Unsolved Murders

Mr Allan

Age: 32

Sex: male

Date: 1 Dec 1904

Place: Drumshangie Farm, Watstown, Airdrie

Source: www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

Mr Allan was shot after going out to deal with people that had been causing a disturbance at his farm after he had gone to bed.

He was found dead on an old pit road leading from the farm to Watstown.

The far, Drumshangie Farm, was halfway between Greengairs and Airdrie.

The night Mr Allan was shot was the first night that they had not had servants at the farm. He was at the farm with his wife with whom he had only been married for about a year and had a 3 week old child.

Just after they went to bed some people came to the window and created a disturbance. Mr Allan rose from his bed and took his ordinary double barrelled fowling piece and opened the door and fired his gun into the air to scare them away. However, that only seemed to make them even more outrageous.

He then put on his trousers and went outside and fired another shot and was never seen alive again. He was later found dead lying across a track partly on his right side with one arm underneath him. His gun was a few feet away pointing away from him and resting on a slight embankment that skirted the side of the roadway.

It was thought that he had followed the men down the old pit roadway to where the trolley had been drawn, about 100 yards from the farm. His wife and another woman in the farm heard nothing after he had left.


*map pointers are rough estimates based on known location details as per Place field above.


see Dundee Evening Post - Thursday 01 December 1904