Blantyre mining disaster

216 men had lost their livesThe High Blantyre Explosion
The Blantyre mining disaster, which happened on the morning of 22 October 1877, in Blantyre, Scotland, was Scotland's worst ever mining accident.wikipedia
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Blantyre, South Lanarkshire

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The Blantyre mining disaster, which happened on the morning of 22 October 1877, in Blantyre, Scotland, was Scotland's worst ever mining accident.
On 22 October 1877, Blantyre was the site of the Blantyre mining disaster, where 207 miners (men and boys) were killed when a coal mine exploded due to methane gas.

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The Blantyre mining disaster, which happened on the morning of 22 October 1877, in Blantyre, Scotland, was Scotland's worst ever mining accident.
The worst mining accident in Scotland is the 1877 Blantyre mining disaster in Blantyre, Lanarkshire, which claimed 207 lives.

List of disasters in Great Britain and Ireland by death toll

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* List of disasters in Great Britain and Ireland

Firedamp

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It was known that firedamp was present in the pit and it is likely that this was ignited by a naked flame.

Tied cottage

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Since the miners lived in tied cottages they were therefore evicted by force.

Afterdamp

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Moore, Robson and some engineers went down number 2 pit but were stopped by falls and afterdamp.

Blackdamp

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The route to number 3 pit ("More's dook") appeared to be free of falls but was full of chokedamp.

Safety lamp

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Near there no blasting was permitted and all lamps had to be "gauze lamps".

Trimdon Grange

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In addition, the Blantyre explosion was before Trimdon Grange (1882) and the Bedford Colliery Disaster of 1886 and so the shielding of gauzes from direct currents of air had not yet been introduced.

Bedford Colliery disaster

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In addition, the Blantyre explosion was before Trimdon Grange (1882) and the Bedford Colliery Disaster of 1886 and so the shielding of gauzes from direct currents of air had not yet been introduced.

Not proven

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After a short retirement, the jury returned a verdict of not proven.

Christy Moore

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Irish folk artist Christy Moore recorded a song called "Blantyre Explosion".

Ordinary Man (Christy Moore album)

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It appears on his 1985 album Ordinary Man.

Ewan MacColl

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It had previously been recorded by Ewan MacColl.

A. L. Lloyd

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The exact origin of the song is unknown, but it is thought to have been collected by A. L. Lloyd from an unnamed local singer.

October 22

William Currie McDougall

He appears to have initially assisted at a mission in High Blantyre as he appears in records on 2 July 1879 attending one of the several Blantyre mining disasters, occurring in a coal mine owned by William Dixon & Co in which 27 were killed and many others injured.

Hamilton Low Parks Museum

Low Parks Museum
The display in the museum looks at this period in South Lanarkshire's coal mining history and also holds a small exhibit on the Blantyre Mining Disaster of 1877 where 207 miners were killed in a firedamp explosion.

Udston mining disaster

In the Blantyre Colliery (where an estimated 216 men had lost their lives 10 years earlier) miners working that morning were temporarily blinded with the dust thrown up by the vibration of the explosion.

Mount Mulligan mine disaster

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