By 5 p.m. all the bodies except three, had been recovered and brought to the surface. They were brushers whose duty it was to clear and repair the mine ready for the day men. This disaster was fortunately, not on the same scale but claimed the lives of twenty eight men and boys. Blantyre Colliery belongs to Messrs. William Dixon (Limited). Mines Inspector Report, 1879.
Blantyre, Lanarkshire. James Lafferty aged 46 years, fireman, left a widow and a family. The gas was very strong and I cold hardly breathe. Michael Howitt aged 27 years, brusher, single. July, 1879. Several of the rescuers put their lives at risk and Mr. Watson, the manager and John White the overman were brought to the surface, along with others, after they had been overcome by the gas. Tague Boyle aged 22 years, brusher, single. Information supplied by Ian Winstanley and the Coal Mining History Resource Centre. It was the Ell seam which was the highest of the three seams and is the only one in the pit that is being worked now.
I found another man who was endeavouring to make his way to the bottom. The “Glasgow Herald” lists the following as “Missing”: Charles Lafferty gave the press an account of his experiences in the pit.
It is a large colliery, and employs 660 men underground ; 500 of these work during the day, and 160 at night prepare the workings for those who work during the day. There were several other men engaged near me. The Glasgow Herald. REFERENCES After a little time I made another effort and this time I was able to get to the main way. Colliery Guardian, 4th July 1879, p.99, 21st November 1879, p.812.
© Northern Mine Research Society | Registered Charity Number - 326704. I was thrown violently against the coal face and then hurled on a heap of coal and much bruised and almost knocked insensible but I managed to pick myself up. Richard Runn aged over 30 years, brusher, lefta widow and six children.
Edward Thompson aged 31 years, brusher, left a widow and three chidren. I struggled on and became unconscious. October, 1877. On the night of the disaster the men went down about 6 p.m. Bernard O’Bryen aged 28 years, brusher, widow and one child. Although the shaft was clear, the ventilation had been deranged and there was a lot of afterdamp as they made their way to the No.1 which was the scene of the explosion. This disaster was fortunately, not on the same scale but claimed the lives of twenty eight men and boys. James Bryson aged 58 years, brusher, left a widow and family. Mr. Moore. Patrick McGarvie aged 55 years, brusher widow.