Tag: explosion

Gunpowder Explosion 1863

  This next story took place 155 year ago in Blantyre Stores, in the Village, Low Blantyre in the building which is now the Village Bar on Station Road. About two o’clock on Friday 23rd January 1863 three boys from Blantyre works were employed at Blantyre Stores for the day only. James Maxwell, William Maxwell […]

1958 Explosion rocks High Blantyre

Sunday 9th March 1958 certainly started with a bang in High Blantyre! When Royal Engineers carried out the demolition of High Blantyre’s Dixon’s Pit, a demolition that the National Coal Board thought would cost nothing, ended up being quite costly! The Territorials were demolishing the old washing plant at High Blantyre Pit that day, but the […]

1900 Insight into Human heart

An interesting story about a Blantyre family taken from “The History of the Livingstone Memorial Church dated 1877-1927 by Rev Thos. A. Hugh, M.A” and I quote: “Mr. and Mrs George MacLachlan,  for many years members of this congregation, had three sons killed in the 1877 Blantyre Explosion.  Twenty three years later in 1900, they […]

1927 Recollections of Hugh McPherson

In 1927, Blantyre man Hugh McPherson was in a reflective mood. Speaking of his involvement in the rescue party of the 1877 Blantyre Colliery disaster, he wrote at the time, “For many years I have had a strong desire to put on record my experiences as an explorer in that great colliery disaster, but hitherto […]

Children Hurt in Army Blast

HOUSES ROCKED BY BLAST Children hurt in Army Exercise A motor car roof was smashed, windows and doors were blown out, and two small children were cut by flying glass when the soldiers of the soldiers of the Territorial Army blew up a 40ft. high washing plant at Dixon’s Colliery, High Blantyre, Lanarkshire, on Sunday […]