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1859 Deaths listed in Mine Inspectors Report

Notes - The information in this page is mainly sourced from the appendix to the Mine Inspectors report for this year. - William Alexander for the Western District of Scotland and Robert Williams for the Eastern District of Scotland. Additional details from the main body of the report are given where available. 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
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YearMonthDayName of CollieryWhere situatedOwners namePerson(s) killedOccupationAge if givenCause of death
1859January10HurlfordKilmarnockJohn Howie & CoRobert LittlejohnCollier25Fell from a mid-working a distance of 46 fathoms

From Main body of report: There were three seams of coal worked at different levels off the shaft; there was a fixed scaffold constructed over one of the divisions of the pit, and the winding rope for that side reached no farther. The rope on the opposite side was used for winding from the upper and lowest seams, the cage being rested upon moveable boards termed "shuts," at the level of the upper seam when required.

The preparatory work of turning the "pitbottom," stoop, &c., was going on in the upper seam. Deceased worked alone on one side, and the lever for working the "shuts" was situated on the opposite side; there was no road round the pit for him to get at it; and the only way he could get across the pit, unless when the cage was rested, was by walking on a "buntin" a few inches broad, between the cage guides and the column of pipes.
The accident was occasioned by the deceased falling from the upper seam to the pit-bottom, a distance of 46 fathoms. I was engaged making an inspection of the colliery at the time the accident took place, but I did not discover why the deceased had been out of his working-place at the shaft, as he had no coals prepared for sending away, and his hutches were standing empty.
A fellow workman engaged on the opposite side of the shaft explained that he had often seen the deceased leap across the pit, a distance of five feet, and the general impression was that he had been foolishly attempting to do so when the accident happened.
I suggested to the proprietor that a roadway should be formed round the end of the shaft in the " upper seam," which was done without delay; and I understand that he has since arranged to make a weekly payment to the family of the deceased for a certain number of years.
1859January13BarleithKilmarnockJohn Galloway & CoJames DuffySinker48A stone fell upon the deceased from the side of the shaft which was being sunk 
1859January15HurlfordKilmarnockJohn Howie & CoJoseph RaeCollier25Fall of roof 
1859January17AyrAyrJohn Taylor GordonHugh WassinCollier20Explosion of fire damp 
1859January17ReddingNear FalkirkJames Russell & CoDavid ForbesCollier By falling down pit, the cage being taken above, the conductors indicator out of repair Newspaper report - Stirlingshire pages
1859January17Palacecraig  John Donaldson  Death not listed in Inspectors reportNewspaper report - New Monkland pages
1859January25CambuslangCambuslangArchibald RussellRobert Hamiltonpitheadman50Got entangled with the winding machinery while adjusting the ropes, and was dragged round with it 
1859January25StevenstonStevenstonMerry & CunninghamWilliam RossBoy15Explosion of fire damp

From Main body of report:
This lad was engaged as a drawer, and during a partial stoppage on one of the horse roads a number of the boys had collected together, and were idling and playing. The unfortunate little fellow, who was attempting to get out of the way of his companions, crept through a small hole on the side of the main road (with his naked light") into an old and abandoned part of the waste, where a small quantity of firedamp had collected, and exploded it. He was slightly burned, and died a few days afterwards.
1859January26CarronhallNear FalkirkCarron CoJames ThomsonCollier By falling down pit from a mid-working which was not properly fenced 
1859January27WemyssNear KirkcaldyJames E WemyssWalter Nesspitheadman By a piece of wood falling off a scaffold at pithead 
1859February2BogheadNear BathgateJames Russell & CoThomas ClerkBottomer By fall of stone off side of drawing road near pit bottomNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1859February3GartgillCoatbridgeWm Baird & CoStanhope FlemingCollier30Explosion of fire damp

From Main body of report: The deceased was a collier, and engaged in driving a " room" A,
Fig. 1, forward upon an " end " or " crosscut " B.

The " end " B had been worked forward to the position shown, about two months previous to the accident, and a small quantity of firedamp had collected in it. This appears to have been well known to the workmen in the immediate district.
On the morning of the accident the deceased had gone round from his own room to the " end" B, for the purpose of sounding the coal, a custom much practised among workmen for ascertaining the thickness of solid coal between two openings, as in the present case. It would appear he had left his naked lamp a short, distance back, as at C., but on his return, and when taking it up, he ignited the firedamp, and received injuries which afterwards proved fatal.
Newspaper report - Old Monkland pages
1859February4CliftonhillCoatbridgeThomas JacksonJames MeiklandBottomer57Fell from a mid-working where he was acting as bottomer 
1859February6Forth Iron WorksNear DunfermlineForth Iron CoJohn CondieEngineman Crushed betwixt wheels of pumping engine while oiling it when in motion 
1859February8BraeheadBailliestonCharles Tennant & CoRobert KirkwoodBoy12Fall of roof Newspaper report - Old Monkland pages
1859February10Lochgelly Iron WorksNear DunfermlineLochgelly Iron CoJohn GrahamEngineman By something falling down pit while engaged repairing pump boxes 
1859February21RochollochNear AirdrieGeorge CowieThomas GimmellCollier By fall of stone from the roof at face of workingNewspaper report
1859February23DalkeithNear DalkeithDuke of BuccleuchJohn PortiousDrawer Overcome and crushed by a loaded hutch on inclineNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1859February23Rosehall  Alexander Sneddon  Death not listed in Inspectors reportNewspaper report - Old Monkland pages
1859February24RouchsullochNear AirdrieGeorge CowiePeter McDaidCollier By fall of coal and stone at face of working 
1859March5WoodsideNear HamiltonHastie & SmithJohn CopelandCollier By fall of stone while engaged repairing an old drawing roadNewspaper report - Dalserf pages
1859March5Souterhouse  Matthew Watson  Death not listed in Inspectors reportNewspaper report - Old Monkland pages [Natural causes]
1859March7KippsbyreNear AirdrieRobertson & AddieJohn DoddsSinker By fall of stone from side of pit while engaged sinkingNewspaper report
1859March12Faskine  Duncan Lamond  Death not listed in Inspectors reportNewspaper report - Old Monkland pages
1859March22DunnikierNear KirkcaldyJ & A GoodallWilliam WattersCollier By fall of coal at face of working Newspaper report - Fife pages
1859 March 23 Palacecraig     Thomas Cunningham     Death not listed in Inspectors report. Injured Feb 1859 Newspaper report - Old Monkland pages [NB See report dated 26 Feb]
1859March24DrumpellerCoatbridgeTrustees of John WilsonDavid BeecroftCollier18Explosion of fire damp

From Main body of report: In this case the unfortunate sufferer was engaged driving an "end" A to connect with a "plane" B which had been worked up to a dislocation and abandoned.

For some reason he had gone into the " plane " B with his naked light, beyond the signal-board + C, and ignited the firedamp, which burned him severely. The deceased was well aware of the fact that firedamp lay in the abandoned "plane" B, and the fireman had taken the precaution to prevent any workman from going in to it, by placing a prominent board C at the entrance, with the word fire printed upon it.
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1859March26BarkipBeithHugh ParkerJames ArthurCollier57Fall of coal at the coal face 
1859March28ArnistonNear DalkeithJohn ChristieJames Nicholpitheadman By falling down pit with an empty hutch which he pushed into the wrong division

From Main body of report:
At Arnistone Colliery, James Nicol, pitheadman, lost his life by pushing an empty hutch into the unfenced division of the pit ; he fell to the bottom along with it.
Newspaper report
1859 March 29 Calder     Francis Kennedy     Death not listed in Inspectors report Newspaper report - Old Monkland pages
1859March30Faskine  Alexander McIntyre  Death not listed in Inspectors reportNewspaper report - Old Monkland pages
1859April4GateheadKilmarnockArchibald FinnieJohn GuthrieCollier40Explosion of fire damp

From Main body of report: The Procurator Fiscal of Kilmarnock, in this case, charged the " fireman" with culpable homicide, and culpable neglect of duty, and he was tried by Sheriff Robertson and a jury.

According to the special rules of the colliery it was the duty of the fireman "to descend first in the morning, and to see that the pit and workings were apparently safe, and in a workable state, &c."
It was proved that the fireman had not been in the habit of observing this most important rule, and he endeavoured to excuse himself by asserting that he had other duties to perform, which prevented him from examining the pit daily, and he had no authority to appoint a deputy.
The jury, after hearing evidence both for and against the accused, returned a verdict finding the prisoner guilty of culpable neglect of duty, and the Sheriff sentenced him to one month's imprisonment.
When such cases of neglect come under my observation, I invariably point out to the public prosecutor the necessity for enforcing the special rule which provides for a careful examination of the underground works before the workmen are allowed to enter them, and that in every such case of neglect the guilty person should be punished.
Though it is frequently alleged that the men transgress the special rule bearing upon this important branch of colliery discipline, by going in to their work before the fireman has completed his round of inspection, I have found from inquiry, in nearly all such cases, that the men had been in the habit of going to their work with the firemen, and had not been prevented from passing on to their working-places till after the pit was examined.
It is evident that where the workmen go to their work at the same time as the fireman, if he is indifferent, or if for a considerable time he has on examination found the pit clear of firedamp, that a laxity may creep into the system and be continued for a length of time, till some unlucky morning an unsuspecting workman may rush into a body of firedamp with a naked light, and thereby destroy himself and his equally confiding companions.
From my experience of these accidents (and others not resulting in loss of life) I am satisfied that the only way to prevent them is to adhere strictly to the special rule which provides for an examination of the works before the workmen are allowed to enter them; and the only sure way to carry it into effect is to provide that no person shall be allowed to go down the pit till after the fireman has made his round of examination.
Such an arrangement might possibly cause the fireman to attend a little earlier in the morning, but apart from that no extra trouble or expense would be incurred.
1859April8ArmadaleNear BathgateMonkland Iron & Steel CoWilliam CurrieCollier By fall of coal and ironstone at face of working 
1859April13BlackbraesNear FalkirkJames Russell & CoThomas StrangCollier By fall of coal at face of working 
1859April14AikiestonBailliestonJames MerryMalcolm McNeilRoadsman21Fall of roof

From Main body of report: This is one of the most severe falls of roof which I have had occasion to examine.

The pit was being worked by the Longwall method, and it is customary where this system of working is practised, to have a distinct class of workmen (termed brushers) to take down a part of the roof, and form and secure proper roadways during the night, so as not to interfere with the men who work at the coal during the day.
It would appear the deceased and others went to their work at the usual hour for "night men," and during the night four of them had met, or been engaged in one roadway, when a sudden fall of roof, 16ft x 5ft, fell unexpectedly upon them.
It is supposed they lay under this mass upwards of four hours, and though there were other workmen in the pit the poor men were not discovered till the morning when the colliers were returning to their work. Two of them were quite dead ; and one of the survivors, with much feeling, explained that how during the gloom and darkness, and after he had exhausted himself crying for assistance, he began to grope around for his companions. His leg was broken and his body otherwise jammed by the fallen stones which lay over him, so that his range was limited, but that he could feel the stiff and lifeless remains of two of his fellow workmen ; and in this painful condition, with the forebodings of another crash from the shattered overlying strata, he lay helpless, anxiously listening to the distant sound of neighbouring workmen, and hopefully longing for the hour when they might be rescued.
Newspaper report - Old Monkland pages
James KettyBrusher21
1859April22WoodhillKilmarnockMerry & CunninghamHugh CairnsCollier14Fall of roofNewspaper report - Ayrshire pages
1859April25ClerkstownNear AirdrieThomas BeveridgeCharles JacksonGin driver By falling down pit by his foot slipping when pushing forward a hutchNewspaper report
1859April26ClelandNear HamiltonRobert StewartJohn SimpsonCollier By fall of stone at face of working 
1859April27Wishaw  James Finlayson   Death not listed in Inspectors reportNewspaper report - Cambusnethan pages
1859May3GovanGlasgowWm Dixon & CoJohn TennantCollier46Fall of coal at the face 
1859May5South BoigN CumnockSouth Boig Coal CoJames KirkLabourer40Got jammed by the cage in the shaft when being drawn up 
1859May6AnnandaleKilmarnockArchibald FinnieJames RossCollier44Fall of roof 
1859May6NitshillHurletG & T CoatesJames DunnCollier21Got entangled with the cage in the shaft 
1859May9MilfieldNear AirdrieJohn Hendrie & CoJohn SiddensCollier By explosion of fire damp, by going into a working that had been stopped with a naked lamp

From Main body of report: There has been only one explosion of firedamp which caused the loss of one life in this district during the past year, which occurred at Millfield pit, at Airdrie, belonging to Messrs John Hendrie and Co come where a collier named John Siddons was so severely burned that he died the following day; the deceased had gone into a part of the working, with a naked lamp, that had been stopped, and ignited the inflammable gas; there was no fence or signal put up to warn the workmen of danger in going into this place.
Newspaper report - New Monland pages
1859May14DykeheadKilwinningEglinton Iron CoAlex CarrutherCollier27By the cage getting fastened in the shaft and afterwards falling away with a quantity of slack rope with it 
1859May18SpringbankGlasgowGeorge WilsonJohn CourtenayCollier43Fall of coal at the faceLanarkshire accidents
1859May18WoodmuirNear BathgateThomas ThorntonWm ThorntonCollier Suffocated by choke damp while engaged clearing out an old pit 
Thomas GreenwoodCollier
1859May24Rosehall  Hugh Leckie  Death not listed in Inspectors report Newspaper report - Old Monkland pages
1859June1HurlfordKilmarnockJohn Howie & CoWm ShinnensBottomer19Fell down the shaft from the surface by going improperly on to the cage before it was rested 
1859June11Shotts Iron WorksNear AirdrieShotts Iron CoJames Caldwellpitheadman By falling down pit with an empty hutch which he pushed into the pit when the cage was at the bottomNewspaper Report
1859June15GreenfieldParkheadTrustees of Mr McNairWilliam BarrieEngineman52By getting entangled with the winding machinery 
1859June15OxenfordNear DalkeithJohn ChristieJames HaldineCollier By a wood prop falling from the pithead while he was ascending on a cage without a cover

From Main body of report:
Accident occurred at Oxenford Colliery, near Dalkeith, where John Haldine, collier, was killed by a wood prop being thrown down on the pithead, rolling into the pit, and falling on him while ascending; had this pit been provided with covers to the cages, or self-acting guards, for fencing the top of the pit, this accident would not have happened.
Newspaper report - Lothian pages
1859June15WellwoodNear DunfermlineThomas Spowart & CoThos ChalmersCollier By fall of stone at face of working Newspaper report - Fife pages
David ChalmersCollier
1859June15WoodhillKilmarnockMerry & CunninghamHugh CampbellBoy13Fall of roof 
1859June16Carron Iron WorksNear FalkirkCarron CoGeorge SimpsonCollier By fall of stone at face of working 
1859June21WestmuirGlasgowRobert Gray & CoWm BarrowmanCollier58Fall of coalLanarkshire accidents
1859June22DunnikierNear KirkcaldyJ & A GoodallWilliam HodgeCollier By fall of stone at face of working 
1859June24EglintonKilwinningEglinton Iron CoDavid BarrCollier34Fall of roof 
1859June28Coltness Iron WorksNear HamiltonColtness Iron CoDavid TurnerPony driver By falling before loaded hutches which were dragged over him 
1859July8EspiesideCoatbridgeWm Baird & CoJohn GeddesCollier21Fall of coal 
1859July8StevenstonStevenstonMerry & CunninghamRobert GibsonRedsman25Fall of roof 
1859July11Shotts Iron WorksNear AirdrieShotts Iron CoHenry BrydenCollier By fall of roof at face of workingNewspaper Report
1859July12FergushillKilwinningArchibald FinnieMatthew KerrBoy13Fall of roof 
1859July12Clydesdale  John Dunn   Death not listed in Inspectors reportNewspaper report - Cambusnethan pages
1859 July 15 Glenlogan Ayrshire   David M'Lymont     Death not listed in Inspectors report Newspaper Report - Ayrshire pages
1859 July 16   Ayrshire   James Lindsay     Death not listed in Inspectors report Newspaper Report - Ayrshire pages
1859July19ElphistoneNear HaddingtonDurie & NisbetJohn CharlesEngineman By falling among wheels of engine by his foot slipping when attempting to oil it while in motion 
1859July23CorsefordJohnstoneLudovic HoustonJames WatsonCollier16Fall of roof 
1859July23GovanGlasgowWilliam Dixon & CoJames CampbellCollier30Fall of roof 
1859July25DrumlembleCampbeltonThe Duke of ArgyleDonald KerrCollier40By getting entangled with the signal wire in the shaft 
1859July30Kenmuir No 1TollcrossDavid RoxburghRobert DavidsonBoy15By going into a part of the colliery not at work, he came in contact with a small quantity of firedamp 
1859August2CarnbroeNear AirdrieMerry & CunninghamCornelius MitchellCollier By fall of roof at face of workingNewspaper report - New Monland pages
1859August4AirdrieNear AirdrieGilmour & WeirJames NeilstonCollier By fall of roof at face of working 
1859August17KenmuirhillTollcrossJohn HorneAndrew RaeCollier23Fall of roof (on 18th June) 
1859August17Shotts  John McCluskey  Death not listed in Inspectors reportNewspaper Report
1859August20RosehallCoatbridgeAddie & RankinePeter MurrayBrusher47Fall of roof 
1859August31RosehallCoatbridgeAddie and MillerPatrick McGeochBottomer27By the engineman lifting the cage without a signal from the bottom

From Main body of report:
The mechanical arrangement at this colliery are very complete and the fittings in connection with the signalling apparatus are substantial and of the usual description. The deceased was bottomer, and at the time of the accident was engaged putting a hutch upon the cage preparatory to it being sent up the pit, when the cage was raised unexpectedly and he was crushed between it and side of the shaft.  There were drawers close to the pit bottom at the time, who could testify that no signal had been made by the bottomer, and the peculiar situation of the bell handle prevented it being signalled by mistake.
1859August31StevensonStevenstonMerry & CunninghamRichard Cowieredsman27Explosion of fire damp

From Main body of report: A shift of men had been appointed to commence work at 1 a.m. on the morning of the accident, but the night fireman, on examining the workings of a small district previous to allowing the workmen to enter, found that a considerable quantity of firedamp had collected in it. The day fireman, on going to his shift at 6 o'clock a.m., examined the state of the ventilation with the night fireman, and it would appear they were satisfied that the firedamp was gradually getting dislodged. Sometime after this two of the work-men went forward with a safety lamp to observe the progress of the ventilation, leaving their companions behind; they had not left more than ten minutes when the firedamp was ignited.

It was difficult to account for this explosion ; the persons engaged with the safety lamp had acted quite judiciously ; the firedamp had not been ignited by them ; they were not injured, neither did they see the explosion.
I was of opinion the explosion had been occasioned by a naked light communicating with the gas by a "chink "in the brattice which formed the return air-course. This shows how necessary it is to act with prudence and foresight on such occasions, and how important it is to prevent naked lights from being mixed up with safety lamps where firedamp is known or suspected to exist.
The explosion, though trifling comparatively speaking, resulted in the death of the fireman and an assistant.
Wm McLellandredsman29
1859September13No 2 Blair Ironstone Pit, Dalry  Robert Lang (native of Hamilton)  Death not listed in Inspectors reportNewspaper Report - Ayrshire pages
James Cooper
1859September27BankheadRutherglenMcNaughton & HoodJames Dyerredsman30Fall of roofLanarkshire accidents
1859September28HillheadKilmarnockJohn Gilmour & CoSamuel MuirBoy11Fall of coal at the face

From Main body of report: This child (little more than ten years of age) had been engaged underground for about three weeks.

The seam of coal being worked was divided by a stone, and the lower division or ground coal was worked first and slightly in advance.
At the time of the accident, the deceased was clearing away a portion of the ground coal, when a quantity of the upper division fell upon him.
An underlying seam, a few feet distant, has been worked out in this field, which has had the effect of shattering the overlying strata, and parting the stratum in immediate connection with the seam being worked. In such a waste, and where falls of coal will be of frequent occurrence, it would be prudent to exclude mere children who, though they may be able to assist in "drawing" upon an easy roadway, are quite incompetent to comprehend any premonitory sign, or indeed, under such circumstances, to protect themselves at the coal face.
1859October18CarnochanPatnaDalmellington Iron CoHugh WalkerCollier22Fall of coal at the face 
1859October18EdmonstoneNear DalkeithJohn WauchopeAlexander FlockhartCollier By winding rope giving way at a clasp while ascending

From Main body of report:
Accident occurred at Edmonston Colliery, near Dalkeith, by the winding rope giving way at a joining with an iron clasp ; while Alexander Flockhart, collier, was descending he fell to the pit bottom, about twenty fathoms of the broken rope falling above him ; it is dangerous to use clasped ropes in any case, more particularly when the clasped part requires to pass over the pithead wheels, for the ends of the clasps wear (or) cut into the rope every time it passes over wheels of small diameter.
Newspaper report - Lothian pages
1859October26Kenmuir No 2TollcrossDavie RoxburghDavid WrightCollier32Explosion of fire damp

From Main body of report: This explosion which at first was of the most alarming description gave rise to rumours which cast a doubt upon the system of ventilation and general management of the colliery.

It did not appear to me that these rumours were well founded, but as the air-courses and ventilating arrangements were all destroyed by the force of the blast, I took every precaution at the time to make myself acquainted with what had been the mode of working and general ventilation in the pit previous to the unfortunate occurrence.
The pit, with some trifling exceptions, has been fitted up in the same manner it was immediately before the accident.
It is divided into three divisions ; two of these form downcasts for the air, and the third is used as a general upcast.
Two seams of coal were being worked, the first at 66 fathoms from the surface, and the second at 73-g fathoms. The ventilation was maintained by a separate downcast for each seam, and the " rise" division formed a general upcast for both.
The workmen in the lower seam had on the morning of the accident been engaged taking down a part of the roof and brattice at the pit-bottom, which had the effect of passing the air direct to the upcast.
In the upper seam two men were employed driving a coal mine, to allow the air to circulate round the stoop at the bottom of the shaft, termed " forming the pitbottom " stoop." The works in either seam were limited and entirely of a preparatory description.
In the upper seam, the workmen used naked lights ; they had worked from 4 o'clock in the morning till 10 o'clock a.m., when the explosion took place. Their bodies were found thirteen yards out from the face of the coal, which appears to have been the distance travelled by them after the explosion and before they were overtaken by the afterdamp.
The workmen in the low seam suffered considerably from the effects of the afterdamp, but none of them were burned. They were confined below for six hours, when by the praiseworthy exertions of neighbouring workmen, a communication was made from the surface to the bottom of the shaft, and they were all brought out in safety.
Though it is impossible to arrive at the facts connected with this melancholy occurrence, there can be no doubt the firedamp was generated in the upper seam, and ignited by the lights of the unfortunate men while engaged at their work.
A fall of roof had some time previous to the accident deranged the aircourse by which the air was carried into the upper seam, and it was the opinion of the manager that the accident in this case had been occasioned in a similar way. I felt satisfied, however, that the alterations which had been going on at the low seam a short time before the accident happened was the direct cause, by allowing the air from the downcast to pass direct to the upcast, which would have the effect of lowering the temperature of the air in the general upcast shaft, and diminishing its effect, just in proportion as the air from the downcast (in the lower seam) passing into the upcast would be less dilated than if it had performed the circuit of the mine ; and as the air in the upcast, from the connection, approximated to the temperature of the air in the downcast, the ventilation in the upper seam would gradually be checked and become nearly stagnant, when the liberated gases mixing with the air of the mine would slowly become explosive.
James PhilipsCollier46
1859October29AnnandaleKilmarnockArchibald FinnieMatthew WilsonCollier45Fall of coal 
1859November17BrownhillDalryC J WalshJames McMannBottomer50Crushed between the cage and the doorhead

From Main body of report: It would appear the deceased was engaged in the pitbottom at the time of the accident putting a full hutch on the cage. From the position in which he was found (jammed between the cage and the back of the pit) he must have been either on the cage or partly at the back side of the pit arranging the hutch, and could not by accident or otherwise have touched the signal wire so as to communicate a false signal.

From the examination and inquiries I made in this case, I felt satisfied that the accident was occasioned by the inattention of the engine-man in raising the cage before receiving the usual signal to do so.
1859November21PolkemmetNear BathgateShotts Iron CoDaniel ClarkSinker By falling down, by engineman neglecting to secure winding drum to the engine, while descending the pit

From Main body of report:
Accident happened at a sinking pit at Polkemmet, near Bathgate, by the wheels of the winding-drum getting out of gear (or becoming detached from the engine); this accident was caused by the engineman neglecting to put the key properly in its place, that keeps the wheels in gear, by which Daniel Clark, sinker, was killed, either from the fall down the pit, or from the winding rope falling on him ; Wilson Gibb, the engineman, is to be tried for culpable homicide before the sheriff and a jury at Linlithgow on the 12th of March next.
Newspaper report - Lothian pages
1859November26Kinniel Iron WorksNear LinlithgowWilliam Wilson & CoThomas CowanCollier By fall of stone at face of workings Newspaper report - Lothian pages
1859November31AronlossNear FalkirkJames WattAlexander HunterCollier By fall of stone at face of workings Newspaper report - Stirlingshire pages
1859December2KilgarthCoatbridgeWilsons & CoPatrick GovanCollier53Fall of coal 
1859December5BonnytonKilmarnockMerry & CunninghamAlexander StewartCollier45Fall of coal and roof 
1859December15WallyfordNear MusselburghC & A ChristieCharles FyfeCollier By fall of coal at face of workingsNewspaper report - Lothian pages
1859December17Ironstone Pit, Mosshouse  John Cameron  Death not listed in Inspectors reportNewspaper Report
1859December21NewbattleNear DalkeithMarquis of LothianDaniel PotterSinker By fall of stones and ice from side of pit while ascending Newspaper report
NB Name given in newspaper report is Henry but no death certificate for either name have been found.
1859December22Lochgelly Iron WorksNear DunfermlineLochgelly Iron CoJoseph GilbertEngineman By falling down pit in attempting to jump off the cage when in motion 
1859December24StevenstonNear AirdrieStevenson Coal CoAlexander McDonaldCollier By fall of stone from the roof of an upper working while ascendingNewspaper report - Bothwell pages
1859December28ElginNear DunfermlineEarl of ElginJames NisbettCollier By fall of stone from the roof of an upper working while ascending

From Main body of report: Accident at Elgin Colliery, near Dunfermline, was caused by a large piece of stone falling from the roof of an old working, while the three deceased individuals and another workman were ascending the pit on an uncovered cage; had the cage in this case been provided with a proper cover, the likelihood is that this accident would not have been so fatal.
Newspaper report - Fife pages
John LyleCollier
George BorwickCollier
1859December30CuttlehillNear DunfermlineHenderson, Wallace & CoMary WilsonWorker on pithead By being crushed between cage and a beam of a scaffold at pitheadNewspaper report - Fife pages

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