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Ian Winstanley

Alphabetical List of Mining Victims in Great Britain

1860 - 1869

No-Names


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MacAULEY Thomas - 1862 - 17/01/1862 – Age 38. New Hartley, Messrs. Carrs, Seaton Delaval, Durham. Entombment due to breaking of engine beam. 204 killed. He left a wife.

MACBETH John - 1866 - 13/12/1866 - Boy. Talk o’th’ Hill, North Stafford Co., Newcastle, Staffordshire. Explosion of gas. 92 killed.

MacDONALD Cuthbert - 1863 - 06/04/1863 - Miner. Monkwearmouth, Durham. Killed while firing a shot (The Durham. Chronicle - 10/04/1863).

MacDONALD W - 1862 - 30/06/1862 - Loader. Pelsall, Davis Bloomer and Son, Walsall, Staffordshire. Fall of roof rock (thin Coal). The deceased and workmen were preparing to timber the roof when the fall took place which ought to have been previously attended to by the deputy. 2 killed.

MacFARLANE, William - 1862 - 17/01/1862 – Age 15. New Hartley, Messrs. Carrs, Seaton Delaval, Durham. Entombment due to breaking of engine beam. 204 killed.

MacGREAVY John - 1868 - 22/01/1868 – Age 13 - Driver. Haswell Colliery, Haswell Coal Co., Fence Houses, Durham. Crushed by tub plates which was upset upon him by his horse taking fright.

MACH Timothy - 1866 - 26/06/1866 – Age 30 - Hitcher. Cethin, William Crawshay, Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan. Falling from 4-feet to bottom of shaft.

MACHAN Henry - 1860 - 07/01/1860 – Age 14 - Putter. Thornley, Durham. Riding in tub, crushed between tub and plank on the roof. (The Durham. Chronicle - 13/01/1860)

MacKAY James - 1865 - 03/08/1865 – Age 30 - Collier. Wellington, Merry and Cunningham, Wishaw, Lanarkshire. Fall of roof at the face.

MacKAY John - 1861 - 18/02/1861 - Collier. Burnbrae, John Russell, Airdrie, Lanarkshire. Crushed by hutch coming up an incline.

MacKAY Thomas - 1861 - 09/07/1861 – Age 13 - Drawer. Eglinton, Archibald Kenneth, Kilwinning, Ayrshire.  Fall of roof.

MacKENZIE W. - 1861 - 22/08/1861 - Collier. Redding, James Russell and Co., Falkirk, Stirling. Fall of stone.

MacKIE Thomas - 1868 - 09/03/1868 – Age 23 - Drawer. Kirkwood No.2, John Hendrie, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire. Run over by loaded hutch.

MacKINSON, A. - 1861 - 15/10/1861 – Age 36 – Underlooker. Halshaw Moor, William Hulton, Halshaw Moor, Lancashire. A stone which he was taking down from the roof falling on him.

MacLACHLAN Dan - 1860 - 24/11/1960 – Age 15 - Collier. Camp, Andrew Buchanan, Shettleston. Fall of Coal and roof. 2 killed.

MacNEIL Alexander - 1867 - 07/01/1867 – Age 40 - Fireman. Pather, Coltness Iron Co., Coltness, Lanarkshire. Explosion of firedamp on a Monday morning when the furnace had been out for 40 hours. MacNeil took Smith with him to examine the pit with both safety lamps and naked lights. The gas ignited at the naked light and killed them both. The Fireman neglected the 22nd and 27th Special Rules of the colliery. 2 killed.

MacNICHOL Martin - 1865 - 07/02/1865 – Age 22 – Screener. Roddymoor, Joseph Pease and Partners, Crook, Durham. Crushed between trucks.

McALPINE Robert - 1862 - 15/07/1862 – Age 25 – Overman. Rosehill No.5 (ironstone), Addie and Miller Coatbridge Lanarkshire. Attempting to step off cage while in motion.

McARTHUR Arcibald - 1864 - 15/07/1864 – Age 35 - Fireman. Bogleshole No.2, Colin Dunlop and Co., Tollcross Lanarkshire. Explosion of firedamp while examining the workings with an unprotected lamp.

McARTHY Daniel - 1868 - 23/03/1868 – Age 40 - Collier. Terrcae Colliery, Rhymney Iron Co., Rhymney, Monmouth. He was ramming the safety fuse when the shot went off. It is supposed that had in a blundering manner placed his light close to the shot hole and so fired the fuse.

McAULEY Thomas - 1864 - 24/06/1864 – Age 13 - Boy. Swannington, William Worsick, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire. Explosion of gunpowder.

McAULEY Patrick - 1866 - 15/02/1866 – Age 23 - Collier. Stevenson, Stevenson Coal Co., Holytown, Lanarkshire. Fall of Coal at face.

McCAIG William - 1868 - 16/09/1868 – Age 50 - Collier. Raith, Lochgelly Iron Co., Lochgelly, Fife. The men were sitting at breakfast about 20ft back from the face of their room when the roof (about 12ins of Coal) suddenly fell on them. 2 killed.

McCANN Christopher - 1864 - 28/12/1864. Mount Osborne, William Day, Barnsley, Yorkshire. Fall of Coal in the mine.

McCANN M. - 1866 - 26/04/1866 – Age 16 - Hooker-on. Willenhall New (ironstone), Fletcher, Solly and Co., Willenhall Staffordshire. Struck by something which fell down pit shaft.

McCANN William J. - 1860 - 17/04/1860 – Age 26 - Hewer. Iveston, Derwent Iron Co., Iveston, Durham. Fall of roof.

McCANNON Owen - 1866 - 08/10/1866 – Age 29, Nut Putter. Ryhope, Ryhope Coal Co., Sunderland, Durham. Crushed by apparatus tub.

McCARNIE Patrick - 1865 - 04/04/1865 – Age 23 - Collier. Drumpeller, Trustees of the late John Wilson, Coatbridge Lanarkshire. Fall of roof.

McCARTHY J - 1867 - 02/09/1867 – Age 55 - Labourer. Cwm, Noel Powell’s, Duffryn Steam Coal Co., Aberdare, Glamorgan. Killed by trucks.

McCARTHY John - 1866 - 07/07/1866 – Age 25 - Haulier. Ebbw Vale, Ebbw Vale Co., Ltd., Ebbw Vale Monmouth. Crushed by trams on 7th Died 8th.

McCARTNEY B. - 1867 - 14/03/1867 – Age 36 - Labourer. Easterhill No.1, David Roxburgh, Tollcross, Lanarkshire. Caught by the connecting rod of the pumping-engine when unnecessarily stepping over it.

McCARTNEY James - 1864 - 21/05/1864 – Age 17 - Collier. Portland No.5, William Baird and Co., Hurlford Ayrshire.  By falling down the shaft from a mid working.

McCARTY J. - 1867 - 02/11/1867 – Age 26 - Miner. Deep Moor (ironstone), J Bagnall and Sons, Walsall, Staffordshire. Accidental fall of roof in White ironstone workings.

McCAUL James - 1869 - 07/01/1869 - Collier. Devonshire Silkstone, Devonshire Silkstone Co., Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Explosion of gas. 2 killed.

McCAULLY George - 1861 - 08/08/1861 – Age 18 - Miner. Drummillan (ironstone), William Baird and Co., Denny Stirling. Inundation of water from old waste.

McCHESNEY Robert - 1868 - 08/09/1868 – Age 10 – Trapper. Rainton, Earl Vane, Leamside, Durham. Crushed by Coal tub.

McCLARENCE Joseph - 1865 - 24/05/1865- Age 43 - Collier. Newtown, Lamb and Moore, Wigan, Lancashire. Fall of roof in Pemberton 5 feet mine.

McCLUSKY Thomas - 1868 - 24/08/1868 – Age 44 - Sinker. Dalquharran, TF Kennedy, Maybole, Lanarkshire. Fell off the kettle while being raised in the shaft.

McCLUTCHEY Richard - 1862 - 17/01/1862 – Age 24. New Hartley, Messrs. Carrs, Seaton Delaval, Durham. Entombment due to breaking of engine beam. 204 killed. Left a pregnant wife and three children.

McCONNEL Henry - 1863 - 28/11/1863 – Age 19 - Collier. Drumpeller No.11, Trustees of the late John Wilson, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire. Fall of Coal at face.

McCONNER ? - 1867 - 09/02/1867 – Age 28 - Bandsman. Salt Well, Earl of Dudley, Dudley, Worcestershire. Fall of brazils in thick coal pit which a more liberal use of timber would in all probability have prevented.

McCORACHIE J. - 1869 - 10/05/1869 – Age 45 - Collier. Carnbrae, Merry and Cunningham Coatbridge Lanarkshire. Fall of roof at face.

McCORMICK J. - 1866 - 07/12/1866 – Age 38 - Collier. Stonecraigs, Coltness Iron Co., Coltness. Fall of Coal.

McCORMICK James - 1866 - 20/03/1866 – Age 15 - Drawer. Kirkless Hall, Wigan Iron and Coal Co., Wigan, Lancashire. Fall of roof in No.3 pit.

McCORMICK Martin - 1860 - 19/01/1860 – Age 36 - Collier. Kenmuirhill, John Horne, Tollcross, Lanarkshire. Fall of Coal at the Coalface.

McCOURT J - 1869 - 20/03/1869 – Age 17 - Collier. Overton, Coltness Iron Co., Coltness, Lanarkshire. Fall of roof while removing pillars.

McCOURT John - 1862 - 24/09/1862 – Age 36 – Windlass man. Whifflat No.14 (ironstone), Trustees of the late John Wilson, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire. Struck by handle of windlass while lowering a hutch.

McCOURT Patrick - 1862 - 08/12/1862. Edmunds Main, Mitchell and Co., Barnsley, Yorkshire. Explosion of inflammable gas and vapours which were given off by a burning coal seam. 59 killed.

McCRACKEN William - 1862 - 16/01/1862 – Age 24. New Hartley, Messrs. Carrs, Hartley, Durham. Entombment due to the breaking of an engine beam which fell down the single shaft. 204 killed.

McCRAE W. - 1869 - 11/09/1869 – Age 35 - Collier. Shieldmuir, Wilsons and Co., Motherwell, Lanarkshire. Fall of stone.

McCRAE William - 1866 - 30/03/1866 – Age 22 - Collier. Corsel, Eglington Iron Co., Kilwinning, Ayrshire.  Falling from the cage whilst ascending the shaft.

McCRERY Robert - 1867 - 16/08/1867 – Age 12 - Helper-up. Page Bank, Bell Brothers, Brancepeth, Durham. Crushed by tubs on Rolley-way.

McCULLOCH George - 1864 - 30/04/1864 – Age 22 - Collier. Penston, John Deans jnr. Haddington, Fife. Fall of brushing (roof) at face.

McCULLOCH John - 1869 - 01/04/1869 – Age 32 - Collier. High Brooks, Mercer and Evans, Wigan, Lancashire. Explosion of gas. 37 killed.

McCULLOCH Samuel - 1869 - 01/04/1869 – Age 28 - Collier. High Brooks, Mercer and Evans, Wigan, Lancashire. Explosion of gas. 37 killed.

McCULLOCK Richard - 1867 - 26/11/1867 – Age 75 – Wasteman. Rainton (Adventure), Earl Vane, Leamside, Durham. Crushed by tub in tramway.

McCUTCHEON Samuel - 1863 - 26/06/1863 – Age 22 - Collier. Cambusnethan, D and J Seddon, Wishaw, Lanarkshire. Killed while knocking out props to ‘let down’ the ‘falling’ under the Pyotshaw.

McDERMOT James - 1868 - 11/04/1868 – Age 40 - Collier. Commonhead, Colville and Gray, Airdrie, Lanarkshire. Was under holing when a blade of sandstone 6ins thick, 8ft by 7ft fell on him. Roof sandstone. Overman warned him to put up props.

McDERMOTT Phillip - 1864 - 15/09/1864 - Collier. Barley Brook, Pearson and Knowles, Wigan, Lancashire. Fall of roof.

McDONALD Alexander - 1868 - 06/11/1868 – Age 54 – Hillman. Portland No.5, Eglington Iron Co., Hurlford Ayrshire.  Fell down shaft while pushing a hutch in the wrong division of it.

McDONALD Donald - 1863 - 21/12/1863 – Age 46 - Sinker. Hashwood No.3 (ironstone), Merry and Cunningham, Dalry, Ayrshire.  The drum shaft got into motion when out of gear and the rope and kettle were dashed to the bottom upon them a distance of 123 fathoms. 2 killed.

McDONALD H - 1868 - 12/09/1868 – Age 32 - Collier. Springs, Pearson and Knowles, Ince, Wigan, Lancashire. Run over by tub below ground.

McDONALD James - 1865 - 20/12/1865 – Age 44 - Hewer. Trimdon, Thomas Wood and Co.,
Ferry Hill, Durham. Fall of stone (main band Coal).

McDONALD John - 1860 - 16/02/1860 - Drawer. Omoa Iron Works, Robert Stewart, Hamilton, Fife. Going into an old working with a naked light.

McDONALD Patrick - 1861 - 12/09/1861 – Age 29 - Hewer. Peases West, Emma J. Pease and Co., Crook, Durham. Fall of Coal.

McDONALD William - 1860 - 23/02/1860 - Collier. Fauldhouse, William Dixon and Coltness Iron Co., Bathgate, West Lothian. Fall of roof at face of working.

McDOUGAL R. - 1866 - 02/08/1866 - Labourer. Motherwell, John Watson jnr., Wishaw, Lanarkshire. Killed by crane running amain and the handle striking him.

McDOUGLE James - 1868 - 30/03/1868 – Age 13 – Ponyputter. Middle (Murton), South Hetton Coal Co., Fence Houses, Durham. Crushed by - Pony tub.

McDOWELL John - 1862 - 12/10/1862 – Age 60 - Collier. Ince Hall, Ince Hall Coal Co., Wigan, Lancashire. Fall of roof.

McDURMOT John - 1864 - 06/12/1864 - Age 12 - Driver. Bowden Close, Joseph Pease and Partners, Willington, Durham. Crushed by tubs on incline.

McEMAN John - 1861 - 01/10/1861 – Brusher. Braehead, Charles Tennant and Co., Baillieston, Lanarkshire. Fall of stone.

McEWAN J. - 1868 - 28/10/1868 – Age 22 - Collier. Benniehill, John Watson, Slamannan, Stirling. Roof fell while holing Coal 26ins thick roof sandstone. Worked by longwall.

McEWEN Edward - 1863 - 19/05/1863 – Age 35 - Collier. Sheep Park, JT Gordon, Ayr, Ayrshire.  Fall of roof.

McFARLANE, William - 1862 - 16/01/1862 – Age 15. New Hartley, Messrs. Carrs, Hartley, Durham. Entombment due to the breaking of an engine beam which fell down the single shaft. 204 killed.

McGAFFERY James - 1861 – 26/09/1861 – Age 40 - Collier. Gartsherrie, William Baird and Co., Coatbridge Lanarkshire. Explosion of firedamp.

McGAHAN Hugh - 1868 – 19/11/1868 – Age 55 - Hewer. Usworth, George Elliot and Co., Gateshead, Durham. Fall of stone.

McGAHAN Owen - 1868 – 20/11/1868 – Age 28 - Hewer. Monkwearmouth, Bell Stobart and Co., Monkwearmouth, Durham. Fall of stone.

McGARRELL Andrew - 1865 - 10/08/1865 – Age 38 - Hewer. Stanley, Joseph Pease and Partners, Crook, Durham. Fall of stone.

McGARRY P. - 1863 - 24/07/1863 – Age 25 - Collier. Fenton Park, Fenton Park Co., Stoke, Staffordshire. Explosion of firedamp.

McGECHIE John - 1860 - 22/12/1860 – Age 23. Drumlemble, Duke of Argyle, Campbeltown, Argyle Fall of Coal.

McGEE James - 1860 - 10/10/1860 – Age 12 - Boy. Gartsherrie, William Baird and Co., Coatbridge, Lanarkshire. Fall of Coal at face.

McGEE James - 1869 - 06/02/1869 – Age 18 - Collier. Goatfoot, Boyd Gilmour and Co., Galston, Ayrshire.  Fall of roof.

McGEE Michael - 1866 - 08/09/1866 – Age 22 - Collier. Gauchalland, Gauchalland Coal Co., Galston, Ayrshire.  Fall of roof.

McGHEE Simeon - 1860 - 02/02/1860 – Age 30 - Collier. Kirkless Hall, Kirkless Hall Coal Co., Wigan, Lancashire. Fall of roof in Arley mine.

McGHEE Edward - 1863 - 10/04/1863 – Age 23 - Collier. Hurlford, John Howie, Hurlford, Ayrshire.  Fall of Coal at face.

McGHIE William - 1869 - 30/10/1869 – Age 17 - Collier. Garongill, Coltness Iron Co., Wishaw, Lanarkshire. Jammed by hutches on incline. He had no business to be there.

McGILCHRIST James - 1864 - 20/04/1864 – Age 27 - Miner. Croy No.1 (ironstone), W Baird and Co., Kilsyth, Stirling. Accidental discharge of shot while engaged stemming it.

McGILL Hamilton, - 1863 - 18/02/1863 – Age 23 - Engineman. Enterkine, JT Gordon, Ayr, Ayrshire.  By getting entangled in the flywheel when putting the winding machinery gear.

McGILL James - 1869 - 17/09/1869 – Age 18 - Collier. Milnwood, John Christie, Holytown, Lanarkshire. Fall of roof at face.

McGINNES Samuel - 1862 - 20/05/1862 – Age 45 - Collier. Cumnock No.1, Portland Iron Co., Cumnock, Lanarkshire. Fall of roof at the face.

McGOULAY Peter - 1860 - 19/01/1860 – Age 57 - Collier. Stonelaw, John R. Reed, Rutherglen, Lanarkshire. Fall of roof.

McGOULE Patrick - 1860 - 20/04/1860 - Collier. Drumbathie, Robert Levinstone, Airdrie, Lanarkshire. Falling down the pit whilst assisting to repair conductors in pit.

McGRAHAM Edward - 1861 - 18/12/1861 - Age 25 - Hewer. Thornley, Thornley Coal Co., Thornley, Durham. Crushed by tubs in engine plane.

McGRATH George - 1865 - 08/05/1865 – Age 40 - Miner. Drumgrange (ironstone), Dalmellington Iron Co., Dalmellington, Ayrshire.  Crushed by a piece of ironstone against a tree or support.

McGRATH William - 1868 - 06/02/1868 – Age 13 – Ponyputter. Seaton, Earl Vane, Seaham Harbour, Durham. Crushed by falling over round Coal heap with a tub which fell upon him.

McGREGOR James - 1867 - 29/01/1867 – Age 25 - Collier. Comet, Allan Gilmour and Co., Hurlford, Ayrshire.  Fall of roof.

McGRUBBIN Hugh - 1860 - 10/09/1860 – Age 34 - Sinker. Dalharco Colliery, Dalmellington Iron Co., Dalmellington, Ayrshire.  It happened that one of the regular enginemen was unwell, and unable to attend his work. The person who was engaged to take his shift was what is termed a "spare hand," that is, he was not directly engaged as an engineman at the time. He attended with and assisted the engineman on the shift preceding the accident; but shortly after he was left to himself the accident took place. In this case the engineman appears to have got confused, and it is supposed that in attempting to shut off the steam as the kettle reached the surface, he had done the reverse, and turned it full on. 2 killed.

McGUADE Charles - 1867 - 18/06/1867 – Age 16 - Drawer. Bellsdyke, Shaw and Pettigrew, Airdrie, Lanarkshire. Fall of roof.

McGUINESS John - 1868 - 08/08/1868 – Age 40 - Hewer. Cleator Moor, Cleator Iron Co., Whitehaven, Cumberland. Fall of Coal.

McGUIRE Dan - 1862 - 13/03/1862 - Collier. Little Raith, Lochgelly Iron Co., Lochgelly, Fife. Fall of Coal from roof.

McGUIRE James - 1866 - 09/09/1866 – Age 12 - Horsedriver. Ryhope, Ryhope Coal Co., Sunderland, Durham. Kicked by horse.

McHALE Bridget - 1860 - 19/09/1860 – Age 14 Bankswoman. Wednesfield Heath, Caswell and Co. Wolverhampton, Staffordshire. Pushing a skip to the edge of shaft it went in with a run pulling her with it and she was precipitated to the bottom. Female.

McHARQ William - 1863 - 16/02/1863 – Age 62 Assistant Pitheadman. Woodhill No.5, Merry and Cunningham, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.  Fell down pushing a hutch in to the wrong side.

McHUGH Patrick - 1866 - 14/06/1866 – Age 22. Dukinfield, FDP Astley, Ashton-under-Lyne Cheshire. Explosion of firedamp. 38 killed.

McHUGH Terance - 1866 - 14/06/1866 – Age 19. Dukinfield, FDP Astley, Ashton-under-Lyne, Cheshire. Explosion of firedamp. 38 killed.

McHUTCHESON, Charles - 1864 - 23/07/1864 – Age 35 - Miner. Kerse No.1 (ironstone), Wilsons and Co., Patna, Ayrshire.  Fall of ironstone.

McILVANE John - 1861 - 31/10/1861 – Age 46 – Bottomer. Faskine (ironstone), William Baird and Co., Airdrie, Lanarkshire. Fell from mid-working.

McINALTY Daniel - 1862 - 08/08/1862 – Age 40 - Roadsman. Minivie No.3, Dalmellington Iron Co., Dalmellington, Ayrshire.  Was struck by stone in the shaft whilst standing on top of the cage Cover.

McINNIS William - 1868 - 02/03/1868 – Age 23 - Collier. Greenfield, Hamilton Coal Co., Hamilton, Lanarkshire. He was under holing and 4tons of coal rolled over on him. The seam was 4ft high.

McINTYRE David - 1864 - 26/12/1864 – Age - 53 Bottomer. Hurlford, John Howie, Hurlford, Ayrshire.  Crushed between the cage and shaft when crossing the shaft.

McJONES James - 1861 - /11/1861 – Age 61 - Collier. Stonelaw, John R Reid, Rutherglen, Lanarkshire. Fall of Coal.

McKANN Thomas - 1864 - 10/10/1864 – Age 16 - Drawer. Peasley Cross, Bowness and Co., St. Helens, Lancashire. Crushed by trams below ground.

McKAY George - 1868 - 28/04/1868 – Age 22 - Collier. Meiklehill, James Gairdner, Kirkintilloch, Dumbarton. Fall of roof while repairing roadway.

McKAY Gib - 1862 - 10/06/1862 – Age 16 - Pony Driver. Rosehill No.11 (ironstone), Addie and Miller, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire. Fell before a train of loaded hutches when part of it was drawn over him.

McKAY John - 1866 - 29/12/1866 – Age 17 - Collier. Rosehill, Robert Addie, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire. Explosion of firedamp. Died 12 days after.

McKAY John - 1869 - 29/04/1869 – Age 25 - Collier. Strone, Strone Colliery Co., Kilsyth, Stirling. Fall of roof at face.

McKAY Thomas - 1868 - 09/12/1868 – Age 30 - Collier. Neilston No.12, James Wallace and Co., Kilsyth, Stirling. Fall of roof at the face.

McKEAN James - 1863 - 03/07/1863 – Age 28 - Collier. Deep Duffryn, Nixon Taylor and Co., Aberdare, Glamorgan. Fall of roof.

McKEE Adam - 1862 - 16/01/1862 – Age 24. New Hartley, Messrs. Carrs, Hartley, Durham. Entombment due to the breaking of an engine beam which fell down the single shaft. 204 killed.

McKEE Adam - 1862 - 17/01/1862 – Age 24. New Hartley, Messrs. Carrs, Seaton Delaval, Durham. Entombment due to breaking of engine beam. 204 killed.

McKEE John - 1862 - 17/01/1862 – Age 55. New Hartley, Messrs. Carrs, Seaton Delaval, Durham. Entombment due to breaking of engine beam. 204 killed. Left a pregnant wife and three children.

McKENNA Peter - 1862 - 26/06/1862 – Age 30 - Fireman. Tigethaugh (ironstone), W Baird and Co., Denny, Stirling. Explosion of firedamp.

McKENNEY James - 1867 - 24/05/1867 - Hewer. Frizington, Mulgrave and Co., Frizington, Cumberland. Fall of stone.

McKENNY Charles - 1860 - 18/10/1860 – Age 17 - Drawer. Peasley Cross, Messrs. Bournes and Robinson, St. Helens, Lancashire. Fall of roof.

McKEOGH T. - 1864 - 11/06/1864 - Pikeman. Bunkers Hill (ironstone), Chillington Co., Bilston, Staffordshire. Fall of ironstone measures.

McKIE John - 1867 - 15/04/1867 - Drawer. Haughhead, Merry and Cunninghame, Hamilton, Lanarkshire. On Saturday afternoon an alarming explosion of gas occurred at Haughhead Colliery (the property of Messrs Merry & Cunninghame) which unhappily resulted in the death of three men who happened to be working in the pit at the time. It appears that about three weeks or a month ago symptoms of foul air had been observed at the foot of the road in the soft coal seam, which had caught fire and a bratticing was put up to confine it. On the miners leaving off work on Saturday afternoon, the underground manager, James Bryce, along with John McKay, a drawer, commenced to remove the stopping. It is supposed that between 3 and 4 o'clock the accumulated gas had escaped, and having ignited at the lamp of James Campbell, a miner who was employed nearly thirty fathoms distant, a violent explosion was the result. Of course he was instantly killed. The ignited gas afterwards reverted to the other two men, and thus they too lost their lives. The loud report and the quantity of debris that was forced up the shank as may readily be imagined, caused the greatest consternation, and a short time elapsed ere the manager, Mr McNish, with half a dozen volunteers, could venture down the workings. These having been reached, it was discovered that the force of the explosion had destroyed the principal air-courses ; and before a search could be made for the three unfortunate men, wood had to be taken into the pit and the bratticing temporarily repaired. After search, the bodies were recovered dreadfully mutilated and conveyed shortly before 6 o'clock to the pit bank, from whence they were taken to the different places where their families resided. McKay who resided in James Street, has left a wife and two of a family, whilst Bryce who resided at Haughhead, has left a wife and five of a family. Campbell was, we believe, a widower, and has left no dependants. He resided in Leechlee Street. The melancholy fate of the three men has created much sympathy in the town and neighbourhood. McKay was a member of the Hamilton Thistle Lodge of Free Gardeners, and at his funeral, which took place on Tuesday afternoon, there was a large representation of that body present, as well as of the Hamilton Olive Lodge. During the progress of the mournful procession through the streets, the Battalion Rifle Band played the “Dead March” in Saul, and other airs. The streets were lined with a large number of spectators, many of whom followed the funeral cortege to the burying ground in Hamilton New Cemetery [Hamilton Advertiser April 20 1867]

McKINNON James - 1869 - 18/08/1869 – Age 13 - Boy. Midhill Colliery, Hurl and Young, Holytown, Lanarkshire. Ran empty in wrong opening and fell down pit.

McKINNON Matthew - 1862 - 31/07/1862 – Age 30 - Sinker. Overcoy No.1 (ironstone), William Baird and Co., Kilsyth, Stirling. Whilst being raised on a cistern it was drawn against a beam which snapped the bearing bolts and the cistern fell to the bottom. 2 killed.

McLACHLAN Hugh - 1868 - 03/12/1868 – Age 45 - Collier. Wellwood, Eglington Iron Co., Muirkirk, Ayrshire.  Fall of Coal at face.

McLACHLAN Michael - 1862 - 04/10/1862 – Age 33 – Brusher. Westmuir, Robert Gray and Co., Glasgow, Lanarkshire. Fall of roof whilst blasting.

McLACHLAN William - 1865 - 06/06/1865 – Age 50 – Overman, Solesgirth, James Gairdner, Kirkintilloch, Dumbarton. Fell from the cage while being drawn up the shaft. 2 killed.

McLACHLAN William - 1868 - 16/07/1868 – Age 14 - Pony driver. Mickley Colliery, Mickley Coal Co., Stocksfield Northumberland. Run over by set of tubs.

McLAY James - 1860 - 16/03/1860 – Age 30 - Collier. Bonnyton, Merry and Cunningham, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.  Fall of a ‘breast’ of Coal while working under it at the face.

McLAY John - 1863 - 30/01/1863 - Fireman. Oakley (ironstone), Forth Iron Co., Dunfermline, Fife. Suffocated by choke damp while going found workings.

McLEAN Francis - 1867 - 17/12/1867 – Age 42 - Collier. Kirkwood No.1, John Hendrie, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire. Fall of Coal.

McLEAN George - 1862 - 13/05/1862 - Roadsman. Merryton, Cochrane and Brand, Hamilton, Lanarkshire. Explosion of firedamp. 2 killed.

McLEAN J. - 1869 - 16/11/1869 – Age 20 - Engineman. Glespin, James Gwann, Douglas, Lanarkshire. Fell between wheels while greasing them in motion.

McLEAN James - 1862 - 31/05/1862 – Age 32. Night-watchman, Gerards Bridge, Caldwell and McCormack, St. Helens, Lancashire. Falling down shaft from surface.

McLEAN James - 1863 - 29/01/1863 – Age 18 - Collier. Chapel Colliery, William Aitken, Wishaw, Lanarkshire. Fall of top Coal at face.

McLEAN John - 1863 - 02/09/1863 – Age 40 - Collier. Sheep Park, JT Gordon, Ayr, Ayrshire.  Explosion of firedamp. 2 killed.

McLEAN John - 1869 - 30/06/1869 – Age 57 - Hewer. Cramlington Lamb, Potter and Co., Newcastle, Northumberland. Fall of stone.

McLIESH D. - 1864 - 05/02/1864 – Age 19 – Pumper. Capeldrae, Robert Aytoun, Fife. Fell down incline.

McLUSKIE George - 1862 - 01/02/1862 – Age 33 - Collier. Cowdenbeath, William Napier, Maryhill, Lanarkshire. Fall of roof in drawing road.

McLUSKIE Henry - 1862 - 22/05/1862 - Collier. Overton, John Wilson, Wishaw, Lanarkshire. Fall of main Coal.

McMAHON John - 1865 - 29/11/1865 – Age 40- Roadsman. Holmes, John Horne, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.  Fall of roof. 2 killed.

McMAHON Thomas - 1869 - 01/07/1869 – Age 42 - Collier. Dundonald, Mr Naysmith, Lochgelly, Fife. Ran down incline. Place of refuge close by.

McMAIN James - 1868 - 14/08/1868 – Age 22 - Collier. Rose Bridge, JG Morriss, Ince, Wigan, Lancashire. Fall of roof.

McMANN F. - 1868 - 27/01/1868 – Age 40 - Labourer. Thrybergh Hall, Thrybergh Hall Co., Rotherham, Yorkshire. Caught by ascending cage. He got in after the signal was given.

McMANUS Charles - 1860 - 04/08/1860 – Age 55 - Collier. Eglinton, William Baird and Co., Kilwinning, Ayrshire.  Explosion of firedamp.

McMANUS Timothy - 1869 - 02/02/1869 – Age 19 - Drawer. Leeswood, Leeswood Cannel and Gas Coal Co., Mold, Flint. Crushed between tub and side.

McMICHAEL John - 1867 - 02/03/1867 – Age 30- Roadsman. Wishaw, No.2 Scott and Gilmour, Wishaw, Lanarkshire. Fall of roof while knocking out trees to make new road.

McMILLAN John - 1860 - 22/10/1860 – Age 40 - Collier. Benstone, Ludovic Houston, Johnstone, Renfrew. Irruption of water from old workings. 5 killed.

McMILLAN James - 1867 - 20/04/1867 – Age 35 - Collier. Aird’s Green No.1 Eglington Iron Co., Muirkirk, Ayrshire.  Fall of roof.

McMINN Au. - 1869 - 15/01/1869 - Collier. Home Farm, Hamilton and McCulloch, Hamilton, Lanarkshire. By fall of Coal taking out stoops.

McMINN William - 1860 - 20/04/1860 – Age 53 - Collier. Dalquharran, T.F. Kennedy, Maybole Ayrshire.  Fall of Coal in his working place whilst engaged taking it down.

McMULLEN Robert - 1862 - 17/01/1862 – Age 27. New Hartley, Messrs. Carrs, Seaton Delaval, Durham. Entombment due to breaking of engine beam. 204 killed. His wife died of Consumption soon after the disaster and left a two year old daughter.

McMURRAY John - 1864 - 12/09/1864 – Age 42 - Collier. Dalquharran, TF Kennedy, Maybole Ayrshire.  Fall of Coal while robbing a pillar contrary to the rules of the colliery.

McNAB Alexander - 1864 - 30/08/1864 – Age 16 - Collier. Corseford, Trustees of the late Mr. Houston, Johnstone, Renfrew. Fall of Coal at the face.

McNALLY John - 1861 - 29/07/1861 – Age 20 – Wasteman. Murton South, South Hetton Coal Co. Seaham, Durham. Killed by tubs in the engine plane.

McNAMARA D. - 1861 - 18/06/1861 – Age 14 - Driver. Willington A Strakers and Love, Durham. Crushed by tubs. Fell off while driving.

McNICHOLAS D. - 1868 – 23/11/1868 – Age 36 - Loader. Sneyd, C and J May Burslem, Staffordshire. Fall of roof.

MCNULTY J. - 1869 – 06/05/1869 – Age 30 – Brusher. Rosehall, Robert Addie and Sons, Airdrie, Lanarkshire. Fall of brushing while working at it.

McPAKE James - 1862 – 05/05/1862 – Age 19 - Miner. Bradley (ironstone), Merry and Cunningham, Dalry, Ayrshire.  Was struck on the head by cage while looking down the pit.

McRAY Thomas - 1861 – 22/12/1861 – Age 9 – Not employed. Trimdon, T. Wood and Co., Hartlepool, Durham. Crushed by waggons on branches.

McRORY H. - 1863 - 13/07/1863 - Collier. Braehead, Charles Tennant and Co., Baillieston, Lanarkshire. Overwinding. These men went into the cage to ascend, but the bell-rope broke, after striking one, which was the signal for ‘coals on’ and the - Engineman. Not knowing men were on, went faster than usual until with the light load he was unable to stop the engine in time to prevent the accident. 2 killed.

McTAGGART Wiliam - 1864 - 21/10/1864 – Age 22 - Collier. Ashyard, Eaglesham and Dunlop, Hurlford, Ayrshire.  Fall of roof at the face. 2 killed.

McTEAR John - 1868 - 29/10/1868 – Age 39 - Hewer. Felling, George Elliot and Co., Gateshead, Durham. Fall of stone.

McVIE D. - 1867 - 11/07/1867 – Age 23 - Collier. Clarkston, Motherwell and Wilson, Airdrie, Lanarkshire. Fall of top Coal.

McWHINNIE E. - 1864 - 16/04/1864 – Age 45 - Collier. Carnbroe No.8, Merry and Cunningham, Lanarkshire. Fall at face, splint coal.

McWHIRTER William - 1868 - 25/05/1868 – Age 24 - Boy. Stottencleugh, Eglington Iron Co., Muirkirk, Ayrshire.  Injured by hutch upon a drawing road and died a few days later.

McWILLIAMS John - 1860 - 02/03/1860. Burradon, Burradon, Durham. Explosion of gas. 76 killed. Left a wife and 3 children.

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