Nobel's Explosives Factory : Ardeer Ayrshire :
Fatal Accidents 1902 and 1907
The Nobel works at Ardeer, in Ayrshire was one time the largest explosives factory in the UK, set among the sand dunes
A number of disasters from the period 1913-1915 feature in A HANDFUL OF DUST - the 7th Accidents in Scotland booklet,
which will be published in early August 2005
Two other years were marked with fatal accidents, 1902 and 1907. In 1902, one man, WILLIAM CARSON of Bog Street, Stevenston,
aged 35 was killed in the factory. He left a widow and 7 children. In 1907, three men were killed and two injured in an massive
explosion. The dead were JAMES CUNNINGHUME, foreman New Street, Stevenston, who left a widow and a large family. WILLIAM McKNIGHT,
Hillman, a married man with a family and a prominent member of the Stevenston UF Church Choir, and ROBERT REID, Hillman, of
Union Street, Saltcoats, also a married man with a family.
The injured were JOHN FINDLAY Moor Park Road Stevenston and ROBERT CAREY, George Street, Stevenston.