Hamilton graves in Dalserf Kirkyard

If you’ve looked at the picture album of my trip to Dalserf here – http://www.stuarthamilton.co.uk/Dalserf/ – you’ll have seen some Hamilton tombstones. Here are the inscriptions, to the best of my ability to read them. They’re probably not mine, as my lot were dirt poor, but just so ye know.


Erected by Robert Hamilton in memory of his wife Mary Mutter who died 10th September 1851 aged 60 years


This stone is [something] by Robert Hamilton, Farmer in Thripwood in memory of his four children who died in infancy. Also in memory of his father John Hamilton who died the 8th Feb 1812 aged 88 years. Also his [poss spouse] Anna Lang who died the 22nd Dec 1802 aged 77 years.


Erected by John Hamilton in memory of his wife Elizabeth Davidson who died the 3rd June 1842 aged 23 years being the burying place of him and his family.


Erected by James Hamilton in memory of his father Gavin Hamilton who died 11th Nov 1863 aged 53 years. Also his mother Isabella Forrest who died 22nd March 1891 aged 74 years.


1861 John Hamilton


Erected by James Hamilton in loving memoryof his wife Elizabeth F Thomson who died 19th May 1929 aged 52 years. The above James Hamilton who died 4th April 1933 aged 55 years.


Dalserf kirkyard


Mr H goes to Dalserf

Mr H goes to Dalserf

I’ve been to the land o’ ma faithers! Well, my 3rd great grandfather Archibald Hamilton who was born in Dalserf in 1801.

Who begat William Hamilton (born 1821 in Dalserf – 1873) who begat John Hamilton (1852 – 1922) who begat Alexander Hamilton (1883 – 1968) who begat Alexander Walker Hamilton (1922 – 1980) who begat me!

This is Dalserf today, and you can follow the photographic journey through the wilds of Lanarkshire via 6 trains and 3 buses here..

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Hamilton miners: Woodmuir Colliery, West Lothian

A large number of the Bells and Hamiltons ended up working in the now derelict Woodmuir Colliery near Breich in West Lothian.

Thanks to the power of the internet, there is a selection of photos available here.

Here’s one of them, as an example;
Woodmuir CollieryIf you would like to see more about coal mining in the Lothians then I would heartily recommend “Mining The Lothians” by Guthrie Hutton, which you can get on Amazon.

If you want to know about shale mining, which is what the Hamiltons did before they dug for coal, then try “Shale Voices” by Alistair Findlay.  It’s also on Amazon, although not a particularly easy  read.  However, despite it being a huge industry, employing 10,000 people at its peak, it’s Scotland’s forgotten industry.