1874: Robert Ross

1874 Oct 26| Lanemark No. 2

  • Robert Ross (19) | Crushed between waggons

According to the Scottish Mining web-site entry for Robert Ross, waggon shifter, aged 19 years old was killed on 26 October 1874 at Lanemark No. 2 pit , the cause categorised under “Above ground” with the details recorded as “crushed between the buffers of two waggons”.

His death certificate confirms that Robert was killed on 26 October and that the cause of death as “crushed between two waggons in abdomen”. His age has been omitted but identifies him as being single and the illegitimate son of Jessie Ross. Robert’s occupation is given as pit labourer and that he died at Boigside Cottages, as witnessed by his neighbour John Dickson. It is not clear if Boigside Cottage was his residence or where he died after the accident or both. However, the cottage sits  just south of Lanemark, Boigside No.2 pit and the junction of two mineral railways.


A search of birth records and census information has failed to find any trace of Robert or his mother Jessie.


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  • Ayrshire Sheet XLII.SW, Surveyed: 1908, Published: 1911

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