New tribute to tragic Midlothian miners

LOSS of life in the local mining industry has been commemorated in a new miners’ remembrance register.

As a tribute to the mining community in which he grew up, Alex Smith and his son James, from Newtongrange, have compiled a new East of Scotland Miners’ Remembrance Register.

Mr Smith (71) has spent more than two years researching fatalities in the mining industry in the east of Scotland.

His register provides an alphabetical list of mines and casualties from 1776 to 1993, including the 63 miners who lost their lives in the Mauricewood disaster of September 1889.

Mr Smith explained: “This is not a commercial book - this is a tribute to the miners.

“The whole idea is to pay tribute to the men that died in the pits.

“I feel so strongly about it. It is simply to honour the men I’ve been brought up with.”

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