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1854 Accidents
Notes - The information in this page is mainly sourced from the appendix to the Mine Inspectors report for this year. Many accidents are not listed in these reports and additional names have been added from newspaper reports and other sources - information not sourced from the mine inspectors reports is indicated by a shaded gray background
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Information from Appendix to Inspectors Report
Extra Details
MonthDayName of CollieryNear where situatedOwners namePerson(s) killedCause of death
January15DowniestonAyrshire  Adam Graham Death not listed in Inspectors report Newspaper reports - Ayrshire pages
February8 WhitlettsAyrshire   Thomas Walker Death not listed in Inspectors report Newspaper reports - Ayrshire pages
March9No 4 BrownsburnLanarkshire  Hugh Brown Death not listed in Inspectors reportNewspaper report - New Monkland pages
Unknown Reilly
April8LochgellyFife  John Syme Death not listed in Inspectors report Newspaper report - Auchterderran pages
April28 Rosehall Lanarkshire  Alexander McGregor Death not listed in Inspectors report Newspaper report - Old Monkland pages
April28 No. 4 Pit, Drumpeller Lanarkshire  William Rodgers Death not listed in Inspectors report Newspaper report - Old Monkland pages
May11DonibristleFife  Adam Adamson Death not listed in Inspectors reportNewspaper report - Fife accidents
June22TownhillFife  Thomas Izat  Death not listed in Inspectors reportNewspaper report - Fife accidents
July8BalbardieBathgateJames HosieAlexander EastonFrom coming into contact with crank of engine  
July10Ayr CollieryAyrJohn Taylor GordonJohn ShawExplosion of fire damp  
July19WoodlandsAlloaRobert BaldAlexander InnesFell of the cage when ascending pit  
July20SummerleeCoatbridgeMessrs Wilson & CoWilliam HarknessThe winding rope falling on him in a sinking pit  
July27ClelandHolytownRobert StewartJames JohnstoneFall of coal at face  
July29RosehallCoatbridgeMessrs Adie & MillerRobert BellFell from a scaffold at pithead to the surface  
July31RosehallCoatbridgeMessrs Adie & MillerDavid BlackBreaking of a crane rope when lifting pump rods  
August7KnightswoodNear GlasgowMessrs Wilson & CoJohn MalcolmFall of coal at face  
August9FordelNear DunfermlineWilliam M HendersonElizabeth CookFell down the pit by pushing the hutch into the wrong sideNewspaper report - Fife accidents
August16AuchinheathNear LesmahagowDuke of HamiltonJohn ForyOverbalanced by a hutch on an incline plane  
August29Easter MoffatNear AirdrieJohnstone and GilmuirJames ReidFall of roof at face  
August31TranentNear HaddingtonH F CaddellJames Dow & Walker StewartFell off a hanging scaffold to the bottom of the pit, by the crane getting out of gearNewspaper report
August31TeassesNear Cupar, FifeDavid GrahamJames Palmer & William LeccoFall of roof in drawing road  
September4GateheadNear KilmarnockArchibald FinnieWilliam McKinnanFall of coal at face  
September5BartonholmNear IrvineEglinton Iron CoJames DaleFall of coal at face  
September12ColliertreeNear AirdrieTrustees of late John WilsonAndrew CummingsStruck by cage at pit bottom  
September13DalzellNear HamiltonWilsons & CoAndrew CochraneFall of roof at face  
September14EglintonIrvineEglinton Iron CoThomas SymeStruck by the crank of a pumping machine  
September21BusbieKilmarnockArchibald FinnieBarney McQuiganFall of roof at face  
September27GovanGlasgowWilliam DixonJohn BrysonFell down pit, from breakage of winding rope  
September28BlackbraesFalkirkJames Russell & SonDavid SmellieFell from an upper working to the pit bottom  
September30HurlfordKilmarnockAllan, Gilmour & CoJames BrownExplosion of fire damp  
October4Clyde Iron WorksNear GlasgowColin Dunlop & CoWilliam BainFall of roof in drawing road  
October5JervistonNear HolytownWilsons & CoPatrick BoyleFall of roof at face  
October11StevenstonNear ArdrossanMerry & CunninghamJames Campbell & William RossWinding drum getting out of gear  
October19ChapelhallNear AirdrieMonkland Iron & Steel CoJohn StevenstonExplosion of fire damp  
October26Lugar Iron WorksOld CumnockTrustees of late John WilsonWilliam HoustonFall of roof at face  
October19PercetonIrvineP B M MacredieJohn McCluskieFall of roof at face  
November2RosehallNear CoatbridgeAddie and MillerJames CowieFall of roof at face  
November2StevenstonNear ArdrossanMerry & CunninghamJohn BeattieFall of roof at face  
November9Calder IronworksAirdrieWilliam DixonJohn CampbellFall of coal at face  
November13EdmonstoneNear DalkeithJohn WauchopeJames ReidFall of roof in drawing road  
November16RosehallNear CoatbridgeAddie and MillerWilliam HillExplosion of fire damp  
November17DalkeithNear DalkeithDuke of BuccleuchJoseph DenistonFell out of sinking kettle while ascending the pit  
November20HolmesNear KilmarnockJohn HorneThomas RamageFall of coal at face  
November21HoustonNear LinlithgowHenry Hardie & CoJohn RobertsonBreakage of the rope while ascending the pit  
November21Dysart, BorelandFife  John Johnston Death not listed in Inspectors reportFife FHS pre-1855 deaths
November24BartonshillNear CoatbridgeBartonhill Coal CoDonald MillerFall of coal and stone at face  
November24HurlfordNear KilmarnockAllan, Gilmour & CoAnd. Miller, J. Crawford, John Orr, Robert KyleExplosion of fire dampNewspaper Report
December4HillheadNear KilmarnockJohn GilmourJames MurphyFall of roof at face  
December6ColtnessNear WishawA G SimpsonGeorge MuirWhile “stemming” a shot in a sinking pit it went off  
December8DalmacoutherNear AirdrieWilliam SimpsonJohn WhittenFell down the pit  
December9EastfieldNear GlasgowJ G BuchananJohn ProudfootFall of coal at face  
December14 Gateside Dumfries   Walter Black Death not listed in Inspectors report Newspaper report - Dumfriesshire pages
December20HurlfordNear KilmarnockJohn HowieRobert PorterBy coming in contact with the fly-wheel of the winding engine  
December21DrumclairNear SlamannanJohn NimmoSamuel DuffyFall of coal at face  
December21Coltness Iron WorksNear WishawColtness Iron CoWilliam McDedeCrushed by cage at pit bottom  
December22DalmellingtonNear AyrDalmellington Iron CoJames CraigFell from an upper working to the pit bottom  
December28FarmNear GlasgowJames FarieJames BoyleFall of roof at face 

Last Updated 29th September 2013