Harriet Wright

Lived
- 23 February 1848 (2)
Address
Her children were born in George Street.
Chapel connection
1810, baptism
Married on
Marriage contract was dated 27 February 1806
Spouse
Laurence Craigie
Children
Elizabeth Joplin (1810), Harriet Margaret Hay (1814), Cecilia Barbara (1815), Maria Lewis Finlayson (1817), Robert Collins (m.Grace Bell), and a younger son, station master at Perth, who was killed in a railway accident:
On Saturday forenoon a shocking occurrence took place upon the Dundee and Perth Railway... It appears that, after the arrival of a passenger train from Dundee at the company's station in Prince's Street, Perth, upon the south side of the river, Mr Craigie, manager of the passenger traffic, and Major Dreghorn, of St Alban's Cottage, which after depositng their passengers, are generally pushe back across the river to the company's station at Barnhill -- for the purpose of proceeding to the north side of the Tay. After the carriages had cleared the bridge, and were nearing Barnhill, the engine driver found that a goods train was coming upon them in the opposite direction, and immediately reversed the engin. As the curve upon the line, however, is very sharp, and prevents a person seeing far before him, he was too late, and the engine of the goods train ran into one of the passenger carriages, which was smashed to pieces. Mr Craigie, who is supposed to have been looking out at the window to see what was wrong, was so much hurt about the head that he only survived, in an insensible state, till Sunday evening, when he died. Major Dreghorn, although much bruised and cut, is understood not to be dangerously injured. After the collision the engine-driver either leaped or was thrown from the engine, which, with its steam reversed, and freed from all encumbrances by the snapping of the coupling train, rushed away across the railway bridge at a velocity of thirty or forty miles an hour, and dashed through the passenger station in the direction of the general railway terminus, which is about the quarter of a mie distant. Close beside the terminus the Dundee line crosses the main entrance upon the level, and at this place there is a gate upon the road, where a man is in constant attendance... This man, seeing the runaway train approach, had only time to open the half of the gate and escape out of the way, when the engine drove through the other half of it, and ran with tremendous velocity into a goods train, which was standing upon a side line of rails. Here it wrought terrible havoc, smashing the trucks and scattering about the goods and grain, with which the train was loaded in all directions. Yet great as the damage was which it did here, it was a providential circumstance that the goods train was in the way, for had the road been clear, from the way in which the points were placed, the engine would have ran [sic] into a passenger train from Edinburgh, which had drawn up at a wooden platform for the purpose of taking the passengers' tickets. The primary cause of the disaster is said to be that the driver of the goods train either did not see, or did not pay any attention to, a danger signal which was hoisted to warn him against crossing the bridge over the river. This man, it is said, has since absconded. Mr Craigie, who has met such an untimely fate, was a young man -- a son of Laurence Craigie, Esq. of Glendoich [sic], Carse of Gowrie. He was universally esteemed, and his death has caused a very general feeling of regret in the public mind. (3)
The account in the Dundee Courier adds that the train was stopped when 'it smashed several loaded trucks, whereby it was obstructed and thrown off the line, when a Mr McDonald, an engine driver of the Edinburgh and Northern, succeeded in putting off its steam.' (4)
Further Research
Craigie of Glendoick papers, National Archives of Scotland GB234/GD1/1167

Sources

  1. Registers of Charlotte Chapel (NAS CH12/3)
  2. Morning Post 6 March 1848
  3. Glasgow Herald, 25 January 1850
  4. Morning Post 25 January 1850

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