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Udston Pit Disaster


1887

An underground explosion at Udston Colliery (west of Hamilton in South Lanarkshire) killed seventy-three miners on the 28th May 1887. The radical James Keir Hardie (1856 - 1915), then Secretary of the Scottish Miner's Federation, denounced the deaths as murder in a speech he gave some days later.

A memorial to those lost is situated in Hamilton.


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