn (usual residence Dykehead Hamilton) There is a notation of the side of the document that indicates that something official was filed on April 12, 1899 but I can’t make it out.
We were always told that they were returning from a wedding when they were killed and that does make sense because April 1, 1899 was a Saturday. We think they must have been having a little to much of a good time if you get my drift. Their parents, John Patrick and Georgina (Day) Patrick lived in Blantyre.”
I was able to reply with the following: ” I was fascinated to learn of this train accident and hadn’t heard of it before. The Redburn stream is the actual boundary between Blantyre and Hamilton and the description of the accident meant at 50 yards beyond Redburn, it happened slightly into Hamilton Parish, rather than Blantyre. However, back then, just as it is today, the area around Redburn in general is often regarded as Blantyre. I have attached a map from 1898, which would be an excellent record of how the landscape looked at the time of the accident.