Category Archives: Coal Mining

A Letter from Glenafton’s past.

Glenafton Athletic were delighted to receive the ‘Minute of Agreement’ between new signing Peter McDonald and the club dating from September 1947 from Alex Christie from Irvine. He also provided a letter from the club secretary sent to the player … Continue reading

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Knockshinnoch – The Rescued Men

The Knockshinnoch Disaster of Thursday 7th September 1950 is remembered for the tragic loss of 13 men (more here) and the subsequent heroic rescue of 116 men trapped brought to the surface over two days later (more here). Overman Andrew … Continue reading

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The Knockshinnoch Rescue

The Knockshinnoch Disaster “The accident occurred about 7.30 p.m., whilst the afternoon shift was at work, on Thursday, 7th September, 1950, when a large volume of liquid peat or moss suddenly broke through from the surface into the No. 5 … Continue reading

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65th Anniversary of The Knockshinnoch Disaster

Knockshinnoch is probably the most evocative name in the parish of New Cumnock and in the past sixty-five years the name often precedes the word ‘Disaster’. Knockshinnoch conjures up mixed emotions. In the darker moments we grieve for the 13 … Continue reading

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Seaforth House – What’s in a name?

 Seaforth House and Furnace Row In the photo below from ‘Old New Cumnock’ by Donald McIver [1] the row of cottages on the left is the Furnace Row while on the other side of the Furnace Road sits Seaforth House. … Continue reading

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The Bank Pit Disaster 1938

The Real Iron Ladies In a week in which much has been written and said about ‘mining communities’ and a certain ‘iron lady’, New Cumnock marks the 75th anniversary of the Bank Pit Disaster. It is often overlooked that the … Continue reading

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Covenanters, Coal and Robert Burns

COVENANTERS The ancestral seat of the Gordons of Earlstoun stood a few miles north of St. John’s Town of Dalry in Kirkcudbrightshire. William, 3rd Gordon of Earlstoun, was banished in 1664 for supporting the Covenanting cause and some fifteen years … Continue reading

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Knockshinnoch Disaster

Knockshinnoch Disaster Thursday 7th September 1950 On this day in 1950, after several days of torrential rain, a large inrush of peat moss from the surface plundered its way into the No.5 heading of the Knockshinnoch Castle Colliery. The news … Continue reading

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