Alexander Porteous

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Alexander Porteous
Born 1877
Died 1914 (aged 36–37)
Hillcrest, Alberta
Cause of death Hillcrest Mine Disaster
Resting place Hillcrest Cemetery
Nationality Scottish
Occupation Miner
Religion Presbyterian (1911 census)

Early Life


Birth 30 Mar 1877, Douglas Parish, Lanarkshire, Scotland


Alexander Porteous (Sr.) married Mary Douglas (nee Clarkson) 29 Sep 1876, Newtonfoot, Douglas, Lanarkshire.

Miner and Siblings (in birth order)

  • Grace Douglas (step sister to Alexander and James)
  • John Douglas (step brother to Alexander and James)
  • Alexander Porteous (1877-1914)
  • Margaret Porteous (1879-1880)
  • Janet Black Porteous (1881-) (married Thomas Quigley)
  • James Porteous (1883-1914)
  • George Porteous (1886-1887)
  • Catherine Porteous (1888-1940)
  • Mary Porteous (1889-1890)
  • George Clarkson Porteous (1891-1976)
  • Robert Ramage Porteous (1892-1893)


Alexander Porteous, Jr. married Janet Darling Park Murray in Cumbusland (near Glasgow, Scotland) 8 June 1900.


  • Janet Porteous (1901-)
  • Mary Carkson Porteous (1903-)
  • Henry Porteous (1906-) Born USA
  • Alexander Porteous (1909-)

Census Records

1881 Rigside, Broomfield
1891 Douglas Parish, Lanarkshire, age 14 occupation coal miner
1901 Bothwell, Lanarkshire, age 24, occupation coal miner
1911 Hillcrest, Alberta, age 34, occupation miner, Presbyterian

Immigration to Canada

1904 Ship Ethiopia, to USA going to Kangley, Illinois, to his uncle.
1908 Ship Mauretania returned to Scotland
About 1909-1910 returned to Canada

Occupation in 1914


Hillcrest Mine Disaster June 19, 1914 - Killed


Alexander is buried in the Hillcrest Cemetery.

After the Hillcrest Mine Disaster

Janet Porteous, widow, was one month of leaving Scotland to join her husband in Hillcrest. She remained in Scotland and died 1950 in Motherwell, Lanark.


Schedule A


Wife and family in care of mother [?]

Interesting Facts

Brother George and father Alex. Sr were at work that day but not in the mine.
Brother James Porteous was also killed in the Hillcrest Mine Disaster.
Brother-in-law Thomas Quigley was also killed in the Hillcrest Mine Disaster.

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