On Friday 26th August 1836, two males who were employed at Blantyre to cart some stones and rubbish ended up in a quarrel.
The row was over some trifling matter relating to the performance of the work, which resulted in one of them, named Cameron picking up a heavy stone and with it, struck the other a severe blow behind the ear to the head.
The man fell down to the ground, dead instantly. Scared off, the assailant was later apprehended and taken to Hamilton jail. The name of the dead man was David Hamilton, said to be a quiet, industrious man.
From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2018
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