In Memory of the Men and Boys of Galston and Loudoun Parishes
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Quarrelton and Benston - Joint Memorial
Quarrelton Disaster 2 May 1818 - Benston Disaster 25 July 1860
Wee Wood, Johnstone, Renfrewshire (Quarrelton Road / Beith Road junction and Benston)
This Cairn Commemorates the 5 miners who lost their lives in the Quarrelton Pit Disaster in May 1818.
(See Scottish Mining Website for details). There were 7 miners involved, 5 were drowned, 2 survived, however they were brought out after 12 days, barely alive.
- Alexander Barr
- James Brodie
- John Hunter
- James Inglis
- Alexander Shaw
In Oct 1860 another 5 men were killed in a similar scenario.
The Cairn also Commemorates the 5 men who perished in the Benston Disaster in October 1860.
(See Scottish Mining Website for details). Five lives were lost when Benstone Coal-Pit, Near Johnstone, flooded 23 Oct 1860.
- Robert Alexander, age 24
- John Alllison, age 29
- John Hendry, age 21
- John McMillan, age 44
- Alexander Stewart, age 12
Inaugurated by Councillor Stuart Stevenson JP.
In Recognition of Wallyford as a Mining Community