Argyll Colliery employee list – c. 1967

We are very grateful to Elaine Mcchesney, Curator at Campbeltown Museum, for allowing us to post this photograph of a list of employees from Argyll Colliery, which was donated to the museum collection by Mrs. McNaughton. The list is thought to date back to just before the closure of the mine in 1967. We are interested in tracking down the men/relatives of the men on the list so that we can find out a bit more about these employees. Any information about them would be a valuable contribution to The Road to Drumleman Community Exhibition and archive.  If you can help please contact us via the blog or at jan@jannimmo.com

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Employee List/Argyll Colliery c. 1967 courtesy of Campbeltown Museum/Mrs McNaughton

 

Meantime we have established the following but are looking for anyone who can shed more light on these men – we’ll continue to update as information comes in:

John Anderson – 35.

We think this is John Anderson who was know as Kyamp  rather than John Anderson, who came originally from Douglas and who drove some of the first roads at Lady Lithgow mine as Argyll Colliery was formerly known.


George Cook – 41.

Collier


Jim Kelly – 48.

We think this may have been Jim kelly, who was originally from Machrihanish.

Collier


Jimmy Steele – 69 

Jimmy is thought to have moved to Canada.

Collier

More info?


A. Stephens – 72.

Collier

More info?


Willie McIntyre – 77. 

Willie worked at the mine for the duration of the time it was open as a collier. Willie survived a bad accident at A.C. He still lives in Campbeltown with his wife, Janet.


Robert Armour – 78

We think this is Robert Robina Armour.

Collier


JD Evans – 80.

Taffy Evans was the only Welshman to have worked at Argyll Colliery.

Collier


Willie Colville – 103

Collier


A Gilchrist – 126

Angu Gilchrist

Collier


Dan Stalker – 112.

Collier


A McEachran – 128.

More info?

Collier


J McGeachy – 52.

More info?

Collier


C McMillan – 58.

Charlie McMillan – collier – there is also another Charlie McMillan, who is resident a Machrihanish, and worked in the garage at Argyll Colliery.


JK McKerral – 59.

Collier


D. McPhee – 63.

Muckaphee?

Collier


R Martin – 65.

More info?

Collier


Robert  Brown – 71.

Rab Broon

Collier


Angus Mckinlay – 73.

Angus Ibrox Mckinlay – still resident in Campbeltown

Collier


Willie  Galbraith – 82.

Willie Baish (?) Galbraith

Collier


Davy Anderson – 92.

Davy Gas Anderson

Davy came with his father, John, from Douglas in Lanarkshire too Campbeltown his father drove some of the original roads at Argyll Colliery. Davy was one of the miners who was working on the day that Jimmy Woodcock was killed at the colliery. When the mine closed he started to sell (calor?) gas, hence his nickname. Davy was one of the miners who contributed to the documentary film, The Road to Drumleman

Collier


Malcolm  Milloy – 96.

More info?

Collier


JD McMIllan – 99.

More info?

Collier


George McMillan – 120.

George McMillan worked at the coalface at A.C and was also a labour councillor at the time when Campbeltown Council  built 2 new housing schemes for the miners of Argyll Colliery. George has gathered information and given talks about mining. He was involved with the Amenity Trust that runs the local Heritage Centre and which was responsible for refurbing and converting the Old School House into a bunk house. George was one of the miners who contributed to the documentary film, The Road to Drumleman. He still lives in Campbeltown and where he runs a newsagent.


A McKerral  -123.

More info?


David Seaman – 1.

Colliery Manager


Under Manager – 2.

We know that Willie Mair was an under manager but think that there was someone different working in this post around this date. More info?


D Scott – 3.

Safety Officer


Malcolm Hamilton – 4.

Malcolm The Tiger Hamilton worked at nightshift Oversman


Joe  Currie – 5.

More info?


Willie Livingstone – 6.

More info?


Tommy Woodford – 7.

more info?


Davy McNaughton – 8

Shot-firer


Jock Kerr (senior) – 9.

Shot-firer


Angus A McDonald – 10

Angus Gus McDonald

Shot-firer


Archie  McCallum – 11.

Shot-firer


Jock Campbell – 12.

Shot-firer


Tommy Wilson – 13.

Shot-firer


Jock Kerr (Junior) – 16.

Shot-firer


J Soudan – 76.

On cost

More info?


Willie McKerral – 81.

On cost


Dan McArthur – 113

On cost


John Short – 106.

On cost


John Brown – 118.

On cost


J McNeill – 119

On cost

More info?


Jackie Galbraith – 95.

On cost


Tommy Tucker Robertson – 107.

On cost


Neil Munro – 67.

On cost


Jimmy Fleming – 43.

On cost


Matthew Deans – 117.

On cost


Jackie  Hall – 18.

Electrician


W Morris – 19.

Charge hand


Jock(?) Henderson – 23.

More info?


Hughie Lee – 22.

Electrician


Willie Durance – 23.

Electrician


Willie Hughs – 54.

Day shift


Joe  Duncan – 70.

Day shift


Jimmy Thompson – 60.

Day shift


Campbell Maloney  – 86

Campbell  was youth delegate for the NUM (National Union of Mineworks) and travelled all over Scotland. When he left the mine, when it closed, he went to work in a garage. Campbell was a drummer with Campbeltown Pipe band. Campbell was one of the contributors to The Road to Drumleman documentary.

Day shift


Malcolm Malkie McDonald – 91.

Day shift working with splice the wires for the bogeys (?)


Andy Grogan – 98. 

Day shift


Peter McCallum – 114

Day shift


Danny Mitchell – 119.

Pumper


Campbell The Doo Wilkinson – 95.

Pumper


Charlie Farmer – 115.

Pumper


Willie Mc Kinven  – 127.

Willie left the local fishing industry to work at A.C in around 1955. He worked at the coalface at A.C. and suffered a terrible accident, which he recovered from and went back to mining. He is survived by his wife, Jenny. Willie was one of the contributors to The Road to Drumleman documentary.

Nightshift


Jimmy Conley – 75.

Nightshift


Willie McMillan – 108.

Willie worked at A.C. after leaving his National Service. He worked at the coalface. He still has his pick and is mashing hammer which as his employee number, 108, welded on to it. When the mine closed he went to work at Springbank Distillery. Willie was one of the contributors to The Road to Drumleman documentary.

Nightshift


Alec McLachlin  – 26. 

Engineer


Dennis Morrison – 27.

From England


Jack McCallum – 28

Engineer


Rankin McGown – 29. 

Engineer

Rankin worked at them until it closed and he went to work in a factory in Bathgate. He returned to Kintyre to live at Machrihanish. Rankin was one of the contributors to The Road to Drumleman documentary.


Davy Livingston – 30.

Engineer


Willie White – 31.

Engineer

From Grangemouth – More info?


Alistair  McLachlan – 33.

Engineer


Peter McDougall – 144.

Joiner


 

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10 thoughts on “Argyll Colliery employee list – c. 1967

  1. J.Anderson- if his name was John Anderson,he came to Cambeltown from Douglas,Lanarkshire.I think he ended up Provost of Cambeltown. He was my mothers Uncle.
    If you require more info,please contact me.

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    • Thanks for getting in touch John. There was also another John Anderson who worked at AC so it would be a case of working what the employee number was for each of the to establish which one the list refers to. Was John Davey Anderson’s father? We are looking to include biographies of the miners and photos of them around the time they worked at the mine. We are also interested in documenting memorabilia. If you want us to include something about your grandfather then you can come along to the drop-in archive sessions in Campbeltown or send info/photos electronically – info about how to do this can be found here on the blog in the “How to get involved” page.

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    • Hi John – if you’d like to write something up for about great Uncle that would be great… We are looking for biographies to put on the blog if you would like to write one or send me notes for me to write something up.. I may have some photos of him which I would have would have gotten from Davey Anderson. Just get in touch. Thanks for checking out the blog.

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  2. I think that’s my dad no 64. Harry Maguire lived at 11 meadows avenue. My family came from shotts to work in the mine. I live in the USA know. It was just great watching your film about the miners

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