A mere 27 years since he last worked doon a pit, Mr H returned on his works day oot in 2011. You can see photos of the day oot over here – http://www.stuarthamilton.co.uk/doonthepit/ – a cracking day made all the more real by the array of Hamiltons, Bells and Walkers who spent their whole working lives slaving away tae make a living.
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; If 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.