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The name Briggers refers to the men and boys who constructed the Forth Bridge. Many commuted on the daily train from Edinburgh and their presence shaped life in North and South Queensferry. It is said that at the end of a shift, the local Hawes Inn would line up 200 pints on the bar!
Sadly, it was backbreaking and dangerous work. Efforts were made to keep the workers safe but many were injured. So many that an accident ward was set up next to the garden of Hawes Inn.
In total, 73 men and boys were killed. The youngest was just 13 years old.
Erected in 2012, the Briggers Memorial pays tribute to them, listing their names to give a human voice to The Bridge.
Identifying the names to inscribe was not straightforward. It was commonly assumed that the records of the Sick and Accident Club (an early form of insurance) could be used but no trace of the records could be found.
Without a complete historical record, members of the South Queensferry History Group and other local enthusiasts embarked on the huge task of identifying the casualties. They spent years going through the census and other documents to find those who died and recognise their contribution to this massive feat of engineering.
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