“The High Blantyre Explosion”


The singer tells of meeting a young girl mourning her lover, John Murphy. Murphy, only 21, was killed in the mines of High Blantyre in a great explosion. She transplants the daisies they walked among to his grave and waters them with her tears


Broadside NLScotland L.C.Fol.70(46b) is "signed" by "John Wilson, B.S.,G." - BS

And that broadside poses rather a conundrum, because of the name "Sneddon." The broadside is clearly this song (though unusually full), but the name might well be derived from "The Collier Lad (Lament for John Sneddon/Siddon)." Since both are on the same theme, I have to suspect some sort of connectin. - RBW

Historical references

  • Oct 22, 1877 - Explosion at the Dixon Colliery in High Blantyre near Glasgow. Over two hundred are killed

Cross references


  • NLScotland, L.C.Fol.70(46b), "The Sorrowful Lamentation of Jane Sneddon for the Loss of her Lover, John Murray, in the Disaster at High Blantyre," unknown, c.1877


  1. Laws Q35, "The High Blantyre Explosion"
  2. Morton-Ulster 6, "The Blantyre Explosion" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Morton-Maguire 27, pp. 69-70,115,167, "The Blantyre Explosion" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. DT 543, BLANTYRX*
  5. Roud #1014
  6. BI, LQ35


Author: John Wilson? (source: broadside, NLScotland L.C.Fol.70(46b))
Earliest date: 1951 (collected by A. L. Lloyd); c.1877 (broadside, NLScotland L.C.Fol.70(46b))
Keywords: mining death love flowers
Found in: US(MA) Britain(Scotland) Ireland