Miner’s death has reader puzzled


Sir, – I would like some information on a mine accident dated May 6, 1907.

There is a headstone in Winchburgh Cemetery for Peter Finnigan, aged 38 years, eight months, who was killed in Barney Pit, Grangemouth.

I wonder if Peter was the only one killed or were there more?
I spoke to Peter’s relations in Winchburgh and they knew about Peter and his mother, Mary Milne, who was married to Peter Finnigan Senior.

I wonder if the Journal and Gazette could help me dig up some more information.

Some of the questions to be answered are: Is the Barney Pit still there? Is there a memorial stone at the site and can we visit the pit?

Where could I get more information on how and why the accident occurrred? – Yours etc.,

Tony Mallon

19 Winchburgh Cottages

Sir, – Who do you vote for?

Let’s say the party that allows its members to allegedly commit fraud and then when caught only to pay back a small amount and to keep their job whilst the rest of us would face criminal charges, perhaps even a prison sentence, but, hey, they need the money to be able to shop in Waitrose and socialise with their ‘‘type’’ of friends.

A large family, need a bigger home, we can provide - no problem!

After all, being unhappy would be a breach of your human rights, come forth and multiply!

And there is the party who like to hug trees, tie themselves to railings all for the planet...distracting the police from their real jobs but it’s only taxpayers’ money they’re using.

Meanwhile the ice-caps are still melting, the floods are still engulfing and the earthquakes are still destroying but let them play.

Then there is the party who like a pint and the odd cigarette or two down the pub, the people’s party, who want to turn back time to the 70’s where political correctness never existed but racism did, where the little woman stayed at home, seen but never to be heard, where things were bad but we just didn’t know it.

They will close the doors but open them to what?

And then for the Scots...independence, to be free from the mother ship to sail off into the big bad world and trade in Irn Bru, tartan and whisky, to have two fishes leading us down the river.

What a choice!

Carole Taylor


Sir, – Spring is here, and that means wild animals will be searching out safe, warm, dry places to nest and raise their young. Inevitably, this means that some will come a little closer to people than they might like. There is no need to panic and call in pest controllers. There are simple measures that can be taken to encourage unwanted guests to leave without harming them. And it is best to do this as soon as they are seen to be taking an interest in attics or garages, rather than waiting until there are babies to evacuate, too. Animal Aid has a series of free information sheets that give useful tips on deterring birds, squirrels, rodents and foxes. You can order these from info@animalaid.org.uk or by calling 01732 364546. –Yours etc.,

Kate Fowler

Animal Aid

Tonbridge, Kent

Sir, – I would like to tell you about a new book for children which I hope will be of use to some of your readers.

Sam is a very special little boy who happens to have difficulties with reading and writing.

Sam’s trouble with words by Lorna Miles is aimed at helping children understand about dyslexia - there are around 374,000 school children in the UK affected by the condition.

Although written with adopted and fostered children in mind, this colourfully illustrated guide will help any child affected by dyslexia.

It is also a great resource to give brothers, sisters and classmates an insight into the condition and can help them have more understanding about their friends and siblings who have trouble with reading and writing.

Written as an easy and accessible story aimed at children aged 7 to 11 years old, the book includes a useful questions and answers section at the back to help adults and children explore the issue further, together. Sam’s trouble with words, is part of a set of helpful guides which also include ’’My brother Booh has ADHD’’; ‘‘Oli and the pink bicycle’’ which looks at foetal alcohol syndrome, and ‘‘Why can’t I be good?’’ about a little girl who has behavioural difficulties.

All these books and many resources for children, parents and carers are available at www.baaf.org.uk. – Yours etc.,

Srabani Sen

British Association for Adoption

and Fostering

6- 10 Kirby Street