New Cumnock Coalfield Fatal Accidents


This page is dedicated to those that lost their lives working in the New Cumnock Coalfield and to their families that had to endure their loss. In remembering them it is also hoped tell a little bit about their lives and the developing New Cumnock Coalfield.

The main source of the information about the fatalities is the Scottish Mining web-site , a truly marvellous asset in keeping our mining heritage alive. Other sources include the on-line British Newspaper Archive and of course the Cumnock Chronicle.  With regards to the New Cumnock coalfield the chief source is the invaluable ‘The New Cumnock Coal-Field’ by John L. Carvel,  written at the behest of the directors of the New Cumnock Collieries Limited in 1946 in the eve of the nationalisation of the coal industry.

The family stories are my own attempt to build a picture from the records on Scotland’s People – baptisms, births, marriages, deaths, Census Records and Valuation Rolls. It is inevitable that mistakes will be made, and these will be mine for which I apologise in advance.  Maps from the incomparable resource of on-line maps from the National Library of Scotland along with some of my own photographs of New Cumnock along with postcards etc from the past are used liberally to help illustrate these stories

The plan is to record the mining fatalities in chronological order. It is inevitable that some of these may not have been reported and it would be good to hear of any missed.

Thank you, Bobby Guthrie

Year of Fatality Index

1800 1810 1820 1830 1840
1850 1860 1870 1880 1890
1900 1910 1920 1930 1940
1950 1960 1970 1980 1990
2000 2010