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1888 Deaths listed in Mine Inspectors Report
This table is compiled from appendices to the reports of the Inspector of Mines and Collieries. 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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Year MonthDayName of CollieryWhere situatedOwner or CompanyPerson(s) killedOccupationAgeCategoryCause of accident and remarksExtra details
1888January4Westburn No 1CambuslangWestburn Colliery CoJames SneathBottomer33In shaftsThe rope broke while the cage was descending

From Main body of report: Accident took place during the new year holidays. The deceased, whose duty was to work a hand pump, was accompanied by his stepson, a boy 11 years of age, whom he took with him to keep him company, was being lowered in the cage when the rope broke, and they were both killed by the fall. The rope was of charcoal iron, 4 1/4 inches in circumference and had been in use 8 1/2 years. Although it did not show signs of excessive wear, yet at the point where it broke it was so eaten away by internal corrosion that it was quite unfit for use under any circumstances. Apparently no one suspected what its real condition was.
1888January11WellwoodDunfermline, FIFThomas Spowart & Co LtdGeo. RonaldsonRoadsman--Falls of roofWhile repairing road; long wall[NB Names is actually George Donaldson]
1888 January12      Edward McInally      See 1887 reportSee 1887 report - injured on 3 Oct 1887, died 12 Jan 1888
1888January13MorningsideCambusnethan, LKSMorningside Coal CoThomas BrownCollier--Miscellaneous underground – falling into waterDeceased, while getting on cage to ascend, fell 15 fathoms down shaft into water. A cran rope was sent down to him, and while being raised on it, he fell off, and was drownedNewspaper report - Cambusnethan pages
1888January17BeggAuchterderran, FIFGoodall Bros.Jas. NicholsonBrusher37Falls of roofAt face of brushing; long wall 
1888January21Bogleshole No 2CambuslangJames Dunlop & CoWilliam WinningMiner45Falls of roof & sidesFall of coalNewspaper report - Lanarkshire pages
1888January27RosehallBothwell, LKSRobert Addie & SonWm MaughanCollier46Falls of roofAt face; long wallPossible Newspaper report- Bothwell pages- William McMeechan or McMachon
1888February1Braehead No 6CumnockEglinton Iron CoWm McGheePony driver15Miscellaneous undergroundFound dead under a full hutch while taking a “race” to the hutch 
1888February1Sundrum No 2CoyltonDalmellington Iron CoThos DouglasLabourer60Above groundJammed between two waggons 
1888February2CowdenbeathBeath, FIFCowdenbeath Coal CoJohn CurrieOversman51Miscellaneous underground- suffocation by gasesWent into old road, and was overcome by black damp  
1888February6BrownleeCarluke, LKSArchibald RussellAlex. MontgomeryCollier24Falls of sidesAt face; stoop and room  
1888February15NiddrieLiberton, EdinburghNiddrie & Benhar Coal Co LtdRobert FerrierCollier19In shafts – falling from part way downPushed tub into open incline when carriage was not there  
1888February16RoadsideNew Monkland, LKSRobert McAllister & SonsWilliam CarsonCollier50Falls of roofAt face; long wall  
1888February17BredisholmBothwell, LKSProvanhall Coal CoMalcolm McLeodCollier37Falls of roofAt face; stoop and room  
1888February21Hurlford No 15HurlfordMerry & CunninghameRobert CurrieMiner19In shaftsThe cage was supposed to stick in shaft and then drop away while he was being lowered in itNewspaper report
1888February22EarnockHamilton, LKSJohn WatsonPeter FoxCollier21Falls of sidesAt face; stooping  
1888February24NetherhouseBailliestonJohn YoungGeorge GallowayDrawer12Falls of roof & sidesFall of roof  
1888February28Haugh No 1KilsythWm Baird & CoJohn HunterMiner17Explosion of fire damp Explosion of firedamp (other 3 person injured)

From Main body of report: The deceased and the three injured men worked in contiguous walls in the Kilsyth coking coal. A few minutes after they commenced work in the morning, some firedamp ignited at one of their naked lights, and they were all injured by the resulting explosion. It was stated that the reddsmen were working in the place where the explosion happened up till within two hours of its occurrence and that the fireman while making his usual inspection found no firedamp in the working places, but got some lying in a disused working some 40 yards distant. The roof was unbroken in the vicinity of the point where the firedamp was said to have been ignited, and I was unable to ascertain that there had been any interruption of the air current, which passed from the working places to the point where the gas had been found by the fireman. The explosion might have been caused by one of the workmen going with his naked light to the place where the firedamp had accumulated, but there was no evidence of this having been done.
1888February28Little RaithAuchtertool, FIFLochgelly Iron & Coal Co LtdThomas AdamsonProp cutter72On surface – miscellaneousRun over by waggonsNewspaper report - Beath accidents
1888March1CarberryInveresk, EdinburghDeans & MooreJohn FullertonCollier--Falls of sidesAt face; stoop and roomNewspaper report 
1888March2MauldslieCarluke, LKSWaddell & SonJas. BuchananCollier33Falls of sidesAt face; stooping 
1888March5HarthillShotts, LKSColtness Iron Co LtdJames GrantDrawer14In ironstone minesWhile riding in empty tub n road with slight dip, it left the rails, and he was thrown out. 
1888March9BirkenshawLarkhall, LKSBirkenshaw Coal CoAlex. DavidsonFireman60Explosion of fire dampWent into place where gas was lying with naked light 
1888March10LimeriggSlamannan, STILimerigg Coal Co LtdArthur MulhollandCollier35Falls of roofAt face; long wallNewspaper report
1888March14MorningsideCambusnethan, LKSMorningside Coal CoWilliam MainBottomer54In shafts – falling from part way downAt midworking; pushed tub into shaft 
1888March14ShawfieldCarluke, LKSJohn WilsonArch. BowmanDriver20Miscellaneous underground- by tubs and tramsFell in front of loaded tub 
1888March17GalawhistleMuirkirkCairntable Gas Coal CoHugh ClarkMiner27Falls of roof & sidesFall of coal 
1888March20Balmalloch No 2KilsythBrown & RennieRobert BritonRoadsman30Falls of roof & sidesFall of roof 
1888March20LodgeSlamannan, STIJohn WatsonRobert AllanCollier15Falls of roofAt face; long wall 
1888March21BurntislandBurntisland, FIFBurntisland Oil Co LtdFrancis Morganreddsman40In shale minesOn drawing roadNewspaper report 
1888March26Newton No 2CambuslangJames Dunlop & CoRobert KelleyBrusher27Falls of roof & sidesFall of roof 
1888March27DonibristleAberdour, FIFDonibristle Colliery CoAndrew SeathCollier36Falls of sidesAt face; stoop and room 
1888March27LegbrannockBothwell, LKSLegbrannock District Collieries Co LtdWilliam AdamTrimmer--On surface – miscellaneousCrushed by waggons 
1888March31LochgellyAuchterderran, FIFLochgelly Iron & Coal Co LtdThomas HowieCollier15Falls of roofAt roadhead; long wall 
1888March  Bothwell Castle    Unknown      Death not listed in Inspectors reportNewspaper report- Bothwell pages
1888April5DalzellDalzell, LKSWishaw Coal CoWm HamiltonBlacksmith--On surface – by machineryCaught by pinion wheel 
1888April11Bellfield No 1HurlfordMerry & CunninghameJohn HuttonContractor40Falls of roof & sidesFall of roof while making a horse roadNewspaper report
1888April12BredisholmBothwell, LKSProvanhall Coal CoHenry MurphyCollier16Falls of sidesAt face; stoop and room 
1888April17NewbattleNewbattle, EdinburghMarquis of LothianPeter HendersonCollier44Falls of roofAt face; long wallNewspaper report 
1888April20FoulfordBeath, FIFCowdenbeath Coal CoEbenezer BowmanCollier23Falls of sidesAt face; long wall 
1888April20WemyssWemyss, FIFR G E WemyssJohn RodgerStone miner36Miscellaneous underground- explosions of gunpowderHe went back before shot went off 
1888April27Gilbertfield No 2CambuslangCambuslang Coal CoJames McLachlanChain runner20Miscellaneous undergroundWhile riding in front of the dook “race” he was jammed against a steam-pipe which crossed the road 
1888May2Dykes No 1CumnockEglinton Iron CoJames McCluskieMiner54Falls of roof & sidesFall of road at working face while “stooping” 
1888May19BredisholmBothwell, LKSProvanhall Coal CoJohn PatersonCollier36Falls of sidesAt face; stooping Newspaper Report - Old Monkland pages
1888May28Drumpeller No 1CoatbridgeDrumpeller Coal CoEdward DevineDrawer17Miscellaneous undergroundFall of a dook “race” on which he was riding contrary to regulations 
1888May31CadzowHamilton, LKSCadzow Coal Co LtdRichard CurwoodStone miner28Miscellaneous underground- explosions of gunpowderShot went off prematurelyNewspaper report - Hamilton pages [Dated 21 May 1888]
1888June2DalzellDalzell, LKSWishaw Coal CoAlex RobinsonTrimmer19On surface – miscellaneousCrushed by waggonsNewspaper report - Lanarkshire pages
1888June12MarledgeDalserf, LKSMcLean, Dalziel & CoAllan MurphyCollier35In shafts – falling from part way downAt midworking; pushed tub into shaft 
1888June12TannochsideBothwell, LKSOwners of ChapelhallFrancis DegnonCollier36Falls of roofOn drawing road; long wall Newspaper Report - Old Monkland pages
1888June13BroomhouseBroomhouseHaughhead Coal CoArchd. BurnsDrawer13In shaftsFell down a blind pit

From Main body of report: Happened to a boy while crossing over the top of a blind pit instead of passing round it. The top of the shaft was fenced by sparred flat "policemen" and the deceased fell through between two of the spars, the opening being 26 inches long by 10 inches wide.
Newspaper Report - Old Monkland pages
1888June14LochgellyBallingry, FIFLochgelly Iron & Coal Co LtdWilliam ScobbieCollier55Falls of sidesAt face; long wall 
1888June16Hurlford No 15HurlfordMerry & CunninghameOliver HoustonMiner20Falls of roof & sidesFall of roof at stoopsNewspaper report
William McCormickMiner29
1888June18Hurlford No 18HurlfordMerry & CunninghameThomas WoodsMiner27In shaftsFell after his hutch down the shaft from an unfenced midworking

From Main body of report: Happened to a miner who pushed his hutch at a mid-working into the shaft when the cage was not there, and fell with it to the bottom; The entrance to the shaft was not fenced in terms of General Rule 19, and for this offence proceedings were taken against both the manager and the overman, who were fined for their negligence.
 Newspaper report
1888June21Drumchapel No 1New KilpatrickWm Dixon LtdAlexr. MillarFireman28Miscellaneous undergroundWhile riding on a self-acting incline the chain broke and caused a collision 
1888June21GarriongillCambusnethan, LKSColtness Iron Co LtdDuncan LivingstoneHutch mender70On surface – miscellaneousAnother waggon ran against the one he was in, and he was crushed at the screens 
1888June26PumpherstonMid Calder, EdinburghPumpherston Oil Co LtdJohn JeffreyMiner21In shale minesStruck by piece shale which came down incline 
1888July4Haugh No 1KilsythWm Baird & CoMatthew PatrickMiner13Falls of roof & sidesFall of roof at face 
1888July7VogrieBorthwick, EdinburghVogrie Colliery CoJas. MorrisonCollier16Falls of sidesAt face; stoop and room 
1888July9ShottsShotts, LKSShotts Iron CoArch. JohnstoneRunner18On surface – miscellaneousFell in front of waggonsNewspaper report
1888July11FenceLesmahagow, LKSNitshill & Lesmahagow Coal CoChas MaddockFitter30Miscellaneous underground – by sundries undergroundStumbled, and fell on a rail 
1888July13StonelawRutherglenF R ReidJohn MoffatMiner32Miscellaneous undergroundWhile firing a shot he failed to escape in time and was struck on the head

From Main body of report: A shot went off while a miner was lighting his squib and before he had time to escape. This man apparently lost his life owing to the defective construction of the squib, as the end of it, which was simply flattened and twisted, appears to have opened out and allowed the grains of powder to run out to the extremity where the light was applied.
1888July14DenendAuchterderran, FIFDenend Coal CoRobert KirkRoadsman32Falls of roofWhile repairing horse road; long wallNewspaper report - Auchterderran pages
1888July18Lightshaw No 3MuirkirkEglinton Iron CoThomas MathiesonMiner25In shaftsWhile descending the shaft was crushed between the cage and a bunton 
1888July21CollyshotCambusnethan, LKSColtness Iron Co LtdPatrick McCourtDrawer53Miscellaneous underground – by sundries undergroundFell on corner of tub 
1888July24CalderheadShotts, LKSShotts Iron CoJames LawlerCollier42Falls of sidesAt face; long wall 
1888July25Pennyvenie No2DalmellingtonDalmellington Iron CoWm PettigrewWaggon shifter17Above groundCrushed between two waggons 
1888July26MossideBathgate, LinlithgowGavin Paul & SonsMichael HarkinsCollier21Falls of sidesAt face; stoop and room 
1888August4KingseatDunfermline, FIFAndrew WallaceCharles FergusonDriver14Miscellaneous underground- by tubs and tramsFell off rake, and was crushed between building and side of tubsNewspaper report 
1888August10Afton No 1New CumnockLanemark Coal CoHugh McLatchieMiner35Falls of roof & sidesFall of roof while drawing props 
1888August13DalmenyDalmeny, by EdinburghDalmeny Oil Co LtdWilliam CainMiner--In shale minesStruck by piece shale 
1888August14Bonnyton No 8KilmarnockGilmour, Anderson & CoRobert NelsonMiner36Falls of roof & sidesFall of roof at face 
1888August16Glengyron No 2CumnockEglinton Iron CoJohn McCormickMiner34Falls of roof & sidesFall of roof at roadside while widening itNewspaper report
1888 August16ParkheadLanarkshire  William Hamilton      Death not listed in Inspectors reportNewspaper report - Lanarkshire pages
1888August31DeansBathgate, LinlithgowWest Lothian Oil Co LtdWilliam BrownMiner--In shale minesShot went off prematurely Newspaper report - Lothian pages
1888September11GoatfootGalstonGilmours & CoMatthew WallaceMiner48Falls of roof & sidesFall of coal 
1888September13WestriggShotts, LKSWestrigg Coal CoAlex. HannahCollier29Falls of roofAt face; long wall 
1888September19TillicoultryTillicoultry, CLKAlloa Coal CoJohn HunterBrusher27Falls of roofWhile brushing road; long wall 
1888 September 20 Chapel Colliery     David Smith Muir     Not listed Death not listed in Inspectors report Newspaper report - Lanarkshire pages
1888September22DrumchapelDuntocherWm Dixon LtdThomas MoffatSinker45In shaftsA “kettle” in a blind pit became disconnected from the rope and fell on him 
1888September28RawyardsNew Monkland, LKSRawyards Coal Co LtdJohn MarshallCollier--Falls of roofAt face; long wall Newspaper report - NB deceased was actually John Marshall Carson
1888September29TownhillDunfermline, FIFTownhill Coal CoJohn HendersonCollier47Falls of sidesAt face; long wall 
1888October4Westburn No 1CambuslangWestburn Colliery CoRobert Colquhounreddsman25Falls of roof & sidesFall of roof 
1888October8BroxburnUphall, LinlithgowBroxburn Oil Co LtdRichard SneddonOversman57In shale minesStruck with tubs, on incline 
1888October11Meiklehill No 4KirkintillochJames Gardner & SonsAndrew BarretDrawer15In shaftsFell off the cage while ascending the shaft 
1888October15Hillhead No 5AirdrieWm Baird & CoAlexr. JarvieTrimmer15Above groundA sprag which he was inserting in the wheel of a waggon knocked him in front of the wheel of a following waggon 
1888October17BredisholmBothwell, LKSProvanhall Coal CoNeil McGillContractor brusher48Miscellaneous underground – by sundries undergroundWhile riding on top of loaded tub was crushed against the roof 
1888October18StraitonLoanhead, EdinburghClippens Oil Co LtdWm CampbellMiner31In shale minesAt face; long wallNewspaper report
1888October22RossHamilton, LKSThomas BarrRobert HamiltonCollier18Falls of sidesAt face; stooping 
1888October24FoulfordBeath, FIFCowdenbeath Coal CoJohn KainLabourer60On surface – miscellaneousThe blow-off cocks of four boilers were connected to one main discharge. One of them was suddenly opened, and the hot water rushed into the one he was cleaning out 
1888October25FauldhouseWhitburn, LinlithgowWilliam Dixon LtdJames MurphyMiner40In ironstone minesAt face; long wall 
1888October25HarthillShotts, LKSColtness Iron Co LtdPeter DonachieDrawer17In ironstone minesStone fell from tub while it was being raised to surface, and struck him in pit bottom 
1888November8AuchinraithBlantyreMerry & CunninghameJohn McLarenbrakesman--Miscellaneous underground – by machinery undergroundCrushed by brake wheelNewspaper Report - Blantyre pages
1888November8DevonClackmannan, CLKAlloa Coal CoDavid GillespieCollier29Falls of roofAt face; long wall 
1888November10West BenharShotts, LKSNiddrie & Benhar Coal Co LtdHugh SmartRunner14On surface – miscellaneousCrushed by waggons 
1888November13Bogleshole No 2CambuslangJames Dunlop & CoRobert CameronMiner65Falls of roof & sidesFall of roof at face 
1888November15CadzowHamilton, LKSCadzow Coal Co LtdAlex PenmanCollier20Falls of roofAt face; stoop and roomNewspaper report - Hamilton pages
1888November15Little RaithAuchtertool, FIFLochgelly Iron & Coal Co LtdRobert BeveridgeOncostman60Miscellaneous underground – by sundries undergroundCaught hold of haulage rope, and was drawn into pulley 
1888November16NewbattleNewbattle, EdinburghMarquis of LothianRobert ClarkShaftsman53In shafts – falling from part way downSlipped off buntin and fell down shaft 
1888November21AuchinraithBlantyre. LKSMerry & CunninghamRobert DonachieCollier44Falls of sidesAt face; stoop and room 
1888November22AlloaAlloa, CLKAlloa Coal CoRobert MackieBrusher32Falls of roofAt face, building; long wall 
1888November26Jellieston No 2PatnaDalmellington Iron CoWm SmithMiner--Falls of roof & sidesFall of coal 
1888November30GarriongillCambusnethan, LKSColtness Iron Co LtdAlex. WyperCollier53Falls of sidesAt face; stoop and room 
1888December1NiddrieLiberton, EdinburghNiddrie & Benhar Coal Co LtdThomas MorrisonGate keeper16On surface – miscellaneousFell in front of waggons 
1888December7DunnikierKirkcaldy, FIFWalter Herd & SonDavid WattersCollier54Falls of roofAt face; long wallNewspaper report 
1888December8BredisholmBothwell, LKSProvanhall Coal CoJohn McLachlanRunner14On surface – miscellaneousCaught hold of haulage rope, and was taken up into pulleyNewspaper report- Bothwell pages
1888December12FoulfordBeath, FIFCowdenbeath Coal CoThos. ScotlandCollier27Falls of sidesAt face; long wallNewspaper report - Beath accidents
1888December14BredisholmBothwell, LKSProvanhall Coal CoPatrick McKennaCollier50Falls of sidesAt face; stooping 
1888December14Skerrington No 18HurlfordMerry & CunninghameWm ReidLabourer50Above groundStruck on the head by a crane handle while changing the speed

From Main body of report: Happened to a labourer, who, with four other men, was changing a hand crane from the slow to the fast motion with pump-rods, weighing nearly a ton, hanging on the rope. The disengaging of the one set of wheels reversed the direction of the strain on the handles, which broke free from the men's hands, and one of them in coming round struck the deceased on the head and killed him.
1888December15BroxburnUphall, LinlithgowBroxburn Oil Co LtdRobert AndersonDrawer15In shale minesWent into fenced-off upset, where there was gas, with naked lightNewspaper report 
1888December18LevenWemyss, FIFFife Coal Co LtdJames McDonaldCollier--Miscellaneous underground- on inclined planesWhile fixing “cut chain”, loaded tub came away from bench above 
1888December19MuircockhallDunfermline, FIFDunfermline Coal CoJohn SandersLabourer--On surface – miscellaneousWas in waggon disloading a crane, when a log rolled over, and he was knocked out with it. 
1888December21BredisholmBothwell, LKSProvanhall Coal CoJohn Davisreddsman62Falls of roofRedding up stoop Newspaper Report - Old Monkland pages
1888December22ColtnessCambusnethan, LKSColtness Iron Co LtdMichael HendryDrawer15Miscellaneous underground- by tubs and tramsWas in front of loaded tub on a road with a slight dip, when it overpowered him 
1888December24AshgillDalserf, LKSBrand & CoWilliam Smith------In shafts – whilst ascending or descending by machineryFell off cage while ascending 
1888December25Bothwell CastleBothwell, LKSWilliam Baird & CoFrancis McKayBottomer24In shafts – whilst ascending or descending by machineryRope slipped off pulley and cage fell 14ft. He was thrown offNewspaper report- Bothwell pages
1888December26EddlewoodHamilton, LKSEddlewood Coal Co LtdJohn McNamaraDrawer15Miscellaneous underground- by tubs and tramsIn trying to stop two loaded tubs he fell in front, and they ran over him 
1888December27WoodendTorphichen, LinlithgowColtness Iron Co LtdJames LairdCollier31Falls of roofAt face; long wallNewspaper report - Lothians pages 
1888December29Portland No 5HurlfordEglinton Iron CoJohn RossBlacksmith--In shaftsCage stuck in the shaft and dropped away with him in it 
1888December--Holmes No 3HurlfordJohn Horne & SonsDavid GrayPony driver--Miscellaneous undergroundDrowned while riding on a pony into water

From Main body of report: He and another driver took their ponies for the sake of amusement to a part of the workings where water lay to a depth of several feet. One pony went into the water and would not come out again, whereupon the deceased mounted the other and rode into the water after it, following it round the corner of a pillar out of his companion's sight. What happened there is not known, but the deceased, after calling out once, made no reply to the repeated calls of his companion who, becoming alarmed, ran for assistance, and two hours elapsed ere the dead body was found in about 3 1/2 feet of water.

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