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Niddrie Colliery Disaster 1889

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Date: 24 May 1884 [unknown]
Location: Niddrie, Midlothian, Scotlandmap
Surnames/tags: Mining Disasters Scotland Disasters
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History and Circumstances

  • Date: 24 May 1884
  • Location: Niddrie, Midlothian
  • Type: Coal Mine Fire
  • Victims: 7
  • Cause: Undgerground Fire
Name Sourced Bio Connected Category
William Hamilton, age 51
George Hill, age 15
David Kerr, age 17
John Middleton, age 16
Neil Paton, age 22
Michael Scanlan, age 14
David Smith, age 25

Rescue Efforts

Several unsuccessful attempts were made to put out the fire before it was extinguished by the Edinburgh fire brigade. Seven of the 16 men trapped underground were found dead.

Results and Findings


Article: Nursery Pit Kilmarnock 17 Aug 1900

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