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The 1889 Templeton Disaster

April 4, 2011

Found in the Stoddard Templeton Corporate archive, the items pictured above all relate to the Templeton Disaster which occured on 1 November 1889.   

During construction of a new extension to Templeton & Co’s carpet factory at Greenhead, Glasgow, unusually high winds caused a section of the facade to collapse onto the adjoining weaving shed. Unfortunately, there were workers (mainly women) in the shed at the time of the incident and 29 women tragically lost their lives that day. Included in the records is this notebook which details those involved in the rescue, those hurt/killed and contributors to the relief fund.Touchingly, there is also a bible which was presented as a “Token of Sympathy” to one of the survivors. It bears the very fitting inscription:

“Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken and the other left. Watch therefore; for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” Matthew xxiv.41.42

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