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Tay Bridge Disaster

The Ruins of the Tay Railway Bridge

28th December 1879

During a violent storm the centre section of the bridge collapsed, taking with it a train which was running over its single track. The train left Edinburgh at 4.15pm bound for Dundee. Around 75 lives were lost, including the son-on-law of the bridge engineer Thomas Bouch. The number of victims is deduced a ticket count from St. Fort Station in Fife, being 72 passengers and 3 crew. Not all bodies were found. For more information visit Wikipedia's page or the excellent page at the Scotsman newspaper.

Read addresses as Dundee unless otherwise stated.

Anderson Joseph 21 compositor 13 South Ellen St
Annan Thomas 20 iron turner 48 Princes Street
Bain Archibald 26 farmer Mains of Balgay
Bain Jessie 22 sister of above Mains of Balgay
Benyon William H N/A photographer Cheltenham
Brown Lizzie 14 Tobacco spinner 28 Arbroath Road
Cheap Mrs 51 domestic servant 121 High St, Lochee
Crichton James N/A ploughman Mains of Fintry
Cruickshank Annie 54 domestic servant Moray Pl, Edinburgh
Culross Robert N/A carpenter Newport
Cunningham David 21 mason 23 Pitalpin St, Lochee
Davidson Thomas 28 farm servant Linlathen
Easton Mrs N/A widow N/A
Fowlis Robert 21 mason 23 Pitalpin St, Lochee
Graham David 37 teacher Stirling
Hamilton John 32 grocer 16 North Ellen Street
Henderson James 22 labourer 3 Church Street
Hendry Elizabeth 62 N/A Prior Road, Forfar
Jobson David 39 oil and colour merchant 3 Airlie Place
Johnston David 24 railway guard Edinburgh
Johnston George 25 mechanic N/A
Jack William H N/A grocer 57 Mains Road
Kinnear Margaret 17 domestic servant 6 Shore Terrace
Leslie James 22 clerk Baffin Street
Lawson John 25 plasterer 39 Lilybank Road
McBeath David 44 railway guard 46 Castle Street
MacDonald William 41 sawmiller 70 Blackness Road
MacDonald David 11 schoolboy 70 Blackness Road
Mitchell David 37 engine driver 89 Peddie Street
Marshall John 24 stoker 18 Hunter Street
Murray Donald 49 mail guard 13 South Ellen St
Milne Elizabeth N/A dressmaker N/A
Murdoch James 21 engineer 1 Thistle Street
Millar James N/A flax dresser Dysart
McIntosh George 43 goods guard 25 Hawkhill
Neish David 37 teacher & registar 51 Coupar St, Lochee
Neish Bella 5 daughter of above 51 Coupar St, Lochee
Ness Walter 24 saddler 4 Bain Sq. Wellgate
Ness George 21 engine cleaner Ogilvy St. Tayport
Neilson William 31 N/A 53 Monk St. Gateshead
Nicoll Elizabeth 24 N/A 46 Bell Street
Paton James 42 mechanic Edinburgh
Peebles William 30-40 N/A N/A
Peebles James 15 apprentice grocer Newport
Robertson William 21 labourer 100 Foundry Lane
Robertson Alexander 23 labourer 100 Foundry Lane
Salmond Peter 43 blacksmith 50 Princes Street
Scott David 26 goods guard 7 Yeaman Shore
Scott John 30 pipe maker N/A
Sharp John 35 joiner 76 Commercial St
Smart Elizabeth 22 domestic servant Union Mount, Perth Rd
Spence Annie 21 weaver 62 Kemback Street
Syme David 22 clerk Royal Hotel, Nethergate
Taylor George 25 mason 56 union Street
Threlfell William 18 confectioner 9 Union Street
Veitch William 18 cabinetmaker 39 Church Street
Watson David N/A commission agent Newport
Watson Robert 34 moulder 12 Lawrence Street
Watson David 9 son of above 12 Lawrence Street
Watson Robert 6 brother of above 12 Lawrence Street


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