MARQUIS VISITS NEILSLAND COLLIERY.

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Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, 14th Duke of Hamilton
The Marquis of Douglas and Clydesdale, with a party including a Russian Princess. Miss Bell, Mr Bell, Mr Eagan the Amateur Champion Boxer of the World; and Johnny Brown Middle-Weight Champion Boxer of Scotland, motored from Dungavel to Neilsland Colliery offices where they were met by Mr. John B. Thomson general manager of John Watson Limited.
 
They then proceeded to the colliery and were introduced to Mr James Cook, manager of Neilsland Colliery, who conducted the party underground, where they spent the day with the miners.
 
They descended No. 1 Pit and visited the machine cut section of the Humph coal and also a hand pick section of the Ell coal.
On their travels the party conversed freely with the different classes of workmen and evinced great interest in the practical part performed by each. They asked numerous questions in order to obtain a thorough grasp of the general conditions underground.
 
The young Marquis, at the coal face, assisted a workman by filling a hutch of coal, which he did in a remarkably short space of time. He thereafter expressed his enjoyment at the work performed and remarked “that a miner was always a man, because his work kept him in a splendid physical condition which explained his success in all classes of sport where strength was required.” Many of the pitmen spoke of the courage by the ladies of the party, as they did not hesitate in going into dusty and contracted corners of the mine and returned to the surface grimy enough to be almost unrecognisable by each other.
 
The party expressed the pleasure they had experienced in meeting personally with the miners at their work and invited a number of them to come up to Dungavel on Saturday, where they would meet with another party of 60 Miners coming from the Bellshill District.
MINERS AT DUNGAVEL :- SPORTS PROGRAME. On Saturday afternoon a party of about 100 miners from Bellshill and Hamilton districts, accompanied by Mr. Joseph Sullivan, M.P. for North Lanark Division, and Mr William B. Small, miners agent, visited Dungavel, where a large house party received them on the terrace in front of the house.
Her Grace welcomed everyone personally. The sports took place on the lawn in front of the terrace and were participated in by all present and greatly enjoyed. Ref. Hamilton Advertiser 25/8/1923. Page 6. Wilma S. Bolton.
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2 thoughts on “MARQUIS VISITS NEILSLAND COLLIERY.”

  1. Delighted to comment that Mr James Cook manager of Neilsland Colliery was my great grandfather!
    In fact my Dad who is also James Cook and will be 80 this summer is currently doing some research to find out more about him so this is something i will share with him.
    Many thanks
    Pamela

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