Thomas Laird

ID# 3657, (23 Jan 1878 - 30 May 1936)

Thomas Laird was born on 23 Jan 1878 at Main Street, Ballieston, Lanarkshire, Scotland ,

LAIRD Thomas
At 1.15PM
Parents: William Laird, Coal Miner & Mary Laird MS Gardiner
Married: 31 Dec 1860, The Manse, Old Monkland

William Laird, X his mark, Father registered the birth.1,2

He was the son of William Laird and Mary Gardiner.

Thomas appeared on the 1891 Scottish Census of 5 Apr 1891 in the household of William Laird at Gardiners Buildings, Thornwood, Lanarkshire, Scotland ;
LAIRD, William, Head, M, 51, Coal Miner, Employed, Airdrie, Lanark, 2 rooms with windows
LAIRD, Mary Gardiner, Wife, M, 49, Glasgow, Lanark
LAIRD, Mary, Dau, Unm, 20, House Keeper, Baillieston, Lanark
LAIRD, William,Son, Unm,18, Coal Miner, Employed, Baillieston, Lanark
LAIRD, Robert, Son, Unm, 17, Coal Miner, Employed, Baillieston, Lanark
LAIRD, Elizabeth, Dau, Unm, 15, General Servant, Baillieston, Lanark
LAIRD, Thomas, Son, 13, Coal Miner, Employed, Baillieston, Lanark
LAIRD, Peter, Son, 11, Scholar, Uddingston, Lanark
LAIRD, Janet, Dau, 9, Scholar, Uddingston, Lanark
LAIRD, Bella, Dau, 4, Uddingston, Lanark.3

Thomas witnessed the marriage of Kate Hotchkis and Robert Laird on 29 Jun 1900 15 South Road, Thornwood, Lanarkshire, Scotland .1,4

Thomas Laird married Elizabeth Spiers Forrest on 29 Mar 1901 at The Puvice Hall, Aitkenhead, Lanarkshire, Scotland ,

After Banns according to the Forms of the Established Church of Scotland

Thomas Laird
Coal Miner, Bachelor, aged 23
Res: 5 Double Row, Thornwood
Parents: William Laird, Coal Miner & Mary Laird MS Gardner
Lizzie Speirs Forrest
Domestic Servant, Spinster, aged 23
Res: 24 Double Row, Thornwood
Parents: David Forrest, Coal Miner & Elizabeth Forrest MS Speirs

Witnesses: Peter Laird & Christina Forrest.1,5

Thomas appeared on the 1901 Scottish Census of 31 Mar 1901 at Youngs Land, Bothwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland , also listed in the household was Elizabeth ;
LAIRD Thomas, Head, Mar, 23, Coal Miner, Bothwell Lanark
LAIRD Elizabeth, Wife, Mar, 23, Miners Wife, Bothwell Lanark.6

Thomas appeared on the 1911 Scottish Census of 2 Apr 1911 at 11 Borestone Crescent, Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland , also listed in the household was Elizabeth, William, Elizabeth, David and Thomas ;
LAIRD Thomas, Head, Mar, 33, Miners Hewer, Coal Worker, Old Monkland Lanarkshire
LAIRD Lizzie, Wife, Mar, 33, Married 10 years, 4 Children born and living, Duarrter ? Lanark
LAIRD William, Son, 9, School, Bothwell Lanark
LAIRD Lizzie, Dau, 5, School, Bothwell Lanark
LAIRD David, Son, 3, School, Bothwell Lanark
LAIRD Thomas, Son, 8 mths, Bothwell Lanark.7

Thomas died on 30 May 1936 at Royal Infirmary, Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland , at age 58 years, 4 months and 7 days

Thomas Laird
Colliery Oversman
Married to Elizabeth Forrest
Usual Res: Millhall Farm
At 3 AM aged 58 years.
Parents: William Laird, Coal Miner hewer (dec) & Mary Laird MS Gardner (dec)

Thomas Laird, Son, 4 Main Street Stirling was the informant.1,8

Polmaise Colliery c 1940's
Polmaise Collery - showing Coal Wagons on the Railway Line 1942

Thomas's cause of death on 30 May 1936 was from Burns and Shock

RCE - Procurators Fisuals Office, Stirling 14th July 1936

Cause of Death:
Injuries received on 29th May 1936 in a coal mine, through an explosion of gas, causing death by burns and shock.
Verdict of Jury.

3 Jun 1936 Thomas Laird was mentioned in the "Falkirk Herald", Scotland , newspaper

One of Three Injured Men Died in Infirmary

Three men suffered burning injuries on Friday as the result of an ignition of gas in No 1 Pit, Polmaise Colliery, Millhall, near Stirling.
The injured men, who were taken to Stirling Royal Infirmary, were Thomas Laird, sen, oversman, Millhall Farm, Stirling; Bertie Boyle, fireman, 32 East Murrayfield, Bannockburn; and Joseph Hamil, chain runner, 13 Ochilview, Cowie.
Laird succumbed to his injuries on Saturday morning. It was thought at first that his injuries were not of a very serious nature, but his condition became worse during Friday night. He had been employed at the Colliery for 25 years. He leaves a wife and a grown up family.
Boyle, who was also badly burned about the head, face, and arms, still lies in a serious condition in the Infirmary. Hamil escaped with burns on the right arm and shoulder and slight injuries to his face. He was able to leave the Infirmary on Saturday afternoon.
The explosion occurred in Miller's Dook, in the main coal section. The men were engaged on an inspection, and were alone in the Dook at the time, but 12 other men were employed in the vicinity. The cause of the ignition is not yet known.
About 190 men were at work in No 1 Pit at the time, but it was not found necessary to withdraw them all from the workings. Men engaged on the affected section, however, were brought to the surface.
Mr John Muir, the manager of the colliery, immediately went down the pit and made an inspection. It was found that very little damage had been done by the explosion. Mr James Watson, general manager of Messrs Archibald Russell, Ltd; the owners of the colliery, arrived later and went down to examine the section where the explosion occurred.
In an interview Hamil stated that he was taking a hutch along the main road, and that just as he reached the entrance to the dook, which the oversman and the fireman had previously entered, there was a blinding flash and a roar. He was thrown to the pavement, and remembered nothing until men from the next dook came running to discover what had happened.
William McFarlane, a Fallin man, who was the first of the men who ran to the rescue, was himself slightly injured by the force of the explosion as it expended itself along the airway to the main road.9

Thomas and Elizabeth had 4 Known Children - may be more.

Children of Thomas Laird and Elizabeth Spiers Forrest

FatherWilliam Laird (c 1840 - 20 Oct 1905)
MotherMary Gardiner (14 May 1841 - 5 Mar 1931)


  1. [S1] Certificate held on file, Held by Ailsa Corlett, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Hereinafter cited as Certificate held on file.
  2. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online, 1878 Old Monkland Lanark, 652/01 0033. Hereinafter cited as Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes.
  3. [S16] 1891 Scottish Census ( New Register House Edinburgh, 5 April 1891), 1891 Bothwell, Lanark, 625/1 008/1 40. Hereinafter cited as 1891 Scottish Census.
  4. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online, 1900 Bothwell Lanark 625/1 63.
  5. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online, 1901 Bothwell Lanark, 625/01 0031.
  6. [S63] 1901 Scottish Census ( New Register House Edinburgh, 31 March 1901), 1901 Bothwell Lanark, Reg 625/1 ED 8 Page 4 - via Ancestry. Hereinafter cited as 1901 Scottish Census.
  7. [S136] GRO Scotland, 1911 Scottish Census ( New Register House Edinburgh, 2 April 1911), 1911 Stirling Stirlingshire, 490/19/24. Hereinafter cited as 1911 Scottish Census.
  8. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online, 1936 Stirling Stirlingshire, 490/200 aged 58.
  9. [S10] Newspaper, Various Papers, Falkirk Herald, 3 June 1936 page 8
    Also mention in the following newspapers as well: 1 June 1936, Dundee Courier page 2; 2 June 1936 Aberdeen press and Journal. Hereinafter cited as Newspaper Article.