An hunting accident took place at Greenhall, Blantyre around New Year 1897.
William Welton, the Coachman to Mr Wardrop Moore of Greenhall was out shooting rabbits in the Greenhall Estate Glen, beside the river. Mr Welton was standing near a local farmer who had a ‘hammerless gun’. The farmer and Mr Welton formed two people in the party out shooting rabbits.
The farmer had fired one shot and was reloading, when the gun went off, emptying its contents into the right heel of Mr Welton, shattering it badly. Dr Grant attended the injured man, who was then taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary, where his entire foot ended up being amputated.
We can only imagine what the farmer must have felt!