Stoneymeadow Accident, 1901

An alarming accident took place on the East Kilbride to High Blantyre Road on the evening of Wednesday 21st August 1901.

A waggonette drawn by two horses, and belonging to Mr McLelland, carriage hirer of Burnbank, in which was a party of ladies, was proceeding along the road when it became involved in the accident. At Stoneymeadow Farm, the horses suddenly took fright and bolted.

The occupants, Mrs Marshall, wife of the postmaster at Burnbank a sister from Australia presently staying with her, Miss Mary Kerr of Plains near Airdrie, and another lady and two children, were thrown out and injured. They were then taken to Burnbank for medical attention.

I’ve shared this previously unseen photo of Stoneymeadow Road at the General’s Bridge, taken by local photographer David Ritchie in that era. It illustrates well how this exact road looked when this wagonnete was travelling that day.

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