Smoking miners

As many as 1600 men worked in the mining industry in the Coalburn area in 1920. Of that number, 1000 came by train from towns and villages throughout Clydesdale. Twenty-one carriages were required to transport them to and from Coalburn.

The photo shows Andrew Brown and Tam Findlay, both local men, enjoying a cigarette at the pithead. There was a very strict No Smoking rule underground for safety reasons. Anyone caught even with a match would be taken to court and usually fined and sacked.


The Jim Hamilton Heritage Society of Coalburn was established in 2004.

Meetings are held normally on the FIRST and THIRD Wednesdays each month; from SEPTEMBER until APRIL, 7.30pm - 9pm, in Coalburn Bowling Club, next to the Coalburn Miners Welfare's One Stop Shop.

There is an invited guest speaker at each meeting and non-members are welcome to attend.

One Stop Shop, Coalburn

Coalburn's One Stop Shop

The Society runs the Heritage Centre in the One Stop Shop which contains an archive of photographs, documents and artifacts relating to Coalburn's social history and mining heritage. The majority of these were collected by the late Jim Hamilton.

ChairmanPeter McLeish
Vice-ChairmanGilbert Dobbie
SecretaryGeoff Brown (Tel. No: 01555 820379)
TreasurerGillian Farrell
Membership Secretary Betty Nicol

Cover of Winter 2016 Newsletter

An informative 12-page newsletter, designed and produced to a high standard by the Society is published quarterly and distributed FREE to members. (Non-members £2)

It also features a record of village events and articles of local interest submitted by members.


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