PlaceTay Bridge, Firth of Tay, Dundee, Angus
Date28 Dec, 1879, 7.15 p.m.
Railway CompanyNorth British Railway
No of Fatalities75
Cause of AccidentCollapse of bridge
Brief description of eventsA gale estimated at force 10 or 11 was blowing down the Tay estuary that night (not an uncommon event). The inquiry concluded that the bridge was not built strong enough to take the strain of the strong winds. Several of the spans gave way and the train of six carriages fell into the waters of the Tay.
Source/Bibliography/Further Reading100yrs of the Forth Bridge, Paxton R. (Thomas Telford 1990)
Court of Inquiry (1880) Report upon the circumstances attending the fall of a portion of the Tay Bridge.
Family Tree magazine, December 2003
Poem "The Tay Bridge Disaster", Sir William Topaz McGonagall
Red for Danger, Rolt LTC (Sutton Publishing)
The Fall of the Tay Bridge, Swinfen D. (Mercat Press 1994)
The Tay Bridge Disaster, Thomas J. (David and Charles 1970)
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CHEAP, Mrs, 51, Domestic Servant, 121 High Street, Lochee, ANS
CRICHTON, James, Ploughman, Mains of Fintry, Dundee, ANS
CRUICKSHANK, Annie, 54, Domestic Servant, Moray Place, Edinburgh, MLN
CULROSS, Robert, Carpenter, Newport
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DAVIDSON, Thomas, 28, Farm servant, Linlathen, Dundee, ANS
EASTON, Mrs, Widow
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JOBSON, David, 39, Oil and colour merchant, 3 Airlie Place, Dundee, ANS
JOHNSTON, David, 24, Railway Guard, Edinburgh, MLN
JOHNSTON, George, 25, Mechanic
KINNEAR, Margaret, 17, Domestic Servant, 6 Shore Terrace, Dundee, ANS
LAWSON, John, 25, Plasterer, 39 Lilybank Road, Dundee, ANS
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MILNE, Elizabeth, Dressmaker
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