Hugh Hunter

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Hugh Hunter
Born 1879
Died 1914 (aged 34–35)
Hillcrest, Alberta
Cause of death Hillcrest Mine Disaster
Resting place Hillcrest Cemetery
Nationality Scottish
Occupation Miner

Early Life


Born 19 May 1879, Sauchie or Fishcross, Clackmannan, Scotland


Joseph Hunter, miner, married Jane Paterson 12 Aug 1875 at Fishcross, Clackmannan

Miner and Siblings (in birth order)

  • David Hunter
  • Isabella Hunter
  • Hugh Hunter
  • Joseph Hunter
  • Janet Hunter
  • James Hunter
  • Jane Hunter


Hugh Hunter, age 27, miner, married Rachel MacNeil, 25, (b. Scotland) the 6 Sep 1906 at New Aberdeen, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia


  • Joseph Hunter (born Glace Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia)

Census Records

  • 1891 Fishcross, Clackmannan, age 12.
  • 1901 Fishcross, Clackmannan, Scotland, age 21, miner
  • 1911 Hillcrest, Alberta, age 32, To Canada in 1902

Immigration to Canada

1902 (from 1911 census)

Occupation in 1914


Hillcrest Mine Disaster June 19, 1914 - Killed


Hugh is buried in the Hillcrest Cemetery in the Masonic Section

After the Hillcrest Mine Disaster

1916 census widow Rachel and son Joseph living in Hillcrest.
Rachel married 2) Jacob Wheeler and had a son David.
Rachel married 3) Tom Hale and had a daughter Mary.


Schedule A

Interesting Facts

In 1912 Hugh Hunter completed the first course to train men in mine rescue on the Alberta side of the Crowsnest Pass. Source Steve Hanon.

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