Peter McLeish

It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Peter passed away at home on the 1st October after a battle with prostate cancer.

Peter set up the Jim Hamilton Heritage Society in 2004 together with John Zawadzki and had been its Chairman ever since. He was instrumental in setting up the Heritage Centre to house the vast amount of material that Jim Hamilton had collected over the years. Coalburn has lost one of its champions and the Society is so grateful for all his work and enthusiasm that he put into this venture.

Our sympathy to his wife, Jean and his daughters, Barbara and Fiona.

A full obituary will appear in due course.

Procession from the crowning podium

The 2021 Coalburn Gala on the 11th September. Gala Queen Mya and her court return from the crowning podium. A full collection of gala photos by Geoff Brown can be seen from the link below


The Jim Hamilton Heritage Society of Coalburn was established in 2004.

Meetings are held normally on the FIRST and THIRD Wednesdays each month; from SEPTEMBER until APRIL, 7.30pm - 9pm, in Coalburn Bowling Club, next to the Coalburn Miners Welfare's One Stop Shop.

There is an invited guest speaker at each meeting and non-members are welcome to attend.

One Stop Shop, Coalburn

Coalburn's One Stop Shop

The Society runs the Heritage Centre in the One Stop Shop which contains an archive of photographs, documents and artifacts relating to Coalburn's social history and mining heritage. The majority of these were collected by the late Jim Hamilton.

Vice-ChairmanGilbert Dobbie
SecretaryGeoff Brown (Tel. No: 01555 820379)
TreasurerMarion McBain
Membership Secretary Betty Nicol

Cover of Autumn 2021 Newsletter


What's new

This website now features a comprehensive series of photographs of Coalburn and its surroundings taken by Geoff Brown on the 21st - 23rd July 2021.

The former Coalburn Inn, now flats

The former Coalburn Inn, now flats

Wallace's Cave

Wallace's Cave

Coalburn Miners Welfare Building

Coalburn Miners Welfare Building

The third page shows Coalburn Road with the side roads Garden Street, Schoolhouse Avenue, Manse Drive, Dunn Crescent and School Road. There also photographs of the area between Coalburn Road and Bellfield Road