Coal Mining Fatalities

This database contains 2497 known Nova Scotia coal mining fatalities. Names, dates, places, mines, and causes of death have been painstakingly compiled. Despite this, it is by no means a complete list. Fatalities occurred before records were kept; descriptions of incidents and those involved were lost along with coal company records. Official recording of multiple deaths may have missed some names; in some cases, names are misspelled. However, this is likely the most complete list that exists. Please contact us if you know names to add.

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Surname Given Name(s) Yearsort descending County Mine Cause
McDonald J. R. 1877 Pictou County Foord pit Fall of roof
MacDonald Murdock 1877 Cape Breton County Lingan Explosion of boiler; 1 of 3 killed
McNamara William 1877 Cape Breton County Lingan Explosion of boiler; 1 of 3 killed
Nearing John 1877 Cape Breton County Lingan Explosion of boiler; 1 of 3 killed
Bonar John 1877 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of stone
Burchell John 1877 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fell down shaft
Greenwell Isaac 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Strong William H. 1878 Cumberland Springhill Killed on surface
Hutcheson Robert 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
McDonald Murdoch 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Colin Francis 1878 Pictou County Acadia Run over by pit tub
McNeil Roderick 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Millville Edward 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Oram William 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Gillies Angus 1878 Inverness Port Hood Explosion of steam boiler; 1 of 2 killed
Holland Guthrie 1878 Pictou County Foord pit Fall of roof stone
Watts Alexander 1878 Inverness Port Hood Explosion of steam boiler; 1 of 2 killed
Russell Robert M. 1879 Pictou County Acadia Collapse of coal storage structure
Hall Edward 1879 Cape Breton County Lingan Empty horse wagon ran away
Boutilier W. 1879 Cape Breton County Reserve Taking down coal loosened by shot
Christopher George 1879 Pictou County Vale Rope broke while on loaded tubs
Roberts Jr Edward 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Morrison John #2 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Skinner Job 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Thomas Lewis 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McLaughlin John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Roberts Edward Sr. 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McLean John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Lycom Charles 1880 Pictou County Foord pit influx of water; 1 of 6 killed
McLeise Bertram 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Turner James 1880 Pictou County Acadia Fall of coal
Rogers Thomas 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McDonald Murdock 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Benoit Merle 1880 Pictou County Foord pit influx of water; 1 of 6 killed
MacDonald Alexander 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Ross William D. 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
MacDonald Ronald 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Connolly C. 1880 Pictou County Vale Burned by gas ignited by his open-flame lamp
MacDonald John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McEachern John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Conway James D. 1880 Pictou County Foord pit influx of water; 1 of 6 killed
Dragon John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
MacLean Hector 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McNaughton John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Lennon James 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Murdock William 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McElvie Hugh 1880 Pictou County Foord pit influx of water; 1 of 6 killed
Johnson John J. 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Dunbar Charles 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
MacLeod Robert 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion

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