In an area so closely connected with the mining industry there are as you might expect, a significant number of deaths caused by accidents in the pits. The worst of these was the Kames Colliery disaster of 19th November 1957 in which 17 men, all from Muirkirk, lost their lives. The disaster was the worst at a Scottish pit since that of Redding Colliery, Falkirk, 24 years earlier when 40 miners had been killed. Those killed are interned in the New Cemetery.
No. 42 - Henderson “Day by day we all do miss them words would fail our loss to tell, but in heaven we hope to meet them, happy there with Christ to dwell.”
No. 81 - Greir “For we know that if our earthly house of/ This tabernacle were dissolved, we have a/ building of God a house not made with/ hands eternal in the heavens.”
No. 221 - Holden “We loved him as no tongue can tell/how much we loved him and how well/God loved him to but thought it best/to take him to his heavenly rest/yet again we hope to meet him/ when the day of life is fled/then in heaven we hope to meet him/ when no farewell tears are shed.”
No. 252 - Taylor “When we asunder part/it gives us pain/but we shall still be joined in heaven/ and hope to meet again.”
No. 261 - Nisbet “Sleep on beloved sleep and take thy rest, lay down thy head upon thy saviours breast, we loved thee well but Jesus loved thee best. Good night, good night, good night.”