Tag: pit disaster

1877 Pit Disaster – List of the Dead

In respect of the men and boys who died in the Blantyre Pit Disaster of 22nd October 1877. Here’s a really detailed list produced, not only showing names and ages, but also attaching their addresses, martial status and date their death was actually confirmed (i.e brought up and registered) Some of these families like the […]

“Collliers Every Wan”, by James Cornfield

Colliers Every Wan (In memory of the Blantyre Disaster, 22nd October 1877) They came fae Erin this family o’ mine, Tae Scotia’s fair land tae work underground. Wi’ promise o’ plenty ringin’ in thur ears, They fun’ only poverty, blood, sweat an’ tears. Nothing hid changed at the end o’ the day, Same bosses, same serfdom, same […]

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 […]