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Michael Martin began his life as a miner at the age of 15 years. His first job was in the Fife Coalfields at Kinglassie Colliery, in 1954.

Fife's great mining tradition recaptured for you in facts, figures, maps, pictures and tales of her pits and mines - Now contains a school project

National Mining Memorial Centre Scotland, NMMS

The National Mining Memorial Centre was opened on 7th September 2013. The space allows people to conduct rememberence ceremonies or their own private remembrance and to mark the impact and contribution of all those who worked in the mining industry. Although there are various memorials to the mining industry, communities and individuals through Scotland, there has never been a single space dedicated to remembering them until now.


The Scottish Mining Website provides information on the history of Scottish mining, compiled from old reports, gazetteers and newspaper articles. The site includes information on all aspects of life in mining towns and villages from working conditions, accidents and strikes to housing, health and leisure. Currently the site contains more than 22,000 names of those involved in the coal, iron and shale mining industries in Scotland, including over 15,000 fatalities.

Our mining accident section covers fatal accidents for the whole of Scotland, and is continually updated with new research. Other resources include information on miners housinghealthstrikes, the 1842 Children's Employment Commission, lists of mines and collieries, a glossary of mining terms and a section on war memorials

Johnny Templeton's Site A project to record and archive the living history of the Coalminers, their families and communities.

Using modern recording technology and the internet, the project aims to give people who worked and live in our former coal mining towns and villages, the opportunity to share their life experiences with the wider community.
Kames Colliery Disaster - Miners Voices
Over fifty years have passed since the village of Muirkirk was shaken by the news of an explosion at Kames Colliery.
Mining memories in audio format which will help preserve the history and heritage of Ayrshire's mining culture.
Blantyre Past
Andra McAnulty, born in 1860 in Lanarkshire into a mining family became the first President of The Lanarkshire Miners' Union. While recovering from injuries sustained down the pit there was another massive explosion at the pit which killed 215 miners, one of whom was his father. Andra devote the rest of his life to improving the lot of, not only his fellow miners, but also their wives and families.

Andy Paterson

Long-time mining and social historian and author, Andy Paterson lives in Errol in Perthshire.
Copies of Andy's book "A Blast from the Past" can be purchased directly from him at:-
Andy can also be contacted by phone on 01821 642592

Fife Mining Heritage Society
One of fastest growing interests is in family histories of miners and our aim is to have a dedicated mining heritage centre to cover all aspects of mining in Fife
Scottish Mining Villages
The site was set up to gather information on some of the mining towns and villages in Fife, Lanarkshire and other areas of Scotland.  We hope you find this information useful and please call back -the site is a work in progress and we are adding new material all the time.

The history of the parish of New Cumnock, including some pages on the New Cumnock Coalfield Bobby Guthrie



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