Abernethy, Aberargie and Dron News

Last date for submissions

31st October 2022

Date of publication

1st December 2022


A SHOCKING fatality occurred in the Strathearn Linen Works, Abernethy, (now Branston) which belonged to David Wishart. John Sandilands, a young man of 22 years of age, who resided at the Orchard, Abernethy, was busily engaged at work in close proximity to the shafting of a power loom, when his clothing became entangled in the machinery. He was whirled round the shafting with massive force with the result that he sustained terrible injuries before the machinery could be brought to a standstill. Despite every attention, the injured man died, causing quite a gloom in the village, where he was greatly popular with those who knew him.

Jimmy Swan