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GLASGOW HERALD
18 SEPTEMBER 1874

ARDROSSAN GRAIN MARKET

The market was well attended on Thursday.

There was a good demand for wheat, but owing to want of condition prices were not so good, the samples being rather soft – 70 bolls wheat and 10 bolls rye were exposed.

The 70 bolls wheat sold thus –

22 at 19s;
7 at 18s 9;
8 at 18s 6d;
20 at 18s; and
13 at 17s 6d.
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GLASGOW HERALD
18 SEPTEMBER 1874

LAUNCH AT GOVAN

Yesterday afternoon, Messrs John Eder & Company, launched from their shipbuilding yard at Fairfield, Govan, an iron paddle steamer of 3590 40-94th tons B.M., and 300 H.P. nominal, and of the following dimensions: -

Length between perpendicular, 300 feet; breadth, moulded, 50 feet; breadth over sponsons, 83 feet; depth, moulded, 13 feet.

As she left the ways she was named the “CHUSAN” by Miss Lorimer.

The vessel, which has been built to the order of Messrs Baring Brothers & Company, of London, is intended to trade in the Yang-Tse River, China.

[The CHUSAN, of which there are many references on Threetowners, was wrecked at Ardrossan on the 21st October 1874, with the loss of nine lives.]
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GLASGOW HERALD
18 SEPTEMBER 1875

FOUND DROWNED AT ARDROSSAN

A fireman on board the S.S. DUCHESS, named JAMES McNICOL, belonging to Belfast, went amissing on the night of Wednesday, 8th instant, and was not again heard of till yesterday, when his lifeless body was found floating in the dock.

McNicol was about 28 years of age, and unmarried.
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GLASGOW HERALD
18 SEPTEMBER 1875

SCOTCH BANKRUPT – EXAMINATION

William McJannet, coalmaster and fire-clay manufacturer and shipping agent, residing in Ardrossan, and a partner of the firm of Barr & McJannet, coalmasters and fire-clay manufacturers at Doura, near Kilwinning, and in Ardrossan, to be examined within the Sheriff Court-House, Kilmarnock, 20th September, at eleven o’clock.

Creditors to meet within the Eglinton Arms Hotel, Ardrossan, 1st October, at one o’clock.
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GLASGOW HERALD
18 SEPTEMBER 1875

ARDROSSAN BOWLING CLUB

All of the prizes given to this club have now been competed for, the last being the president’s prize (two handsome pairs of silver-mounted bowls) which was played for in pairs.

The contest in the final tie was commenced on Tuesday night, but darkness set in and the competing pairs paused at 11 each. The game was resumed on Wednesday night when the prize was gained by Messrs Craig and Boyd by a majority of six shots, the game standing 21-15.
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GLASGOW HERALD
18 SEPTEMBER 1877

VALUATION APPEAL COURT AT ARDROSSAN

A court for hearing appeals against the valuation of the Assessor for the district of Largs, West Kilbride, Kilwinning, Stevenston, and Ardrossan, was held in the Eglinton Arms Hotel yesterday.

The Commissioners of Supply present were: - Provost Barr )presiding); Messrs William Mutter, James Mutter, Crescent Park, Ardrossan; E. J. CRAUFURD, Auchenames; J. McCosh, Merksworth, Dalry; Francis Russel, Kirklands; Fairbairn, Drumilling, West Kilbride; and Patrick Burns, Kilwinning.

Mr Thomson, Rockville House, Stevenston, appealed against a valuation of his premises at £35. Reduced to £30.

Mr Cuthbertson, Saltcoats, appealed against the valuation of his weaving factory. The premises contained 24 looms, some of which were unused, and the assessor had returned them at 15s each.
Reduced to 10s each. The rating of a dwelling-house was reduced from £9 to £8.

An appeal by Mr John Crawford, Ardrossan, against the valuation of his dwelling-house in Montgomerie Street at £45 was dismissed; but the valuation of a house in Princes Street was reduced from £23 to £22.

Mr Douglas appealed on behalf of the Misses MacDonald, Crescent, against a valuation of £50 for their dwelling-house, but the appeal was dismissed.
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GLASGOW HERALD
19 SEPTEMBER 1883

VALUATION APPEAL COURT

A court for hearing appeals against valuations for the districts of Ardrossan, Stevenston, Kilwinning, Largs, and West Kilbride, was held in Ardrossan on Monday – Mr E. H. J. Craufurd of Auchenames in the chair. There was a good attendance of Commissioners.

Mr John Craig appealed for the new academy at Ardrossan, which was returned at £25, and entered by the Assessor at £50. It was confirmed at the Assessor’s estimate.

Mr Crawford appealed against the valuation of his property in Stevenston, occupied by James Morris. The valuation was fixed at £19 16s.

John Watson wished the Assessor’s valuation of public-house, etc., at Stevenston reduced, but the Assessor’s valuation of £29 was confirmed.

Thomas Crawford, Ardrossan, had his assessment reduced from £52 10s to £45.
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GLASGOW HERALD
19 SEPTEMBER 1887

FOOTBALL – AYRSHIRE CUP TIE
ARDROSSAN ENSIGN v. AYR

Played at Seafield Park, Ardrossan

The strangers won by 12 goals to 1.
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GLASGOW HERALD
19 SEPTEMBER 1888

VALUATION APPEAL COURT

The Appeal Committee for the districts comprising the parishes of Largs, West Kilbride, Ardrossan, and Stevenston, met in Ardrossan Town Hall on Saturday.

Provost Hogarth, Ardrossan, presided.
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CASUALTY OF WAR
19 SEPTEMBER 1915


Died on service, Private JOHN McCAIG, (23), Service No. 6645, Royal Scots Fusiliers – Theatre of war, Gallipoli – born at Ardrossan; enlisted at Troon; son of William and Mrs McCaig, late of 30 Portland Street, Troon.
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CASUALTY OF WAR
19 SEPTEMBER 1918

Died on service, Private WILLIAM YUILLE, (21), The Queens (Royal West Surrey Regiment) – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – son of John and Jane Yuille, 20 Percy Street, Ibrox, Glasgow, and later 9 McKellar Avenue, Ardrossan.

The Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald subsequently reported: -

“Mr and Mrs John Yuille, 20 Percy Street, Ibrox, Glasgow, have received word that their eldest son, Private William Yuille, was killed in action on 26 September.

Private Yuille, who was born at 29 Sidney Street, Saltcoats, and educated at Saltcoats Public School, was 21 years of age.

He joined the Black Watch at Dundee in September, 1914, and was at the front on his 18th birthday. Coming home in July, 1915, underage, he methodically trained himself for the great fight, from one school and another.

He was promoted Corporal in 1916, and was kept on home duty as instructor. He transferred to the Queen’s in November, 1917, and went back again to the front in March last, and has been through severe fighting since.

Of a likeable disposition, he was beloved by all who came in touch with him.

Our deepest sympathy goes out to his relatives and parents.”
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GLASGOW HERALD
20 SEPTEMBER 1883

TRAVELLING ON THE RAILWAY WITHOUT A TICKET

At Irvine Justice of Peace Court yesterday morning – before Mr William McJannet and Dean of Guild Mathieson – ROBERT WATERSON, labourer, West Kilbride, and his wife, pleaded guilty to travelling on the Glasgow & South-Western Railway from Ardrossan to Irvine without a ticket.

They were fined £2 each, including expenses, or 14 days’ imprisonment. They went to jail.
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