PlaceTay Bridge, Firth of Tay, Dundee, Angus
Date28 Dec, 1879
Railway CompanyNorth British Railway
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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ANNAN, Thomas, 20, Iron turner, 48 Princes Street, Dundee
BAIN, Archibald, 26, Farmer, Mains of Balgay, Dundee
BAIN, Jessie, 22, Sister of above, Mains of Balgay, Dundee
BENYON, William H, Photographer, Cheltenham
BROWN, Lizzie, 14, Tobacco spinner, 28 Arbroath Road, Dundee
CHEAP, Mrs, 51, Domestic Servant, 121 High Street, Lochee
CRICHTON, James, Ploughman, Mains of Fintry, Dundee
CRUICKSHANK, Annie, 54, Domestic Servant, Moray Place, Edinburgh
CULROSS, Robert, Carpenter, Newport
CUNNINGHAM, David, 21, Mason, 23 Pitalpin Street, Lochee
DAVIDSON, Thomas, 28, Farm servant, Linlathen, Dundee
EASTON, Mrs, Widow
FOWLIS, Robert, 21, Mason, 23 Pitalpin Street, Lochee
GRAHAM, David, 37, Teacher, Stirling
HAMILTON, John, 32, Grocer, 16 North Ellen Street, Dundee
HENDERSON, James, 22, Labourer, 3 Church Street, Dundee
HENDRY, Elizabeth, 62, Prior Road, Forfar
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JOBSON, David, 39, Oil and colour merchant, 3 Airlie Place, Dundee
JOHNSTON, David, 24, Railway Guard, Edinburgh
JOHNSTON, George, 25, Mechanic
KINNEAR, Margaret, 17, Domestic Servant, 6 Shore Terrace, Dundee
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LESLIE, James, 22, Clerk, Baffin Street, Dundee
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MACDONALD, William, 41, Sawmiller, 70 Blackness Road, Dundee
MARSHALL, John, 24, Stoker, 18 Hunter Street, Dundee
MCBEATH, David, 44, Railway Guard, 46 Castle Street, Dundee
MCINTOSH, George, 43, Goods Guard, 25 Hawkhill, Dundee
MILLAR, James, Flax Dresser, Dysart, Dundee
MILNE, Elizabeth, Dressmaker
MITCHELL, David, 37, Engine Driver, 89 Peddie Street, Dundee
MURDOCH, James, 21, Engineer, 1 Thistle Street, Dundee
MURRAY, Donald, 49, Mail Guard, 13 South Ellen Street, Dundee
NEILSON, William, 31, 53 Monk Street, Gateshead
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NICOLL, Mrs Elizabeth, 24, 46 Bell Street, Dundee
PATON, James, 42, Mechanic, Edinburgh
PEEBLES, James, 15, Apprentice Grocer, Newport
PEEBLES, William, 30-40
ROBERTSON, Alexander, 23, Labourer, 100 Foundry Lane, Dundee
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