NS4262 : Coal Miners' Memorial

taken 7 years ago, near to Johnstone, Renfrewshire, Great Britain

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Coal Miners' Memorial
Coal Miners' Memorial
The Johnstone and Elderslie Coal Miners' Memorial, to the left of the path, is located in Wee Wood, which is in the angle between Quarrelton Road (visible in the background) and Beith Road. For another view, see NS4262 : Coal Miners' Memorial.

"This cairn commemorates the 7 miners who lost their lives in the Quarrelton Pit Disaster in May 1818 together with the 5 men who perished in the Benston Pit Disaster in October 1860."

The "Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland" (1885) describes Quarrelton as "a collier village in the SW of Abbey parish, Renfrewshire"; the memorial cairn is a reminder of the risks associated with that industry.

In the disaster of May 1818, a pit was suddenly flooded; after more than week, two men were rescued. The circumstances are described in detail at LinkExternal link (Scottish Mining website); there, seven men are said to have been trapped, of whom two were eventually rescued, and five died.

Five men died in the Benstone Pit Disaster (also spelled Benston); again, the cause was flooding of the mine. For full details, see LinkExternal link (again, at the Scottish Mining website).
Memorial cairn
The cairn commemorates those who died in the Quarrelton Pit Disaster (May 1818) and those who perished in the Benstone Pit Disaster (October 1860).
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Date Taken
Monday, 22 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 31 August, 2011
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Park and Public Gardens 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4249 6231 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:49.6950N 4:30.9694W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4248 6230
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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