John Wotherspoon 1855-1945

Another story today of a notable person in their 90s. This article is from the Hamilton Advertiser 29th December 1945.

“The death on Sunday at his home at Priestfield Terrace High Blantyre, of Mr John Wotherspoon marks the passing of one of the last links with Dixon’s mining disaster. Mr Wotherspoon who had just celebrated his 90th birthday was one of the rescuers who took part in the operations which followed the explosion.

John Wotherspoon is also documented in the list of rescuers at the Udston Colliery disaster 28th May 1887. He was employed at Blantyre Colliery at the time.”

Whilst this local man most likely had many other noteworthy points in his life, he is remembered here as being a brave rescuer in not just one but TWO major mining accidents.

Pictured, volunteer rescuers come forward in 1877.

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