Dirrans Sawmills - Neil Small - James Small - Mary Ralston

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Post by Eddie » Mon Jun 06, 2011 2:42 pm

Just found this site and thread after doing a search for Neil Small. I also worked in the sawmill from 1972 until it closed in1987, i remember Fransisco well very gifted with his hands in creating things from wood if memory serves me well. I have a arial photo of the sawmill in the house somewhere from the early sixties ( the owner Alistair Mcgregor gave it to me just before it closed) once I find it I will post it?

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Post by Eddie » Wed Jun 08, 2011 8:20 am

Here is the photo, as you can see you didnt have a problem finding a parking place in the Dirrans then, not the case now. Irvine road is at the left hand bottom corner. The white building bottom left was a church (gospel hall?) my original picture is a3 size

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Neil Smalls Dirrans sawmills early sixties (1962?)

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Post by Penny Tray » Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:26 pm

Eddie,

That's a great photo. I'd long since forgotten just how large a sawmill it acutally was.
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Post by bobfish » Thu Mar 15, 2012 12:07 am

@Eddie - That's a terrific photograph - thank you for sharing.

Clearly I haven't visited these pages in some time Eddie - and have come back to find your nice surprise.

Thank you for helping to bring this subject to life.

Like Penny - I'm impressed with the scale of the site - it covered a larger area than I'd originally thought.

Many thanks,

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Post by sweet caroline » Thu Mar 15, 2012 4:05 pm

Is that the path to the Ironworks/Blacklands between the Sawmill and the Dirran's houses ?

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Post by MikeJ » Wed Jun 25, 2014 4:46 pm

hello , I have just found the family bible of Neil Small ! He was in fact born in 1750 not 1760 his first wife was Jannet Gillies , his second wife was Jean Kerr email (removed) for more details This I hope is an image of the family births and daeths page

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Post by sweet caroline » Thu Jun 26, 2014 10:50 am

Hi MikeJ, What a wonderful find, and thanks for sharing. Hope the others on this thread are still looking in. I,m wondering if I have the wrong Neil Small. I have him born 9th Aug. bapts .12 Aug 1750.Who were his parents?Neil Small,and Margaret Nicols

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Post by Penny Tray » Wed Oct 07, 2020 3:29 pm

The following items from the Friday, 16 February, 1872, edition of the Glasgow Herald may be of interest: -

DEATH

At Pathfoot, Kilwinning, on the 14th instant, (from the effects of an accident), NEIL SMALL, of Durrens* Saw Mill.

KILWINNING FATAL ACCIDENT

A painful accident, and which, we regret to say, has now terminated fatally, occurred at the Reddance* Saw Mill, here, on Tuesday last. Mr. NEIL SMALL, who has occupied the premises for many years, was engaged attending the revolving saw when a piece of wood, becoming detached, suddenly rebounded and struck him on the abdomen, causing, it is believed, a severe rupture.

Everything that medical skill could devise was done, but he gradually sank, and died on Wednesday night.

A wide feeling of sympathy has been expressed, as Mr. Small was much respected as a friend and man of business.

He leaves a widow and large family.

[*As published in the newspaper.]
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Post by Sarginson » Thu Oct 08, 2020 7:56 am

Owners of larchfield . Present 2020

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Post by Penny Tray » Thu Oct 08, 2020 12:10 pm

Sarginson,

It took me a wee while to work out that your post was indicating that you are the current owner of Larchfield, which was formerly Pathfoot.
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