There is a pretty good chance that if your ancestors came from Stirlingshire then they would have been involved in the coal mining industry in some way or other. Mine certainly were and somehow managed to accumulate enough background stuff  to put together these few pages. If you have any useful articles or interesting photos then I would be glad to publish them here. Just mail me.

The best site to go to is


List of Mines, Owners and Managers 
( this is about 450k)

Redding Pit Disaster (photos)

Redding Pit Disaster (fatalities)

Polmaise and Bandeath Collieries

Carron Collieries

Quarter Pit Explosion

Tom Paterson
(last updated 2nd Jan 2021)