James Porteous

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James Porteous
Born 1883
Died 1914 (aged 30–31)
Hillcrest, Alberta
Cause of death Hillcrest Mine Disaster
Resting place Hillcrest Cemetery
Nationality Scottish
Occupation Timberman
Religion Presbyterian (1911 census)

Early Life


Birth 28 Oct 1883, Rigside, 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)



Census Records

1891 Douglas Parish, Lanarkshire, age 7
1901 Bothwell, Lanarkshire, age 17, occupation coal miner
1911 Hillcrest, Alberta, age 34, occupation miner, Presbyterian

Immigration to Canada

1910 Ship Athenia, April, age 26, miner, going to Frank, Alberta

Occupation in 1914


Hillcrest Mine Disaster June 19, 1914 - Killed


James is buried in the Hillcrest Cemetery.

After the Hillcrest Mine Disaster


Schedule E

Interesting Facts

Brother George and father Alex. Sr were at work that day but not in the mine.
Brother Alexander 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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